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SIXTHFORM201516 I am a passionate advocate of the education and ethos of the International Baccalaureate and proud to be Headmaster of St Leonards an accredited IB World School. We are the only school in Scotland to concentrate 100 on the IB in the Sixth Form and as one of the first schools to offer the qualification here we have built up an enviable level of expertise and experience. St Leonards is also one of the UKs leading independent schools and offers Sixth Formers from United Kingdom and around the world the chance to study in the beautiful and inspiring university town of St Andrews. Dr Michael Carslaw BSc MBA PhD Headmaster St Leonards School THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE The International Baccalaureate was founded in Switzerland in 1968 in order to provide a broad-based school leavers qualification which would be recognised around the world by universities and employers. Today the IB programme is followed in 140 countries by more than a million students. The International Baccalaureate is a gold standard and has the highest of aims. Its mission statement says The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME The IB Diploma is equivalent to A levels and HighersAdvanced Highers. In addition we offer IB CertificatesCourses which are standalone IB subject courses. On the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 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. We offer an enviable range of subjects from which they can choose Art Design Biology Chemistry Economics English Classical Greek Geography History History of Art Languages including French German Italian Spanish Russian and Mandarin Latin Maths Music Physics Theatre Visual Arts. In addition to the six subjects the IB programme has three core requirements The Extended Essay A requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. Theory of Knowledge A course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing perception emotion language and reason and different kinds of knowledge scientific artistic mathematical and historical. CAS Creativity Action and Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. DIPLOMA PROGRAMME CORE The IB encourages creativity. Sixth Formers can take up a musical instrument and also be part of a choir band orchestra or ensemble. There are other performance opportunities in the drama club or school productions and even the challenge of taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival. Students can also pursue art design and photography or write for one of our student-led publications. CREATIVITY I enjoy the after school drama club. You get to know people better through activities and its really good fun. Current IB student IB students must show examples of physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle and complementing their academic work for example in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Students also help set up sports activities and play in teams. They can choose from a wide variety of sports including athletics cricket tennis swimming hockey football and rugby do watersports or try contemporary dance. 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. ACTION SERVICE The International Baccalaureate places great emphasis on students becoming valued and responsible members of society and Sixth Form students take part in a range of community-based initiatives. They help in local charity shops or community organisations take part in conservation projects assist with Riding for the Disabled and have even abseiled down the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for charity. UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS Since its inception the IB qualification has remained constant there has been no grade inflation and the syllabus finds huge favour with university admissions officers. Research has shown that IB students are more likely to go to a top 20 UK university more likely to achieve a 1st or 21 degree and to be employed in graduate level and higher paid jobs. According to the Director of Admissions at Cambridge University If we are hesitating about making an offer at all we would be more likely to make an offer to an IB student than an A-level student. We like the IB. The IB is a very good preparation for a degree at Oxford. Dr Alexandra Lumbers Academic Director at Jesus College Oxford January 2014. Dr Geoff Parks Director of Admissions at Cambridge October 2011. UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS Approximately one third of our students go on to study at a Scottish university. Recent destinations have included Edinburgh and St Andrews. A further third go on to study elsewhere in the UK including Oxford Cambridge and the London School of Economics. The remaining third take up places at universities all over the world most recently in Boston Munich and Toronto. Courses have included Law Medicine International Relations Engineering Chemistry Art and Geology. I really enjoy the academic side of St Leonards and the small classes sizesand the sport is amazing. Current IB student INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK St Leonards is proud of its Scottish heritage and traditions and draws the majority of its students from Scotland and the rest of the UK. However the appeal of the IB has also enabled an international outlook to flourish within the School with students from over 30 different nationalities rubbing shoulders in the classroom. It is an excellent way for our students to learn about the global nature of the world today. LINKSWITHTHE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS St Leonards students benefit from lectures given by visiting members of the Universitys academic staff and from having access to the University library. In addition Sixth Formers also have a direct link to the research community of Scotlands oldest university via the St Andrews Associate Researcher. The Researcher assists students with their Theory of Knowledge studies guides them on research and acts as a general point of contact within the University. This is an exchange that undoubtedly contributes to the intellectual profile of the town. Professor Dina Iordanova former Provost of St Leonards College and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of St Andrews. All Sixth Form students are members of one of the Schools boarding houses. Where they can socialise relax and study. They come under the daily care of the Housemaster or Housemistress and are also given academic support by a personal tutor and a Head of Year. Boarding is at the heart of St Leonards and we welcome full weekly or flexi boarders. We provide a home away from home for students who choose to board which includes around 50 of the Sixth Form and many more who use our flexi boarding service. Each of the Houses are equipped with study bedrooms common rooms kitchen facilities wi-fi computing facilities and games rooms. PASTORAL CARE All the houseparents are really approachable. I made friends really easily it feels like I have an extra family. It is nice to go home but great to come back to St Leonards. Current IB student As young adults St Leonards Sixth Formers enjoy the advantages of going to school in a small safe town but which thanks to the University of St Andrews and the world-famous golf courses has a cosmopolitan and lively outlook and excellent facilities. In their free time students can enjoy the caf culture shops or a trip to the cinema in town or take a stroll along the seashore and harbour. SIXTH FORM LIFE IN ST ANDREWS I love St Andrews and the fact that the school is in the middle of the town. There is everything you need in St Andrews and there is always so much to do. I have now applied to study at the University. Current IB student LOCATION AND ACCESS The historic town of St Andrews is situated on the coast north-east of Edinburgh. It is well served by public transport and is conveniently located just 25 minutes from Dundee one hour from Edinburgh and 90 minutes from Glasgow. For day students the school also runs its own buses from surrounding towns and villages. Edinburgh and Glasgow have major international airports and Dundee has regular flights to and from London. 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. St Leonards Senior School Scotlands International Baccalaureate Leader The Scotsman newspaper January 2010 St Leonards School St Andrews Fife Scotland KY16 9QJ Tel 44 0 1334 472126 stleonards-fife.org