St Leonards School

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Headmaster's Welcome

St Leonards is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school in the heart of St Andrews for ages 5-18. The school has a reputation for high achievement within a culture of creativity, enabling students to develop into well-rounded, courteous and confident individuals. We are thrilled that St Leonards was recently named by the Sunday Times as Scotland's Independent School of the Year 2019, a prestigious accolade, which is testament to the hard work of pupils, staff and the whole school community.

We are a school with learning at our heart, both inside and outside the classroom. A programme of over 35 co-curricular activities enables children not only to pursue existing passions, but also to discover new ones.

St Andrews is an unrivalled location for your child's education. Idyllic beaches, heritage landmarks and spectacular countryside are all within walking distance of the of the school. The St Leonards campus is set amidst beautiful medieval walls and holds a mixture of historic and modern buildings, multiple sports fields, an AstroTurf and a 25m swimming pool.

Thanks to an extensive £4m programme of refurbishment, boarders at St Leonards live in modern, stylish comfort in a country house setting, where bedrooms have sea views beyond the school playing fields. Bishopshall boarding house reopened in August 2016 after a complete redevelopment, and the first phase of transforming Ollerenshaw was completed in summer 2018, creating a smart, yet homely social heart to the house.

In addition to the remarkable resources within the school grounds, we are privileged to have close links with the St Andrews University, access to the Byre Theatre and world renowned golf courses and facilities.

Academically, we offer the world-leading International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma exclusively in our Sixth Form. A global alternative to Scottish Highers and English A Levels, our students leave St Leonards with more than an exam certificate; they leave equipped with an internationally recognised qualification for life, going on to leading universities and careers throughout Scotland, the United Kingdom and the world.

For three consecutive years, St Leonards has been ranked Top Independent Scottish School Sixth Form for IB/A Level by the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide.

We welcome students from over 32 different nationalities, and full, flexi and weekly boarding options are available from age 10. A school bus service for day students operates in and around Fife, Dundee and Perth.

The school motto is 'Ad Vitam', interpreted as 'for life', and those words permeate every aspect of what we do at St Leonards. It is a place where learning and friendships are made for life.

I very much hope to welcome you to the school to visit. When you cross the St Leonards threshold, you will find a unique and vibrant school, which we look forward to sharing with you.

Dr Michael Carslaw BSc, MBA, PhD
Headmaster, St Leonards School