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  • 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: 565; sixth formers: 150
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,840 - £15,939; Boarding £24,342 - £37,920 pa
  • Open days: 2 October 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

School prides itself on 'high quality education right from the preparatory school through to the senior school.' School appoints a St Leonards Associate Researcher or two, often a PhD student at St Andrews, to liaise with pupils and point them at the joys of research. Outstanding art department, attracting pupils outside normal lessons as well as curricular - huge range of alternative media, dark rooms, textiles etc. Head of art was hanging fiendish model…

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What the school says...

Situated in the heart of St Andrews, St Leonards offers outstanding boarding and day education, combining academic achievement with a friendly atmosphere and a world of opportunity. Pupils are prepared 'Ad Vitam' (for life) with its ups and downs, opportunities and challenges.

St Leonards was the first school in Scotland to be accredited as an all-through International Baccalaureate school, delivering the inspiring curriculum from age five to 18. This ensures that pupils have a seamless and coherent learner journey. Our pupils reap the rewards of our dedication, and year upon year our leavers secure places at top universities in the UK and across the world.

At St Leonards, pupils have the chance to live, work, and play in an idyllic seaside setting, and to feed off the inspirational buzz that comes from being in the heart of a university town. There are a wealth of curricular and co-curricular opportunities at St Leonards, with over 50 activities on offer - everything from beekeeping to basketball. The School has well-established links with the University of St Andrews; runs a leading five-tier Golf Programme in partnership with the St Andrews Links Trust; and there are fabulous opportunities for budding thespians, musicians, and artists too.

Boarding houses are stylish and comfortable, with a 'home-from-home' warmth and state-of-the-art kitchens following a £4 million programme of redevelopment over the past five years. Lots of the bedrooms have views over the playing fields to the medieval cathedral and the sea beyond. St Leonards truly is an idyllic place to live and learn.
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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 September 2021, Simon Brian, previously deputy head at Charterhouse in Surrey and before that deputy head at Cheltenham College. Grew up in England and Hong Kong and educated at Ripon Grammar School in North Yorkshire. Studied French and German at Edinburgh. Taught in France and Austria before qualifying as a teacher at the IoE, London, after which he rose through the ranks at Dulwich then Highgate School. Married to Veronique, who is from Rouen, France; they have three sons and share a passion for languages and travel.


At any time, including mid-term. Accepts CE, but usually own (written) entrance assessment (English and maths) or scholarship exam. Seamless transition from juniors to seniors. Six GCSEs or equivalent for sixth with 7s and 6s in subjects to be studied at higher level in the IB. 'We...

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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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