St Leonards School Students

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 St Andrews, a small, historic seaside town on the east cost of Scotland, renowned as the home of golf.

Nearest airports: Dundee 25 minutes (15 miles), Edinburgh 1 hour and 10 minutes (47 miles)

Nearest railway stations: Leuchars 5 miles (12 minutes)

Admissions & Fees

Entry requirements

The selection procedures for all applicants are based on ability and aptitude.

In Years 8, 9, 10 and Pre-IB, entry is through the St Leonards Entrance Examination, the Common Entrance Examination or the St Leonards Scholarship Examination. Candidates sit papers in Maths and English. All students seeking entrance to the IB1 year group (S5/Year 12/Lower Sixth Form) will be required to sit the School’s own tests in English and Maths. Pupils 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. Children seeking entry to the Junior School are normally required to spend either a morning or afternoon in school to enable staff to assess their abilities. This helps to establish the correct level of entry for each child. Those wishing to enter Years P 4-7 are given entrance tests in English and Maths either during this time at St Leonards or at another agreed point.

Any Support for Learning issues highlighted by the tests will be investigated further. The Registrar can provide more details on this as well as the process for students with known specific learning needs.

Open days

Our Open Mornings are held three times a year – usually in September, February and May – and 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

It is the intention of the School that a St Leonards education should be available to anyone who would be capable of benefitting from it, regardless of background. The Governing Council of St Leonards is therefore committed to providing bursary assistance to talented pupils whose parents could not otherwise afford to send them to the School. The Council also seeks to enable pupils to remain at St Leonards in the event that their parents face unforeseen financial difficulties affecting payment of School fees. Bursary support up to the value of 100% of school fees can be given, based upon need. Support is provided in two ways: the St Leonards Assisted Places Scheme and via the Financial Assistance Fund.

Key points to note: 1. Assistance is means-tested; 2. Awards are available to both existing pupils and new applicants; 3. Only in exceptional circumstances will the award of a bursary be considered in the Junior School.

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£9038
Day fees per term£2753-£3796
Registration fee£100
Deposithalf a term’s fee for EEA students, one term’s fee for all others