Loretto School

About Loretto School

Loretto School

Loretto School has flourished as a school since its establishment in 1827, 6 miles from Edinburgh, on the banks of the River Esk and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of East Lothian. It is a non-denominational, co-educational boarding and day school and provides for full and flexi boarders, as well as for day pupils, with a distinctive emphasis on the full development of the individual through academic, intellectual, sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic pursuits in a fine, secure environment.

Loretto is a small school, big on heart and big on ambition. Its distinctive ethos fosters in its pupils a quiet confidence in themselves and a spirit of readiness to succeed in the changing world beyond school. Loretto School is a small community where staff and pupils know each other personally.

Classes are deliberately small so that proper individual attention is possible; recent examination results have been outstanding. Boys and girls take part in a very wide range of activities. Its pupils, from 0 to 18 years, are known and valued for themselves and are expected to respect and support each other. The School makes the fullest use of its proximity to Edinburgh, enabling pupils to take advantage of the music, drama, museums and art galleries, as well as giving opportunities for sport and leisure in this capital city. To the east lie the golf courses which provide the fairway for The Golf Academy at Loretto.

An excellent staff/pupil ratio (1:8) ensures an environment that stimulates, supports and nurtures the potential in everyone. The academic programme aims to challenge pupils and to recognise and reward effort and attainment. A full range of curricular subjects – humanities; drama, music and art; languages and sciences; ICT and business; physical education – is offered. The depth, breadth and quality of a Loretto education encourages each pupil to achieve his or her personal best and to enjoy doing so. Pupils are prepared for success in GCSE, AS and A-Level and for a choice of good university careers thereafter.

Loretto School is also running the AQA Extension Project Scheme which contributes to UCAS points. In 2016 30.7% of all A Levels sat were at grade A*/A. 87.5% of GCSEs were at A*-C grades. Virtually all pupils go on to higher education and 95% of pupils enter their chosen university. Loretto is ranked in the top 7% of schools nationally for value-added at A-Level.

Boarding at Loretto School

The School is made up of around 600 girls and boys, from Pre-School all the way up to Upper Sixth Form. Pupils can board from 11 years, and more than two-thirds choose to do so during their school career.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Loretto School, 7 Millhill, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RH
Number of Pupils 550
Number of Boarders 168
International Boarders 45
Age Range 0 to 18 years
Religious Tradition Christian, but all faiths are welcome
Distance from Airports

Edinburgh Airport – 16 miles.

Distance from London

320 miles from London

School Links

Loretto Junior School (co-educational day school for 0 – 12 years)

Educational Programmes

GSCE, A Level, BTEC in Business and Sport, S.A.T., preparation

Co-Curricular Programmes

Loretto School’s extra-curricular programme of activities is taken very seriously. Around 50 areas of activity are on offer.

There is an Activities Fair at the beginning of every term and this is where pupils hear about and can sign up for the activities, societies and clubs on offer.

Academic Enrichment (Minerva Society), Art, Bible Studies, Biology Extension Society (BEAR), Boardgames, Borealis Expeditionary Society, Canoeing, CCF, Ceramics, Chess, Choirs, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Small Choir, Community Service, Computing, Concert Band, Conservation & Recycling, Creative Writing, Cricket, Dance (Hip Hop/strength/flexibility), Debating, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Gold, Silver , Horse riding/Polo, Fives, Film and Music Technology, Golf, Gym (Fitness Centre), Highland Dance, History Club, Hockey, Humanities Advanced Society, Karate, Lacrosse, Life Drawing, Life Skills, Literary and Arts Society, Mandarin, Mathematics (Riemann’s) Society – Junior, Mathematics (Riemann’s) Society – Senior, , Minerva Society (Academic Enrichment) , Music Theory, Music and Film Technology, Outdoor Pursuits, Physics Extension Society, Pipes and Drums, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Shooting, Sixth Form Societies, Lectures and Academic , Discussion, Mavor Academic Seminars, Skiing, Swimming

Academies Offered

Loretto Golf Academy