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St Leonards School

St Leonards School

The Pends, St Andrews, KY16 9QJ, UK

01334 472126



St Leonards School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1877
Status Private Independent
Headmaster Mr Simon Brian
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 5-18 years
Number of pupils 575
Day fees per annum £9,840 - £15,939
Boarding fees per annum £24,342 - £37,920
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP, IBCP
CP Coordinator Ben Seymour
Diploma Coordinator Alfonso Iannone
MYP Coordinator Kathryn McGregor
PYP Coordinator Catherine Brannen

St Leonards is an independent, coeducational, boarding and day school situated in an historic campus at the heart of St Andrews. Less than an hour from Edinburgh airport, the seaside town is renowned as the home of golf and Scotland’s first university.

St Leonards was named Scotland's Independent School of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times Good Schools Guide. It is international and progressive in outlook, yet rooted in Scottish traditions. At present, there are pupils from 37 nationalities on the school roll; boarding is offered from age 10.

Over the past three years, St Leonards has invested £4 million to refurbish its boarding houses, which are very much a 'home from home'. The renovated houses have beautiful, state-of the art kitchens and spacious communal areas. A number of the bedrooms even have stunning views over the town’s medieval cathedral ruins and the North Sea that lies beyond.

St Leonards was the first school to be accredited as an all-through IB school in Scotland, and is the only school in the UK to actively offer all four IB programmes. The youngest pupils follow the PYP, followed by the MYP and (I)GCSEs. In the Sixth Form, pupils choose between the CP and the DP. The school fosters an imaginative choice of projects for CAS, as well as for the MYP Community Project. Recent examples include tree-planting and a sunrise swim in the North Sea for charity.

To help pupils prepare for life after school, there is an annual higher education and careers fair featuring UK and international institutions, and a stimulating calendar of lectures delivered by guest speakers. In 2020, the average points score was 34.4, with 85.7% of all Higher Level subjects graded 7, 6, or 5. This strong set of results led to 87% of leavers securing a place at their first choice university, including the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, and Bristol.

Timetables are designed to establish a healthy balance of outstanding sporting and co-curricular programmes alongside excellent academic studies, with over 35 activities offered. The leading five-tier Golf Programme continues to go from strength to strength, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is the fastest growing of all Scottish independent schools, and an exciting calendar of trips and activities ensures pupils leave St Leonards equipped with the skills required to succeed in today's ever-changing world. Truly an education 'Ad Vitam'.

Entry requirements

Tests and interviews are held throughout the year. For older pupils, entry is by CAT4 assessment, along with school reports and interviews. A Pre-IB programme is offered, usually for one year before a student starts Sixth Form.