The size of the School ensures each pupil is known and respected as an individual with their own needs, qualities and personalities. All therefore feel safe, secure and well looked after.
There is a distinctive warmth to St Leonards. It is palpable at the first visit and is sustained throughout a family’s time here. Positive values and attitudes are encouraged throughout the School, nurturing self-worth.
Network of support
First and foremost, St Leonards is a welcoming school. Pupils are encouraged to look out for one another and demonstrate the qualities of friendliness, compassion and loyalty.
Each pupil has ready access to a tutor, who supports and oversees his/her personal development. Working closely with their tutors, pupils track their progress and agree targets. Tutors and pupils are further supported by sectional Heads of Year, who liaise with parents. Interim reports are emailed to parents twice a term, before a final end-of-term report.
We are responsive to individuals’ needs, particularly at times of transition whether it be joining the school, choosing subject options, or career and university choices. Key staff work closely together at such times to ensure informed decisions are made.
Students in Year 11 and the sixth form will also receive invaluable careers advice as they begin to think about life after St Leonards.
All Sixth Form pupils, whether day or boarding, are members of one of the School’s three boarding houses, in which they come under the daily, dedicated and professional care of the Housemaster/Housemistress and Resident House Assistants. A caring ear is therefore never far away.
Overseas pupils will also have a UK based guardian from the point at which they begin their studies until the point at which they leave the School.
Each and every pupil at St Leonards is a member of one of four activity houses – Harris, Lewis, Mull and Skye. Tremendous camaraderie is fostered by regular inter-house competitions, enabling pupils to feel part of a strong team.
In addition, Senior pupils support younger pupils as Prefects and Tutor Group Mentors.
The School’s experienced Medical Centre staff provide expert care whenever needed and we also have a confidential Independent Listener and a chaplaincy team.
Seamless journey from Junior School to Senior School
The Junior and Senior Schools at St Leonards are closely integrated and, as you would expect in a straight-through school, the transition is seamless.
On a practical level our Junior pupils will already be familiar with Senior School pupils and members of the Senior School teaching staff. That’s because Sixth Form students get involved helping Junior School pupils with the likes of language studies, and because the Junior pupils will already have received some lessons from Senior teachers.
In addition, towards the end of their Junior School days, pupils in Year 7 spend a full, timetabled week at the Senior School. It’s great preparation before they take the step up for real.
A self sustaining environment
The ethos of respect, good behaviour, tolerance and good humour has its own momentum at St Leonards. High expectations for pupils' work, attendance and behaviour are a natural part of the School culture and this supports high quality learning and community wellbeing.St Leonards is a school that delights in celebrating pupil achievements and enjoying and sharing their successes.