19.03.21 : End of an Era

The last day of the Spring Term marked the end of an era at St Leonards as our whole school community said a fond farewell to Dr Michael Carslaw, who has led the school from strength to strength over the past 13 years. As Headmaster of St Leonards, Dr Carslaw has demonstrated vision, compassion, dedication, enthusiasm, energy, and outstanding leadership. He has been a true advocate of the International Baccalaureate and has shaped St Leonards to become the wonderful school we know and love, indeed Scotland's Top Independent School 2019.

Whilst we were sadly unable to gather in person to mark this important milestone in the St Leonards story, pupils and staff celebrated Dr Carslaw's years as Headmaster through a special virtual event which was live streamed for all pupils and staff. This included the screening of a bespoke film, created for the occasion of Dr Carslaw's retirement, reflecting on the many highlights of his time at St Leonards; a presentation of gifts and cards and, not forgetting, the latest addition to our trophy cabinet, the 'Carslaw Cup' which going forward will be awarded each year to the pupils who embodies the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

Representatives of the St Leonards Parents Association also gathered to present Dr Carslaw with a range of thoughtful and generous gifts in honour of his 13 years' service to the school. 

On behalf of the pupils, families, staff, Seniors, and friends of St Leonards, we wish Dr Carslaw, and his wife Nicola, a very happy and healthy retirement - together with their three daughters, Emilia, Olivia, and Anna, and their dog, Howie, they will be greatly missed.

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