Admissions staff from some of the world’s leading universities said they were ‘blown away’ by the welcome they received when they visited St Leonards on Friday, November 11.
The representatives from 20 colleges and universities across Europe and North America came to our school as part of a series of careers events for students in Years 11, 12 and 13 (S4, S5, S6).
It included an International Universities Fair in the School Hall. It was packed with pupils, parents and teachers wanting to find out more about studying at US institutions such as Cornell University in New York, and European cities including in Italy, Spain and Switzerland, as well as in England. The International Universities Day was in addition to St Leonards annual UK Universities Day, scheduled for later this academic year, attended by representatives from Scotland's universities including St Andrews, Dundee and Edinburgh.
Friday's event was organised by St Leonards head of careers Aileen Rees. She said: “The visiting admissions staff said they were 'blown away' by the welcome they received and by our students. They asked if they could come back again – and, of course, I’ve said yes!”
Members of St Leonards Pipe Band accompanied the visitors on a walk through St Leonards grounds and to lunch in the school’s Central Dining Room.
Mrs Rees said: “At St Leonards we study the tried and trusted International Baccalaureate and so our students are held in the highest esteem by universities in Scotland and globally. This year 99% of our students were offered their first or second choice at university; 98% of those applying to a Scottish university were offered a place.”