Lower School (P6, P7 and S1) Reasons to Consider St George’s

Fast facts about St George's Lower School (10 - 13 years) P6 - S1

Year Groups

At St George’s the transition from Junior School to Lower School takes place on entering Primary 6. Here, girls experience more independence as well as their new environment.

A key feature of our Lower School education is that our girls start secondary education a year earlier than in most other schools, in Primary 7.

In the final year of Lower School, our Secondary 1 students benefit from the increased responsibilities of leadership roles and from having had two years of secondary teaching rather than one, before moving to the new environment of Upper School.

Lansdowne Campus

The warm and supportive atmosphere of our Lower School campus encourages girls to develop at their own pace at a time of significant physical and emotional change in their lives. The three-year groups, which are around 170 girls in total, benefit from having the Lansdowne campus all to themselves where their experiences are designed to suit their particular needs. 

Flexibility with Subjects and Course Choice

With a whole school size of around 800, our school is relatively small, but it is big enough at the top end to be enormously flexible, particularly when subject and course choice is concerned. Within certain parameters, students have a free choice of subject, and we can construct the timetable and subject option columns around the students as they move towards examination courses, rather than the other way about.

Awarded 'Excellent' in School Inspection

In Lower School, girls experience several gradual and smooth transitions, which are supported by a curriculum that was praised in the Education Scotland Inspection Report (2015) as "excellent".  The report also awarded St George’s "excellent" ratings for improvement through self-evaluation and for performance (which covers examination results, attainment and achievement).  Also, the inspectors commented that the transition arrangements for joining the school at all stages and as children moved up the school were excellent.

Girls Only

We believe that in a girls-only environment our girls can develop and grow with the freedom to be themselves. The leaders in our school are all girls; the highest achievers are girls, and there is no possibility of any unintended bias against girls in any subject. The level of participation in sport is astonishingly high, and our girls excel in – and more importantly enjoy – every area of curricular and extracurricular activity (and there are dozens of clubs, sports and activities to choose from with space for all).

Academic Results

When it comes to academic results, girls' schools regularly punch above their weight in national exams and dominate the top of the exam results league tables. Girls' School Association schools account for a disproportionately large share of the top grades in sciences, mathematics, and languages. 

Examination results in both Scottish and English qualifications have been consistently outstanding for many years. We are named as the top Scottish Independent School for our Advanced Higher results by the Best-Schools website UK league tables for 2014 and 2013 and are in second place in 2016 and 2015. 

For further information, please contact Mrs Karen Batty in Admissions by telephoning 0131 311 8008, admissions@stge.org.uk