About Kilgraston

Visitors say we ‘feel different’. And we are. Our founding traditions as part of the Sacred Heart Network reinforce our values as does our Scottish education heritage. Trust, respect, integrity and responsibility lie at the heart of our community and underpin the academic achievements of each of our students.

Our ambition for each girl is to stimulate and develop her individual character and personality. Our teaching is rich in resources, with highly effective use of Information Technology in the classroom, including the use of iPads for every girl. Our teaching inspires and challenges our girls to aim at the highest level, and enables them to attain it. We believe there should be no limit on either personal or professional ambitions.

Each girl is encouraged to grow, learn and mature in an atmosphere of freedom and opportunity. Each is a key member of the ‘Kilgraston Family’.

Our girls achieve all they are capable of. Each will leave Kilgraston with the potential to go on to take their place as a professional, academic or business leader of tomorrow; perhaps all three if that’s their choice.
Kilgraston attracts students from every corner of the world. With over twelve different nationalities represented at the School, it is genuinely exciting, stimulating and enlightening to be part of such a rich cultural mix. Our international students are a huge part of the Kilgraston community and benefit from mixing with so many different nationalities.



Type of School All girls
Pupils Girls 260
Pupils Prep 55
International Boarders 20%
Age Range 5 - 18
Religious Tradition We are a Catholic school but warmly welcome pupils from all faiths or none.
Distance from Airports

Edinburgh International Airport – 37.5 miles (46 minutes by car)

Distance from London

460 miles (8 hours by car, 1 hour 10 minutes by plane)

School Links

Part of the Sacred Hart Network of schools. Close ties with Merchiston Castle School

Educational Programmes

Advanced Higher (Equivalent to A Level); Higher (Equivalent to A Level); National 5 (Equivalent to GCSE)

Co-Curricular Programmes

The School is proud of the depth of its clubs and activities programme. This provides a vital complement to the academic prospectus and allows girls to take risks, develop life-long skills and to immerse themselves in a stimulating and invigorating range of activities, pastimes and hobbies. Each enriches the formal education provided by the School.

The Clubs and Activities programme includes major concerts, theatrical productions, recitals, musical competitions in addition to ambitious performances abroad, most recently at the Vatican, Rome where the school choir sang Mass.

The School supports 50 different activities giving the girls exceptional choice and a wealth of opportunities. These include activities that raise social awareness. This has included, for example, experiencing the aftermath of global catastrophes such as the Nepal earthquake and directly supporting the work of NGOs.

Social awareness activities for girls across all age groups also include looking at the importance of enterprise and developing an understanding of ethical and fair-trade business practices.

Participation in competitive sport, building on the expertise of the School’s excellent sports coaches, is also a particularly key element of the clubs and activities programme.

Kilgraston is the only school in Scotland to have its own equestrian centre.