Loretto is Scotland’s oldest boarding school, founded in 1827, and one of UK’s leading independent boarding and day schools, welcoming girls & 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. A small School, big on heart, big on ambition – every pupil is known personally, and can grow and develop wherever their interests lie.
Dr Graham R. W. Hawley (Headmaster)
Religious affiliation: Ecumenical
Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly and Full boarding
Gender profile: Coeducational
Loretto School fees:
Boarding fees per term:
£6,320 to £11,420
Day fees per term:
£3,060 to £7,775
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
558 / 2334
Boys - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 4 to 18 (177)
Boarding: 11 to 19 (128)
Sixth form: (84)
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 4 to 18 (153)
Boarding: 11 to 18 (95)
Sixth form: (48)
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.
Senior School - Academic, Art, Drama, Golf, Music, Piping and Sports Scholarships are available. Means-tested bursaries up to 105% are also available.
Junior School - A range of Bursaries are available for entry to the Nippers, usually at 10+ and 11+. Occasional and Flexi Boarding are possible for pupils aged 11 and over.
Scholarships & Bursaries offered
- Academic scholarships
- All Rounder awards
- Art scholarships
- Choral scholarships
- Drama scholarships
- Music scholarships
- Science/Technology scholarships
- Sport scholarships
- H M Forces discounts
- Sibling discounts
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Hardship awards for existing pupils
- Lump sum payment discounts
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies