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  • St Mary's Music School
    Coates Hall
    25 Grosvenor Crescent
    EH12 5EL
  • Head: Dr Kenneth Taylor
  • T 0131 538 7766
  • F 0131 467 7289
  • E [email protected]
  • W…
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 9 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 80; 34 boarders ; sixth formers: 12
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Individually assessed. International Students Day £22,817 - £25,513; Boarding £32,326 - £35,022 pa
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

During our visit (break time) four really quite small people came out to the playground, one fell and was immediately surrounded (not sure about tears) by her own peer group and some elder children who were close by, who picked her up and escorted her back inside. Now that is what we like to see in a school. Music, of course is what the school is all about, with an emphasis on chamber music: regular concerts at venues all over Edinburgh. Extensive-ish grounds (for the middle of Edinburgh) filled with…

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Since 2013, Dr Kenneth Taylor BSc PhD PGCE PG Dip (50s); scholarship to Dulwich College, read chemistry at Edinburgh university and spent three years as a research chemist (we do like heads to have done something in the real world) and came to St Mary’s from Biggar High where he was depute head, having skipped around the maintained sector in the borders.

A sportsman and musician (hill-running a passion – latest feat The Pentland Skyline Race: 16 miles, 6,200 foot climb), he played the piano and violin when younger and still sings (a bit) and plays the viola. Lives in Edinburgh with three young and regularly cycles to school (across Edinburgh). Delightful and outgoing, he enjoys encouraging the young in all manner of disciplines and has a deprecating sense of humour....

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