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St Leonard's College
For over 100 years we have provided young people with exceptional educational experiences in an unrivalled atmosphere of love and commitment to developing the whole person.
163 South Road
Brighton East
Melbourne Metro, Melbourne East, Melbourne South, Melbourne Bayside
03 9909 9300

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Mr Peter Clague, Principal
  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • ELC-12 Campus
  • Independent
ELC - Year 12
$12,475 - $34,816
50% Female students / 50% Male students
Gifted & Talented Program
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  • Business & Legal Studies
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  • Australian Rules Football
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  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Equestrian
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (field)
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  • Rugby League
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball

For over 100 years we have provided young people with exceptional educational experiences. Generations of Leonardians have enjoyed and thrived on the wonderfully diverse opportunities on offer at our College; opportunities that we always have and always will offer in an unrivalled atmosphere of love and commitment to developing the whole child. This is what we mean when we speak of ‘an education for life’.

We seek out only the best teachers from around the world to nurture our young people academically, morally, spiritually and culturally in order that they might develop their confidence and a sense of independence. In doing so, we help them to uncover talents, interests and values that not only prepare them for the next stage of their education, but which stay with them for life.

Our students excel academically and enjoy access to first-class facilities and an outstanding array of cocurricular experiences. We seek for them to become selfless citizens, who understand that their education is not about what it can bring to their life, but through them what it can bring to the lives of others.

I look forward to introducing you to our staff and students, and sharing with you the programs, facilities and educational opportunities St Leonard's College can offer your child.

Pat Kenny
Acting Principal


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.

Class of 2021 Academic Results

St Leonard’s College offers the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) as pathways to tertiary education. Both pathways provide year 12 graduates with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The ATAR shows a student’s achievement in relation to other students nationally, with 99.95 being the highest rank awarded. 

The VCE is a flexible course with English (English, Literature, English Language or English as Additional Language) the only compulsory subject. This allows students to tailor the course to meet their interests and future goals by also being able to incorporate VET and Higher Education Studies. For further information on the VCE please visit vcaa.vic.edu.au 

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core: Theory Of Knowledge (TOK) is a study about knowledge and why people think differently; the Extended Essay is a 4,000 word independent research paper; and, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) promotes balance and student involvement and leadership in the arts, sports and serving the wider community.

St Leonard’s College was the first Victorian school to introduce the IBDP in 1982. With 40 years of experience, our IBDP students are provided with the best support and tuition available. The IBDP is currently recognised in over 156 countries for university entry including Australia. For further information on the IBDP please visit ibo.org/programmes/

2021 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Results

Approximately 30% of our Class of 2021 opted to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and achieved remarkable academic outcomes as noted below.

  • Median ATAR of 97.90, placed 50% of students in the top 2.10% nationally.
  • 89% of students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 94% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 100% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above
  • Duces ATAR 99.95 and Proxime Accessits ATAR 99.75 

2021 Combined IBDP and VCE Results

The Class of 2021 has demonstrated their academic brilliance, along with their remarkable resilience, with a set of academic results that endorse St Leonard’s College as one of Australia’s leading independent schools, achieving:

  • Median ATAR of 89.65
  • 39% of all students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 49% of all students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 79% of all students gained an ATAR of 80 or above
  • 92% of all students gained an ATAR of 70 or above

2021 Victorian Certificate of Education Results

  • Median ATAR of 84.05 placing 50% of students in the top 15.95% nationally
  • 17% of students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 30% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 70% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above
  • 89% of students gained an ATAR of 70 or above
  • VCE Dux 99.90 and Proxime Accessit 99.30

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 also saw 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.

We offer a number of chartered bus services to safely bring students to and from the College.

The routes we offer from year to year depend on the location and requirements of families wishing for their child(ren) to travel by bus on a permanent basis. Each route is tested to ensure accurate timings and that the bus is able to safely navigate each route. Many routes include stops at key train stations which provides further options for families to connect with our bus services via the metropolitan rail network.

To view our current routes click here.

For further information please contact busbookings@stleonards.vic.edu.au.

St Leonard’s College Scholarship Program 2022. Applications are now closed.

The St Leonard’s College Scholarship Program aims to recognise and support students to make a strong and positive contribution to their future, to the life of St Leonard’s College and to the lives of others. Applications for scholarships commencing at the College in 2023 will open in July 2022.

If you are interested in employment opportunities at our school please visit the following page:

The Leonardian Centre takes performing arts at St Leonard’s College to new heights

The new 600-seat Leonardian Centre at St Leonard’s College is taking performing arts at the school to the next level.

St Leonard’s College in Brighton East has a reputation for encouraging its students to follow their passion. For many students, that passion is the performing arts, with students winning prestigious awards that recognise their accomplishments in music, musical theatre and drama.

In January, the college officially opened the 600-seat Leonardian Centre that will take performing arts at St Leonard’s to the next level. The custom-designed performing arts venue can accommodate large-scale music and drama performances, awards nights, school debating events and assemblies, and is built to exacting professional standards.


“When we began discussing the development of the Leonardian Centre, we knew we wanted to create a wonderful place where young people could meet and share the culture of the College and where they could acknowledge their achievements,” says principal Stuart Davis.

“We also wanted to build a place that would inspire students and that would encourage people in our community to gather to listen to great musicians or to watch theatrical performances.”

One of the Bayside community’s first opportunities to appreciate the centre will be on Monday, April 12, when Australian tenor, David Hobson, will take to the stage. Hobson is a renowned performer in opera, musical theatre and television and will perform two concerts.

“We’re very proud to bring this experience to the Bayside area. The events of the past year have made it difficult for people to get to musical events, and artists have found it difficult to perform. I know David is welcoming this opportunity to bring joy and pleasure to people again,” says Davis.


The Leonardian Centre was designed by ARM Architecture, who designed Melbourne Recital Centre and the Hamer Hall redevelopment. The auditorium has a traditional shoebox shape, recognised by acoustic experts as creating the best sound quality. It includes a half fly tower that houses a professional rigging system for curtains, lights and scenery, an acoustic control room and an orchestra pit.

“The Leonardian Centre is a very high-quality venue. It can be a traditional theatre, but with the flick of a switch, it converts to a music venue with fantastic acoustic performance,” says Ian McDougall, founding director of ARM Architecture.

“But while the centre is of the highest quality from a performance perspective, the space feels very welcoming, and there is a great sense of space, light and of something unexpected.”

Sensitive design ensures the venue has a presence without overwhelming traditional elements of the school, such as historic Harefield House and its distinctive tower. It features a wraparound foyer that can be opened onto a terrace for outdoor events and an agora space on the northern side with an outdoor stage built into the structure. The use of timbers and glass means the building is flooded with natural warmth and light, says architect Jeremy Stewart.

“There may only be two students on stage rehearsing, but the room never feels cavernous. It has a sense of ‘wow’, but not in an intimidating way,” he says.

Students across the school are already using the space, and the feedback from students, parents and the wider community is overwhelmingly positive.

“We hope this centre becomes a place that inspires our students and, over time, we hope people within our broader Bayside community also benefit,” says Davis.


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