Tatler School Guide

Write up in Tatler Schools Guide 2020

"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 (Judy Murray has been involved in tennis coaching) and extracurricular activities, ranging from music to fencing, make sure the girls’ horizons are broadened from day one.

Head Alex Hems is keen to build on the sense of community among this mainly local bunch, while the international programme, including exchanges with Canada and South Africa, helps students to see the bigger picture.

The girls socialise with Merchiston boys, but the school fervently champions its single-sex education environment as it allows girls to be themselves, to develop at their own pace and to find their own voice, free from distractions and stereotypes.

These girls embrace responsibility and leadership roles, whether debating in the Model United Nations or writing for Independent Women, the school magazine.

St George’s combines the ‘Best of British examinations’ by offering GCSEs followed by Scottish Highers, and most girls are accepted by their first-choice university. No doubt the school’s pioneering 19th-century female founders would be proud."