St George’s School – Girls' Independent Day and Boarding School

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.

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.

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Autumn Term 2022 Open Days
Virtual Open Evening 21 September and In-person Open Days 23 and 28 September click on the link to register and find out more

SQA Advanced Higher and Higher Results 2022

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Read our Reviews
  • THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE: 'Widely regarded as the best girls’ school in Scotland, and the only all-through girls’ school in Edinburgh (except for boys in nursery) with an international outlook. Produces gregarious, academic, independent women, which focuses on finding their strengths as individuals.' Read full story.

  • TATLER SCHOOL GUIDE: 'Not far from Murrayfield stadium sits St George’s School for Girls, an ‘outstanding’ school with a focus on ‘finding the strengths of each individual girl’, according to one parent. Small class sizes guarantee top-notch learning support and tailored pastoral care, while an excellent spread of sports and extracurricular activities, ranging from music to fencing, make sure the girls’ horizons are broadened from day one.' Read full story.

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  • ‘I like the friendly, close-knit community of St George’s girls and teachers that is always there for you. All you need to do is be the best version of yourself, and everyone will want to help you. St George’s is the perfect place to begin and leave from. My teachers have supported me throughout my time from Nursery to Upper 6. Over the years every one of them has said that I had the ability, and it was up to me to grab the opportunities and to make the most of them.' Read Mirren's full story.

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  • ‘I am finishing my fifth year at St George’s having started as a boarder in Upper 4 when I was 14 years old. I‘m from Hong Kong. My parents both work for the Hong Kong Police Force and a work colleague recommended St George’s to them. My parents wanted to move me from my school in Hong Kong as I wasn’t focusing on my studies and they thought I might be more suited to a different environment. I found my old school quite stressful and very competitive.' Read Edith's full story.

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  • ‘I started here in the Nursery. My parents were sold on the idea of a single-sex education. They felt that there would be fewer distractions without boys and less stereotyping in subjects. They also liked the size of the school; it is much smaller than some of the other options in Edinburgh. I’m happy they chose here. If I had been at a co-ed school, I’m not sure I would have gone down the science route. It is just not as common to see girls doing all the sciences as it is here.' Read Morgan's full story.

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  • 'My mother is an old St George’s girl so it seemed natural that I would follow in her footsteps and I started here in the Nursery. My brother was here in the Nursery as well and then moved to Edinburgh Academy. Over the years I’ve enjoyed making friends across different age and friendship groups. Now I’m finishing my final year I feel as though all these groups have come together and I realise how much I value these friendships. I have a great network of friends with different interests and passions.' Read Emma's full story.

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  • 'I’ve been at St George’s for five years. I joined from a small prep school in the Borders. My parents and I visited a couple of schools in Edinburgh, and I decided on St George’s. My grandmother had been a pupil at neighbouring girls’ school, Lansdowne House, before the war, so we had a small connection. Coming from a small school which had a strong sense of community, it was great that I quickly developed a feeling of belonging. This school has a fantastic, supportive and close-knit community'... Read Morven's full story

  • 'I joined St George's in Primary 3 when my family relocated from Birmingham. We looked at other Edinburgh schools but decided we liked the smaller size of St George's and the fact it was a girls' school. I do think that school life has been easier for me without the distraction of boys at school. I am confident and happy to have a go at everything. For my Highers I studied Maths, English, Chemistry, History and Latin. When I moved to Upper 6, I knew that my interests were in Latin and Classics, and I took Latin, English and History for my Advanced Highers'... Read Daisy's full story

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  • 'Being an all girls' school means that girls can be who they want to be. For example, we have total freedom to share our opinions in class, and to do traditionally 'male' subjects like Physics. The small size means you get to know everyone in your year very quickly and the class sizes are fairly small which is great for learning. I have no doubt that I wouldn't be as confident if I hadn't come here. The friendly environment was a key aspect, allowing me to grow up in a non-judgemental atmosphere.' Recent leaver, Maddy Shepherd

  • 'St George's empowered me to believe in myself, and is a large part of the reason why I have am involved in so many different things.  Recently I won a competition to design some teaching for the undergraduate curriculum on professionalism for all medical schools in the UK, and ran this teaching session at the General Medical Council's annual conference. Some of my inspiration for this came from teachers at school, demonstrating that serious topics can be covered in fun and engaging ways.'  Former pupil, Bethany Lloyd

  • 'I was nurtured throughout my whole school career by some really great teachers who genuinely cared about my progress and supported my through not just my exams, but growing up too. The ethos of the school shaped me to believe I can achieve success if I put my mind to it. My teachers were always really encouraging and I found that especially in the sixth form; they really shaped my interests and who I have become. They were very dedicated to my growth and kept us stimulated and stretched. Former pupil, Lily Oram

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