Loretto School

About Us

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.

— 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.

— 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.

— 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.

— 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.

— 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.


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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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 Day

The next whole school Open Day takes place on Saturday 23 March 2019 from 9:30am. To book your place, please call 0131 653 4455, email admissions@loretto.com, or visit www.loretto.com/upcoming-open-day/13613.html

Fees per term (2018-2019)

Senior school – Boarding: £7,445–£11,420; Flexi Boarding (3 nights p/w): £6,320–£9,485; Day (including meals): £5,600–£7,775.

Junior School – Day £3,060-£5,300; Year 4-7 Full Boarding £7,445; Year 7 Flexi Boarding (3 nights per week) £6,320

Pre-School – 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, please call 0131 653 4455 or email admissions@loretto.com

  • Total Enrollment : 600 (400 Senior School)
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 8-12
  • Total Students : 600 (400 Senior School)
  • Boarding Students : 240
  • Day Students : 360 (160 Senior School)
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program :
  • Avg. Class Size : 15
  • Standard Application : No
  • Academic URL : https://www.loretto.com
  • Sport URL :
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby