St Leonards School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
St Leonards School in St Andrews, Scotland.


School overview

  • Number of students: 400-500 (Senior), 100-200 (Prep)
  • Age range: 5-18
  • Gender: co-educational
  • Religious affiliation: all faiths
  • Exam system: GCSE, IGCSE and IB

School location


School address:

The Pends
St Andrews
KY16 9QJ

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Nearby towns:

St Andrews

Nearest airport:


School profile

Founded in 1877, St Leonards is a leading boarding school in Scotland. Starting off as a school for girls, the school became fully co-educational in 1883. Set in the heart of the buzzing university town of St Andrews, the school’s campus is rich in history. Offering the globally recognised International Baccalaureate curriculum, the school aims to prepare students for success at university, in the world of work, and beyond.

Best known for...

St Leonards prides itself in being forward-thinking and innovative, whilst embracing its history and traditions. It is the only school in the UK to actively offer all four International Baccalaureate programmes, and the only school in Scotland to offer both IB Sixth Form pathways: the Diploma and the Career-related Programmes. St Leonards is also well known for its excellent six-tier Golf Programme. Pupils of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to participate, from beginner to elite level, in St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf’. With access to seven golf courses in the town, and world-class equipment, St Leonards offers a very unique opportunity and attracts students from all over the world.

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We offer honest advice to help you find the best UK school for your child.

Our team provides exactly the kind of support for your child that we would want if we were sending our children overseas, and in fact, all of our staff have direct, personal experience with boarding schools.

We visit schools regularly and know them inside and out – the atmosphere they offer, the academic and social environment your child will be in - so we know where your child will fit in best.

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Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.

Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.

Quality you can trust

Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

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