The Junior School follows an enriching and broad curriculum which provides the best opportunities for learning.
We take our motto 'Ad Vitam' very seriously. We are educating the boys and girls of St Leonards Junior School for life in its fullest sense. Everything your child does at school, whether in class, on the sports field, doing homework or learning an instrument reflects this.
The curriculum forms the core of education and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer both in the classroom and in the world outside. In Years 1-6, the curriculum followed is the inspiring IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
All classes are small and receive tuition in the following subjects: English, Maths, French, Social Studies, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education, Art, Music, Drama, PE, Swimming and Games. ICT as a timetabled subject is introduced at Year 3.
Year 7 is the first year of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which continues into Years 8 and 9 in the Senior School. This curriculum reflects the importance of pupils being ‘at the top of the Junior School’ and is subject based throughout. It is designed to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to GCSEs, IGCSEs and beyond. Year 6 and 7 classes also have use of the facilities of the Senior School laboratories for classes, and some additional Year 7 lessons are taught in the Senior School buildings, helping to familiarise pupils with the next stage of 'life at St Leonards'.
Wrap around care for all Junior School pupils is available from 8.00am - 5.30pm at no additional charge.
An all-round education
Junior School pupils have scheduled physical activities at least four days out of five during the week. The main sports are rugby, swimming, netball, lacrosse, tennis, cricket, athletics, hockey and football. Regular fixtures are arranged with local schools and we also host an annual, national Under 9 rugby tournament.
All pupils have the chance to try their hand at golf, with coaching taking place at the nearby St Andrews Links Golf Practice Centre. Those who show talent for the game can join the St Leonards Golf Programme.
Pupils can take individual lessons in a variety of musical instruments, be part of musical bands, perform in regular concerts and sit music exams. They also have the chance to perform in drama productions and sit drama exams.
Regular charity fund raising events - the highlight being the annual sponsored fun run - help pupils to understand their greater role within society. A full range of co-curricular activities is offered and regular trips and excursions move learning out of the classroom. Pupils in Year 7 normally have the chance to visit Normandy to enhance their language skills and understanding of other cultures.A pupils’ School Council, with representatives from each class, meets regularly. Pupils’ concerns, opinions and ideas are brought to the attention of the Headmistress and discussed, with decisions being made as necessary.