Lealands High School

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Coordinates: 51°55′05″N 0°28′12″W / 51.918°N 0.470°W / 51.918; -0.470

Lealands High School
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher John Burridge BA (Hons) PGCE, MA, NPQH
Chair of Governing Body Paul Troughton
Location Sundon Park Road
Local authority Luton
DfE number 821/4111
DfE URN 109686 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 120
Students 940
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Motto Aspire, Believe, Achieve
Telephone 01582 611600
Website Official website

Lealands High School is a foundation school for 11 to 16 year olds located in Sundon Park, Luton. The school attracts students from Sundon Park and across Luton and Bedfordshire. It was judged good with outstanding behaviour and safety by Ofsted in 2013 and confirmed to continue being a good school overall in March 2017 following a short inspection by Ofsted. In 2014 the school was placed in the top 100 most improved secondary schools for GCSE results including English and maths over a sustained period.[1] Main schools include Sundon Park Juniors School, Leagrave Primary and Pirton Hill, although students join Lealands from primary schools across Luton and the surrounding areas.

The school has 3 stories and facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, sports hall, dance studio, science laboratories, technology workshops and music studios.


The school was known as Sundon Park Comprehensive School.


As of September 2006, the school was awarded 'Specialist Sports College' status. This was part of a nationwide plan spearheaded by the Department of Education to raise standards in education.[2] The school has seen various improvements in its facilities since being awarded the status. The specialist school programme has now ended, but Lealands High School continues to offer sport as a specialism.


Subjects offered in the first 3 years at the school are as follows:
English, Maths, Science, Drama, History, Geography, Religious Studies, a modern language (French, German or Spanish), Music, Physical Education and Dance, Art, Technology, ICT, Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship.[3]

In year 9, students can choose the subjects which they'd like to pursue for GCSE level; years 10 and 11.

The following subjects are compulsory:

Whilst students have a choice from the following:



A range of vocational subjects are also available. The high school offers: Construction, Health & Social Care, Leisure & Tourism, Hospitality & Catering, ICT Diploma and Fashion.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Sundon Park Comprehensive School[edit]

  • Marion King, President UK & Ireland of MasterCard UK from 2012 to October 2014, and Chief Executive from 2002-2011 of BACS[4][5]
  • Stephen Sweeney, Professor of Physics
  • Nicky Wardley, Actress.

One of her best-known parts was in The Catherine Tate Show as Lauren Cooper's best friend Lisa Jackson, as well as other parts during the series. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. In 2016 she was cast as Miss Brahms in the one off special of Are You Being Served celebrating BBC Comedy[edit]

  1. ^ "Lealands High School Careers". Eteach. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Lealands High School - News & Events". Lealands.luton.sch.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  4. ^ Marion King
  5. ^ Luton News

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