St Leonards School

St Leonards is one of the UK’s leading independent schools. From our beautiful campus in the historic university town of St Andrews, we offer boarding and day education for boys and girls aged 5-19. St Leonards is the first school in Scotland to be accredited as an all-through International Baccalaureate school, delivering the inspiring Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma in the Sixth Form, giving pupils an internationally recognised qualification for life. In 2019, St Leonards was named Scotland’s Independent School of the Year by the Sunday Times Schools Guide.


St Leonards is located in the centre of St Andrews, a small, historic seaside town on the east coast of Scotland.  Home to the game of golf and Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews is an unrivalled location to start your child’s education.  Idyllic beaches, heritage landmarks and spectacular countryside are all within walking distance of the school.

Nearest airports: Dundee 20 minutes (15 miles), Edinburgh just over 1 hour (47 miles)

Nearest railway stations: Leuchars 5 miles (12 minutes)

Further information

Situated within medieval walls in the heart of St Andrews, St Leonards offers an outstanding education for boarding and day pupils aged 5-19. Following three years as the Sunday Times Schools Guide’s Top Independent School Sixth Form in Scotland for IB/A Level results, St Leonards was named Scotland’s Independent School of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times Schools Guide.

Just one hour from Edinburgh, St Leonards is a leading IB school, combining academic excellence with superb facilities, an unrivalled location in the Home of Golf, and an international outlook.

Thanks to an ambitious £4m refurbishment plan, students live in modern, stylish comfort in a country house setting, where bedrooms have sea views beyond the playing fields. Phase one of the Ollerenshaw house redevelopment was completed in 2018, creating a smart social heart to the house, and work to transform St Rule will result in a dedicated prep boarding house with a family feel. Full, flexi and weekly boarding is available from age 10.

St Leonards has a dedicated Golf Programme for players of all abilities, run in partnership with the St Andrews Links Golf Academy, and with more than 35 co-curricular activities on offer, plus sports, and well-established links with the University of St Andrews, students have countless opportunities to develop new and existing interests, wherever they may lie.

Admissions & Fees

Entry requirements

St Leonards Junior School (Year 1-7)

Children seeking entry are normally required to spend either a morning or afternoon in school to enable teaching staff to assess their abilities in reading, language and number.  This helps to establish the correct level of entry for each child. Those wishing to enter Years 4–7 sit CAT4 assessments, either during the school day or at some other agreed time.

Any support for learning issue highlighted is investigated further using the same procedures as those where an additional support need is already known.

St Leonards Senior School (Years 8, 9, 10 and Pre-IB)

Entry is through CAT4 Entrance Assessments and previous school reports.  Students seeking entry are also recommended to visit the school and attend an interview with the Headmaster. This helps to establish the correct level of entry for each student.

Entrance Examinations are held at individually arranged times.

St Leonards Sixth Form

Students entering Year 12 are usually expected to have gained:

  • GCSE Grade B for Higher Level subjects and grade C for Standard Level subjects;
  • An acceptable international equivalent to those mentioned above.

All students will be required to sit CAT4 tests in Maths and English.  Students for whom English is not their first language are expected to have obtained a standard of English equivalent to the Cambridge First Certificate or IELTS academic grade 6.

Further parent information about the CAT4 entrance assessments

Open Mornings

Open Mornings are held twice a year, typically in October and May. This is an opportunity to tour the beautiful school grounds, meet the Headmaster and Junior School Head, Admissions Team, key members of academic staff and, most importantly, our current pupils. However, any day is an open day at St Leonards, and we very much welcome visits out with our Open Mornings at a time to suit you and your family. Individual visits can be arranged by contacting the Admissions Team at

Scholarships and Academic Bursaries

The Governing Council of St Leonards School offers a limited number of Academic Bursaries to pupils from Year 5 upwards with good academic standing. The aim is to make a St Leonards education accessible to as many people as possible, including those who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise have considered St Leonards.

Candidates for Academic Bursaries are tested in English and Mathematics, and applications are now open to new and existing students. It must be noted that there are a limited number of assisted places. Most are day places but some fully-funded boarding places can become available.  Academic Bursaries may be given up to a level of 100% of fees, however, the level of fees is determined following a means-tested assessment of parental income. Further details are available from the Bursar.

Scholarships at St Leonards are awarded as a means of recognising achievement and excellence in academic study, sport, music, drama, art and golf. They are not associated with any remission on fees, although a gift voucher may be awarded to successful candidates.


Boarding fees per term£8990 - £11054
Day fees per term£3320 - £4532
Registration fee£100
DepositDay Students £500, EEA boarding students - half a terms fee, non-EEA boarders - a full terms fees.