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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


• 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 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.

• 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 boys and girls 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.

Senior School - Applications are accepted for entry into most years in the School except Upper Sixth (Year 13).

.Junior School - Pupils can enter at the age of 5 and are prepared for entrance and scholarship assessments, mostly to Loretto Senior School at 12+.

Pre-School - Children aged 3 to 5 will be welcomed from the start of Academic Year 2019/20.

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. Loretto is academically selective but also recognises the central value of co-curricular activities, and enthusiasm in these fields is expected and encouraged.


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

2019. Senior School: Sat. 28th September. Junior School: Sat. 5th October.


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
Linkfield Road
East Lothian
EH21 7RE

[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

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 

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class=”_5afx”>Glasgow the 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.

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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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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.


Five Loretto pupils have received the news that they have been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

To earn a place at

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either of the UK’s leading universities is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to a huge amount of hard work, especially with competition for places greater than ever.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, commented, “Obtaining an offer of a place from Oxford and Cambridge is never easy. To get to that point requires a huge investment of energy and intellectual commitment over a long period of time. The Lorettonians who have been offered places deserve huge congratulations, just as those several who aimed high and put in the effort for a different result also deserve praise. This year has been very strong on the Oxbridge front and all those involved in the process – pupils and staff – have given the Loretto community much to be proud of.”

The pupils, including one pupil who left the Upper Sixth in the summer, are set to study a broad range of subjects, with the offers as follows:

Oxford : Engineering (Brasenose), Mathematics (Magdalen), History (St John’s).

Cambridge : Engineering (Emmanuel), Mathematics (Homerton).

Two further Loretto pupils have been awarded Scholarships – a golf scholarship to study at Northwestern University, Illinois and a hockey scholarship to St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Both pupils also achieved excellent U.S. university entrance examination (SATs) results.

The UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) deadline is not until 15th Jan, but ambitious Lorettonians have already had more than 180 offers to study at UK universities – some are unconditional. This is outstanding and very exciting. Our congratulations to you all!

Universities include;

The diverse range of subjects include – English Language and Literature, Modern Languages, History of Art, Geography, History, Economics, Sciences, Mathematics, Criminology, Law, Zoology, Politics, Journalism, International Business, Urban Planning, Fashion, Accounting – to name but a few.

Loretto School Independent East Lothian Representative honour for Loretto School’s Grace Crawford.

11-year-old Loretto Junior School rising golf ace, Grace Crawford, is to represent Scotland in the Moroccan Junior Invitational at Samannah Golf Club in Marrakech from

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the 10th to 12th January 2018.

Grace, from North Berwick, is the Scottish representative for the Under 14 category in this event. The event will have one boy and one girl representing approximately 12 to 16 different countries in categories for Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18s.

The format is a Ryder Cup style tournament with fourballs, foursomes and singles.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School said, “Grace’s selection is a remarkable achievement and reflects her determination, dedication and skill. Many congratulations, Grace. All the very best!”

Photo: Grace Crawford with her U.S. Kids European Girls 10 Golf Champion trophy which she won last summer

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Loretto’s Governing Body has great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mr Andrew Dickenson as Head of Loretto Junior School with effect from

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August 2018.

Since 2008, Andrew has been Head of Junior School, Kelvinside Academy and prior to this he was Deputy Head of Edinburgh Academy Junior School.  Andrew has also held Director of Studies, CPD Co-ordinator and Class Teacher posts in Edinburgh and London.  He holds an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews and a PGCE from Anglia University.  His interests are wide-ranging: he is a keen cyclist and walker, he has acted in a number of amateur productions and he enjoys public speaking.

Andrew brings to Loretto an abundance of experience and a successful track record at a senior level in independent junior school education.  We are delighted to welcome him and his wife, Viv, to Loretto at an exciting time in the School’s development.

He has a passion for excellence in education, a proven ability in strategic leadership, and combines energy and flair with great personal warmth.  Most importantly, in all the discussions with Andrew, there has been a clear meeting of minds about the very exciting opportunities that exist for Loretto Junior School, and about the way ahead.

Dr Graham Hawley, Loretto Headmaster, said, “We are delighted to appoint Mr Andrew Dickenson as Head of Loretto Junior School with his tremendous drive, experience and commitment to continue to develop the intellectual heart and ethos of the School.  In Andrew, we believe we have found a leader who will uphold and enhance Loretto Junior School’s values and excellence in all areas of the curriculum and continue on Loretto’s very exciting journey of being one of the country’s finest schools.”

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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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.”


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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