|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Acting Head||Elaine Logan|
|Headmaster of Junior School||Philip Meadows|
|Founder||Rev. Thomas Langhorne|
|Houses||School, Pinkie, Hope, Seton, Balcarres, Holm|
|Colours||Langhorne, Tristam, Greenlees, Mackintosh.|
|Former pupils||Old Lorettonians|
Loretto School was founded in 1827 and is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. The campus occupies 85 acres (34 ha) in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. The school has circa 600 pupils.
The school was founded by the Reverend Thomas Langhorne in 1827. Langhorne came from Crosby Ravensworth, near Kirkby Stephen. The school was later taken over by his son, also Thomas Langhorne. The last link with the Langhorne family was John Langhorne, who was master at Loretto from 1890–1897 and later headmaster at the John Watson's Institution.
Loretto was under the headmastership of Dr Hely Hutchinson Almond (1862–1903), a distant relative of Thomas Langhorne. The school's name derives from Loretto House, in which Langhorne was living at the time he started the school, which in turn was based on the dedication of a chapel to Our Lady of Loreto, which can traced back to the 12th century on the site of the school.
In 2001 the film director Don Boyd published an article in The Observer detailing his sexual abuse by a teacher in the school. The revelation led to further allegations about the teacher from other former pupils and subsequent calls for the teacher's prosecution. The teacher, then 79 years old, was subsequently charged but the case was later dropped on the grounds of his ill-health.
Loretto's campus includes Pinkie House as well as a 300 seat theatre and 600 seat Chapel. The school is made up of two parts - the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children aged 3–12 and the Senior School for those aged 12 and over. Pupils attend as boarders, flexi-boarders and day pupils and are all attached to a specific house. Houses include Schoolhouse (for day pupils), Seton house (for 2nd to 5th form boarder boys), Holm house (for 2nd to 5th form girls), Balcarres house (for 6th form girls), Eleanora Almond house (for 6th form girls), Pinkie (for 6th form boys) and Hope house (for 6th form boys). 
The Golf Academy
The Loretto Golf Academy was established in 2001 and has a capacity of up to 50 young golfers who benefit from regular golf tuition while continuing their academic studies.
- 1825-1862 Langhorne family (Thomas, Thomas II, John)
- 1862-1903 Hely Hutchinson Almond
- 1903-1908 Henry Barrington Tristram
- 1908-1926 Allan Ramsey Smith
- 1926-1945 Dr James Robertson Campbell Greenlees
- 1945-1960 David Forbes Mackintosh
- 1960-1976 Rab Brougham Bruce Lockhart
- 1976-1984 David Bruce McMurray
- 1984-1995 The Rev. Norman Walker Drummond
- 1995-2000 Keith Joseph Budge
- 2001-2008 Michael Barclay Mavor
- 2008-2013 Peter A. Hogan
- 2013 - Elaine Logan (Acting Head)
- For a more inclusive list see Category:People educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh
Notable Old Lorettonians include:
- A. G. G. Asher - international cricketer and rugby player
- George Bertram Cockburn - pioneer aviator
- Don Boyd - film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist
- Alexander Bruce, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh - Unionist representative peer, Secretary for Scotland, Governor of the Bank of Scotland, Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, and leading figure in the Church of Scotland
- Jim Clark - Formula One Champion (twice), Grand Prix winner and world champion
- Paul Clauss - international rugby player
- Alistair Darling - former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Fergus Ewing - SNP politician
- Sir Nicholas Fairbairn - Conservative politician, former Solicitor General for Scotland
- Sir Denis Forman - Chair of the British Film Institute; Chairman and Managing Director of Granada Television
- Peter Fraser, Baron Fraser of Carmyllie - Conservative politician, former Solicitor General for Scotland
- Stephen Gilbert (1912-2010) - Northern Irish novelist
- James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose
- James Greenlees - Scottish international rugby captain; later headmaster of Loretto School
- Avicii - Electronic house producer and DJ
- William Alexander Kerr - Victoria Cross
- Norman Lamont - former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Hew Lorimer - sculptor
- Donald Mackenzie Scottish judge, styled Lord Mackenzie
- Miles Mander - early Hollywood actor
- Andrew Marr - journalist
- Jamie Parker - actor and singer
- Edward Powys Mathers - translator, poet, and pioneer cryptic crossword setter
- Robin Orr - composer
- Hugo Rifkind - columnist
- Rev. Henry Holmes Stewart (1847–1937) FA Cup winner in 1873
- Charles Robert Lund (Rob) Strachan - Commander of Clan Strachan
- Alan Sutherland - artist
- "Welcome to Loretto School". Lorettoschool.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- The Langhorne Memorial, The Levite, Vol IV, No.7 (Spring 1927)
- John Langhorne's grandfather (also John Langhorne, master of Giggleswick school) was the cousin and neighbour of Thomas Langhorne senior. See Crosby Ravensworth archives
- "A History of Loretto". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Loretto School to go fully co-educational". Herald Scotland. 29 June 1994. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Don Boyd (19 August 2001). "Don Boyd: A suitable boy | From the Observer | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "PRIVATE SIR ON SEX RAP; Top school claim. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Sexually abused during his time at Loretto School, Don Boyd returns to Edinburgh and launches a book incorporating his abuse - News - Scotsman.com". Living.scotsman.com. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Ex-Teacher Charged With Sexual Encounter With Pupil - Education News". redOrbit. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- James McKillop and Graeme Smith (25 August 2001). "'I am in total shock. It feels as if I am being hung, drawn, and quartered' Retired teacher hit by abuse allegations shuts door to Herald inquiries". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Inspection Report". 1 February 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "current capacity of 50 young golfers, places in Loretto's Golf Academy are keenly prized". Lothian News. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Michael Mavor". Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. SoccerData. pp. 126–127. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.
- Loretto School's official website
- Profile on the ISC website
- Loretto School's page on Scottish Schools Online
- Loretto School's reviews, rankings and reports page in the Independent Schools Directory
- Loretto School profile at SCIS website