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St Leonards School

St Leonards School

The Pends, St Andrews, KY16 9QJ, Fife

01334 472126



St Leonards School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1877
Acting Headmistress Mrs Dawn Pemberton-Hislop
Co-ed Age Range 5-18
Number of pupils 550
Day fees per annum £9,552 - £15,474
Boarding fees per annum £24,651 - £37,452
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7

St Leonards is an independent, coeducational, boarding and day school situated in an historic campus at the heart of the seaside, university town of St Andrews. It offers a world of opportunities for pupils from age five to 18 to excel academically and develop interests outside the classroom, ultimately ensuring that they leave as rounded, courteous, and confident individuals, fully equipped to tackle the challenges of today's rapidly changing world.

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 tradition.

St Leonards was the first school to be accredited as an all-through IB school in Scotland, and is one of only 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. This provides a seamless and coherent learner journey for pupils.

PYP pupils have a dedicated teaching and learning area within the school campus, whilst also accessing and enjoying facilities in Senior areas of the school. From Year 1 upwards, pupils are taught by subject specialists for PE, Games, Music, Drama, and French, and from Year 3 the pupils also enjoy specialist teaching for Art. In line with the IB Learner Profile, pupils are encouraged to be principled, caring, open-minded, knowledgeable, reflective, internationally-minded and balanced inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers. All of these values align with the school's ethos of outdoor learning as part of a rounded education, delivered both within the green and historic grounds, and beyond, on the beach, in the woods and on the water.

Beach School is a highlight of the weekly timetable. PYP pupils enjoy lessons on the nearby East Sands, which is just a two minute walk from the school campus. These lessons are vibrant and varied, and include everything from honing subtraction skills by creating and solving problems in the sand, to building bridges using natural materials as part of an inquiry into transport networks. Class reading books are taken down to the pier on bright days, to the fire pit in twilight hours, and even into the newly-built cosy yurt, complete with a wood burning stove, in wet weather. In addition, pupils enjoy developing their beekeeping, gardening, and bushcraft skills, both in curriculum lessons and as after-school activities.

A diverse programme of after-school activities opens doors to music, drama, dance, languages, film, arts and crafts, and a whole host of team and individual sports including hockey, rugby, football, lacrosse, swimming, running, and golf. St Leonards' leading five-tier Golf Programme, in partnership with the St Andrews Links Trust, caters for pupils from age eight upwards, with a dedicated tier for Junior pupils. Pupils enrolled on the programme have unrivalled access to the beautiful Links courses in the 'home of golf', as well as expert coaching and state-of-the-art sporting technology.

Boarding is available from age 10 and, thanks to an ambitious £4 million refurbishment programme over the past five years, boarders reside in houses with beautiful designer kitchens and spacious communal areas which are regularly used for fun evening and weekend activities. The bedrooms have been fitted with new built-in beds and study spaces with modern storage and lighting - some of the rooms even have stunning views over the town's cathedral ruins and school playing fields to the sea which lies beyond. Each house has a distinct décor and ambiance. For example, St Rule, the Junior boarding house, is very much a 'home from home' with a playful and informal aesthetic. There are plenty of comfy bean bags for movie nights, as well as a table tennis and pool table for evening games. However, the design of all three houses is underpinned by the same ethos: to provide a unique boarding experience that is rooted in tradition, but continually adapting and evolving to meet the needs of today’s young people.

At St Leonards, the healthy balance of outstanding sporting and co-curricular programmes alongside academic studies and outdoor learning opportunities ensures that pupils leave equipped with the skills to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Truly an education 'Ad Vitam'.