Loretto School

Primary & Secondary

School Guide Rating

Not Rated

This school has 1 parent review

1-7 Linkfield Road
East Lothian
EH21 7RE
0131 653 4444

This is an independent school and its exam data is not collected by the Scottish government.
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1 - 18
Day, Weekly and Full boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

School Description

A small School, big on heart, big on ambition - Scotland’s oldest boarding school, founded in 1827. - One of UK’s leading independent boarding and day schools, welcoming girls and boys aged 0 to 18. - Set in a safe, leafy, spacious, 85 acre campus in Musselburgh; the school enjoys all the advantages of its rural setting. - Globally connected, with the convenience and opportunities of being just 9 kilometres / 6 miles from Edinburgh, its international airport, rail and road networks. - Offering the traditional British / English curriculum of GCSEs and A-levels, and ranked in the top 7% of schools nationally for A-level. - 97% of pupils enter the University of their choice, such as Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, and Durham. - Welcoming about 600 pupils, 400 in the Senior School, 200 in the Junior School and Nursery. - An excellent staff to pupil ratio (1:7). - Boarders (75% of Senior School pupils) reside in six Houses with all they need to feel at home and benefit from excellent pastoral care. - Every pupil is known personally, and can grow and develop wherever their interests lie. - A distinctive emphasis on the full development of the individual in mind, body and spirit. - Exceptional facilities, bespoke to learning and teaching, sport, drama, dance, art and music. - A dedicated Sixth Form Centre - Extensive Sports programme with specialised coaches in major sports including Cricket, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby and more - An industry-leading Golf Academy with indoor and outdoor centres, providing every pupil with an unmatched opportunity to develop their talent.

Loretto School Catchment Area Map

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Loretto School Reviews

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“Avoid this school”
I am a divorced father and my son now 17 attended Loretto school. While his primary schooling was quite good and he was progressing, the secondary schooling has been a great disappointment. The school, although located in Scotland, follows the English education system. Something I always thought strange. My son has now attempted GCSEs three times and has failed the lot on each occasion. I had spent eighteen months up to the commencement of these exams writing, phoning and emailing the headmaster pointing out how my son’s reports grades were spiralling down and how we need to meet to discuss this and how it may be rectified with no result or even an answer. In my opinion, this is a very expensive school but the result is that my son will enter the world poorly prepared with no qualifications just the firm belief that as a ‘Lorettian’ he is superior.
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