Welcome to Ollerenshaw, one of our boys' boarding houses at St Leonards. Our stylish and sophisticated home-from-home underwent a complete £1 million refurbishment in 2018-2019, focusing on the ground-floor communal spaces and the first two phases of study bedrooms. The result has been a modern, yet comfortable and homely, social heart to the house.
Housemaster, Mr John Western, joined the St Leonards community in August 2020, with his wife, Amanda, bringing with him extensive experience in boarding, having previously held the positions of Housemaster and Assistant Housemaster at schools in Yorkshire. A former Head of Mathematics, he and his wife share a keen interest in outdoor activities, in particular watersports and mountaineering - perfect for our coastal and countryside location.
The Ollerenshaw boys enjoy cooking and sitting down for big weekend breakfasts and Sunday roasts in the state-of-the-art kitchen/dining room, training in the in-house conditioning gym, and relaxing with a game of pool or Ping-Pong in the open-plan TV and Games Room.
Good food and cooking is very much part of house life - a new outdoor pizza oven was installed as part of the redevelopment.
Phase three of the project will see the remaining study bedrooms transformed.
Boys in Ollerenshaw are confident and contributing young men, and we want each and every one of them to feel at home in the boarding house; to be safe, comfortable and happy.
They support one another and forge good friendships. We believe that this is the foundation of a good boarding house. Establishing a sensible balance between academic work, co-curricular activities, sporting commitments and social time is the key to success. The Ollerenshaw boarding team are there to provide the support mechanisms required to achieve this, and are always approachable, providing our boys with opportunities to discuss their progress and development, as well as highlight any areas in which they feel they would benefit from further support or advice.
St Leonards is truly international, and in Ollerenshaw we have many nationalities including Scottish, English, German, Russian, Belarusian, Slovakian, Italian, Belgian, Chinese, Hong Kongese, Dutch, Australian, South African, Spanish and French. This makes for a cosmopolitan flavour which is both exciting and refreshing.
The young men who live and work together in this beautiful house, surrounded by stunning scenery (we are right across the road from the Cathedral ruins of St Andrews and harbour), enjoy the benefits of living on campus, being able to pop back to the house to study in their study periods and going next door for meals in our award-winning dining room, Restaurant 1877.
Boarders have close relationships with day boys who also have use of the house, too. Day boys have a ‘home’ in school to relax in during breaks or to study in peace and quiet, and they often invite our boarders to stay with them at the weekends.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ollerenshaw.