outdoor learning & the pyp

The International Baccalaureate, and in particular the Primary Years Programme (PYP), delivered in Years 1-6 at St Leonards, lends itself to learning outdoors. By engaging with real consequence and challenge, both inside the classroom and out, our pupils learn to be risk-takers, open-minded, knowledgeable, reflective, balanced, principled, caring, inquirers, thinkers and communicators. They embody the key attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

Outdoor learning is at the heart of the curriculum and co-curriculum at St Leonards, whether it is taking a Maths lesson down to the beach - just two-minute walk from the school campus - to practise fractions in the sand, bringing forces to life in a Unit of Inquiry by the shoreline, or settling down by the firepit with the class reading book in our dedicated Outdoor Classroom.

Extracurricular activities, too, make the most of our unique surroundings, for Bushcraft Club, beekeeping, runs along the Fife Coastal Path and beyond, and not forgetting the annual Sandcastle Competition.

There are campouts and residential adventure trips; pupils tend the St Leonards Croft, growing vegetables for use in our school kitchens; Gardening Club is a firm favourite on the activity programme, and creating the perfect environment for pollinators is high on the agenda in the Junior years.

The great outdoors offers a diversity of experience that simply cannot be found inside the classroom, and at St Leonards, we pride ourselves on harnessing the benefits of learning outside for our young people, and giving them every possible opportunity to develop themselves as IB learners in a fully rounded environment - both indoors, and out.

Visit St Leonards

To arrange a visit to St Leonards, please contact our Admissions Team at registrar@stleonards-fife.org More

Day Bus Service

St Leonards is pleased to offer a home to school day bus service for our families, with routes covering Fife, Tayside and Perthshire. More

Summer Schools

St Leonards offers Summer School Programmes specialising in English language tuition and multi-activities. Booking is now open for Summer 2023. More

Golf at St Leonards

St Leonards offers a leading six-tier Golf Programme, giving pupils every opportunity to grow their game in the home of golf, using top-of-the-range facilities and technology. More


Situated in the heart of St Andrews, St Leonards offers outstanding boarding education for 5-18 year old boys and girls, combining exceptional academic achievement with a friendly atmosphere. St Leonards students have the chance to learn, work and play in a unique seaside setting and to feed off the inspirational buzz that comes from being right in the heart of a renowned and cosmopolitan university town.

The School is a private company limited by guarantee and is registered in Edinburgh with registration number SC016693. The company's registered office address is St Leonards School, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9QJ. The School is also registered as a charity with OSCR. The charity registration number is SC010904.

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