Applications can be made throughout the year, however, to guarantee a
place for the next academic year, an application should be made in the
Applicants can join a year group at any time of the year subject to spaces being available.
Our main intake is for P1 and S1 (Lower 4) and applications are welcomed in the Autumn term prior to entry.
Places are offered to those applying for our main intake years on a
date in February agreed with other Edinburgh Independent schools. For
those applying to other year groups, an offer of a place will be sent
out to successful applicants after entrance assessments and completion
of our admissions process.
We encourage applicants to fill out our application form to ensure a
place on our list of registered applicants. This is particularly
important when a Year group has limited capacity.
Yes. Visits outside the Open Days can be arranged through our Admissions Department. Please contact email@example.com or call 0131 311 8008.
Yes, International students form an important part of the St George's
community, and we welcome girls from all over the world in all year
groups. They bring with them a diverse range of cultures, which greatly
enhances the overall culture of the school.
Yes, we offer a variety of boarding options, from 3 or 4 night
boarding, Ad-hoc boarding aswell as full time boarding depending on
Yes, we can offer sponsored child student visas for full time
boarding students. We require all visa applications to be made with
Newland Chase Education, a firm of immigration specialists. An
additional cost will be incurred for this service.
Yes. All international students with parents who live overseas
require a UK resident guardian who lives in the local area. The guardian
acts on behalf of parents in the UK, looking after students during half
term and weekend holidays. We must be able to contact the guardian in
Entrance assessments for all year groups usually take place at St George's during a normal school day.
What if I have applied to more than one school?
Edinburgh independent schools have an agreed date for issuing offers for P1 and S1 entry and operate a common deadline for the acceptance of all applications. This means that you should not feel under pressure to accept or decline any offer before the deadline, even if your child has been made an offer from more than one school. The schools understand that you may want to take time to make a final decision about which is the right school for your child and respect your right to do so.
For prospective P1 applicants this is a play session where staff
observe the children in a play situation. Prospective S1 applicants
will have assessments papers in Mathematics, English and Verbal and
Non-Verbal Reasoning. All other year groups will be invited in for an
age appropriate Entrance Assessment at a pre-arranged time during a
normal school day.
No special preparation is needed for our assessments.
Yes an assessment can take place remotely. We can send out entrance
papers to be administered in the applicant's current school or at home
or a virtual call can be arranged for applicants to our younger year
groups when no formal assessment is required.
What if I have applied to more than one school?
Edinburgh independent schools have an agreed date for issuing offers
for P1 and S1 entry and operate a common deadline for the acceptance of
all applications. This means that you should not feel under pressure to
accept or decline any offer before the deadline, even if your child has
been made an offer from more than one school. The schools understand
that you may want to take time to make a final decision about which is
the right school for your child and respect your right to do so.
The School provides means-tested bursary support towards the cost of tuition fees and not scholarships.
St George’s seeks to be accessible to students from a wide range of
social, economic and cultural backgrounds. A limited number of
means-tested bursaries are available for up to 100% of school fees.
Yes. Where three or more sisters are pupils at the same time, the
third and subsequent sisters will receive a discount of one-third of
A discount scheme is also available with brothers at Merchiston.
Please note that the third child discount does not apply to Nursery.
Yes. We can accept payment for nursery fees, afterschool care and holiday club by childcare vouchers.
Yes. St George’s seeks to be accessible to students from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available for up to 100% of school fees.
Applications for bursaries need to be submitted early January for the following academic year of entry. Applications at other times of year will be considered if funds allow.
8:30am until 12noon for morning half day session
8:30am until 3:00pm for full day session
Junior School hours
Primary 1 and Primary 2 - 8.30am until 3.00pm
Primary 3, Primary 4 and Primary 5 - 8.30am until 3.10pm
Lower School & Upper School hours
8:40am until 3:50pm
St George’s School provides a coherent all-through academic
curriculum from Nursery to Sixth Form. The curriculum is broad and
balanced, incorporating language, mathematical, scientific,
technological, physical, social, religious and moral, and expressive
education. It is based upon a ‘Best of British’ approach with the
Curriculum for Excellence, Key Stage 3, GCSE and SQA (Scottish Highers
and Advanced Highers) qualifications forming elements of the outlined
Class sizes can vary throughout the school, but we aim to maintain
small class sizes and there would never be more than 20 students per
Liaison between class teachers and parents is of paramount importance
in creating a coherent and planned approach for children who may
require additional support and challenge. Our Faculty of Support for
Learning is a whole school resource responsible for the support of
students from nursery to Upper Six (S6) in five key areas: additional
support needs, English as a second language (ESOL), academic mentoring,
gifted & talented and access arrangements in examinations. This
broad role allows us to support students with specific learning
difficulties, general academic difficulties and those who require
general academic guidance.
Our ESOL department supports pupils who speak English as an
additional language. They support the work students do in their various
subjects, and prepare students for international ESOL examinations such
as PET, FCE and IELTS. Classes take place on a one-to-one basis or in
small groups. The department operates a flexible timetable that fits
around the students’ timetable and other subjects.
In Junior School, the use of mobile phones and smart watches is not permitted.
Lower School, students are not allowed to use mobile phones or smart
watches during school. They must be switched off when they arrive in
school, put in their lockable locker (or given to Primary 6 teacher if
they are in Primary 6) and they must not be switched on again until
In Upper School mobile phones are accessible
during the school day to access timetable details and on occasion to
support learning, but their use must fall within the school IT policies.
Yes. We offer wraparound care before and after school for children from nursery upwards.
Breakfast Club is open daily to all children from 7.45am – 8.30am.
After School Care is available for ante preschool and preschool children at Nursery+.
After School Care for children is available from Primary 1 to Lower 4 (S1) by the St George’s + staff.
Children may stay until 6.00pm. Tea is also available daily from 4.30pm at an additional cost.
Yes, we run our Holiday Club for all nursery children and opens at
8.00am and closes at 5.00pm, Monday – Friday. This runs during all
school holiday periods apart from Christmas, Good Friday, Easter Monday
and staff in-services days (the last three days of the summer holidays
and one day at May half-term.
There are a huge variety of clubs and activities on offer for our
students. Before each term starts, a schedule of all the clubs and
activities is published to families. Families and students are required
to sign up to clubs using SOCS.
Yes. We currently have five morning bus routes, and three in the
afternoon. We also provide a free shuttle bus service to and from
Haymarket Train Station.
Yes. Lunch is provided each day, in the St George’s Centre, with a wide range of fresh and healthy foods to choose from.