Loretto School

East Lothian

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 303 (Boys) 227 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1827

General Information

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.
  • One of the UK’s leading independent schools, with outstanding results at GSCE and A-Level.
  • More than nine pupils out of 10 achieve places at their chosen university, including Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Newcastle, and Durham. .
  • 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.

Facilities

• 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.

• Welcoming about 600 girls and boys with an excellent staff to pupil ratio (1:7), every child is known and nurtured, 400 in the Senior School, 200 in the Junior School.

• Boarders (75% of Senior School pupils) reside in six Houses with all they need to feel at home and benefit from excellent pastoral care.

• 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.

Entrance Requirements

Loretto School’s Admissions procedure aims to ensure that girls and boys who join Loretto are able to be happy, successful and secure within its academic, cultural and pastoral environment, whether they are boarders or day pupils.

Applications are accepted for entry into all years in Pre-School, Junior School and Senior School (except Year 13, the final year of schooling) subject to availability. Assessments usually start from Year 4 and each prospective pupil is assessed carefully prior to entry. Parents or guardians will be consulted throughout the process.

The selection criteria include provision of satisfactory evidence, through the School’s own age appropriate assessment tests, of academic ability sufficient to access the School curriculum, and a satisfactory reference from the applicant’s current school, coupled with a satisfactory recent school report. We recognise academic endeavour along with the importance of Art, Drama, Music, Sport and co-curricular activities, and enthusiasm in these fields is expected and encouraged.

For those applicants joining the School whose first language is not English, entry is usually subject to our own academic assessment, which involves basic tests in English as a Second Language, Mathematics and an interview, often via Skype.

Scholarships

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.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2019/2020. Per term.

Senior school - Full Boarding: £7,750–£11,900; Flexi Boarding (3 nights p/w): £6,600–£9,875; Day (including meals): £5,900–£8,105.

Junior School - Years 4-7 Full Boarding £7,750; Year 7 Flexi Boarding (3 nights per week) £6,600; Day £3,200-£5,525.

Pre-School: Day. £2,833 per term.

Golf Academy: Senior Squad (Form 5 and 6) £2,250 per term. Junior Squad (Up to Form 4) £1,250 per term.

ESL lessons - please contact the school for details

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Graham Hawley

Contact for enquiries: Vera Stewart, Admissions Manager

Loretto School
Pinkie House
Linkfield Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 7AF

[t]: 0131 653 4455
[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

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The inspiration behind the lovely event on Saturday 11th January was for as many Loretto families as possible to learn the Reel of

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the 51st Highland division because Lieutenant Jimmy Atkinson of the 7th Arglls and a former Lorettonian created and originated the dance whilst he was a prisoner of war following capture at the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940.

His idea of a reel with a Saint Andrew′s Cross in its key formation was intended to symbolise Scotland and the Highland Division, in adversity. Atkinson’s letter home with instructions for the dance was intercepted by the German security service, the Abwehr, who spent the rest of the war trying to break the code. However, another version of the dance reached Scotland where it was published while Atkinson was still a POW and became instantly popular.

So, the Friends of Loretto team decorated Linkfield Hall (the CCF and Pipe band building) with lots of tartan bunting, fairy lights and candles and pulled together a team of dance experts, an accordion player and booked a local caterer. Lots of laughter, patience from our instructors, toes being trodden on, spinning kilts, clapping, giggling and fun ensued and the whole room was a blur of spinning bodies and we now have some confident 51st Reelers.

Thanks so much to everyone who came along, for our young pipers Charlie, Harry and Benji, Stuart on the accordion, Ben, Isla, Mark, Jamie, Chris and Emily for the expert tuition, Angela, Alan and Stevie for helping set up the Hall and Barbarella Beets who served wonderful food all night. Well done to The Kinloch Andersons for supplying all the tartan off cuts for Lizzie’s amazing bunting and a big thank you to the FOL team.

We are planning to give any money raised to The Loretto Pipe Band to buy branded travel bags for all their kit as they fly the flag for the school from Edinburgh to Lords and locally.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

Loretto School launched its new Pre-School on Monday, 2 September 2019. Mr. Peter McCutcheon, Chair of Board of Governors, was delighted to cut the ribbon,

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and open the doors of the newly refurbished facility, specially designed for the education of children aged 3 to 5. Selected, experienced teaching staff will welcome the first intake of Loretto Pre-Schoolers from Tuesday, 3 September.

Mr. Andrew L. Dickenson, Head of the Junior School, is looking forward to this first Academic Year of the Pre-School, with the new facility being set at the heart of the Junior campus: ‘Our Pre-School is a natural extension of the approach we take to learning at Loretto. We believe that a structured, teacher-led, Pre-School provision can translate children’s natural curiosity into valuable learning and skills development, from an early age. This will inspire in them a lifelong love of challenge and achievement. Safe within the school’s grounds, and with a wide range of bespoke facilities, the education provided by the Pre-School is the perfect introduction to the rich curriculum offered by the school from Year 1 and beyond’

Dr. Graham R. W. Hawley, Headmaster, commented: ‘Loretto’s aim is to know and nurture children. With young children, especially, it is vital that a close bond is built between families and the school, to give children the confidence to establish their character as individuals. Our new Pre-School environment presents and promotes this personalised approach to learning. We are a small school, and our new Pre-School will be true to our ethos; with small class sizes, and high quality, qualified teachers, we are able to facilitate learning and teaching in creative and engaging ways.’

Prospective families will get the opportunity to discover the new Pre-School during our Junior School’s Open Day, on Saturday, 5 October. Click on the links below to:

For more information and queries, please contact our Admissions team at admissions@loretto.com or on 0131 653 4455.

 

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

We are delighted to report the success of our pupils in their GCSE examinations. With 94.3% pass and 45.4% top grades (in the 9-7 range),

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our pupils have achieved our best results since 2011 and 2015 respectively. Almost three quarters of our pupils (74%) have passed all their exams at grades 9-4.

Many of our pupils have performed beyond expectations, and we are delighted that 12.7% of our pupils’ results attained the coveted grade 9, nearly three times better than the National statistic of 4.5%.

Dr Graham Hawley, Headmaster of Loretto School, said “These wonderful results are a reflection of the high academic expectations that we have for our GCSE pupils. By guiding pupils through a challenging academic curriculum, we ensure that they are well prepared for the opportunities that follow these important examinations. The hard work of the pupils and the expert teaching and guidance of the staff have resulted in our best overall pass rate since 2011”.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

We are pleased to report that our senior pupils have achieved impressive results in their A-level, with nearly three quarters attaining grades A*-C. In the

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first year of BTEC results, we are pleased to report a 100% pass rate with two pupils achieving Distinctions.
Many pupils performed beyond expectations in achieving their A-level results, and have been successful in securing places at Universities such as Glasgow, Oxford, York, Nottingham, Loughborough and Exeter. At these institutions, pupils will pursue courses ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Earth Science, International Relations, Acting, Sport Science, Modern Languages, Events Management, Fashion and Art courses.

Dr Graham Hawley, Headmaster of Loretto School, said “These remarkable results are a testament to the hard work of the pupils and teaching staff. The Loretto ethos of knowing and nurturing pupils has contributed to many of our pupils surpassing expectations, facilitating their entry to University – we anticipate that more than 9 out of 10 will have secured a place at the institution of their choice. Our School takes great pride in offering A level and BTEC courses to all our pupils, allowing a breadth and range of future pathways for Lorettonians”.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

After a successful qualifying period, through the winter, Loretto qualified two teams to the National Junior Finals to be played at Radley College on the

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20th June. This was our fourth visit to the National Finals and with a previous best finish of third, the team were excited about the challenge ahead.

After an excellent practice round mapping the course, the players were fully focused and prepared for a big performance the following day. The format of the event is adjusted stableford with players getting two shots at each hole allowing some attacking golf and high scores.

The team got off to a good start on the front 9 with Sam & Ollie leading the way with Calum & Juan very close behind.

After a few dropped shots at the start of the back nine, the players knew they needed a strong finish to put themselves in with a chance. Ollie set the tone with a strong finish, birdying the last for the clubhouse lead of 66 points. Following in the next group Sam knew he had to make a par to tie and a birdie to take the lead. After two good shots to 6 feet it all came down to a downhill left to right putt that he calmly stroked into the centre of the cup to take a one shot lead. Calum in the next group was also fighting back posting a score of 64 and Juan rounded the team off with a score of 61 points.

Loretto had the clubhouse lead in both the team and individual events and after a tense wait were rewarded by sweeping the board taking hope both the individual championship won by Sam and the team championship for the first time in Loretto’s history.

Ollie finished in second place and Calum third in the individual championship and Loretto also took second in the team to bring every trophy back to Scotland.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

Congratulations Frederik, Andrew, Theo and Lorenzo! Our team of 2nd Form chemistry pupils secured the second place in the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry University Challenge,

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held at Heriot-Watt University

The Festival provided an opportunity for our pupils to spend a day at Heriot-Watt University and take part in practical chemistry activities which are fun. A fantastic experience!

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

We are very proud of our pupils who are celebrating their own connection with Beinn a Ghlo by raising £1500 through climbs of Beinn a

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Ghlo and Arthur’s Seat, and a sponsored abseil in Fife.

The team and all of us at Loretto feels privileged to have been involved in such a great cause. Thank you BMC!

Loretto School has a strong tradition in hill walking and wilderness activities, including recent expeditions for senior students to wilderness regions of Norway, Iceland and Greenland. An ascent of Beinn A’ Ghlo was already being planned when teachers learned of the Mend Our Mountains appeal.

Head of Sixth Form Dr Richard Phillips said: ‘I had been reading an article in an old mountaineering journal from 1893, written by one of our former Headmasters, Hely Hutchinson-Almond, who climbed the Beinn A’ Ghlo massif on Christmas day in 1892.’

 

Read more:

>> The Scotsman: Hillwalkers ‘put a little bit back in the pot’ and rebuild eroded paths up the mountainside

>> I News: Mend our mountains: the hillwalkers on a personal mission to repair the paths they love

 

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

Both are delighted to be selected to represent Scotland U16 Boys team for the third time this year.

The boys will be competing against Ulster in Glasgow the

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weekend of 14 – 16th June 2019.

The Scotland team were delighted to beat England, the first time since 2007, in May at Lilleshall and will be looking to be strong opponents for the Ulster team.

Another great news: Kyle Wright (Old Lorettonian) will be a coach again. Superb!

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland.

Loretto School is seeking registration of a new Pre-School to expand its already thriving provision, and to welcome children from the ages of 3 –

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5. Selected, qualified teaching staff will welcome the first intake of children at the start of the 2019/20 Academic Year, on 2 September 2019.

Headmaster, Dr. Graham R. W. Hawley commented: ‘Loretto’s aim is to know and nurture children. With young children, especially, it is vital that a close bond is built between families and the school, to give children the confidence to establish their character as individuals. Our new Pre-School environment presents and promotes this personalised approach to learning. We are a small school, and our new Pre-School will be true to our ethos; with small class sizes, and high quality, qualified teachers, we are able to facilitate learning and teaching in creative and engaging ways.’

Head of the Junior School, Mr. Andrew L. Dickenson remarked: ‘Our new Pre-School is a natural extension of the approach we take to learning at Loretto. We believe that a structured, teacher-led, Pre-School provision can translate children’s natural curiosity into valuable learning and skills development from an early age. This will inspire in them a lifelong love of challenge and achievement. Safe within the school’s grounds, and with a wide range of bespoke facilities, the education provided by the Pre-School is the perfect introduction to the rich curriculum offered by the school from Year 1 and beyond’

The Pre-School will enjoy a dedicated facility and places are limited. Registration opens at the School’s next Open Day on Saturday 23 March 2019, at which there will be an opportunity to meet with staff and pupils, and find out more about the Pre-School.

To book your place at Open Day, please click here or contact our professional, experienced and friendly Admissions Team: 0131 653 4455, admissions@loretto.com, www.loretto.com

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland.

Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. Come to our Open Day on 23 March and see for yourself how, at Loretto,

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we share our big heart, show our big ambition, and create big opportunities for our young people.

To book your place at Open Day, please contact our professional, experienced and friendly Admissions Team on 0131 653 4455, or at admissions@loretto.com. You can also complete the booking form by clicking here.

This whole School Open Day will also be the opportunity to discover our new Pre-School. Click HERE to find out more.

At Loretto we are delighted to offer a variety of non-residential holiday camps for 2019 for girls and boys aged 5-18 years. The camps offer

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children the chance to keep active during the holidays by developing or learning a new skill.

For all details and dates please visit Holiday Camps 2019

Or contact rbcgs@loretto.com , tel. 0131 653 4473.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

92% of Loretto pupils have achieved passing grades at this year’s GCSE exam, giving the School its best overall result since 2011.

More than 40% of

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pupils from Loretto have achieved grades 9 to 7, an A* – A equivalent. This represents twice as much as the national average, which is 20.5% this year. Loretto maintains this higher than average passing rate across the range of subjects, from English and Mathematics, through Art, French, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Headmaster, Dr. Graham R. W. Hawley commented:

‘This year’s results are yet again a reflection of the hard work and determination of both the pupils and teaching staff at Loretto. Our pupils’ performance in all academic areas highlights our commitment to provide a rounded education to fully prepare children for their future.’

Loretto School extends special congratulations to its nine pupils who have achieved all their results at grades 9-7, an outstanding achievement.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

2018 has yielded another outstanding crop of A-Level results for the pupils of Loretto School. Building on last year’s results, 2018 sees Lorettonians experiencing more

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Oxbridge success than ever before in the school’s recent history. This year the school presented 14 candidates to Oxbridge, 100% of which were invited to final interview. Within the cohort, to The University of Oxford: Jonny Cunningham, Engineering (Brasenose), Daniel Dalland, Mathematics (Magdalen), and Lachlann Hinley, History (St John’s). To The University of Cambridge: Robert Ogilvy, Engineering (Emmanuel), and Yale Pan, Mathematics (Homerton).

The Headmaster, Dr. Graham R. W. Hawley commented:

‘Loretto provides an education for life, and the school prides itself on nurturing and inspiring every individual, cultivating and celebrating their talents. Loretto enables an environment where young people, careful thought, hard work and ambition are rewarded and respected. These results are the products of our fantastic pupils and dedicated staff working together. We share our pupils’ ambitions; we want the very best outcomes attainable to them, and to enable them to succeed in life.’

With the results still coming in, already over 90% of Lorettonians achieved the results they required to secure a place at their destination of choice, and many received unconditional offers based on the strength of their applications. This year in the UK, destinations include Aberdeen, Bristol, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Lancaster, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, St Andrews, Stirling, Warwick, and York. An ever increasing number of pupils use their Loretto education to unlock opportunities at international institutions. This year in the USA, four Lorettonians are taking up places at destinations including Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), the University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Joseph’s University (both Philadelphia, PA); and amongst these, two pupils have secured scholarships (for Golf, and Hockey).

With 36.5% of pupils achieving the top A* & A grades, and 14 pupils securing straight A* & A grades this year, Lorettonians are taking up places to study subjects as diverse as Computer Games Design, Creative Writing, Criminology, Film Production, French, International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Medicine, Music, Musical Theatre, Nursing, Philosophy, and Teaching.

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

In the sunshine on the afternoon of Thursday 17th June 2018, in Musselburgh, Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Company of Archers with The Loretto Pipe Band.

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Wonderful.

Photo: Loretto School’s Pipe Band

Loretto independent day and boarding school East Lothian Scotland

The Junior School’s production of High School Musical opened recently after months of rehearsals. All the hard work paid off with some wonderful performances from

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the Year 7 and 6 pupils, showing again the incredible range of talents in the Junior School, from back flips to juggling, acting and dancing as well as the outstanding voices that already wowed us in the LAMDA recitals.

 

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