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  • St George's School (Edinburgh)
    Garscube Terrace
    Murrayfield
    Edinburgh
    EH12 6BG
  • Head: Alex Hems
  • T 01313 118000
  • F 01313 118120
  • E admissions@stge.org.uk
  • W www.stge.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 2 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 804
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £7,980 - £12,960; Boarding £24,435 - £27,090 pa
  • Open days: October and March and May, visits welcomed at any other time
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Oodles of D of E, dozens of bronze but tails off somewhat as girls grow older. CCF, Outreach outdoor education from age 10. Sixth formers join forces with Merchiston for dances, sport, art, music, drama etc. Zillions of after-school clubs that offer everything from keyboarding to extra IT. Hot on exchanges: girls as young as 12 whizz off to spend a month or so in Canada, Hong Kong, Australasia, Chile, wherever. Boarders, from 11, 50 per cent overseas, live in a couple of converted Edwardian villas behind the tennis courts in an uninspiring…

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What the school says...

Founded in 1888 by the pioneers of women’s education in Scotland, St George’s is now Scotland’s largest all girls’ school and the only all-through girls’ school in Edinburgh. We have girls as young as two and as old as eighteen. Boys are welcome up to the end of nursery.

Situated ten minutes from the heart of Edinburgh on a beautiful campus, St Georges School for Girls provides an outstanding education both inside and outside the classroom.

Our distinctive character encourages each girl to be herself in an environment expressly designed for girls. Through a wealth of opportunities and an ethos promoting high expectations, girls gain in confidence and develop ambition so that they may achieve their full potential.

With a junior school size of around 200 girls (and a whole school of 800), St George’s is relatively small though the Upper School and Sixth Form are substantial. For their primary education girls are taught in small classes - but, at around 16 - 19, big enough to provide interest and dynamism.

Top standards are expected of all St George’s girls and the high level of individual attention they receive enables them to achieve good results. Examination results have been consistently outstanding over many years and we are regularly top of the Scottish Independent Schools for our Advanced Higher results.

The School received an excellent report from Education Scotland in 2015. It was awarded the highest possible grading of 'excellent' in three categories.

The school is recognised for its pioneering International Exchange Programme: students enter into exchange programmes with schools in many different parts of the world.

Academic excellence is valued. We offer a mixture of Scottish and English qualifications, and in 2014 and 2013 St George's was the top independent school in Scotland for Advanced Highers. Almost all of our sixth form go on to take degree courses, some after a gap year, and our destination of leavers is published on our website http://www.stge.org.uk/about/leavers-university-destinations


Emphasis is placed on personal achievement, responsibility, diversity and on partnerships. Girls, staff and parents work cooperatively throughout the school. Together, we aim meet the needs of the outside world as well as those of the individual.

Boarding is popular and Houldsworth House provides a comfortable home-from-home within the school for up to 60 girls.

The extra curricular programme is extensive and includes activities such as CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, drama, music, Model UN, debating, sailing etc.
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Sports

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since January 2017, Alex Hems, previously deputy head of Wycombe Abbey. English degree from Oxford; has also been head of sixth form at North London Collegiate, head of senior school at St Paul's Girls and deputy head at Francis Holland. She is married to William and they have two daughters.

Academic matters

School no longer narrowly academic; girls follow English or Scottish system as best fits the bill. League tables are meaningless in this school, given that two systems are followed. Current exam boards’ status on either side of the border is nothing short of chaotic, St G’s timetabling both systems must be a nightmare. ‘Absolutely no thought of moving to the IB’. Some impressive results in both disciplines, though rather more glitches than we have seen previously, and quite a number of soft subjects with...

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Special Education Needs

Provision for additional support needs at St George's School for Girls is overseen by the Faculty of Support for Learning, which encompasses Additional Support Needs (Learning Support), ESOL, gifted and talented and student tracking. The Faculty of Support for Learning is a whole school resource which works with students from three years old to university entrance, upon the basis of their individual difficulties and requirements. The Learning Support department works with all areas of Support for Learning, but has a particular regard to individuals with special educational needs. The ESOL department works closely with students who have English as their second language and prepares students for appropriate examinations through Cambridge English Language Assessments and IELTS. Identification of additional support needs is undertaken through the school's screening programme, combined with parental/student referral and contact with the teaching staff. Provision for students with identified needs, ranging from specific learning difficulties to ESOL, is undertaken through individual tuition, small group work and co-operative teaching in whole class situations. A drop-in service is also provided for students who do not require the provision outlined above, but who at times may require assistance with a specific area of work. The Learning Support department has experience of working with a range of specific learning difficulties, behavioural disorders, learning difficulties and difficulties on the autistic spectrum.

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