St George’s School for Girls


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 800 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1888

General Information

St George’s School is a prominent all girls’ day and boarding school set in parkland grounds in the heart of historic Edinburgh.

Established in 1888 by the pioneers of women’s education, St George’s is Scotland’s largest all girls’ school and the only all-through independent private school in Edinburgh for girls aged 2 to 18. Your daughter will have unrivalled learning opportunities, excellent teaching and individual support for her personal, social and intellectual development. Our flexible approach to learning and care provides a level of support few schools can match.

At St George’s your daughter will encounter opportunities and empowerment in equal measure. This powerful blend will allow your daughter to find her voice and develop independence of thought. They’ll offer her meaningful positions of responsibility from an early age, encourage a ‘YES SHE CAN’ mindset, and show her that the only ceilings are those in her mind.

Rated “Excellent” by Education Scotland in 2015, St George’s achieves consistently outstanding results in both Scottish and English exam qualifications.


The nursery is an integral part of St George’s Junior School on a 15 acre parkland site. It provides specialist pre-school accommodation with facilities split across six playrooms and immediate access to spacious outdoor purpose-built play areas and landscaped gardens.

The Junior School has its own dedicated, purpose-built building. The outdoor space provides girls with exciting and stimulating play areas including the Fantastical Forest, which has been developed as an outdoor classroom. In addition, facilities include a multi-purpose school hall, large function and drama/dance room, art and design room, music room, ICT room, library, 'discovery’ room, support for learning room, dedicated science room, and well-stocked library. All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards. The Junior School shares dining facilities, music school and the large sports hall, playing fields and sports facilities with the rest of St George’s.

At the main senior school key facilities include: science laboratories, music centre including auditorium, art and textiles centre, drama studios, indoor sports hall and astroturf, ICT and design technology centre, food technology centre and cafeteria-style catering facilities as well as a multi-purpose venue for special events and celebrations.

Excellent on-site sport facilities include an all-weather full size hockey/12 tennis court astro, 50m athletics track with high and long jump, indoor games hall, two gyms, squash and netball courts, and playing fields. Judo, fencing, table tennis and sailing clubs add variety and enhance the sports provision. In addition, swimmers, skiers and horse-riders have the opportunity to represent their school.

The variety of provision within the co-curriculum at St George's ensures that music, sport and drama all play an integral part in the girls’ lives, while a long tradition of encouraging debate is provided through our popular Model United Nations and Debating clubs. Cultural awareness and an international outlook is obtained through an extensive student exchange programme with partner schools around the globe. Outdoor Education, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Combined Cadet Force provide opportunities for new challenges and service in the community.

All girls' boarding has been at the heart of our school community for over 100 years. Boarding numbers are around 60 students and include UK and international pupils ranging in in age from 11 to 18. They all live in Houldsworth house, which is situated at the edge of the school's private grounds. It is possible to board for an occasional night as well as on a weekly or full-time basis.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants are expected to complete entrance assessments, testing language and mathematical ability. Places will be allocated on the basis of performance in these assessments and evidence from the school report. A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available.

Open Days

2020. Junior School Open Morning: Sat. 14th March.

St George’s is running an Activity Open Morning for families who are interested in finding out about the Junior School and Nursery (from 3 – 9 years) on Saturday 14th March from 9.30 am – 11.30 am. Visiting girls are invited to take part in some action-packed pursuits including hands-on science, outdoor learning, sport and music. To register please contact Admissions T: 0131 311 8008, E:


2019/2020. Day. Nursery (2-5 years): 5 mornings - full time £1860 - £3100 per term.

Junior School (5-10 years); £2990 - £3485 per term. Lower School (10 - 13 years): £3860 - £4355 per term. Upper School (12-18 years): £4900 per term.

Boarding (10 - 18 years): £9105 - £10,145 per term. Flexi boarding: £55 per night


Education Scotland and The Scottish Care Inspectorate Inspection 2015
Boarding Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Alex Hems

Contact for enquiries: Karen Batty, Admissions

St George’s School for Girls
Garscube Terrace
EH12 6BG

[t]: 0131 311 8000

Location Description

Set among beautiful parklands on a single site campus, St George’s provides an excellent learning environment in the west of the City of Edinburgh. It is set in 15 acres of attractive landscaped grounds in the highly desirable leafy suburbs of the Ravelston and Murrayfield residential areas of the city. We can be easily reached by private and public transport. The school is 15 minutes drive from Edinburgh’s International Airport and easy walking distance from Edinburgh Haymarket railway station and West End.

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Many of us will remember the summer before we moved into ‘big school’. The excitement of a new school mixed with trepidation as

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we worried about ‘fitting in’. For some it is a chance to reinvent themselves, for others it presents an unsettling experience.

Adjusting to a new environment and social group takes time and as Head of St George’s, Scotland largest all-through girls’ school, I appreciate the rich opportunities our structure presents.

Transitions, whether from pre-school into primary 1 or from primary to secondary education, can be very challenging for students. The transition to secondary school in particular can have a detrimental impact on children’s wellbeing at such a key stage in their development. This coincides with significant social, emotional and physiological changes in the lives of young people, which often results in a shift in focus away from learning and can have a significant effect.

The all-through school structure offers a way of minimising this disruption and allows a school to plan their curriculum seamlessly, from nursery to S6. This sense of coherent progression makes a great difference to students’ confidence.

In my experience, the all-through model enables schools to offer a more holistic response to the changing needs of learning and teaching and allows them to provide specialist instruction across the school. Teaching can be tailored to a pupil’s needs with a significant level of attention for every student, as well as offering more flexible approaches, including teaching by stage as opposed to age. For example, nursery children can receive specialist teaching in PE, and in junior school, children can receive specialist teaching delivered by upper school staff in languages, drama and art as well as gaining access to the facilities of a secondary school.

Additionally, having the opportunity to make informed decisions that are right for the pupils at the various stages of their development is a key opportunity that all-through schools present. At St George’s for example, we have chosen to group our primary 6 through to S1 girls together in the Lower School to allow us to focus on the emotional and social development of girls when they are aged 10-13 – it’s such an important life stage.

One of the key advantages of an all-through education is the ability to forge longer-term relationships with the girls and their families which is less easy in other school structures. Teachers take a great deal of care in planning the composition of class groups and teaching sets for the following year by employing their deep knowledge of their students. This has often accumulated over many years of working with them, taking into account friendship groups which may or may not be working well together. Another significant advantage in running an all-through school is the opportunity for very detailed handovers between different school stages, ensuring that key information about a child is fully passed on when they progress from primary to secondary education, for example.

By participating in co-curricular activities, such as sport and music, at an all-through school pupils get to play and compete with their peers over several years. This continuity can be hugely beneficial when it comes to building successful close-knit sports teams and musical groups.

The sense of family is very strong within St George’s and this is achieved through activities such as paired reading and numeracy programmes with the primary and secondary girls. For the younger students, the senior girls are fantastic role-models; the whole school benefits from their ambition, leadership skills, aspirations and successes. For the older ones the presence of the youngest reminds them of their responsibilities across the community and provides immensely rewarding opportunities for cross-year collaboration.

In an all-through school, pastoral teams can work as one across the whole school. This can be of great benefit where there are several members of the same family in the school, enabling school leaders to ensure appropriate support is in place for families or individual siblings that may be facing particular challenges.

For teachers, the opportunity to work across stages can be immensely rewarding, offering variety over the course of a career and a teaching day as well as providing a sense of warmth and community amongst pupils and parents. My colleagues and I can build strong and lasting relationships with families over several years, allowing trust and understanding to grow, which is fundamental in the three-way partnership between parents, teachers and child that lies at the heart of education.

Without doubt, the transition between schools can be unsettling and present the chance for a potential performance dip or stumbling-block in a student’s education. However, the shared educational ethos of an all-through school supports children from age 4 (or younger when there is a nursery) right through to 18, bringing with it wide-ranging advantages for students, staff and parents alike.

Why not find out about an all-through education at St George’s by contacting our admissions department, T: 0131 311 8008, E: Entrance exams take place in January 2020 for autumn 2020 entry.Share this:

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St George’s School for Girls is delighted to be hosting the Junior Model UN conference on the 9th June

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Junior MUN is all about introducing young students to international relations in a fun and stimulating way. The conference is designed for children between the ages of 10 and 13. We want students to understand current world issues, but also have lots of fun. We want them to embrace the fact that, through political activism, they can make a difference.

For more information about the day and to register to attend visit the Junior Model UN Conference page.

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This weekend saw the U-15 lacrosse team play in their first competitive games of the season. A windy

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but thankfully rain-free morning with an occasional rainbow created almost perfect playing conditions. Our first game against Fettes was a close affair as the girls got used to the pace and new playing formation of 10 a-side. A 4-4 draw was a positive start with both teams missing the goal in the last few moments to take the lead. Next up was Glenalmond College.

This was again a tight game, but our defence was now settled and communicating well. They had some fast skilled players who were difficult to slow but the defence held them out and some excellent saves by the goal-keeper meant we won the game 6-4. Our midfield and attack worked tirelessly to create scoring opportunities. Finally, the last group game was against Loretto. Our confidence was apparent from the start. A convincing win, a clean sheet defensively with 6 goals for St George’s. After some much needed warm soup, we prepared for the 1st/2nd playoffs which saw us meet Glenalmond again.

The girls impressed with their focus and attention, keeping the ball safe and denying the opposition anytime to settle on the ball. The final score was 8-3, a hard-earned win against a good Glenalmond side ensuring the overall win.

Well done to all the players in what was a very successful start to the season!

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We are the four exchange students from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We’ve been attending St George’s for three weeks now, and

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every week has been amazing. We have been able to see things and try things we could never do in America. We have visited castles, underground cities, and buildings that are hundreds of years old. We have tried haggis, IRN- BRU, and had our fair share of fish and chips! We think this exchange program has been extremely beneficial for us because we have been able to explore Scottish culture through many ways.

One of the most interesting parts of the exchange has been seeing the differences of the two schools. For example, St George’s calls teachers by their surname, while at GFS we refer to our teachers by their first name. It has also been very different going to an all-girls school rather than a co-ed school like GFS. We chose to participate in the exchange to expand our horizons and be able to emerge ourselves into a different society. Even when we leave Scotland, the exchange experience hasn’t finished.

We are looking forward to welcoming our hosts to Philadelphia for the month of April. We have been planning fun things to do when they arrive! We are sad to be leaving soon, but we are so grateful to have had this opportunity to explore Scotland! 

 Cara, Ally, Leah, and Yael (GFS Exchange Students)

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Alice, U5, has been invited to be part of the UK team at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad event in Kyiv, Ukraine during the Easter

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She has also been invited to join a training camp at Trinity College Cambridge, again during the Easter holidays. This camp forms part of the selection process for the UK team that will go to the International Mathematical Olympiad later in the year.

Only 24 students in the UK have been invited to this training camp, with half of these being in the equivalent of U6.  Alice is clearly an extremely talented mathematician.

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A member of our Lower 6, Imisi, has won first place in the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition (15-16 age group). With her cousin in

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Plymouth, Imisi  investigated ways in which recycling plastic can aid refugees.

The girls melted some plastic into a brick to show that refuse could be used to build houses and boats, then created computational models of their designs. The innovative duo created a website of their project at

They have now been invited to attend the Big Bang Fair in March to present their research to the judges and other winners.

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On Thursday evening all of the boarders in Houldsworth and some of the boys from Merchiston came to St George’s for our annual Boarders’ Ceilidh.

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This was my very first Scottish ceilidh. At first I thought it would be really awkward as I didn’t know the dances or the boys, but I actually had a lot of fun dancing. The dances were quite straightforward, the music was very lively and everyone had a great time. I am looking forward to my next ceilidh.

Cristina (L6)

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Independence Plaza Tour 640wDuring half term 21 girls from St George’s visited the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, and took part in NASA’s annual STEM

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Sisters event.

This event is devoted to the educational study of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics by female students. The girls took part in a 5-day engineering mission to land a rover on the surface of Mars.

Highlights included

Johnson Space Center Tram Tour

Rocketry Presentation & Build

Thermal Tile & Cryogenics Challenge

Rocket completion, VOFR & Swing Test

Rocket Launch & Rocket Park Tour

Mars Habitat Planning & Construction

Vex Robotics Challenge

Neutral Buoyancy Lab Tour

Scuba Dive Session

Tour of Independence Plaza

Starship Gallery Tour

NASA Astronaut Q & A Session

Starship Gallery Tour

Tour of Shuttle Independence Plaza

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Mark Ashmore, Head of Science, took 11 girls to the Edinburgh Brain Bee competition last month. This is a worldwide competition to inspire students to

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learn about the brain and to motivate students to pursue a career in neuroscience.

During the day the girls were asked to complete a written paper on the brain and nervous system function, including detailed physiology at a molecular level. They also completed a set of histology and morphology questions based on actual specimens of brains and nervous tissue. This was followed by a lecture from a research neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh Neuroscience department about his work looking for DNA links between autism and fragile X syndrome, and how they could get into research in neuroscience.

Congratulations to Anushka who won the event, Prithi who came 5th, and Hannah who was 6th. All three students have been invited to the national final in April.

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Virtual Reality (VR) is still very early in its development and implementation, but forward thinking schools are using it as a teaching tool which immerses

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pupils in a 3D environment. This brings to life the learning experience as students can ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ the content being taught making it more engaging, fun and memorable.

Committed to being a school that exploits new opportunities that enhance the education of our students, we have recently purchased and are currently trialling ‘Google Expeditions’ which is the most popular VR app used by schools at the moment. The technology involves a teacher directing the class using a VR tablet, students using virtual reality headset viewers, such as the Google Cardboard viewer, which are connected to smartphones, and a router to connect them all together.

All this equipment is fully mobile and can be taken to any classroom and be used by any member of teaching staff. There is a fast-growing library of content on the internet covering a vast range of educational topics. We will be supplementing this with our own 3D VR camera which can be used to record images that have been uploaded into the 3D environment for pupils to view through their headsets. This will allow our students to create their own VR experiences.

There is enthusiastic interest from teaching staff across the curriculum. The range of topics we can explore in the classroom is varied and broad with examples being: Geography expeditions to the Arctic; Biology trips inside the human body;  Graphic Communication trips inside buildings that students have created; History trips to famous battlefields; Classics trips to ancient Rome; Music trips to conduct a famous symphony orchestra; Chemistry trips inside a molecule and Physics trips to Mars.

To complete our VR provision, we have invested in additional VR technology which allows the user to interact with the virtual environment using motion-tracked handheld controllers. Imagine yourself floating in space and being immersed in the solar system; you look around, choose a planet, walk towards it, pick it up in your hands and turn it around. You touch different areas to find out more information, which pops up in space in front of you. Once you are finished you throw the planet back to the orbit, it came from. We trialled this at the end of the summer term, with students ranging from Primary 1 to Upper 6; not many changes in education get the same reaction across the year groups, but this certainly did, “wow!”.

If you would like to find out more about how we plan to use VR at St George’s visit us by contacting our admissions department T: 0131 311 8008.

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Twenty-two students took part in the Model United Nations competition at Hutchesons Grammar School in Glasgow. There was an excellent General Assembly debate on Chinese

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incursion in the South China Sea. Emily and Louisa gained awards for their work on the day.

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