Loretto School

Day, flexi and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3-18, set just outside Edinburgh 🌿 Home of the industry-leading Loretto Golf Academy.

Independent boarding and day school for girls & boys aged 3 to 18 years.

Operating as usual

Photos from Loretto School's post 11/05/2024

The Northern Lights over Balcarres House last night.

Photo: Grace M (U6)

Photos from Loretto School's post 11/05/2024

Loretto's tennis players enjoyed playing against The Edinburgh Academy this morning, under clear skies and glorious sunshine on the astro next to Pinkie house. 🎾☀️

Meanwhile, around the corner on the Pinkie fields, our Cricket 1st XI secured a nail-biting victory against The High School of Glasgow. 🏏

Swipe to see our tennis stars and cricketers in action! 💪

Photos from Loretto School's post 11/05/2024

An excellent turnout for both our Junior School Open Afternoon yesterday, and Senior School Open Morning today. It is always a pleasure to show prospective parents and pupils around our stunning campus. 🙌

The beautiful weather for both events allowed Loretto's grounds and historic architecture to be seen in their full glory. 🔅

If you were unable to attend these events and would like to visit the school, please contact our admissions team at [email protected].

Here are a few photos from yesterday afternoon!

Photos from Loretto School's post 10/05/2024

Throughout examination season, we will be shining a spotlight on each academic subject studied by the students at Loretto. Today, as some of our pupils sit their Biology exam, we focus on the highlights of Biology this year. 🧫

Putting their superb subject knowledge and problem-solving skills to the test, students have been involved in several UK-wide competitions. Sixth Formers competed in the British Biology Olympiad, with many being commended for their excellence. Upcoming competitions include the Intermediate Biology Olympiad (Sixth Form) and the Biology Challenge (Fourth Form).

As well as hard study in the classroom, students had some time away from campus. This included a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to complete workshops on Adaptations and Evolution, with another trip further afield to Newcastle Life Centre for workshops focused on Gel Electrophoresis and Genetic Engineering.

We are so impressed by Loretto's budding biologists' enthusiasm and their hard work this academic year!

Photos from Loretto School's post 09/05/2024

Today, Year 3 were whisked away to North Berwick to explore the great outdoors.

Pupils enjoyed a walk up Berwick Law, followed by a picnic – giving them a chance to rest – before continuing their action-packed day. With a trip to the play park and some time on the beach in the afternoon, Year 3 had a fantastic day out connecting with each other and nature.

Photos from Loretto School's post 09/05/2024

It’s been a busy year for Loretto’s Art Department! Between creating coursework and sitting exams, pupils have enjoyed a broad spectrum of activities throughout the academic year.

Highlights have included Second and Third Form producing some fabulous intaglio prints, as well as a visit from a representative of Savannah College of Art and Design who discussed the amazing creative courses available for pupils considering studying art and design after Loretto.

The excitement continues to the end of term, with Fourth Form visiting the Scottish National Gallery in June. What an inspiring way to end the year!

Swipe to see our pupils hard at work and their creative endeavours...

Photos from Loretto School's post 08/05/2024

There was a double bill of Life Skills for Lorettonians today!

Show Racism the Red Card delivered an anti-racism workshop to Third Form, focused on the causes and consequences of racism, whilst Sexpression:UK discussed consent with Lower Sixth.

We are grateful to these fantastic charities for sharing these incredibly important lessons. At Loretto, we provide safe spaces for pupils to engage in discussions and equip pupils with the knowledge to make empowered choices.


Junior School were delighted to welcome Loretto’s very own pipe band and highland dancers to their assembly.

Having made their way over from Senior School, the band played a range of traditional Scottish tunes accompanied by four of Loretto’s highland dancers.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching their elder peers and many felt inspired to embrace the exceptional range of creative opportunities that Loretto offers. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


Today marks the official start of the GCSE and A-Level examination period.

Much like their historical surroundings, the knowledge and experience pupils gain at Loretto will stand the test of time – providing a strong foundation on which to build exceptional lives.

Wishing all the best to pupils at Loretto and across the country as they sit their public exams.

Photos from Loretto School's post 06/05/2024

Year 4 pupils had a wonderful time away on their residential trip at SOEC Broomlee last week.

At Loretto, we value the skills gained from time working together outdoors. Pupils challenged themselves by completing physical tasks, problem-solving, collaborating, and learning about their natural surroundings. Research suggests that outdoor learning boosts confidence, self-esteem and mental health, whilst helping children develop resilience and a positive attitude to learning.

Most importantly, they had great fun together!


Y7 were transported back in time on their trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 🏰

As the former residence of Mary, Queen of Scots, this was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to strengthen their studies on the former monarch. Pupils were given a workshop that included handling royal artefacts and a tour of the palace, following in Mary’s footsteps.

A truly fascinating morning where learning was brought to life.


Yogis in the making. 🧘‍♀️

Our Pre-School pupils recently practised yoga in the Junior School garden. Pupils sent love to themselves, their friends, family, and the world by breathing out the word 'Om.' They practiced a variety of poses, doing so with poise. Pupils focused on steady, deep breathing throughout their practice and how this made them feel.

At Loretto, we empower pupils to develop strong minds and understand the importance of implementing healthy, mindful habits from a young age.


Y7 recently competed in an Interhouse Swimming Gala. 🏊‍♂️

It was a close call between the houses, but it was Tristram who was victorious, walking away with a lovely trophy!

An excellent display of sportsmanship from everyone involved.

Photos from Loretto School's post 04/05/2024

As part of Loretto's Saturday Enrichment programme, pupils from our Current Affairs group joined the Scottish Seabird Centre to take part in a beach clean at Fisherrow Harbour. The pupils were great ambassadors for the school, and we look forward to being involved in future local community projects.

Current Affairs is one of many groups pupils can join as part of our Saturday Enrichment programme. A range of sessions and workshops including Rhetoric, Model United Nations, and Engineering are offered to encourage pupils to broaden their horizons and try something different during their time at Loretto.


Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming Lorraine Davidson (centre), CEO of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), to Loretto. SCIS is the main body representing the independent school sector in Scotland.

Our Vicegerent, and Headmaster-in-waiting, Mr Peter Richardson (left) and Head of Junior School, Mrs Catherine Beddison (right), accompanied Mrs Davidson on a tour of Loretto's beautiful 85-acre campus. 🍃


Our U6 BTEC Sport students are amongst the first to sit their exams in the Painted Gallery.

At Loretto, we offer pupils a diverse curriculum that can be adapted to suit individual learning styles and interests. As well as GCSEs and A Levels, pupils can choose to study Business and Technology Educational Council (BTEC) Certificates in Sport and Business.

BTECs are a means of acquiring essential UCAS points, enabling university entry for our students looking towards further education. Unlike GCSEs and A Levels, BTECs involve regular coursework submissions throughout the year and more practical learning – building a strong foundation of skills for life after Loretto.

Photos from Loretto School's post 02/05/2024

It's Cricket Season at Loretto 🏏

A great reason to get outside and enjoy our grounds, Loretto pupils eagerly anticipate this time of year. No matter the outcome, it’s certain that our cricketers leave the pitch with smiles on their faces.

We’ve been bowled over by their enthusiasm!

Photos from Loretto School's post 02/05/2024

Congratulations to Zara (U6) who has been shortlisted for the Young Emerging Commercial Artist Competition of 2024, hosted by The Atelier Gallery.

Zara, who is particularly inspired by Monet, wowed the judging panel with her captivating depiction of the streets of Rome.

Gathering entries from secondary schools across Edinburgh, The Atelier Gallery hopes to provide insight into the art industry for young creatives, giving them a chance to display their talents. With a selection of the winner’s work being showcased in The Atelier Gallery, this is an exciting opportunity for a budding artist.

Cast your vote via The Atelier Gallery website, Instagram page, or during a visit to the gallery to see Zara’s artwork up close. Voting is open until May 10th, with the winner being announced on May 15th.

An amazing achievement – we wish you the best of luck, Zara.


A successful first football fixture for the U13 Loretto Boys team yesterday!

In what turned out to be an exciting and close match against Belhaven Hill School, the Loretto team won with a score of 3-0.

Well done to all involved! ⚽

Photos from Loretto School's post 30/04/2024

Take a look at a day in the life of a pupil at Loretto with this snapshot of some of the fascinating antics within the Science Department. 🧬

F4 have been busy testing leaves for the presence of starch, whilst F2 made some hair-raising discoveries with the Van de Graaff generator. Meanwhile, Y7 has been learning all about the musculoskeletal system and demonstrated their knowledge with a chicken wing dissection. 🐓

We wonder what they'll be getting up to next...

Photos from Loretto School's post 29/04/2024

Our Army and Royal Navy Cadets were extremely busy over the weekend enjoying a range of activities and expeditions.

Our Army section was deployed to the Castlelaw and Dreghorn training area in the Pentland Hills to conduct a low-level 24-hour training exercise practising harbour occupation and other fieldcraft skills in preparation for the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) summer camp at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, our Royal Navy Cadets visited Her Majesty's Naval Base on the Clyde to learn about some of the Royal Navy's work and career pathways. They also visited Faslane's Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival (SMERAS) Centre where they were taught fire extinguishing techniques and tried on diving gear and blast suits while observing bomb disposal tools with the Northern Diving Group & Bomb Squad.

Our Royal Navy Cadets also went sailing at the amazing Whiteadder Watersports facility in the Lammermuirs, learning the basic principles of sailing and the art of 'tacking' and 'gybing', sailing with and against the wind.

It was an action-packed weekend filled with active learning for our cadets to take forward into future endeavours.

Photos from Loretto School's post 28/04/2024

Swipe to see some of the exceptional opportunities on offer for pupils at Loretto. 🙌

How many would your child choose?

Photos from Loretto School's post 27/04/2024

Money is one of the most complex aspects of adulthood. 💵

So we were very pleased to welcome financial education organisation 'Leavers’ Money Skills’ to Loretto to speak to our Upper Sixth students who are preparing to embark on their independent futures.

The workshops covered areas around personal finance, budgeting and credit - and certainly provided pupils with invaluable life skills and improved financial literacy. ⭐

Photos from Loretto School's post 26/04/2024

Some days, 'all the world's a stage' and that was certainly the case for our L6 and U6 pupils taking part in today's Shakespeare workshop, led by Mrs Day. 🎭

Our dedicated teaching staff encourage a love of learning throughout all years at Loretto. Whether an appreciation of Shakespeare is 'to be or not to be', you can rest assured that every child's interests are fostered so their talents can flourish at Loretto.


This term, our Year 3s are learning all about the natural beauty and wonder of our planet's rainforests. 🌧️🌴

Our specialist Art teacher Miss Kettlewell - affectionately known as Miss K - helped the pupils channel the vibrancy of the Amazon by making these colourful parrot decorations to hang up in their classrooms. 🦜

Photos from Loretto School's post 25/04/2024

The Loretto Girls Tennis U18 teams were delighted to play their first matches of the season today. It was lovely to welcome the Fettes girls to our sun-soaked courts.

Some great rallies, girls! 🎾

Photos from Loretto School's post 25/04/2024

Congratulations to Loretto Year 7 pupil Sebastian, who has been offered a 4-year contract with Celtic FC ✍️⚽

He has been part of Celtic's academy for 5 years, developing his skills and experience with their coaching team.

This outstanding achievement is a testament to his talent, enthusiasm and hard work. We wish him every success in his football career! 🙌

Photos from Loretto School's post 25/04/2024

As Scotland’s oldest boarding school, established in 1827, keeping our history alive is important to us. That's why our unique, holistic approach to developing the whole person through mind, body, and spirit is still integral today.

Whether through academics, sport, or the arts, our founding principles, embedded by Hely Hutchinson Almond (pictured), continue to this day to create exceptional lives.


Our Second and Third Form pupils are participating in the Junior Maths Challenge from the UK Mathematics Trust.

Students will sit a 1 hour, multiple choice paper testing their mathematical reasoning, focus and fluency in accessible yet sufficiently challenging conditions.

At Loretto, we develop the whole person in mind, body and spirit and appreciate the importance of academic excellence within this.

Photos from Loretto School's post 23/04/2024

Two of our Fourth Form singers were busy during the Easter holidays as they participated in the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) spring residential courses. They worked with world-renowned conductor, Christopher Bell, and his team of specialist staff.

Jake performed at St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, with the National Boys Choir and Cecilia performed at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, with the National Girls Choir.

NYCOS describes these ensembles as ‘choirs for ambitious singers, chosen from Scotland’s best young singing talent’. We’re very proud that they represented Loretto at such a high level.

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A small school, big on heart, big on ambition.

Founded in 1827, Loretto is Scotland’s first boarding school. Today, it welcomes boarders & day pupils aged 3-18.

The school is set in a safe & green 85-acre campus in Musselburgh, just 6 miles from Edinburgh and its international airport. It enjoys all the advantages of its rural setting while being globally connected.

Loretto is 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.

Welcoming just over 600 girls & boys, Loretto is a small school where every pupil is known personally and offered the opportunity to grow as a fulfilled individual, in mind, body, and spirit. The school offers comprehensive programmes in Sport, Arts and Adventure.

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