At St Leonards, pupils have the opportunity to benefit from an outstanding, continuous education from the age of 5 to 18, with boarding available from age 12.
Our forward-thinking curriculum is designed to maximise the potential of each and every student. We teach our students to work effectively, to communicate clearly and to respect others whilst participating with purpose.
They are ultimately prepared for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the two-year course which all St Leonards pupils take in the Sixth Form (S5/S6). We believe that the IB is the best pre-university qualification in the world and its ethos pervades all that we do at St Leonards.
Three stages: Junior, Senior and Sixth Form
At St Leonards Junior School, children aged 5-12 learn and develop the core skills which are essential for life-long achievement. Pupils in Years 1-6 follow the inspiring IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Both the Junior and Senior Schools are integrated to ensure our pupils enjoy a seamless progression through the school. The curriculum taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is a follow-on from the PYP, and leads into the GCSE and IGCSE programme. Starting the MYP in the final year of Junior School, and continuing with this curriculum in Years 8 and 9 ensures there is a smooth transition through the school.
In the Senior School, pupils in Years 10 and 11 study for formal qualifications – GCSEs and IGCSEs. A one-year course (also involving GCSEs and IGCSEs) known as Pre-IB is available as a means of preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
In the Sixth Form, all students study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which has been described as, “By far the most balanced and enlightened education one can offer a young person.” *
Our commitment to the IB sets us apart - we stand alone as being the only school in Scotland to focus 100% on the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form.
The IB: binding the pupils of St Leonards together
Pupils throughout the School come to know the IB Learner Profile – a set of guiding principles which bind the students and the staff of St Leonards together, in common purpose. It is very much an articulation of the ethos which runs through the entire school – a series of ideals that inspires, motivates and focuses all that we do as we seek to bring out the best in every pupil.
St Leonards is proud of its Scottish heritage and continues to draw the majority of its pupils from Scotland and the rest of the UK. The appeal of the IB has also enabled an international outlook to flourish within the School, with students from around 30 different nationalities interelating in the classroom. It’s a great way for our pupils to learn about the global nature of the world today.
Enrichment throughout all stages
The journey towards the IB begins in Year 1 at St Leonards. And so does the discovery of new talents and the encouragement to make the most of them. Our students make the most of the extensive sport, drama, music and art opportunities that are available, through both regular timetabled classes and the extensive co-curriculum.
Regular trips and excursions broaden our pupils’ minds and expose them to new ideas and cultures, whilst community involvement and charitable fund raising teaches our pupils about their greater role in society. Similarly our IB students experience these life skills through Creativity, Action and Service.
*Tony Evans, former Chairman of the HMC, quoted in an article by Thomas Cookson, Daily Telegraph, July 2012
- IB Diploma: world-leading internationally recognised pre-university qualification. Equivalent to A levels and Highers/Advanced Highers
- IB Certificates/Courses: Standalone IB subject courses equivalent to individual A level or Higher/Advanced Higher courses but with the additional IB experience
- GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education, equivalent to Standard/Intermediate grade
- IGCSE: International GCSE, equivalent to GCSE and Standard/Intermediate grade
- IB2: S6 or Upper Sixth
- IB1: S5 or Lower Sixth, start of IB Diploma or Certificates programme
- Pre-IB1: one-year programme leading to a mixture of GCSEs and IGCSEs, usually 6 in total
- Year 10: S3, first year of a two-year GCSE programme leading to 9 or 10 GCSEs. The second year is known as Pre-IB2
- Year 9: S2
- Year 8: S1, first year of the Senior School
- Year 1: P1, first year of the Junior School