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  • St George's School (Edinburgh)
    Garscube Terrace
    EH12 6BG
  • Head: Mrs Alex Hems
  • T 01313 118000
  • F 01313 118120
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 712; sixth formers: 150
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,324- £15,288; Boarding £28,404 - £31,656 pa
  • Open days: Virtual Open Evenings 22 and 23 September, Tours of the school 29 September and 1 October 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

School describes itself as ‘the best of British’ - a girls-only school that offers both the English and Scottish system, depending on what best fits the bill for the individual pupil. The reasoning, they say, is that ‘unis value Highers and Advanced Highers’ but English GCSEs are more substantial. School’s inclusive approach to PE is based on ‘come along and we’ll believe in you’, though one pupil had a bit of a grumble, feeling that...

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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.

Situated ten minutes from the heart of Edinburgh on a beautiful campus, the school 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 750), 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 St George's is consistently one of 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

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 co-curricular programme is extensive and includes activities such as CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, drama, music, Model UN, debating, sailing etc.
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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 January 2017, Alex Hems. Previously deputy head of Wycombe Abbey. English degree from Oxford, then an English teacher; 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.

Her main areas of focus so far have been reviewing both the curriculum in the lower school (10–13 year olds) and the GCSE exam process (15–16 year olds), with classroom time extended in English and maths to ensure good habits are established early. Changes include P6s and S1s now having double periods of specialist science teaching, and language carousel from P7.

‘Mrs Hems is approachable and professional, a leader,’ said a parent. She is married to William and they have two daughters...

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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
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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