St Leonards School

St Leonards is one of the UK’s leading independent schools. From our beautiful campus in the inspiring university town of St Andrews, we offer boarding and day education for boys and girls aged 5 -19. Featuring Scotland’s only all-International Baccalaureate Sixth Form, St Leonards gives pupils an internationally recognised qualification for life.


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)

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 are also given formal entrance assessments, either during the day in school, 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.  Candidates sit papers in English and Maths.

St Leonards Sixth Form

Students entering the Lower Sixth Form (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.

Open days

Open Mornings are held twice a year – usually in October and May, offer a great opportunity to find out more about life at St Leonards. You will have a chance to meet the Headmaster, the Admissions Team, teachers and – the most important people at St Leonards – our pupils, who will take you on a tour of the campus.  However, any day is considered an open day at St Leonards, so visits out with our Open Morning events are welcomed and can be arranged to suit the visiting family.

Scholarships and academic bursaries

The Governing Council of St Leonards School is offering a limited number of Academic Bursaries to pupils from Year 5 upwards with good academic standing, starting in academic year 2018/19. The aim is to make a St Leonards education available to a number of pupils who for financial reasons may not have considered joining St Leonards School.

Candidates will be tested in English and Mathematics.  Applications are open to new and existing students.

It must be noted that there are a limited number of places. Most are day places but some full-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. 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.