Ollerenshaw is one of our boys' boarding houses, and in 2018 underwent a complete £1m refurbishment of the ground floor communal spaces and first phase of study bedrooms, creating a stylish and modern, yet homely social heart to the house.
The Ollerenshaw boys enjoy cooking and sitting down for 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 - the Housemaster, Mr Crisswell, is a keen cook, regularly hosting family-style house meals for the boarders, and a new outdoor pizza oven was installed as part of the redevelopment.
Phase two, which will see the remaining study bedrooms transformed, is scheduled to commence in summer 2019.
Boys in Ollerenshaw are confident and contributing young men. We want our young men 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.
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 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.
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 boarders to stay with them for some weekends.