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  • St Leonards School
    South Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9QJ
  • Head: Dr Michael Carslaw
  • T 01334 472126
  • F 01334 476152
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Fife
  • Pupils: 535; sixth formers: 124
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £8,700 - £14,208; Boarding £22,746 - £34,653 pa
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Adopted the IB in 2006. Carslaw an IB enthusiast, ‘better to have scientists who can write essays’; the IB is popular with international pupils, of whom, as we write, there are over 30 different nationalities; and is 'still delighted to be part of such a vibrant school community with so much going on.' Obvious good rapport with both staff and pupil: fun; our canter round the school was a delight. It being St Andrews, golf reigns supreme with about a third of the school playing; all lucky boarders can and do...

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What the school says...

Situated in the heart of St Andrews, St Leonards offers outstanding day and boarding education, combining exceptional academic achievement with a friendly atmosphere and a world of opportunity.

St Leonards is proud to be the only school in Scotland to have an all-IB Diploma Sixth Form. Our pupils reap the rewards of our dedication - last year 100% of St Leonards leavers who gained a place at university were offered their first or second choice, and 83% of candidates achieved the equivalent of A*/A/B at A Level. Year upon year our GCSE candidates turn in outstanding results, whilst pupils in the Junior School follow the inspiring International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

St Leonards students have the chance to live, work and play in a unique seaside setting, and to feed off the inspirational buzz that comes from being right in the heart of a famous university town. Our pupils thrive on well-established links with the University of St Andrews, and make the most of fabulous opportunities in drama, sport including golf, of course, and music and art.

Boarding houses are stylish and comfortable, with a ‘home-from-home’ warmth. Many bedrooms have inspiring views of the sea beyond the pitches and playing fields. As part of an ongoing £3m programme of investment in boarding, our girls' house, Bishopshall, reopened in 2016 following a complete redevelopment. The first phase of work in our boys' boarding house, Ollerenshaw, was completed in August 2018.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: primary years - primary years is a programme for ages 3-12.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Dr Michael Carslaw BSc MBA PhD (50s), educated at Merchiston, read zoology at Newcastle, spent three years doing VSO in Ghana (‘discovered I loved teaching’) followed by PGCE at Exeter (‘where I met my wife’); comes to St Leonards via City of London Freemen's and Ardingly (responsible for more heads than you can shake a stick at). A Scot and a weedgie (as is this editor: work it out) he is a shoo-in and won The Tatler public school head of the year a couple of years back (he would have won ours too, but we don’t do that sort of thing). St Leonards has a head with vision, common sense and ambition, this is real CEO stuff.

Academic matters

School prides itself on 'high quality education right from the preparatory school through to...

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