The Leonardo Scholars Programme

The Leonardo Scholars Programme is unique and provides its scholars with the very best of teaching as well as the incomparable ‘outside the classroom’ learning environment, which we find concentrated in central Cambridge and nowhere else. The programme will involve the Leonardo Scholars in activities at the institutes and museums in Cambridge as well participating in events at Cambridge University. For intelligent and curious minds, this will be a stimulating mix of science, culture, economics, history, and art to encourage the polymath outlook of Leonardo’s Renaissance Man

Who is this course for?

We are selecting girls and boys who will love learning together, who will rejoice in the shared experience of a richly stimulating environment, academically, culturally and socially. They will develop problem-solving skills, scientifically-supported study skills, entrepreneurship; it will be a transformational experience and they will look back in future with affection and gratitude!

Leonardo scholars will make a smooth transition to A Level study at CCSS and we anticipate them challenging for the most competitive university places.

What sort of people will Leonardo scholars grow up to be?

Leonardo scholars will not be merely intellectual automatons. They will develop “soft skills” too: intellectually curious, good at presenting and evaluating arguments, able to move in social circles, making sound judgements, knowing how to take risks without excessive fear of failure, they will also become all-round, good, honourable, public-spirited young people.


A total of twelve 50% scholarship places will be available in 2018.

Academic subjects

In line with the polymath approach of the programme, the scholars will have the opportunity to undertake a broad range of subjects: extension maths, triple sciences, economics, psychology, and several languages. This course is designed for high-ability students who will typically take 12 GCSE subjects over two years, such as English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and additional mathematics, computing, art, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, psychology and a second language.


Leonardo Scholars’ Activity Programme

A defining feature of The Leonardo Scholars Programme is its unique ‘outside the classroom’ learning, available and concentrated in central Cambridge like nowhere else. The programme will involve the Leonardo Scholars’ intelligent and curious minds in science, economics, history, and the arts to encourage their polymath outlook. By way of illustration, a typical autumn programme sees them visit or take part in:


  • Tour of Cambridge University Colleges with Cambridge graduates
  • Duxford Air show
  • Tour of Cambridge University departments with Cambridge graduates
  • Ancient arms and armour at The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Launch of Grade One-Athon music project


  • Medical research – the latest from Cambridge
  • “The origins of time”: London and The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  • Cambridge University Festival of Ideas
  • The Subject Matters – University of Cambridge info session on applying to the University
  • Cambridge Big Data – Seminar – Various Topics related to Big Data


  • Take the floor: learn to dance the waltz and the Charleston
  • A brief history of music: London and the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Albert Hall classical spectacular
  • Alan Turing and Enigma – the computing codebreakers
  • Enterprise Tuesday – Judge Business School
  • The Subject Matters – University of Cambridge info session on applying to the University


  • Visit to University museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Pantomime Cambridge Arts theatre
  • Whatever happened to Santa Claus? Leonardo Scholars Christmas Party
  • Cambridge Big Data – Seminar – Various Topics related to Big Data
  • ARU concert

Other activities in the Leonardo Scholars’ programme:

  • Polar Bears or Penguins? The Scott Polar Research Institute
  • The Leonardo Scholars’ Charity Project
  • The art of Ancient Rome at The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • The Subject Matters – University of Cambridge info session on applying to the University
  • Ely cathedral octagon tour
  • Cambridge University astronomy society
  • Stratford upon Avon – An introduction to Shakespeare
  • Evensong at King’s College chapel
  • Kettle’s yard: the art of modern Cambridge
  • What makes the sound of a Stadivarius violin so special?
  • Cambridge vs. Oxford Ice Hockey Varsity Match
  • Visit to Wimpole House
  • Cambridge University Science Festival
  • Genes are everything in the animal kingdom: Newmarket horseracing museum and the National Stud
  • What links archaeology, history and genetics?
  • Dinner with a keynote speaker on the 15th of April – Da Vinci’s birthday
  • The University Boat race – Oxford v Cambridge on the River Thames
  • Whipple Museum of the history of science
  • From Einstein to Hawking: Gravity and black holes
  • A mindful life: Revision and relaxation programme
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Excursion to Leonardo Da Vinci’s birth place in Italy
  • Enterprise Tuesday – Judge Business School
  • Seaside trips – Southend pier and Cromer crabbing
  • Grade One-Athon… GCSE students’ concert
  • Genes are everything in the plant kingdom: Cambridge University Botanical gardens

Application Requirements (for application to be considered)

  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (for international students )
  • Extremely strong academic reports
  • Please also provide us with details of all achievement and interests

Application process

  • Online test
  • Interview with the Principal or Deputy Principal
  • Any further tests that CCSS might require


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