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St Leonards School
  • St Leonards School
    South Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9QJ
  • Head: Simon Brian
  • T 01334 472126
  • F 01334 476152
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Fife
  • Pupils: 595; sixth formers: 163
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £11,586 - £18,765; Boarding £22,833 - £44,232 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

It certainly takes guts to body swerve the usual British educational diet of A levels and Highers, but looking at St Leonards now and their seemingly accomplished all-through delivery of the IB, has that brave decision paid off? Parents told us, ‘They really are the IB experts’; ‘They were a bit chaotic a few years ago when our kids started and there used to be an exodus of pupils to Madras (local comprehensive) to do Highers. But not now, definitely not now.’ Every parent we spoke to thought the drama was outstanding, with particular praise for the teaching staff. In a rather Glastonbury fashion, the school has…

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What the school says...

Where else in the world would you find such an incredible school in such a perfect location? We are so fortunate to be in the heart of beautiful, historic St Andrews - with its Royal connections and premium University – yet only minutes away from the West and East Sands beaches of the East Fife coast. Our high performance academic programme offering the IB within such an inspirational environment means that our pupils can truly shine. With a second to none Golf Academy in the ‘home of golf’ as an added feature, St Leonards is most certainly one of Scotland’s hidden gems. ...Read more

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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 2021, Simon Brian. Studied French and German at the University of Edinburgh and taught in France and Austria before qualifying as a teacher at the Institute of Education in London. After teaching at Dulwich College and Highgate Schoo, he took on the role of deputy head (academic) at Cheltenham College and then more recently was appointed deputy head (academic) at Charterhouse in Surrey before picking up the reins at St Leonards post-pandemic.

To say we think Simon Brian is hands-on is putting it mildly. He’s the best-dressed parking attendant (we hadn’t realised who we were dealing with at this point), meeter and greeter (great welcome at front door) and, when we finally sat down for a chat, he was an engaged and thoughtful interviewee. Short of accessing the Ministry...

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Special Education Needs

St Leonards offers learning support for students with dyslexia and discalculia issues. Please contact the School for further details. 09-09

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