Loretto School Courtyard

Loretto School

Founded in 1827, and located in a stunningly spacious 85 acre campus just outside the bustling cultural centre of Edinburgh, Loretto is one of Scotland’s leading independent boarding schools and home to Europe’s leading Golf Academy. We are dedicated to blending academic excellence with a richness of opportunity beyond the classroom. As a coeducational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 0 – 18, we are committed to providing a bespoke, pioneering and all-round education seven days a week. Indeed Loretto is a boarding school with first-class facilities for day pupils. Deliberately and proudly smaller than some we achieve and compete at the highest levels. Our size enables our staff to get the best from everyone.

High standards of teaching combine with opportunities for independent study to create an intellectual curiosity in Lorettonians that stays with them for life. The diverse and rigorous curriculum means we are constantly able to help Lorettonians to fulfil, if not exceed, their academic and intellectual potential. The enormous range of activities away from the classroom ensures that each pupil can grow and develop wherever their interests and talents may lie. Music and drama play strong parts in the life at Loretto and there are numerous and varied opportunities to perform. Loretto has a quite outstanding reputation in many different disciplines of sport – golf, rugby, hockey, cricket and lacrosse to name but a few.


Loretto is located in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

Set amid extensive grounds close to the countryside of East Lothian, Loretto’s campus occupies 85 acres (24 ha) and  is only six miles from the city of Edinburgh.

Nearest airports: Edinburgh Airport is 17 miles (24 minutes) from where there are daily flights to all parts of Europe.

Further information

GCSEs and A-levels are studied and Loretto has an outstanding academic record. 95% of our A level pupils achieve places in their chosen university with a high proportion securing places at the elite ‘Russell Group’ institutions, such as Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial College London, UCL, Durham and Edinburgh.

Teaching at Loretto centres on the individual and encourages pupils to study independently, and to think for themselves – a vital preparation for university. Small classes and exceptionally good teacher-pupil relationships enable pupils to learn at their own pace, developing their talents to the full.

We are passionate about sport. Sport plays a vital role in the life of all our pupils and Loretto has a long tradition of producing competitive and successful teams in both major and minor sports. The Loretto Golf Academy offers pupils an exceptional opportunity to develop their sporting talent in tandem with a first-class, all-round education. The Academy operates from the School’s practice facilities and local championship golf courses. The School believes in the unique educational and social values that experience of playing team sports provides, and considers participation in team sports to be very important. Everyone is encouraged to represent the School in the major sports teams. Team games are integrated into the pattern of the week, encouraging the development of skills in Rugby, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, or Tennis. Pupils are regularly being selected to represent county and country. Regular competitive fixtures are well supported, encouraging pride, spirit and responsibility

Acknowledged as a centre of excellence for its music, drama and art, Loretto is an all-Steinway piano school, has its own theatre, Chapel, recording studio and radio station, and many former pupils now pursue successful careers in this field.


‘Loretto is situated in a perfect Location, close to Edinburgh’s city centre… so I am surrounded by the most beautiful countryside. As the school is not too large, pupils at Loretto get to form friendships with their teachers and regularly get the chance of personal tuition…. To me, being at Loretto means that I am confident, happy and secure because Loretto is not just a school, it is much more. Loretto strengthens my existing talents and nurtures lesser ones. I can be the best I can be. It encourages me to develop and grow at my own pace, it supports success and builds on failures. I am treated and respected as an individual yet also integrated within the whole school community. I am so proud to be a Lorettonian. Loretto has equipped me with values to last a lifetime, and has reinforced honesty and integrity.’


Admissions & Fees

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

We strongly encourage you to come and experience our wonderful setting and meet with the Head teacher, staff and pupils, who will be happy to show you around. This will give you an opportunity to see something of what it is like to be a pupil at Loretto and get a feel for the day to day life at the school.

Staff of our Admissions Department are always happy to talk to you about arranging a visit, to explain the admissions process, or to clarify any points that you may need to discuss. They can be reached by telephone: +44 (0) 131 653 4455/4439 or by email at admissions@loretto.com

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships are available for excellence in many different areas. Means-tested Bursaries assist families who could not otherwise afford the fees. Scholarships are awarded in recognition of abilities in Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Art, Drama, Music, Sport, Golf. Additionally, Almond Scholarships (Academic) can be up to 100% of the cost of fees. For further details regarding Scholarships and Bursaries, please contact the Admissions Department on + 44 (0)131 653 4455/4439 or email admissions@loretto.com

Boarding fees per term£6,680 – £10,200
Day fees per term£2,740 – £6,950
Registration fee£50