St Leonards offers a unique and inspiring education, through the delivery of the globally-recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, from Year 1 through to Year 13. Pupils are encouraged and supported to develop skills which will equip them for the highs and lows, challenges and opportunities, they may encounter, preparing them ‘Ad Vitam’, for life. Through a blend of excellent academic teaching and learning, enhanced by a broad range of sporting and co-curricular activities, boarding and day pupils complete their journey at St Leonards ready for university, the world of work, or indeed whatever path they may choose to follow.
My own St Leonards journey started in 2003, becoming Deputy Head in 2007, and working closely with Dr Michael Carslaw (Headmaster of St Leonards, 2008-2021), and I am delighted to be leading the school forward through the Summer Term 2021.
The months ahead are brimming with optimism and opportunity, as we, as a nation, take the steps required to move out of lockdown, and of this global pandemic. St Andrews is, as St Leonards has become, my home, and I am incredibly proud of all that has been achieved by our school community over the past year. Our pupils, staff, families and friends have demonstrated great strength, positivity and perseverance, and a clear sense of remaining together, whilst apart.
Our teaching and learning moved, for the most part, online as a result of the pandemic, with our full academic timetable delivered live to pupils all over the world via St Leonards Connected. Concerts and events were shared over the ether, and open communication has been key to our ability to navigate these choppy waters together.
With restrictions beginning to ease, I look forward to welcoming current and new pupils and families back to St Leonards in person in the coming weeks and months.
St Leonards is a vibrant, international community, a school that is forward-thinking, yet steeped in history and tradition. It is a school where pupils learn for life, where pupils make friends for life, and one which I am delighted to lead until the arrival of our new Headmaster, Mr Simon Brian, who takes up post at the beginning of Autumn Term.
I invite you to visit us via a virtual tour and, hopefully before too long, to visit us in person, to learn about life at St Leonards.
Mrs Dawn Pemberton-Hislop