St George’s, Edinburgh

About St George’s, Edinburgh

St. George's School, Edinburgh

“Empowering Girls to believe in themselves”

Founded in 1888 by the pioneers of women’s education in Scotland, St George’s School, Edinburgh,  is Scotland’s largest all-girls’ school (800 pupils from 3 – 18 years), and the only all-through girls’ school in Edinburgh.

Located in a very attractive parkland location in Edinburgh, 15 minutes from the airport, St George’s School, Edinburgh, provides an all-round British education. Boarders are accepted from the age of 10 years.

The vibrant historic city of Edinburgh provides outstanding cultural opportunities for the girls to enjoy and so enrich their learning.

The GCSE and Sixth Form programmes are built around the girls’ subject choices and offer a wide range of subjects and a high degree of flexibility. Examination results are in both Scottish and English qualifications and they have been consistently outstanding over many years.

Academic results are consistently very strong and we are regularly top or near the top of the  Scottish Independent School league tables for Advanced Higher results.

Scottish Advanced Higher examinations carry slightly more favourable UCAS ratings than A-Levels, and English universities welcome Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications – as do universities throughout the world.

In a full school inspection by Education Scotland in 2015 the school was awarded the highest possible grading of “excellent” (sector-leading) in three areas.

Boarding at St. George’s School, Edinburgh

The school has a strong international dimension developed through the contribution of overseas boarders and the extensive overseas exchange programme: the school has been awarded the International School Award since 2008.

The boarding house, on campus, is small and friendly with around 50 girls. It is run as a home-from-home where girls benefit from a ‘family’ atmosphere with a high level of individual support. About half the boarders are from the UK and half from overseas.

St George’s acts as a sister school to Merchiston Castle School for boys. Merchiston is based in Edinburgh and is the only single-sex boys’ school in Scotland. Both schools run a joint fee scheme for siblings. There is also school transport to and from both schools in the mornings and evenings.


Type of School Girls only independent day and boarding school
School Address Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6BG
Number of Pupils 755
Pupils Prep 235
Number of Boarders 39
International Boarders 20
Age Range 3-18 (boarding from 10)
Religious Tradition Non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Edinburgh airport: 6 miles; Glasgow airport: 53 miles

Distance from London

London Heathrow: 406 miles; London Gatwick: 443 miles

School Links

All through school from 3 – 18 years. Brother school Merchiston Castle School for boys, Edinburgh.

Educational Programmes

2 year GCSEs, A levels, Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers, Scottish Standard Grade, Intensive English courses

Co-Curricular Programmes

The variety of provision within the co-curriculum at St George’s ensures that music, sport and drama all play an integral part in the girls’ lives, while a long tradition of encouraging debate is provided through our popular Model United Nations and Debating clubs.  Cultural awareness and an international outlook is obtained through an extensive student exchange programme with partner schools around the globe.

Model United Nations club is a popular club in Upper School at St George’s. Since Autumn 2006, the students have adopted the role of being representatives of UN member states in various Committees, debating current international issues and conflicts from their country’s viewpoint. Click here for further information.

Closer to home Outdoor Education, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Combined Cadet Force provide opportunities for new challenges and service in the community, along with charitable fundraising, enhances awareness of others.  In turn, academic enrichment stimulates intellectual curiosity and enhances academic development.