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  • St Mary's Music School
    Coates Hall
    25 Grosvenor Crescent
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    EH12 5EL
  • Head: Dr Kenneth Taylor
  • T 0131 538 7766
  • F 0131 467 7289
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.stmarysmusicschool.co.uk/
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 9 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 77; sixth formers: 18
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Fees before aided place: Day £24,186 - £27,044; Boarding £34,266 - £37,124 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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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

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.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

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 – recent 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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Special Education Needs

St Mary’s Music School provides music and academic education for children aged 9–19 with special talent in music. Entry is by audition and pupils gain a place on the basis of musical ability and potential. The case of any musically talented child with learning difficulties would be considered individually and the school would aim to provide the level of support necessary to allow the child to develop to his/her full potential. The school would endeavour to make any necessary improvements to the physical environment of the school to enable St Mary’s Music School to support a musically talented child with physical problems. 10-09

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