The Leys is primarily a boarding school, and our emphasis is on providing a caring, friendly and secure environment for all our pupils. Each child, whether a boarder or day pupil, is attached to one of 11 houses, where study areas and comfortable accommodation are provided, along with a high standard of pastoral care and supervision from housemasters or housemistresses.
Marton H (Y10) has become Cambridgeshire’s Number One 14 and under (14u) boys’ tennis player and is ranked in the top 50 in Great Britain.
17th September 2021 — Over the summer he qualified for his first national tournament and made it through to the round of 16. He won the 14u singles, doubles and men’s doubles at the county championships and won two 14u singles and one 16u doubles Grade 3 in the regional tournaments. He also came through two rounds of qualifying to make it to the main draw of his first Tennis Europe event. He went out at the round of 32 stage, losing a very tight match 6-1, 3-6, 6-7.
Reporting on in his progress to Richard Hill, Head of Tennis, Marton said: “Overall it was a very fun summer, playing tournaments every week in places like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Repton, Gloucestershire, Leamington, Letchworth and Cromer. I learned lots, gained lots of experience and am enjoying my tennis very much.”
Richard Hill told him: “Very well done on a fantastically successful summer. You should be very proud of yourself, and I’m really pleased that you are learning so much achieving your goals as well as enjoying yourself.”
Joey Chee, who left The Leys in the summer and is now studying Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, has had the paper she wrote for her EPQ accepted for publication in a new research journal.
17th September 2021 — The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an opportunity for sixth formers to undertake research and develop study skills and independent learning required in Higher Education. Joey’s EPQ about Malaysian government won her a School Prize on Speech Day. Now her work is to feature in Econsilience, Malaysia’s first multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal.
The journal, due to be published later this year, is intended to be a showcase for academic maturity among Malaysian undergraduates. It encourages exchanges of economics knowledge between Malaysian undergraduates, professionals, and academics. Joey’s EPQ was on the dispossession of Orang Asli customary land by the Malaysian government. She is pictured at the EPQ presentation evening held in November last year.
English teacher Rebecca Howarth, who manages the EPQ programme with Business Studies teacher Richard Springall, said: “Joey has done very well!”
New technology adds extra dimension to Geography lessons at The Leys
New technology to enhance the teaching of Geography has been incorporated into classrooms at The Leys. The greatly enhanced Geography Department was officially opened by Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge.
10th September 2021 — Exciting new technology to enhance the teaching of Geography has been incorporated into classrooms at The Leys over the summer.
The greatly enhanced Geography Department was officially opened by Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, in the presence of the current Leysian family whose generosity made the innovations possible, on Friday (3 September).
The project began with the Vision Studio, established in 2019 to explore the educational possibilities of virtual and augmented reality technologies across the curriculum.
The Geography Department, headed by Peter Hicks, has been using the technology to create virtual field trips, enabling pupils to explore locations such as the Jurassic Coast from their iPads through drone footage, 360 views, and accompanying instructional videos. Much of this content has been shot and edited by pupils.
New features added this summer include an augmented reality sandbox which uses a 3D camera, linked to two large display screens, that allows pupils to create their own landscapes and model how they change over time.
There are plans to create virtual tours for the Modern Foreign Language departments.
The project is also using simpler technology such as Merge Cubes: handheld cardboard cubes that act as augmented reality targets.
When combined with an iPad, they allow pupils to hold, rotate, and interact with objects or processes such as a globe, the water cycle, a statue, or molecular structure.
Hamish Mackenzie, Digital Consultant at The Leys, said: "By accessing cutting edge technologies and understanding how they can be used in the real world, the pupils are able to join the dots between theory and reality.
"We see this second phase as the natural progression for the project. It ensures that the Vision Studio research and technology are accessible to more members of the pupil body and wider Leysian community."
The Wednesdays@1 weekly organ recital series resumed today with a visit from Jonathan Lee, Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.
8th September 2021 — The recitals began last November, when audiences had to be limited to members of staff because of Covid social distancing restrictions. Max Kenworthy, Director of Music at The Leys, said he was delighted that pupils were now able to attend.
He introduced Jonathan, a second-year student, who then briefly described the varied programme he was about to play on the Chapel Organ. He opened with the “explosive” Transport de joie (Outburst of joy) from L’Ascension by Olivier Messiaen, then moved on to the more reflective Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ by J.S. Bach and Elegy by George Thalben-Ball. The mood changed again with the delicate “psychedelic” flutes of Miroir by contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes. Jonathan closed the recital with Fantasia and Fugue in G minor by J.S. Bach.
Theatres have been dark across the country and, although the Drama department at The Leys succeeded in live-streaming a Christmas Cabaret and a Year 9 showcase, everyone is looking forward to being able to get back to “business as usual”.
25th June 2021 — A flavour of what has been missing was the link between the Year 10 Double Bill dramas, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and Harlequinade by Terence Rattigan.
As director Stephen Hancock notes: “Both plays are celebrations of theatre and the theatre community: backstage crew, actors, audience, and critics. All the absurdity, joy and magic of theatrical life is here in these plays: a reminder of what we have lost, but also a hopeful anticipation of what is to come.”
The Covid-compliant approach to drama production meant that the actors had to take on the additional task of doing their own make-up. Their lively performances bring out the hilarity of both plays: Rattigan’s affectionate mockery of the acting profession’s obsession with theatre to the extent that they fail to appreciate the drama in their own lives as they spin into chaos, and Stoppard’s clever use of theatrical clichés and conventions which leads to the roles of critics and performers becoming bizarrely entangled.
The Leys Girls’ 1st XI won a place in next month’s semi-final of the School Sports magazine’s National T20 schools’ cricket competition, making them one of the top four teams in the country in this division.
25th June 2021 — Issy R’s 62 runs and Georgia W-J’s crucial wickets secured victory against Farlingaye in the quarter-final. The Leys had beaten a strong Ipswich team by eight wickets in the qualifying round, with Issy R top scorer with the bat (53 not out) and all the bowlers producing fine figures. The fielding was superb, with three run-outs and two catches.
Richard Kaufman, Head of Cricket, said: “We can look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to the Finals Day. To see The Leys competing again on the National stage with the likes of Millfield is a phenomenal achievement and the girls should be so proud.”