St George’s School, Edinburgh

St George’s School is a highly regarded girls’ day and boarding school set in tranquil parkland in a popular residential area of Edinburgh.

Established in 1888 by the pioneers of women’s education, the school is one of Scotland’s largest girls’ schools and the only all-through independent, private school in Edinburgh for girls from 3 to 18 years. Boys are welcome in the nursery and to the end of P3 by 2024.


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    St George’s School, Edinburgh

    Our flexible approach to learning and care provides a level of support few schools can match.  Your child will have unrivalled learning opportunities, excellent teaching and individual support for their personal, social and intellectual development.

    Our ‘YES SHE CAN’ approach, embodied in the abundance of strong female role-models and the range of opportunities on offer helps inspire every girl to find the path that is right for her. Our academic curriculum is a unique mix of GCSEs at 16 followed by Highers and Advanced Highers in the Sixth Form.

    Rated ‘Excellent’ by Education Scotland in the most recent school inspection, St George’s consistently achieves outstanding results in both Scottish and English exam qualifications.

    Boys are now able to join us at Primary 1 entry as well as move up from the Nursery into Primary 1. By 2024 boys will be able to stay until the end of Primary 3.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Girls

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 2 Boys / / 750 Girls

    Boarder Number: 50

    Age Range: 3-18 Years

    Founded: 1888

    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.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mrs Alex Hems

    Contact for enquiries: Joanne Hourcastagne

    Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH12 6BG

    Tel: 0131 311 8000



    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 the 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 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.



    Day. Nursery (3-5 years): 5 mornings – full time £1860 – £3100 per term.

    Junior School (5-10 years); £3326 – £3878 per term. Lower School (10 – 13 years): £4293 – £4845per term. Upper School (12-18 years): £5453 per term.


    Boarding (10 – 18 years): £10,022 – £11,182 per term.

    Flexi-boarding fee in addition to day fee (10 – 18 years): 2 nights – 5 nights £1730 – £4269 per term.

    Casual daily boarding: £65 per night



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