"Pupils are a credit to the School, they are pleasant to one another, to their teachers and to others; they develop a good sense of responsibility and self-discipline"
ISI Inspection 2007
At The Leys, we have pupils of every variety! War hammer experts, gymnasts, photographers, budding stage performers, musicians, politicians of the future, investors, violinists, sports heroes and heroines, sopranos, artists, budding chefs – you name it, at The Leys you can follow all sorts of pursuits. Rather than telling you all about our School, we thought we’d ask some Leysians to describe to you their thoughts on what The Leys means to them.
Tom, Year 7:
“The Leys is a school which I am proud to go to. There is a really kind atmosphere here. The education standard is very good too and we manage to get in lots of sports. The food is also very good; I don’t think I have ever tasted a better meal than at The Leys. The Leys is a large school that benefits every pupil here. Every pupil is given lots of help in lessons and also in sport. The Leys has a large reputation and it’s just getting better as we keep improving. There is no school like The Leys.”
Emma, Year 8:
“The Leys is great! There are so many good points that I could go on for ever. For example all the food is extensive and heavenly (and so is the tuck shop!). Then there’s the sport and entertainment. Hockey, Rugby, Cricket…and that’s just the main sports. After every day there is always a club to fill your stomach (cooking) or build your imagination (DT). Even the teachers don’t spoil the day. Every single one has some way of expressing leniency, like forgiving a student for forgetting their book. Overall I wouldn’t go anywhere else!”
"The Leys", by Stephanie, Year 9:
The many days of hard sport;
The close trust between friends;
The helping hand of the many teachers;
The old yet beautiful appearance;
The many experiences that it has to offer;
The terrific range of opportunities;
The rewards that one can achieve;
The steady yet efficient process of learning;
The activities that one can take;
The friendly glance of the headmaster;
The huge amount of facilities;
The always helping tutors;
The smiling face of the school Chaplin;
The freedom of the school;
The matches played against other schools;
The competition of the place;
The huge range of subjects;
These are the things that I love about the Leys
By Sean, Year 9:
“The Leys is a very atmospheric school and so far I have not come across a horrible teacher. It has everything you would need in a school. When I came here I had no friends but the school had many crafty ways of helping you make friends. The school has a hidden character. There are a lot of big people in a small place. The Leys is not always long boring hard work, there is sports and a lot of them at that. There is no place like home and to me this is home”.
Excerpt from diary of Tom, 6th Form Boarder:
Today I had my practice German Oral. It was provided as an additional option in after-school time, but I thought it would be helpful, as it follows the format of the real exam and gives us an opportunity to review our preparation.
The Oral followed a normal school day of maths, PE, physics and DT. PE was fun - as I’m not doing GCSE PE, it’s a great chance to get outside and forget work, which is something any Year 11 student will jump at!
I’ve just accumulated some photos from our Silver Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) expedition, which was just before the Easter holidays. We're due to write it up tomorrow afternoon for our assessor - a written report is one of the requirements. The DoE expedition was great fun, even though one of our paths was in fact a waterfall and we had to set up our tents in the dark on several occasions.
Exams are looming and suddenly seem more real. I have five exams before half term and it seems as if two years of learning might finally be coming to an end. It’s not over yet however and some things remain delightfully unchanged. I am still able to enjoy rowing three times a week, and I’m pleased that games will still be going on throughout exams, except of course when it clashes with the official timetables. Even then our rowing coaches are accommodating and I am planning sessions outside school hours.
Excerpt from diary of Gabriela, 6th Form Boarder:Over the past few days I’ve been busy with International Week. This series of cultural events gives us international students the chance to express our foreign uniqueness. As I helped to organise it, I was relieved that the opening night was a very colourful success. Food from around the world was available, and there were performances too - dances and music from every corner of the globe. Other events throughout the week included a quiz night, music evening and film festival and they all helped to make us aware of our community in the bigger world context.
A variety of charity events have also taken place this term, to raise money for the charity Hope and Homes for Children. The most memorable of these was the ‘Miss Mundo’ competition last Monday, which I compered. Some of the teachers threw themselves into the roles of beautiful females and paraded around the stage in the style of Miss World . . . it was quite unlike anything I’d ever seen before.