Our overriding aims are to make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience and to bring out the best in every pupil.
The Junior School is situated in its own, dedicated area within the expansive and secure St Leonards campus, set within the historic walls of the former St Andrews Abbey. As well as having access to the full range of facilities that the recently redeveloped campus has to offer, Junior School children have their own playing fields and play areas.
Now fully established in our new building, we are looking forward to exciting new developments in our curriculum. In 2015 we introduced the Primary Years programme of the International Baccalaureate, and received accreditation in January 2018. This has considerably enhanced the ability of the pupils to learn and to think independently. This ultimately prepares them for the challenges that lie ahead - not just in the Senior School, but throughout their life. We aim to provide children with the skills that they will need as adults in a rapidly changing world.
Both our Junior and Senior pupils feed off the inspirational buzz that comes from being at the heart of the famous university town of St Andrews. Award winning beaches, historic landmarks and stunning countryside are just minutes away. Of course, St Andrews is also the home of golf so it’s natural that we give our pupils the chance to learn and play the game.
A carefully planned programme
Our class sizes allow pupils to be treated as individuals and at the same time learn how to work together. A carefully planned education programme provides them with a thorough grounding in core areas and specialist input in distinct subjects as they progress through the School. A full range of co-curricular activities gives pupils the chance to follow up on existing passions and discover and develop new ones.
St Leonards is very much one school and close interaction exists between the Junior and Senior sections. Like their Senior School colleagues, Junior School pupils are guided by the enlightening principles of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile.
Children in the Junior School are ultimately prepared for entry to the Senior School. A number of transition events for Year 7 pupils take place in the last few weeks of the Summer term to prepare them for the move.
Entry to the Junior School can take place at any stage, although the main points of entry are Year 1 (P1) and Year 4 (P4). Early application is advised as demand for places is extremely high. Please go to our How to Apply page to find out more and apply.