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St Leonards School

St Leonards School

St Andrews, KY16 9QJ, UK

01334 472126



St Leonards School
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1877
Status Private Independent
Head of School Dr Michael Carslaw
Date Appointed August 2008
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 5-18
Number of pupils 535
Day fees per annum £8,700 - £14,208
Boarding fees per annum £22,746 - £34,653
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Ben Seymour
MYP Coordinator Kathryn McGregor
PYP Coordinator Julianne Pennycook

St Leonards is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school in the heart of St Andrews. Less than an hour from Edinburgh Airport, this special Scottish coastal town is renowned as the home of golf and Scotland's first university.

St Leonards is a progressive yet traditional British boarding school with the benefit of an international outlook. It welcomes pupils from around 27 nationalities, with boarding from age 10.

Boarding houses are stylish, comfortable, with a 'home-from-home' warmth. Many bedrooms have inspiring views of the sea beyond the pitches and playing fields. Class sizes are small and teachers know each student as an individual. A lively academic ethos encourages pupils to explore ideas and develop their thinking, enabling them to form ways of learning that last for life.


Pupils are welcomed from schools across Scotland, the UK and internationally. Children also move up from St Leonards Junior School, which received accreditation in 2018 to teach the PYP curriculum, and progress through the Middle Years to IGCSE and GCSE exams in Years 10 and 11. Everyone in Sixth Form studies the IB Diploma Programme, so each student follows a curriculum tailored to his or her individual requirements. In addition, a BTEC in Business combined with IB courses was introduced in August 2018 as a more vocational option for students in the Sixth Form.

St Leonards leads the way with its IB provision in Scotland and has excellent links with universities. The school recently held a conference on the IB, attended by Scotland's universities' admissions staff, and hosts annual Universities Fairs featuring UK and international higher education institutions.

Last year, 100% of St Leonards leavers who gained a place at university were offered their first or second choice. 83% achieved the equivalent of A*/A/B at A Level. The average points score was 33 - an excellent outcome in an all-IB Sixth Form that welcomes students with a range of academic abilities.

Elite, development and beginner golf programmes are offered, as well as activities including music, drama, art, sailing, outdoor pursuits and equestrian sports; with our own livery, students are welcome to bring their own horse. The school fosters an imaginative choice of projects for the CAS component of the IB. Recent examples include teaching languages to younger children, tree-planting, singing at community events and a sunrise swim in the North Sea for charity.

Entry requirements

Tests and interviews are held throughout the year. Entry into the IB Diploma Programme is by the school's own examination, along with school reports and interview. A Pre-IB programme is offered, usually for one year before a student starts sixth form.