The Support for Learning Department aims to help pupils with educational additional support needs achieve their full potential and become confident and effective both in learning in the classroom and in exhibiting this learning in examination situations.

The Department supports individuals whose first language is not English, pupils with a long-term specific learning difficulty and those with a short-term knowledge/skills gap.

Specialist support and teaching

The department is staffed by a team of six committed, enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers each of whom brings their own particular subject strengths to the department.

Much diagnostic assessment is carried out within the department, including computerised tests such as LASS (Lucid Assessment System for Schools) and Lucid EXACT (a more specifically examination-focused program). Referral on to an Educational Psychologist can be arranged.

In EAL (English as an Additional Language), pupils are encouraged, when ready, to sit an appropriate Cambridge ESOL examination. These examinations are internationally recognised and more information is available at

At IB level, EAL pupils may study the English B course at Standard or Higher Level, with most choosing the latter. English B covers a wide range of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, with a focus on the surrounding British/Scottish culture. This course is also an option for students who have chosen the Career-related Programme.

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Day Bus Service

St Leonards is pleased to offer a home to school day bus service for our families, with routes covering Fife, Tayside and Perthshire. More

Summer Schools

St Leonards offers Summer School Programmes specialising in English language tuition and multi-activities. Booking is now open for Summer 2023. More

Golf at St Leonards

St Leonards offers a leading six-tier Golf Programme, giving pupils every opportunity to grow their game in the home of golf, using top-of-the-range facilities and technology. More


Situated in the heart of St Andrews, St Leonards offers outstanding boarding education for 5-18 year old boys and girls, combining exceptional academic achievement with a friendly atmosphere. St Leonards students have the chance to learn, work and play in a unique seaside setting and to feed off the inspirational buzz that comes from being right in the heart of a renowned and cosmopolitan university town.

The School is a private company limited by guarantee and is registered in Edinburgh with registration number SC016693. The company's registered office address is St Leonards School, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9QJ. The School is also registered as a charity with OSCR. The charity registration number is SC010904.

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