Loretto School

East Lothian

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 303 (Boys) 227 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 0 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1827

General Information

Loretto provides an all-round education. There is a relaxed family atmosphere and emphasis on the development of the whole person through academic study, the arts, extra-curricular and sporting activities. The School has a rich heritage of helping to foster intelligent, caring, creative, successful people who are at home anywhere in the world, working in a large variety of professions and doing the most amazing things.

Facilities

Facilities range from the historic 14th Century Pinkie Boarding House to modern state-of-the-art facilities. There are high-tech Science laboratories; new Maths classrooms; Theatre; ICT suite; New Sixth Form Centre; Library; indoor Sports Hall; fives courts; floodlit Astro turf; Music centre including state-of-the art Recording studio; Concert hall; large Art department with photography studio, ceramics and textile studio; outstanding Chapel; 5 refurbished boarding houses; on-site Golf Academy; shooting range and acres of playing fields.

Junior School facilities include: nurseries, modern classrooms, art, music (including recording studio) and IT rooms, purpose built hall with stage, library, after school club, all-weather ash court, landscaped gardens, dining room and junior boarding house. The Junior School also uses many of the Senior School facilities.

The School makes fullest use of its proximity to Edinburgh, enabling pupils to take advantage of the music, drama, museums and art galleries, as well as giving opportunities for sport and leisure. To the east lie the golf courses which provide the fairway for The Loretto Golf Academy and the sea coast for water sport activities. An Indoor Golf Centre opened in 2015. Daily sport and optional activities, from dancing and squash to the pipe band and skiing, are very much part of the broad, varied curriculum. The Sixth Form programme covers a wide range of life skills, including leadership development through the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. The School offers extensive Careers Education and an experienced Support for Learning department.

Although the majority of our pupils are UK based approx 16% of the pupils in the Senior School are from overseas. These include children of ex-pats, the Armed Forces and Foreign Nationals. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is taught to those students for whom English is not their first language.

Loretto Golf Academy: The School has its own 'on campus' practice facilities with the construction of a 'Huxley' 9 hole artificial putting green, driving bays and bunker and chipping areas. This complements the excellent opportunities provided by The Golf Academy partner clubs: Craigielaw Golf Club; Archerfield Links, Musselburgh Old Links and Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. The Loretto Golf Academy Indoor Centre: Comprising an indoor driving range, short game facility to include chipping, pitching and putting, putting analysis, and indoor teaching studio complete with video analysis and Trackman, the centre will reinforce Loretto’s status as one of the top golf facilities of its kind in the UK.

Entrance Requirements

Informal interview for all. Years 5-10: Verbal Reasoning, Maths & English tests, school report. Sixth Form:as Years 5-10, 2 exams from Loretto’s curriculum. Min. 6 x GCSEs, grade C+, inc. Maths & English.

Scholarships

Entry at: 12+ (Second Form): Academic, Golf, Music, Piping, Sport

Entry at: 13+ (Third Form), 14+ (Fourth Form), 15+ (Fifth Form), 16+ (Lower Sixth Form): Academic, Art, Drama, Golf, Music, Piping, Sport

Open Days

2017. Loretto Junior School (0-12 years) : Sat. 16th September, 10: 30 a.m. Loretto Senior School (12-18 years) : Sat. 30th September, 9:30 a.m.

Fees

2017/2018.

Senior School. Form 3-Upper Sixth. Day: £7625 per term. Flexi Boarding(3 nights): £9300 per term. Boarding: £11200 per term. Additional per night: £55.

Junior School. Year 1 - Year 7. Day: £3000 - £5200 per term. Flexi Boarding (Year 7 only; 3 nights): £6200 per term. Boarding (Year 7 only): £7300 per term. Additional per night: £55.

Golf Academy: Senior Squad (Form 5 and 6) £2,000 per term. Junior Squad (Up to Form 4) £1,000 per term.

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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Graham Hawley

Contact for enquiries: Fiona Gordon, Registrar

Loretto School
Linkfield Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 7RE

[t]: 0131 653 4455/4439
[f]: 0131 653 4401
[w]: www.loretto.com

Location Description

Set in 85 acres of mature parkland on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and within easy reach of M8. 20 mins by car to both Edinburgh airport and Edinburgh Waverley railway station.

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School News

This year marks the first phase of the new GCSE grading with the new reformed system being introduced in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics.

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The examination boards have identified that grades 9 – 7 are equivalent to A* and A grades and grades 6 – 4 are equivalent to B and C grades. Loretto School’s overall past rate in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics was 93.9%. Three pupils achieved all results at 9 in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics. 

Combining the results from both types of GCSE examinations, in all subjects 45.1% of grades were A* – A and 9 – 7 with 86.8% being awarded A* – C and 9 – 4, outstripping the national average of 66.3%. 

15.2% of pupils achieved all A*- A grades, up from 12.2% last year. 

Dr Graham Hawley, Headmaster, said, “This year’s GCSE pupils have done tremendously well and we are particularly pleased with the number of pupils gaining top grades, especially in English, Mathematics, the Sciences and Spanish. It is very rewarding to see so much academic success alongside their other personal achievements. These results are a credit to them and the hours of hard work put into their studies, as well as to the dedication of their teachers.”

 

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Pupils at Loretto are celebrating their success as the School has, once again, achieved an exceptionally good set of A level results.

This year, 66.8 %

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of all results were A*, A or B grades, an increase of 7.7% from last year, whilst 7% of pupils achieved at least 3 A* grades.  Results were excellent across all subjects, with particularly outstanding results achieved in Chemistry, Economics, French, Maths, Physics and Spanish. All three of the pupils with offers to Oxbridge secured their grades. There were most encouraging results from Loretto’s first year of EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) results with 70% of pupils scoring A* – C grades.

Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley said, “This year’s pupils have done very well indeed, with the vast majority securing places at excellent universities. They should be proud of their achievements, which are the tangible result of their hard work and determination”.

 

Loretto School Independent East Lothain Scotland Pipe Band and Highland Dancers add a distinctly Scottish flavour to Lord's Cricket Ground.

The Loretto School Pipe Band and Highland Dancers added a splash of tartan and a distinctly Scottish flavour to the 1st Test Match at Lord’s

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on the third day of play between England and South Africa on Saturday, 8th July.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd of 30,000, the Loretto School Pipe Band and Highland Dancers provided the Lunch entertainment by performing on the hallowed turf at Lord’s.

Billed and introduced as the ‘world-famous Loretto School Pipe Band and Highland Dancers’, the pupils wowed the crowd by performing for half an hour.

It is the latest in a string of accolades for the Pipe Band, which has also played with Sir Paul McCartney, and has also performed at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle and for the Pope.

Loretto School’s Director of Communications, Jonathan Hewat said: “Having been so impressed with the Loretto Pipe Band playing at Hampden Park and the Liverpool Echo Arena with Sir Paul McCartneynand other recent high-profile events, we were honoured and delighted that the Loretto Pipe Band and Highland Dancers were chosen to play at Lord’s.

“This was another fabulous opportunity for the Loretto boys and girls.”

Loretto School Independent East Lothian Scotland Announce Date Of UK's Largest Golf Tournament

The date for the 20th playing of the UK’s largest schools golf competition – the prestigious Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup –

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has been announced. The open competition will take place on Thursday, 21st September 2017 at Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian. The competition regularly attracts in excess of 180 budding young from all over the UK. The age categories are Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15.

Mr Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School said, “I quite expect that this year’s competition to be as popular as ever. Last year we welcomed entries from as far south as Sussex and as far north as Aberdeen – and everywhere in-between! This year’s competition will be sponsored by Artemis, the UK’s leading investment manager and we are most grateful to them for their support.”

Further details on the Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup can be found at www.loretto.com or by emailing golfacademy@loretto.com

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Talented young Golfers from Loretto Junior School won the Under 12 Team Trophy at the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) National Championships at Hill

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Valley Golf Club in Shropshire recently.

Loretto Junior School’s Grace Crawford, Samuel Mukherjee, Oliver Mukherjee, Alex Rate, Molly Paton Glen Crawford clinched the prestigious ‘Kensington Trophy’ for the winning Under 12 team.

The Championship saw 94 competitors from 37 schools from all over the U.K. taking part.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications from Loretto School, said, “This was a magnificent achievement by the pupils and I do congratulate them all. A strong start from Grace (20 points) and Samuel (18 points) saw the team lead the way at the half way stage with Alex (16 points) also performing particularly well in his first major competition. After a short lunch break, the players headed out for the second 9 holes where some excellent scoring enabled them to move up the leader board.

Strong scoring from Oliver (22 points) and Glen (22 points) helped the A team clinch the Under 12 Team Title, whilst Molly finished with a string of three birdies to round off a wonderful debut appearance.”

Attached photographs show the Loretto Junior School Golfers.

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Loretto School pupil awarded 1st Place in the prestigious Peterhouse Kelvin Science Essay Prize.

Loretto School pupil, Nina Young (17 from Gullane, East Lothian)

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has been awarded 1st Place in the prestigious Peterhouse Kelvin Science Essay Prize.

The judges felt that Nina’s essay, ‘Why isn’t there a cure for cancer yet?’, stood out for its “clear style, level of research and originality of thought”.

The standard of entries was extremely high and the commendation put Nina first out of 250 entries.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, said, “This a tremendous accolade for Nina and we do congratulate her. The Peterhouse Kelvin Science Essay Prize is a U.K.-wide opportunity for Lower Sixth Form pupils to demonstrate to Cambridge University their intellectual curiosity and their academic ability. Only the brightest pupils are recommended by their schools to enter this competition.”

This is not the first time that Loretto pupils have excelled in this competition. Two years ago, Claudia Watson was awarded highly commended and just last year Robert Ogilvy came  in third place.

Nina’s presentation takes place at Peterhouse, Cambridge on Friday, 30th June.

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Following a very competitive season of qualifying in the North region of the Intercollegiate Tour, Loretto Golf Academy pupils, Yannick Artigolle (17 from Hong Kong),

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Lou Tan (17 from Hong Kong), Harry Austin (15 from Dumfries) and Caroline Zolg (17 from Germany) qualified for the National Finals at the historic Moortown Golf Club near Leeds.

Day one proved to be a test of both skill and endurance as the players completed two rounds in warm and breezy conditions. Yannick and Caroline both got off to good starts both shooting level par in the first round to be placed second in the boys’ and girls’ categories.

The afternoon saw the wind pick up making scoring conditions tougher, however, Yannick and Caroline both followed up with rounds of 73 and 75 respectively to maintain their position. At the close of day one, Yannick was one shot behind the lead in the boys’ event with a two round total of 144 followed by Harry with 156 Lou scoring 167 and Caroline six shots behind the lead on 149.

The final round was played in bright conditions with the wind picking up through the day to challenge the players on the back nine. Lou Tan improved on his day 1 performance with a score of 73 –  one of the best scores of the day – to help him climb up the leader board. Harry also continued to improve with a final round 76. Caroline Zolg struggled with a final round 83 to drop her back to 3rd place but this was still a most creditable tournament finish.

Starting one shot behind the lead, Yannick birdied his opening hole to take a one shot lead after a bogey at the first for the lead. He played steady golf through the front nine, maintaining his lead and narrowly missing a birdie chance on 12 to double his lead. A birdie on 13 saw Yannick back tied for the lead but a well-played 14th saw him regain his one shot advantage with four holes remaining in what was going to be a nervy finish. Another par on 15 maintained Yannick’s one shot lead but a hooked approach from the fairway on 16 resulted in a penalty drop and a double bogey. This brought him back into a tie at the top. However, a good tee shot on 17 to the heart of the green and a well-played two putt, earned him a one shot lead playing the last. After a good drive and his approach finding the middle of the green, Yannick had two putts for victory which he was able to do in fine style.

Yannick shot a final round 75 for a +6 total of 219 to take victory and become the Intercollegiate Tour Players’ Champion for 2017.

 

Photo:  Intercollegiate Tour Players’ Champion 2017, Loretto Golf Academy’s, Yannick Artigolle.

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Co-Founder of Edinburgh’s legendary ‘Cadies and Witchery Tours’ and the original Adam Lyal (deceased), Robin Mitchell, described his recent visit to Loretto School to deliver

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the Loretto Lecture as ‘a real joy’.

In front of a packed audience, Robin’s theme for the evening was ‘crossroads’ (and we’re not talking about the 1970s British television soap opera based in a Midlands motel). His ‘crossroads’ related to people who were important and pivotal in the formation and continual development of the Cadies and Witchery Tours since its inception in 1984. Explaining that this was not an exact science, Robin selected eight key people or ‘crossroads’ during his lecture at the historic Painted Gallery in Pinkie House at Loretto School.

Robin’s eight ‘crossroads’ were his parents Rollo and May Mitchell (fairly important to him being there), inspiring high school history teacher Mrs Leitch, hotelier Mr Gourlay (who encouraged Robin to apply to college in Edinburgh), friend and colleague Ruari Mackenzie (whose flat served as the business’ first headquarters in 1984), fellow co-founder Colin Macphail (a partner until 1992), restaurateur James Thomson (from The Witchery restaurant), filmmaker Jim Hickey (co-producer with Robin on a number of films) and theatre impresario Liam Rudden (Director of a successful series of plays based on Robin’s debut children’s book, Princess Pumpalot).

The lecture was a finely tuned mix of business development, historical stories and tour anecdotes mixed with Robin explaining how his activities have diversified over the years from walking tours to publishing books, producing films and writing plays. During the lecture there were a few timely surprises in the form of the Caddies and Witchery Tours’ very own ‘jumper ooter’, Cameron Pirie. It’s fair to say that this is the first time the Mad Monk of the Cowgate has visited Loretto School!

Guests attending the lecture were greeted at the entrance to Pinkie House by Loretto School prefects and two talented Loretto pipers, Chris and James.

The event was organised by Loretto School’s Communications Director Jonathan Hewat, who commented, “Robin Mitchell is a captivating and highly amusing speaker. His lecture, complete with unexpected twists and ‘jumper ooters’, kept us all on our toes and in fits of laughter. Robin also brought along a fascinating gory relic from the capital’s grim past. This original artefact is a small calling-card case made out of the skin of the notorious “bodysnatcher” William Burke. This was something very special and not something one would see close-up every day. We are most grateful to Robin for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.”

The now well-established Lecture Series attracts figures from all walks of life and continues to maintain its unparalleled reputation for international guests and speakers. Recent events and speakers have included BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’, the return to Scotland after 425 years of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Book of Hours which was reunited for one day with the crucifix she is believed to have carried to her execution, speakers such as legendary peace activist, Colin Parry, Edinburgh artist, Richard Demarco, celebrated journalist, Magnus Linklater, sometime Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch, Alistair Moffat speaking on ‘Scotland’s DNA’, the display of The Prestonpans Tapestry and Professor Peter Davidson. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Loretto Lecture Series is the opportunity to meet, listen and to question some of the world’s most famous and interesting people. The Loretto Lecture Series attracts the most well-renowned speakers from all walks of life. The Loretto Lecture is free to all and attracts many school pupils and members of the public from all over Scotland.

 

Photo: Adam Lyal (deceased), aka Robin Mitchell, with the small calling-card case made out of the skin of the notorious “bodysnatcher” William Burke.

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He was executed on the 27th of March 1811 over the minor matter of highway robbery, but resurrected in 1984 to haunt the

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closes and courtyards of the Royal Mile. Now, for one night only, Adam Lyal (deceased) or his alter ego – Mr Robin Mitchell – will be leaving the confines of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to venture east to Loretto School in Musselburgh to deliver the next Loretto Lecture.

The historic Painted Gallery in Loretto School’s Pinkie House will provide the venue for Robin Mitchell’s talk entitled, “Dead for a Living!” on Wednesday, 8th March. All are welcome, places are free, allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked in advance by emailing Mr Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communication at Loretto School – jhewat@loretto.com

Jonathan Hewat commented, “Robin Mitchell in the guise of his alter ego Adal Lyall (deceased) will chat about his 33 years as a ‘ghost’ on Edinburgh’s original evening walking tour – The Cadies and Witchery Tours. Robin co-founded the company in 1984 and he has developed his business from walking tours to publishing books, producing films and writing plays.”

The now well-established Lecture Series attracts figures from all walks of life and continues to maintain its unparalleled reputation for international guests and speakers. Recent events and speakers have included BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’, the return to Scotland after 425 years of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Book of Hours which was reunited for one day with the crucifix she is believed to have carried to her execution, speakers such as legendary peace activist, Colin Parry, Edinburgh artist, Richard Demarco, celebrated journalist, Magnus Linklater, sometime Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch, Alistair Moffat speaking on ‘Scotland’s DNA’, the display of The Prestonpans Tapestry, Professor Peter Davidson and ‘voice’ of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Alasdair Hutton. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Loretto Lecture Series is the opportunity to meet, listen and to question some of the world’s most famous and interesting people. The Loretto Lecture Series attracts the most well-renowned speakers from all walks of life. The Loretto Lecture is free to all and attracts many school pupils and members of the public from all over Scotland.

Attached photograph shows Robin Mitchell as his alter ego, Adam Lyal (deceased).

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Loretto School is celebrating after three of their pupils have been offered a place this year at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Three pupils at Loretto

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School have received Oxbridge offers this term. Lawrence Bissell (from Inveresk) has an offer from Trinity Hall, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. Kate Mackay (from Haddington) has an offer from Clare College, Cambridge to read Medicine and Cian Ridley (from St Boswells) has an offer to read Chemistry at Wadham College Oxford.

Gaining admission to Oxford and Cambridge Universities is one of the toughest academic challenges a school leaver in the UK can face. Only the very brightest and most highly qualified apply, yet applications still outnumber available places by five to one.

This year, with the aid of specific and specialist preparation, we are delighted that Lawrence, Kate and Cian have been successful in this most competitive of intellectual ordeals. It is a great credit to all three of them and the most Oxbridge success Loretto has achieved in any one year.

Loretto Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley, said, “We are delighted with all our University offers and these mark a very special achievement for these three pupils. As well as achieving very academic standards these three Lorettonians contribute richly to the wider life of the School.”

Loretto School boasts a remarkable university entry success rate with 97% of pupils entering their choice of university and it was recently announced that it was in the top 7% of all schools for adding academic value at A level.

Photo: Left to right,  Loretto School pupils Cian Ridley, Kate Mackay and Lawrence Bissell

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Loretto Golf Academy’s Yannick Artigille clinches prestigious title. 

16-year-old Yannick Artigolle, a member of Loretto School’s Golf Academy, will be teeing up alongside the world’s best

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golfers at the UBS Hong Kong Open from 8th – 11th December after winning the 2016 Hong Kong Open Amateur and Mid Amateur Championships (18th-21st October).

A field of 90 amateurs from 12 different countries participated in the tournament at The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather (T8 Typhoon Signal), only one round of 18 holes was possible, with the final day a complete washout. The overnight leader, Yannick Artigolle scored 68 to become both the Overall and Open Amateur Champion. Yannick won by just one shot over Chan Yu Wei from Chinese Taipei and another local talent Taichi Kho, who tied for 2nd place. Yannick was crowned winner of the Albert K. W. Lai Junior Tournament in July, and is definitely one of the amateur talents to be watched in the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Loretto Golf Academy’s Lou Tan scored 70 and came in only two shots behind Yannick.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, said, “This is a remarkable achievement by Yannick. He is a talented golfer and certainly one to watch in the future. We wish him all the very best at the UBS Hong Kong Open.”

Leading final scores: Open Amateur Division: 68 -Yannick Artigolle (LORETTO GOLF ACADEMY), 68 – Chan Yu Wei, 69 – Taichi Kho, 69 – Tsai Kai Jen, 70 – Delon Hau, 70 – Lou Tan (LORETTO GOLF ACADEMY), 70

 

Photo: Yannick Artigolle (center) receiving the prize of Hong Kong Open Amateur Champion and invitation to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open from Nishi Yoshihiro, Vice President of HKGA (left) and Peter Downie, Director of Golf/ General Manager of The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club (right).

 

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WHO said golf was just for the elite?

 

Loretto School and Golf Academy, a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged up to 18

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years based in Musselburgh, East Lothian, is offering an opportunity to young Golfers. Loretto School’s Golf Academy is able to offer Golf Scholarships to boys and girls aged 12+ to 16+ years which can supplemented by a means-tested Bursary.

Loretto’s Golf Scholarships will allow dedicated golfers access to a team of PGA professionals to help improve their game and fitness whilst continuing to receive a first class academic education to prepare them for whatever path they choose to take in life.

The Loretto Golf Academy, established in 2002, offers boys and girls an exceptional opportunity to develop their sporting talent in tandem with a first-class, all-round education. The academy operates from the School’s practice facilities, including a state-of-the-art indoor centre and local golf courses and is directed by Rick Valentine, and a team of top class coaching professionals.

The academy has had considerable success and is now widely recognised as one of the top golf schools both in the UK and Europe. 

The Loretto Golf Academy, perhaps because of its superb location next to the world’s oldest playing course, has a strong tradition of top level golf, dating back to its founding in 1827. The surrounding area of East Lothian offers a choice of magnificent links courses.
Over the years former pupils of Loretto have captained many of the best known clubs throughout Scotland and the UK. No fewer than seven Lorettonians have captained The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, whilst eleven have been captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield and at least ten have been captains at Prestwich.
Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, said: “Loretto has long had a strong and productive relationship with Golf in Scotland. We are delighted to offer young players a chance to attend our Golf Scholarship assessment days and the chance for a life changing experience by attending Loretto School and our Golf Academy.”

The Loretto Golf Scholarship Assessment Days will take place on 20th and 21st November. In order to be considered for a Golf Scholarship please contact the Admissions Office on 00 44 (0) 131 653 4455 or emailadmissions@loretto.com

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Double Olympic Gold champion, Major Heather Stanning MBE RA visited to Loretto School to deliver the ‘Combat Stress’ (the veterans’ mental health charity) Scotland Autumn

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Lecture.

Over 450 people packed into the Chapel to hear Heather speak with great enthusiasm about her ‘Pursuit of Excellence’ in both her athletic, Olympic and military career as a Major in the Royal Artillery.

Heather, who won Gold with her rowing partner Helen Glover in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, also spoke about her drive and ambition to succeed as an Olympian but not without touching upon the challenges, sacrifices and hard work along the way.

Proving that work and elite sport can be combined, she explained how balancing these two commitments enabled her to stay grounded and balanced. Heather spoke about her experience of managing competing demands, whilst handling pressure at the highest levels.

Heather’s talk was then followed by many questions from the audience.

Pupils, parents and members of the public were given a brilliant insight into Heather’s fantastic Olympic journey and even got the chance to hold her (rather heavy!) Gold Medals.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School said, “We are most to Heather for delivering such an inspiring and motivational talk. Without doubt, her take home message, particularly to the youngsters in the audience, was to seize every opportunity.”

 

Photo: Heather Stanning with Loretto School pupils.

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Rob Hardwick has a distinguished rugby career having played for England, captained Coventry and played 167 games for London Irish as a prop. Rob takes

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up his post at Loretto in September and joins from Bedford Modern School.

Loretto School’s Director of Communications, Jonathan Hewat said, “This is a very exciting new appointment at Loretto and continues our strategy of employing first class professional sports coaches to supplement our core sports coaching. Loretto has always had a reputation excelling at Rugby and, with Rob’s wealth of experience coaching and playing rugby, we are investing in its continued success and development.”

Rob Hardwick added, “I am really excited to be joining a school with Loretto’s outstanding reputation and passing on my knowledge and experience of Rugby football.”

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Just after the end of the Summer Term, Loretto Golf Academy’s first team golfers competed in the HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) National Finals, at

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Delamere Golf Club in Cheshire.

The team of Cameron Blair, Lou Tan, John-Paul Ralph, Yannick Artigolle, Nikolaj Dahl and Sebastien Saverino had qualified for the finals by winning the Northern group, played throughout the year, with decisive victories over Dollar Academy, QEGS Blackburn and Worksop College.

The finals took place on Thursday, 7th and Friday, 8th July at Delamere Golf Club in Cheshire. The Loretto Golf Academy team secured 2 – 1 wins over Bedford School, Radley College, Millfield School and Reeds School to be crowned the UK’s number 1 golf school.

In a moving gesture, the team dedicated their win to the memory of Mr Craig McGeary, greatly respected and much-admired Loretto sports coach, who died so suddenly last week.

Head of Golf coaching at Loretto Golf Academy, Ryan Scott, was full of praise for the team’s monumental win, “This win was testament to the team’s spirit, hard work, but also to the unrivalled golf programme at Loretto Golf Academy.”

 

Photo: the victorious Loretto Golf Academy team – from left to right;

John-Paul Ralph, Sebastien Saverino, Nikolaj Dahl Cameron Blair, Yannick Artigolle, and Lou Tan.

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