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  • Loretto School
    1-7 Linkfield Road
    East Lothian
    EH21 7RE
  • Head: Dr Graham Hawley
  • T 01316 534444
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 1 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Lothian
  • Pupils: 591; 179 full, 37 flexi boarders; sixth formers: 190
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £16,650 - £22,875; Boarding £18,600 - £33,600pa
  • Open days: One each term.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Famous Scottish co-ed public school that has embraced day pupils to combine the best of both worlds: trad boarding with robust day option. Traditionally strong on science and engineering, humanities, government and politics (number in both cabinets recently). The golf academy is flourishing, currently number one in Europe. Music improving in leaps and bounds, with orchestra and jazz band, most of the second form (ie 12 year olds) study one or more instruments. The pipe band recently performed with Sir…

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What the school says...

Loretto is a small school, big on heart and big on ambition. Its deliberately small, size allows a purposeful and caring family atmosphere. Set within 85 acres of grounds in a historic campus, it is located in the small town of Musselburgh, close to the bustling cultural life of Edinburgh. There is a rigorous academic programme and high expectations, with first class pastoral care. The school is particularly renowned for its music, drama, art and golf academy. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Dr Graham Hawley BSc PhD PGCE, previously head of Kelly College, Tavistock; has also taught at Ardingly and Warwick School. Educated at Mill Hill School, followed by Durham and Exeter. Not a pinstripe suited, hands on lapels, sound bite delivering headmaster of the bullfrog sort - a modest and gently amusing conversationalist who listens sensitively. Dr Hawley's first class hons in natural sciences and his doctorate have taken him to solitary places: the west coast of Scotland, Devon, Cornwall, India, Bangladesh and Sumatra. Do not think Gussie Fink-Nottle - think someone who is highly intelligent and articulate, with a close eye for detail and the willing ability to notice and pay attention to everyone. Married to Rachel; two children.

Head of junior school since 2009, Mr Philip Meadows MA(Cantab),...

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Special Education Needs

We cater for pupils with an SpLD - usually dyslexia. We look to support the pupils through developing an awareness amongst the teaching staff of learning differences and through supporting the staff with in-class support. Support for Learning is offered for up to 4 lessons per week instead of the 2nd Modern Language in both 2nd and 3rd Form. Timetabled Support is offered where the timetable and numbers allow through the GCSE course and AS/A2. We have two ESL teachers who guide the students through their IELTS and onto University. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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