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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: 509; 121 full, 4 weekly/flexi boarders; sixth formers: 138
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,906 - £13,596; Boarding £26,970 - £33,162 pa
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The IB is a winner. Dr Carslaw has the world in his hands: St Leonards runs seamlessly from age five to 18... the IB niche gives it an academic edge with an international flavour. All he needs is more punters, though currently boarding is full, with waiting lists in some years. Loads of individual sports and international coaches – needle chaps’ tennis match in progress during our canter. Great new all-weather pitch, despite prolonged problems with Historic Scotland about floodlights, ‘which would damage the fabric of the city wall’...

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What the school says...

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 of being the only school in Scotland to have an all IB Diploma Sixth Form. Our pupils reap the rewards of our dedication - over 80% of our most recent leavers secured their first choice university places. Year upon year our GCSE candidates also turn in outstanding results whilst in St Leonards Junior School our pupils benefit from a first class grounding that sets them up for life-long achievement.

St Leonards students have the chance to learn, 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 St Andrews University and make the most of fabulous opportunities in drama, sport including golf, of course - music and art. Exciting times lie ahead too with work progressing well on an ambitious 2.5m redevelopment of St Leonards Junior School.
Boarders settle in quickly to their friendly, welcoming, well equipped accommodation and our beautiful, historic, safe campus is just minutes from a stunning coastline and historic sites. Its no wonder St Leonards is one of Scotlands most rapidly growing schools
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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 (Mike) Carslaw BSc MBA PhD (early 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 now has a head with vision, common sense and ambition, this is real CEO stuff; school is back on track, after suffering a variety of slings...

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