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  • Loretto School
    1-7 Linkfield Road
    East Lothian
    EH21 7RE
  • Head: Dr Graham Hawley
  • T 01316 534444
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 0 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Lothian
  • Pupils: 516 (150 junior school; 366 senior school); sixth formers: 146
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £8,499 - £24,300; Boarding £19,800 - £35,700 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Scotland's oldest boarding school. Excellent visiting speakers each week (recently Olympians Heather Stanning and Steve Cram); pupils spoke about the lectures with real enthusiasm. The Golf Academy, established in 2002, is Loretto’s USP and is top in Europe, attracting young golfers from around the world. Drama workshops include puppetry and stage fighting (small child heaven). Substantial productions in both junior and senior schools. When we visited the junior school was warming up for the end of term production of Treasure Island...

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What the school says...

Loretto is Scotland’s oldest boarding school, founded in 1827, and one of UK’s leading independent boarding and day schools, welcoming girls and boys aged 0 to 18. Set in a safe, leafy, spacious, 85 acre campus in Musselburgh, the school enjoys all the advantages of its rural setting. A small School, big on heart, big on ambition – every pupil is known personally, and can grow and develop wherever their interests lie. Loretto provides an all-round education and is well-known for its distinctive emphasis on the full development of the individual in mind, body and spirit. The school has exceptional facilities, bespoke to learning and teaching, sport, drama, dance, art and music. Loretto is the home of an industry-leading Golf Academy with indoor and outdoor centres, providing every pupil with an unmatched opportunity to develop their talent. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Dr Graham Hawley BSc PhD PGCE. Previously six years as headmaster of Kelly College in Devon. First class honours degree from Durham University (natural sciences). A keen sportsman, he represented Middlesex U18s at cricket. Before his teaching career his scientific research expeditions took him all over the world. He’s a thinker but without an ego - clever, articulate and happy in his own skin. Parents report that ‘he is very approachable and astute’ and greets all the children each morning. Married to Rachel (rave reviews from parents, ‘she’s terrific - bright, friendly and observant’) with two teenage young.

Pupils tell us that on his appointment as headmaster he worked at the coalface, at all hours of the day (and night), alongside the teachers, cleaners, groundskeepers and the catering teams...

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Special Education Needs

We cater for pupils with a SpLD - usually dyslexia. We look to support the pupils through developing an awareness amongst the teaching staff of learning differences and through providing the staff with in-class support. Support for learning is offered for up to four lessons per week instead of the second 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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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