The size of the School ensures each pupil is known and respected as an individual with their own needs, qualities and personalities. All therefore feel safe, secure and well looked after.
There is a distinctive warmth to St Leonards. It is palpable at the first visit and is sustained throughout a family’s time here. Positive values and attitudes are encouraged throughout the School, nurturing self-worth.
Network of support
First and foremost, St Leonards is a welcoming school. Pupils are encouraged to look out for one another and demonstrate the qualities of friendliness, compassion and loyalty.
Each pupil has ready access to a tutor, who supports and oversees his/her personal development. Working closely with their tutors, pupils track their progress and agree targets. Tutors and pupils are further supported by sectional Heads of Year, who liaise with parents. Interim reports are emailed to parents twice a term, before a final end-of-term report.
We are responsive to individuals’ needs, particularly at times of transition whether it be joining the school, choosing subject options, or career and university choices. Key staff work closely together at such times to ensure informed decisions are made.
Students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form also receive invaluable careers advice as they begin to think about life after St Leonards.
All Sixth Form pupils, whether day or boarding, are members of one of the School’s three boarding houses, in which they come under the daily, dedicated and professional care of the Housemaster/Housemistress and Resident House Assistants. A caring ear is therefore never far away.
Overseas pupils will also have a UK-based guardian from the point at which they begin their studies until the point at which they leave the School.
All pupils in Years 8-10 belong to one of three day houses, which are named after the boarding houses, Bishopshall, St Rule and Ollerenshaw. Each house is associated with a colour, which is worn with pride by its members and associated staff members at inter-house competitions and events. Tremendous camaraderie is fostered by regular house meetings and inter-house competitions, enabling pupils to feel part of a strong team.
In addition, Sixth Form pupils support younger pupils as Prefects and Senior Prefects, as well as the Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies.
Junior School pupils are 'sorted' into four houses, which they will remain in throughout Years 1-7. The Junior houses are named after four Scottish islands - Mull, Harris, Lewis and Skye. House Captains are elected in Year 7 to lead their house and provide support to younger pupils.
The School’s experienced Medical Centre staff provide expert care whenever needed and we also have a confidential Independent Listener and a chaplaincy team.
Seamless journey from Junior School to Senior School
The Junior and Senior Schools at St Leonards are closely integrated and, as you would expect in a straight-through school, the transition is seamless.
On a practical level our Junior pupils will already be familiar with Senior School pupils and members of the Senior School teaching staff. That’s because Sixth Form students get involved helping Junior School pupils with the likes of language studies, sports coaching and dance, and because the Junior pupils will already have received some lessons from Senior School teachers.
In addition, towards the end of their Junior School days, pupils in Year 7 spend a full, timetabled week at the Senior School, and stay for a sleepover in one of the boarding houses. It’s great preparation before they take the step up for real.
A self sustaining environment
The ethos of respect, good behaviour, tolerance and good humour has its own momentum at St Leonards. High expectations for pupils' work, attendance and behaviour are a natural part of the school culture and this supports high quality learning and community wellbeing.St Leonards is a school that delights in celebrating pupil achievements and enjoying and sharing their successes.