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St Leonards School

St Leonards School

South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9QJ, UK

01334 472126



St Leonards School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1877
Status Private Independent
Head Mr Simon Brian
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 5-18 years (boarding from 10)
Number of pupils 593
Junior School (Years 1-6) Day: £10,726 - £13,296 per annum
Junior School (Years 1-6) Boarding: £26,289 per annum
Senior School (Years 7-13) Day: £16,350 - £17,374 per annum
Senior School (Years 7-13) Boarding: £31,956 - £40,954 per annum
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP, IBCP
CP Coordinator Ben Seymour
Diploma Coordinator Ben Seymour
MYP Coordinator Kathryn McGregor
PYP Coordinator Catherine Brannen
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC, IB

St Leonards is an independent, coeducational, boarding and day school situated on an historic campus at the heart of St Andrews, Scotland. Less than an hour from Edinburgh Airport, the beautiful coastal town is renowned as the 'home of golf' and of the UK's top university. St Leonards was named Scotland's Independent School of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times Good Schools Guide and, most recently, was named the UK's Independent School of the Year 2022 for International Student Experience.

It is international and progressive in outlook, yet rooted in Scottish tradition. There are pupils of 34 nationalities on the school roll; full, flexi and weekly boarding is offered from age ten. Over the past six years, St Leonards has invested over £5 million in the refurbishment of its boarding houses, which are very much a 'home from home'. Houses have state-of-the-art kitchens and spacious, comfortable social areas. Many bedrooms have unrivalled views over the town's mediaeval cathedral ruins and the North Sea that lies beyond the school playing fields.

St Leonards is one of two schools 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 and Service Learning, as well as for the MYP Community Project. Recent examples include sewing scrubs for frontline medical teams, preparing, fundraising for the RNLI and preparing and delivering meals to those in need in the community as part of a project called 'Beyond Education: Being Human'. To help pupils prepare for life after school, there are higher education and careers fairs each year featuring UK and international institutions, and a stimulating calendar of lectures delivered by guest speakers.

In 2022, the average points score was 36, with 83% of all Higher Level subjects graded 7, 6, or 5. This strong set of results led to leavers securing places at their first choice university, with the most popular destinations this year including the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Bristol, Durham and University College London.

Timetables are designed to establish a healthy balance of sporting and co-curricular activities alongside high academic achievement, with over 50 activities offered. The leading six-tier Golf Programme continues to go from strength to strength, and the broad programme of activities includes everything from apiary to aquathlon, ukulele group to Model United Nations. An exciting calendar of trips on top ensures pupils leave St Leonards equipped with skills for life, 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.