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'A good number of families are coming to us from down south because they want to escape that pressure-cooker of achievement. We want to provide a balance.' Now over the years Cargilfield has won the reputation of being a bit of a sporting behemoth. But does that mean that your non-sporty child will struggle to get into any teams? 'In the past, definitely,' said one parent, 'but I notice an effort to improve that.' Certainly, a change since our last visit, we were very cheered to see that the girls’ sporting achievements are as much centre stage as the boys’...

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A unique offering in Edinburgh: an independent prep school for children aged 3-13 that sends pupils across Edinburgh, Scotland and England. From 8+, we pride ourselves on our boarding culture: a flexible offering of boarding from individual nights to weekly and even stand-alone weekends. Evening activities rather than homework lead to the highest possible attainment. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Rob Taylor. English degree from Durham and PGCE from Cambridge. Previously the registrar at Harrow School, he also has experience of running Ashdown Prep in Sussex and has taught at Wellington College, where he was also a housemaster.

A very popular head. 'He knows each child off to a T. Very approachable and brilliant at energising everybody.' He and his wife Sarah decided to return to her Scottish roots with their three children, partly because of the more balanced pace of life and partly because 'Cargilfield is so highly regarded by the big schools down south.'


Every child is assessed to some degree, even at nursery level, although it is 'age appropriate'. It’s not selective, apparently, but more to check that they school can support their needs. But if...

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