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SENIORSCHOOL201516 St Leonards is one of the UKs leading independent schools. From our beautiful campus in the inspiring university town of St Andrews the Senior School offers boarding and day education for girls and boys aged 12-18. With Scotlands only all- International Baccalaureate Sixth Form St Leonards gives students an internationally recognised qualification for life. We are a school with learning at our heart both inside the classroom and out. St Leonards offers unrivalled opportunities for sport music drama and art and we have a large programme of co-curricular activities. Our leavers go on to leading universities and careers throughout Scotland the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. ETHOS The curriculum is underpinned by well- established values that permeate the school from start to finish. From the youngest pupil in our Junior School to the oldest Sixth Former St Leonards students are guided by the enlightening principles of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. We aim for children to become communicators inquirers risk-takers and thinkers who are balanced caring open-minded principled knowledgeable and reflective. Our goal is to bring out the best in each pupil by recognising encouraging and developing their unique skills. We treat our students as individuals who think for themselves with their own aspirations potential and talents. There is a genuine community here and they are really great teachers. Current student The campus is bounded by medieval walls which once marked the perimeter of the ancient town priory providing our students with a safe and serene environment in which to learn. St Leonards has just completed a 2.5m redevelopment of the Junior School which is situated in its own section of the campus as part of its ongoing development programme. St Leonards boasts one of the most impressive campuses in the UK an expanse of land in the heart of St Andrews incorporating historic landmarks purpose-built facilities vast green spaces and magnificent views of the sea and surrounding town. On one side the pupils look on to St Andrews Bay and on the other the ancient ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. CAMPUS LOCATION The historic town of St Andrews is situated on the coast north-east of Edinburgh in the Kingdom of Fife. St Leonards is well served by public transport with regular local bus services and Leuchars railway station which is on the East Coast Mainline is just ten minutes away. The school also runs its own buses from surrounding towns and villages. St Andrews is within easy reach of the international airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow. In the Senior School students aged 12-16 benefit from our forward-thinking curriculum which is designed to maximise the potential of each and every student. We teach our students to work effectively communicate articulately respect others and participate with purpose. In Years 10 and 11 students take GCSEs and IGCSEs choosing from almost twenty subjects including the chance to study the three separate sciences French German or Spanish and Latin as well as a range of creative options. A one-year course also including GCSEs and IGCSEs and known as the Pre-IB is available as a means of preparation for the International Baccalaureate and is popular with students moving from the Scottish state school system as well as international students. SENIOR SCHOOL SIXTH FORM The International Baccalaureate IB provides a broad-based school leavers qualification which is recognised worldwide by universities and employers. On the Diploma Programme Sixth Form students study six courses three at higher level and three at standard level over two years. This ensures not only a breadth of experience in languages social studies the experimental sciences and mathematics but the opportunity to specialise in key subjects as required. In addition the programme has three core requirements a research-based Extended Essay a Theory of Knowledge course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge and CAS creativity action and service which requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. MUSIC The St Leonards Music School is a hive of tuneful activity playing host throughout the day to approximately 250 individual music lessons band and ensemble rehearsals and concerts. Facilities comprise a concert auditorium nine teachingpractice rooms and two full- sized classrooms. The building features work stations with the most up-to-date computers and software providing opportunities for innovative composition and performance. Music is offered at both GCSE and IB and the School has several choirs orchestras brass groups string ensembles a wind band pipe band and flute ensemble. The teaching staff demonstrate a fine balance between professionalism and friendliness that allows a channel of mutual respect between pupil and teacher. This approach creates a perfect environment for learning. Current Parent FACILITIES The historic priory walls which bound the campus might be ancient but within them our facilities are thoroughly modern. They include purpose-built music school and auditorium science digital language and ICT laboratories dedicated art and drama studios award- winning school dining hall indoor swimming pool squash courts all weather sports pitches extensive grass playing fields. ACTIVITIES We offer a wide range of after school and weekend activities which give our students the chance to broaden their horizons and develop key life skills. These can be practical and active for example learning business and leadership skills in the Young Enterprise group or developing team- building and problem-solving capabilities in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. But we also appeal to the intellectual with chess and science clubs or beginners Japanese lessons and to the ethical with the Amnesty International Group and Debating Society. We celebrate the Arts with drama clubs and bands creative writing for one of the student-led publications and the joys of Scottish Country Dancing Burns celebrations are of course one of the highlights of the year SPORT We are passionate about sport and our aim is to give our students a love of physical exercise that will stay with them for life. Sporting opportunities abound at St Leonards. Timetabled Games and PE lessons include rugby hockey lacrosse football athletics cricket tennis swimming and of course golf. Students take part in regular matches against other schools as well as travelling further afield for regional and national fixtures and competitions. We offer a range of clubs for sports from boxercise to kayaking and rock climbing to sailing. St Leonards students regularly receive regional and national sporting honours. Im on the hockey lacrosse tennis golf teams. I represented the school at multiple sports fixtures. They have really great facilities here and great opportunities to take part in competitions or sports each day or on the weekend. Theres always something going on that you can participate in. Current Student With the most famous golf links in the world right on our doorstep St Leonards students have an unrivalled chance to learn and play the game in its most revered location. They have access to the seven St Andrews Links courses including the world famous Old Course and benefit from the all-weather floodlit practice facilities at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. The golf programme at St Leonards is led by our Director of Golf who is also a PGA accredited instructor at the St Andrews Links. Students receive coaching as part of their timetabled PE lessons andor as a co-curricular activity choice. Those demonstrating a talent for the game may be invited to join the elite St Leonards Golf Programme. The school also hosts the prestigious annual St Leonards National Junior Golf Championship. GOLF Drama is taught as part of the timetabled curriculum and includes a Performing Arts GCSE and an IB Theatre Arts. Students can also take Trinity Guildhall speech and drama exams. Drama is offered as a co-curricular activity and many students appear in the school productions which are often performed in a professional theatre. Keen theatre lovers have the excitement of going on the biennial trip to New York and doing workshops on Broadway while our actors and technical crew enjoy the challenge of taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival. DRAMA Situated within two beautiful historic buildings St Leonards Art Department offers art classes and clubs as well as Art and Design at GCSE and IB. The Department believes that art is a form of communication that it is a means of expression aesthetic experience and problem solving. Throughout all year groups our aim is to encourage stimulate and develop the students through personal expression imagination conceptual thinking and practical skill. The art staff offer expertise in drawing and painting printmaking sculpture black and white photography digital photography textiles computer-aided design and video art. We have our own Artist-in-Residence and also arrange regular trips to galleries and exhibitions. ART DESIGN St Leonards decision to offer the gold standard qualification of the IB means we attract students not only from Scotland and the UK but also from Europe and beyond. Our beautiful setting and excellent results ensure that we are the school of choice for many international overseas students who bring a refreshing cosmopolitan air to our school community. We celebrate and share the diversity of over 30 nationalities represented in our student body in lessons and many special activities such as International Day the Chinese New Year Russian Christmas and St Nicolas Day celebrations. INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK I like the community all the people around me. They really help to study to revise and Ive made great friends and I think they will be friends for life. Current student BOARDING Boarding is at the heart of St Leonards and we welcome full weekly or flexi boarders. Each of the boarding houses has its own unique character but an overarching welcoming ethos ensures that boarding is always friendly with an emphasis on family atmosphere. We provide a home away from home for 150 students who are cared for by their Housemaster or Housemistress and Resident House Assistants. Each of the Houses is equipped with study bedrooms common rooms kitchen facilities computing facilities and games rooms. With their impressive staircases expansive communal areas and beautifully maintained period details our houses have a distinct country house feel. The School enjoys close links with the University of St Andrews Scotlands oldest university. These are exemplified by the annual appointment of an Associate Researcher to guide our students on the world of research. IB Diploma students also receive lectures from visiting members of the Universitys academic staff. St Leonards students have access to the University library and other facilities. UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS I love St Andrews and the close integration with the University. I use the University gym and we go to lectures there. Current student Our students are supported by a strong staff team. Each student has a tutor and a Head of Year who oversee his or her personal development. Every student at St Leonards is a member of an activity house to foster community spirit. All Sixth Form students are members of one of the Schools boarding houses in which they come under the daily care of the Housemaster or Housemistress. The Schools experienced Medical Centre staff provide expert care whenever needed and we also have a confidential Independent Listener and a chaplaincy team. Meals are taken in the Central Dining Room St Leonards is one of the only schools in the country to have received the Scottish Consumer Councils Healthy Living Plus Award. PASTORAL COMMUNITY St Leonards are part of a community beyond the School walls. The International Baccalaureate places great emphasis on students becoming valued and responsible members of society and Sixth Formers take part in a range of community-based initiatives. Students in other year groups regularly volunteer their services to local organisations too. Our students take part in local conservation projects help out in charity shops play a part in civic events and raise funds for good causes. St Leonards students and teachers regularly share their knowledge and expertise in a range of subjects with students from local schools and we share our facilities with many local groups. Our day students travel in from a radius of over 30 miles many using the St Leonards bus services. The school day begins at 8.30am with most activities ending at 5.30pm. Parents of day students can also use our convenient flexi boarding arrangements during the week. There are no distinctions between day and boarding students at St Leonards they are all part of the same friendly family. Day students therefore play a full part in boarding life too. In the Sixth Form they become members of one of the boarding houses and socialise relax and study there. They can also join in weekend activities and excursions and represent their house in inter-house competitions. DAY STUDENTS HISTORY St Leonards campus is rich in history having served as a place of education almost continuously since 1512 when it was first used as St Leonards College for poor clerks. St Leonards was established as a girls school in 1877 by St Andrews University professors and their wives. It was the first girls school to play lacrosse and is believed to be the inspiration for Enid Blytons Mallory Towers. In 1999 St Leonards became fully co-educational and now the school has equal numbers of boys and girls in attendance. Queen Marys House where Mary Queen of Scots is believed to have stayed was opened as Queen Marys Library in 1927 today it houses a range of research and learning resources for students. St Leonards has its own Junior School for children aged 5-12. It is situated in its own dedicated area within the St Leonards grounds but surrounded by gardens and play grounds and in a brand new building complete with new classrooms School Hall and activity areas. Junior School children also have access to the full range of campus facilities. Children in the Junior School are prepared for entry to the Senior School and transition events for Year 7 pupils take place in the last few weeks of the Summer term. JUNIOR SCHOOL Our aim is to provide a rich and varied education bringing out the best in each pupil. St Leonards School St Andrews Fife Scotland KY16 9QJ Tel 44 0 1334 472126 stleonards-fife.org