We strongly believe in developing the potential of each individual, but we also believe in hard work and high standards, and in stretching the most able students to excel.
We pride ourselves on the natural way in which our boys and girls work together. They are typically outgoing, unaffected and willing to tackle new challenges.
Pupils aged 12-16 study for formal qualifications – GCSEs and IGCSEs. A one year course (also involving GCSEs and IGCSEs) known as the Pre-IB1 is also available available as a means of preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
In the Sixth Form, all students study for the 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 qualification 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, junior and senior, 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.
Enrichment throughout all stages
Throughout the School our students are encouraged to 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. Community involvement teaches our pupils about their greater role in society and is fostered via charity fund raising and, for our IB students, through Creativity, Action and Service.*Tony Evans, former Chairman of the HMC, quoted in an article by Thomas Cookson, Daily Telegraph, 09/07/12