This is a comprehensive course in Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship. At St Leonards, it is referred to as ‘Ad Vitam’ – For Life. This is the motto of the School and very much embodies the skills which we aim to deliver.



Teaching is delivered by a range of subject teachers throughout Years 7-13, each bringing their own areas of expertise to enrich the curriculum. The IB Learner profile is embedded throughout, and as well as covering national requirements, the course is designed as a vehicle for developing 'Core Skills', which translate to other areas of the curriculum and enhance learning in the full range of subjects.  Each topic is intended to help pupils develop self-awareness, take responsibility for time management, learn to negotiate and co-operate and analyse information.

Personal Education concentrates on developing self knowledge and the ability to manage emotions, make decisions, and manage money etc. In later years, it focuses on important careers guidance.

Health Education units are intended to complement the work on Health Education that is done elsewhere in the curriculum (e.g. Biology). Topics include sex education, nutrition, relaxation, drugs, smoking and alcohol abuse.

Social Education units aim to develop the ability to handle relationships within the family and the wider community. Bullying and Disability Awareness are two high-profile issues.

Citizenship aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the wider world, and to develop the skills that will be required of active citizens. Our rights and responsibilities according to the law are examined, as are the roles of local and national government.

Visit St Leonards

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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.

The IB Diploma is widely recognised as being an ideal pre-university qualification. Find out more


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