Loretto School

Founded in 1827, Loretto is Scotland’s first boarding school. Today an independent boarding and day school, it welcomes just over 500 girls and boys from 3 to 18 years. Set in a safe, leafy 85-acre campus just six miles from Edinburgh, the first thing you notice when you enter Loretto's campus is the warmth and energy of both pupils and staff. Relationships are marked by kindness and respect; a truly special environment for providing the confidence and know-how to thrive in life after Loretto.

1-7 Linkfield Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 7RE

+44 (0)131 653 4444

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ISC associations: HMC, IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Ecumenical

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 510

Loretto School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£6,830 to £12,315

Day fees per term:
£2,933 to £8,385

Scholarships & bursaries:
Available

ISC reference number:
87924

SEED Number:
8380139

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 18 (179)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (86)

Sixth Form: (79)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 18 (153)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (92)

Sixth Form: (70)

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Additional Information

Loretto: A small school, big on heart, big on ambition.

Founded in 1827, Loretto is Scotland’s first boarding school. Today an independent, private, boarding and day school, it welcomes girls and boys from 3 to 18 years.

Set in a safe, leafy 85-acre campus just six miles from Edinburgh, Loretto enjoys all the advantages of this rural setting while being globally connected—the School is just six miles from Scotland’s capital city, its international airport, rail, and road networks.

Welcoming just over 500 pupils, the first thing you notice when you enter Loretto's campus is the warmth and energy of both pupils and staff. Relationships are marked by kindness, care and respect; a truly special environment for providing the confidence and know-how to thrive in life after Loretto. Following the English curriculum of GCSEs, A-Levels, and more recently, BTECs, more than nine pupils out of ten achieve places at their chosen onwards destination—many attending top universities such as, Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Newcastle, and Durham, as well as American universities.

With its superb location on Scotland's Golf Coast, Loretto also has a strong tradition of top-level golf. The school's surrounding area of East Lothian offers a choice of magnificent links courses, and in 2002 this tradition blossomed into The Golf Academy. The Academy is now regarded as one of Europe's leading golf academies where pupils can develop their sporting talent in tandem with an exceptional education.

From day one, Loretto’s founder was dedicated to blending academic excellence with a wealth of experiences beyond the classroom. The enormous range of co-curricular activities and exceptional facilities offered ensures that each pupil can grow and develop wherever their interests and talents may lie. The School’s achievements in music, art, drama and its strong reputation in sporting endeavours—both in major team sports and other sports, are testament to that.

Ultimately, to really understand the warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes Loretto different, you have to experience the School in person. So please come along for a visit—you will soon see why our pupils are so proud to be called Lorettonians.

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
  • Lump sum payment discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies