St Leonards

Scottish Field - - SCHOOLS FEATURE -

At ev­ery level, St Leonards School ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions, pro­vid­ing a world of op­por­tu­nity. Sit­u­ated in the heart of St An­drews, St Leonards is a thriv­ing co-ed school that of­fers out­stand­ing day and board­ing ed­u­ca­tion from five to 18 years. ‘The pri­mary years cur­ricu­lum is amaz­ing. Chil­dren are ex­cited to go to school and re­turn home brim­ming with ideas,’ ac­cord­ing to Ju­nior School par­ents. St Leonards Ju­nior School has beau­ti­ful, new and re­fur­bished class­rooms, an en­er­getic new Head­mas­ter and a dy­namic, re­freshed and in­spir­ing cur­ricu­lum. An am­bi­tious re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme en­sures stu­dents live in mod­ern, stylish com­fort in a coun­try house set­ting. Bed­rooms have views of the sea be­yond the play­ing fields and the sur­round­ing me­dieval walls. A Se­nior School fa­ther says: ‘ Since my chil­dren moved to St Leonards they have grown in con­fi­dence and tell me they feel this is ex­actly where they be­long.’ His chil­dren are switch­ing from day to board­ing. In the Sixth Form, where all stu­dents fol­low the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Diploma Pro­gramme, par­ents praise the cur­ricu­lum for deep­en­ing learn­ing, of­fer­ing wider sub­ject op­tions and en­rich­ing minds. The fa­ther of a for­mer pupil now at uni­ver­sity said his daugh­ter ‘had been an av­er­age achiever un­til aged 15, but on mov­ing to St Leonards she had blos­somed and left school with an IB Diploma that gave her a head-start at uni­ver­sity and was also highly val­ued by em­ploy­ers.’ For the sec­ond year run­ning, St Leonards has been ranked by the Sun­day Times as the Num­ber 1 In­de­pen­dent School Sixth Form in Scot­land for IB/A Level. In 2016, 86 per cent achieved the equiv­a­lent of A*/A/B at A Level. In­deed, 99 per cent of St Leonards ap­pli­cants were of­fered their first or sec­ond choice at uni­ver­si­ties within Scot­land, the wider UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally. The school also has well-es­tab­lished links with its neigh­bour, the Uni­ver­sity of St An­drews, giv­ing stu­dents fur­ther aca­demic and en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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