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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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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Lothian
  • Pupils: 591
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £8,550 - £21,750; Boarding £17,700 - £31,950 pa
  • Open days: One each term.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Loretto Junior School

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. This is a chilly corner of East Lothian and the east wind whistling across the racecourse from the North Sea is an almost permanent feature (school is not so sure...

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What the school says...

Loretto is deliberately small, allowing 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


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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