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St Leonard's College

St Leonard's College

VIC, Melbourne Southern Suburbs & Western Port









An education for Life

Established in 1914, St Leonard’s College is Bayside’s school of choice and one of Melbourne’s premier independent schools, educating students from ELC3 to Year 12. Generations of Leonardians have enjoyed exceptional educational experiences and thrived on the wonderfully diverse opportunities on offer at our college.

At St Leonard’s College, our young people are educated in a physically, emotionally and spiritually safe environment where they are genuinely known, nurtured and loved. We are unwavering in our commitment to developing the whole child – head, heart and soul.

St Leonard’s College is committed to the authentic values that reflect the community we serve. Our young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and the active daily demonstration of the values we instil.

Our students are welcomed into a warm, caring, connected community with an ethical culture founded upon a strong moral purpose: to develop genuine global citizens who respond to inequity, inequality and injustice. As global citizens, our students are armed with the necessary skills, values and attitudes required to build an economic and social future in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

Our teachers are carefully selected for their academic prowess in addition to their ability to nurture the development of self-confidence, integrity, resilience and creativity. We seek to develop students who understand that their education is not only about what it can bring to their life, but through them what it can bring to the lives of others.

Leaders in co-education

A recognised leader in education, in 1972 St Leonard’s College became the first single-sex independent school in the state to introduce co-education. Our vast experience delivering co-education for almost 50 years tells us that both boys and girls thrive when they learn and grow together. We offer a genuine co-education, with boys and girls learning alongside each other in an environment that truly reflects life beyond the school gates.

Globally renowned curriculum

Renowned for pedagogical innovation, St Leonard’s College was the first Victorian school to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in 1982. Senior School students are offered the highly sought-after choice between the VCE and the IBDP. The IBDP’s international orientation makes it the most highly regarded and respected tertiary entrance qualification by the world’s leading universities. Junior and Middle School students are educated within the expertly designed framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) — an inquiry-based approach to learning incorporating personal, social and international values. The PYP values independence, initiative and self-motivation, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning. The Early Learning Centre program follows the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach, placing each child at the centre of their own education. This enriching and stimulating educational program focuses on learning through play, nature-based experiences and environmental education.

Academic excellence

As one of Melbourne’s leading academic schools, St Leonard’s College congratulates our Class of 2019 on their results across both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), as outlined below.

2019 International Baccalaureate Diploma programme results:

  • Our IBDP Dux achieved a perfect score of 45/45 (ATAR 99.95) placing him equal best with all IBDP graduates in the world
  • Median ATAR of 95.45, placing 50% of students in the top 4.55% of students nationally
  • 61% of students achieved an ATAR of 95.00 or above
  • 76% of students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above
  • 90% of students achieved an ATAR of 80.00 or above

 2019 Victorian Certificate of Education results:

  • Our VCE Dux achieved an ATAR of 99.80
  • Median ATAR of 83.05, placing 50% of students in the top 16.95% of students nationally

2019 Combined IBDP and VCE results:

  • Median ATAR of 86.65 
  • 24% of students achieved a VCE study score of 40 or its equivalent
  • 22% of students achieved an ATAR of 95.00 or above
  • 38% of students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above
  • 65% of students achieved an ATAR of 80.00 or above
  • 84% of students achieved an ATAR of 70.00 or above

Comprehensive and diverse cocurricular program

Our cocurricular program encourages our young people to explore their gifts and discover their passions to achieve excellence and fulfilment. Students have the opportunity to develop skills and interests via a rich and diverse cocurriculum program, including debating, public speaking, drama, music, leadership and social justice programs, media production, photography, sport and outdoor education. Our team of expert sporting coaches with state, national and Olympic experience have led students to enjoy unrivalled success in a range of pursuits including athletics, swimming, cross country, snow sports and sailing.

Quality pastoral care

Paramount to St Leonard’s educational philosophy is ensuring each child feels safe, valued and develops a sense of belonging. Our graduates leave with the self-assurance and resilience to take advantage of life’s opportunities and overcome its challenges.

Our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of pastoral care is demonstrated through our mentor program. Relationships are at the centre of our model of pastoral care and the mentor’s role is pivotal in this context, focusing on each individual student according to their interests, abilities and potential for personal growth. Mentors take a holistic view of their students and come to know them across all domains of school life. Mentors track academic progress, know a student's strengths and weaknesses, and meet regularly with individual students to discuss progress and challenges.   

Social action and global citizenship

A St Leonard’s College education develops a strong sense of social responsibility through a variety of local, national and international fundraising, community service and social action programs and initiatives. Our students acquire a deep awareness that with great privilege comes great responsibility. A St Leonard’s education prepares young people to take their place in the world and make meaningful contributions to society.

Outstanding facilities

St Leonard’s students enjoy exceptional facilities including modern well-resourced libraries, music centres, theatres, multi-purpose halls and excellent sporting facilities including an indoor aquatic centre, aerobic area and gym. Our visual arts centre provides specialist facilities equipped with the latest resources and impressive gallery areas. Dedicated spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) programs offer innovative technologies to support student learning. The Senior School building opened in January 2020 and creates a new benchmark in educational spaces featuring a tertiary style lecturette, 11 break-out learning spaces, nine collaborative study nooks, a community common area, a custom-built examination space and a new Senior School cafeteria. 2020 will also see the completion of a world-class performing arts centre.

Enrolment and scholarship applications

St Leonard’s College welcomes enrolment waitlist applications for places in ELC, Prep and Years 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 11. Limited places are also available in other year levels as they arise. For information about the St Leonard’s College scholarship program, please visit our website.

Key facts

School uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory with flexible options permitted

Number of students

Total enrolment: 1550
Up to Year 6: 427
In high school: 1123
In Year 12: 155

Gender in depth

Other requirements

Boarding school

Offer IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCAL

Offers VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes: vertical, streamed and mixed
English classes: vertical, streamed and mixed
LOTE taught:
Chinese, French, Spanish, Other LOTE

Senior secondary subjects overview

Senior Secondary Subjects overivew

41 VCE level 3/4 studies
211 VCE students

Senior secondary programs overview

Senior Secondary programs overivew

12 VET program(s) available
40 VET students

How our students performed in Year 12

Academic Results

Scores of 40+ 24%

Median Score 33

Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%

Satisfactory completions of VET 96%


Bachelor enrolled 77%

TAFE/VET enrolled 6%

Apprentice/Trainee 2%

Employed 8%

Activities and Support staff



17 music options
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72 sporting activities
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215 other clubs, activities and services
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Support staff

Support Staff

120 support staff
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Accelerated learning

Support Staff

11 accelerated learning
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Support Staff

21 extracurricular
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School Details

Principal: Mr Stuart Davis

163 South Road Brighton East VIC 3187

Tel: (03) 9909 9300

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