Loretto School, which is located in the small coastal town of Musselburgh, is Scotland’s oldest private boarding school. Nestled within 85 acres of stunning grounds, the School is just six miles from Edinburgh, and a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport.
The School is separated into two parts the Junior School (3–12) and the Senior School (12–18), both of which abide by an ethos which promotes enthusiastic participation in all areas of school life. The values of teamwork and community are also stressed.
The academic programme is one of rigour and expectations are high when it comes to the study of GCSEs and A-levels. A strong personal tutor system is central to the school’s operations, while emphasis is placed on competitive university entrance seminars and the much acclaimed Sixth Form programme. English for speakers of other languages (ESL) support is available.
‘To me being a Lorettonian means 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. Perhaps not the highest achiever but not any less valued, I can be the best I can be. It encourages me to develop and grow at my own pace and 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. What a privilege to be a Lorettonian!’
A sixth-former’s view on what it is to be a Lorettonian
Loretto has a proud record of producing talented individuals in a variety of fields. For instance, many former pupils pursue successful careers in radio, courtesy of the School possessing a world-class recording studio and its own radio station. The School is also respected as a centre of excellence for music, drama and art, with its own theatre, Chapel and the honour of being an all-Steinway piano school.
One of the prides of Scotland is golf, and the unveiling of a state-of-the-art indoor golf centre at Loretto will take place in 2015. Established in 2002, Loretto Golf Academy is one of the best golf schools in Europe, resulting from the School’s location and privileged access to local Championship links golf courses and on-site facilities. Former pupil Graeme Simmers, 2001/02 Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, says: ‘Loretto encouraged me to make the most of myself in every aspect of my life, uncovering not only a competitive edge, but a love of sportsmanship that has been a guiding influence in my life ever since.’
Loretto invests a great deal in its sports coaching with professional specialists leading the School and promising individuals to success in a host of sports. David Griffiths guides the performance of rugby, while Michael Powell, ex-Warwickshire professional and current batting coach to the Scottish national team, heads the cricket. Neil Allan, Scottish Hockey Coach of the Year 2011, takes hockey.
All pupils are fully committed to extracurricular activities. Joining the famous Loretto Pipe Band, who once played with Sir Paul McCartney, is especially recommended. LAMDA drama and singing exams are also popular. Supplementing the regular daily schedule of artistic activities and sports are: Community Service; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; Arctic expeditions; and the Combined Cadet Force.
Scholarships and bursaries
A broad range of scholarships and bursaries (worth up to 105% of the fees) are available, covering academic, all-rounder, music, art, drama, sport and golf.
“Loretto gives a lot and simply asks in return that pupils give of their best.”