St Leonards School
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Headmaster||Dr Michael Carslaw|
|Founders||Professors from the University of St Andrews|
St Leonards School, formerly St Leonards and St Katherines School, is an independent school, founded by the University of St Andrews in the nineteenth century. It is located in St Andrews, Fife, on the east coast of Scotland, today situated on one site in private grounds, just south of the town's historic cathedral and within the walls of the medieval Priory. Although originally established in 1877 by University of St Andrews professors and their wives amid the increased demand for women's education, the school is now fully co-educational, taking boys and girls aged 4 to 19, with the option of boarding from age 12. In 2005, The Sunday Times named St Leonards its "Scottish Independent School of the Year".
St Leonards has approximately 530 pupils between the ages of 41⁄2 and 19. St Leonards was one of the first schools in Scotland to offer the IB Diploma Programme and is the only one in the country to have an all-IB Sixth Form.
Dame Louisa Lumsden was appointed the School's first Headmistress in 1877. The belief of the School was that "a girl should receive an education that is as good as her brother's, if not better." In 1999 St Leonards Sixth Form and St Katharines Prep School opened their doors to boys for the first time; the school soon became completely co-educational.
St Katharines and St Leonards-New Park
St Katharines School was the original prep school of St Leonards, making full use of the campus and facilities while retaining a degree of autonomy. In March 2002 it was announced that the prep school would be relocated to the main building and renamed St Leonards Junior and Middle Schools. Following a further announcement in March 2005, St Leonards junior and middle schools merged with New Park School, also located in St Andrews, operating as one unit under the name St Leonards-New Park. In June 2011 it was announced that the junior school would be known in future as St Leonards Junior School. At the same time, work commenced on a £2.5m redevelopment of the junior school.
Headmistresses and headmasters
For the first 124 years, (when the school was an all-girls school) the Head of St Leonards was always a woman.
- 1877 – 1882 Dame Louisa Lumsden
- 1882 – 1896 Dame Frances Dove
- 1896 – 1907 Julia Mary Grant
- 1907 – 1921 Mary Bentinck-Smith
- 1922 – 1938 Katharine Howard McCutcheon
- 1938 – 1955 Janet A. Macfarlane
- 1956 – 1970 Janet S. A. Macaulay
- 1970 – 1987 Martha Hamilton (Mrs R Steedman)
- 1988 – 2000 Mary James  (Married to Mr Lawrence James)
- 2001 – 2003 Wendy Bellars 
- 2003 – 2008 Robert A. J. Tims
- 2008 – to present Dr Michael Carslaw 
St Leonards has largely followed the English, rather than the Scottish education system. Pupils take GCSEs rather than Scottish Standard Grades. Sixth Form students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. St Leonards is an IB World School, one of only three schools in Scotland to have attained this status.
- Betty Archdale – early barrister; pioneer of women's education in Australia
- Elspeth Barker – author of "O, Caledonia!", formerly married to poet George Barker
- Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – leading abstract painter, based in St Ives, Cornwall
- Hilda Bruce – zoologist, discoverer of the Bruce effect
- Hazel Byford, Baroness Byford DBE – Shadow Minister for Food and Rural Affairs
- Jackie Forster (Jacqueline Moir Mackenzie) – actress, TV personality, feminist and lesbian campaigner
- Louisa Garrett Anderson – medical pioneer, social reformer, suffragist
- Fiona Gaunt – television actor, mother of Genevieve Gaunt
- Kitty McKane Godfree – Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Champion, 1924 and 1926
- Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda) – founder of political magazine Time and Tide
- Betty Harvie Anderson (Baroness Skrimshire) – Conservative politician and peer
- Anji Hunter – former Director of Government Relations, 10 Downing Street
- Mary James – former Headmistress of St Leonards School
- Kristin Linklater – vocal coach to many well-known actors, based at Columbia University
- Anne Macaulay (née Russell) – musicologist, antiquarian and author
- Chrystal Macmillan – barrister, feminist and pacifist
- Elizabeth Mavor, writer
- Anna McElligott – musician
- Max McElligott, lead singer of Wolf Gang
- Kathleen Ollerenshaw DBE – mathematician and educationalist
- Tessa Ransford – founder of the Scottish Poetry Library
- Rosabelle Sinclair – honoured in U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Baltimore
- Dr. Alice Stewart (née Naish) – pioneering epidemiologist
- Stella Tennant – supermodel
- Penny Thomson – film producer and former Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Fiona Watson – UN official killed in the Canal Hotel bombing, Baghdad
- Audrey Withers – editor of Vogue from 1940 to 1960
- Scottish Independent School of the Year, Sunday Times, 20 November 2005
- ISBI Profile
- Tatler Schools Guide 2006
- Prep School Plans for the Future
- St Andrews schools to merge, The Courier, March 2005
- History of Lacrosse at St Leonards, official website
- Crawford, Stuart. "Stuart Crawford Associates Publications, St Leonards". Retrieved 4 August 2007.
- "St Leonards Principal Resigns". Fife Today. 26 May 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- School ready to welcome Carslaw family
- Case study of St Leonards School, United Kingdom, International Baccalaureate site
- SLSS, official website
- Wycombe Abbey School Seniors Association
- Benenden Seniors
- Review: The Suffragette's Daughter: Betty Archdale, API Network
- Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)
- Official homepage
- Profile on the ISC website
- Profile on the HMC website
- Sunday Times Profile
- Good Schools Guide 2005
- The best days of their lives?