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|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 leafy campus occupies 85 acres (34.4 ha) in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. This leading Scottish private boarding and day school is home to the world famous Golf Academy and provides an all-round education for just over 600 pupils and is well known for its emphasis on the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit. 2013 saw Loretto School celebrate its best ever public examination results with 98% of its leavers entering their choice of university.
Loretto (which is Scotland's oldest extant boarding 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.
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. In 1981 girls joined the Sixth form and in 1995 the Third form, so making the school fully co-educational by 1997.
Loretto's campus includes Pinkie House as well as a 300 seat theatre and 600 seat Chapel. 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 3rd to 5th form boarder boys), Holm house (for 3rd to fifth form girls), Balcarres house and Eleanora Almond house (for 6th form girls), Pinkie and Hope house (lower sixth and upper sixth boys).
The Golf Academy
The Loretto Golf Academy was established in 2001, and has since attracted many top young golfers around the world. The Golf Academy allows pupils to combine regular golf tuition without affecting their academic studies. One of the Golf Academy's targets is to produce a future Open champion. On 11 July 2006, Loretto clinched the HMC Foursomes title. After triumphing in the 'Northern' section of the competition, Loretto maintained their unbeaten record in the National Finals with an eventual 2-1 victory over Eton to be crowned British Independent Schools Champions 2006. More recently a pupil in the Loretto Golf Academy won the 2010 Welsh Women's Amateur Golf Tournament and the Individual Player section of the 2010 National Intercollegiate Championships. On 6 July 2010, Loretto reclaimed the HMC Foursomes title.
- 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
- William Alexander Kerr - Victoria Cross
- Norman Lamont - former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Hew Lorimer - sculptor
- Miles Mander - early Hollywood actor
- Andrew Marr - journalist
- 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
- Alan Sutherland - artist
- "Welcome to Loretto School". Lorettoschool.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Loretto School Heritage and Locality". Retrieved 25 October 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.
- "Michael Mavor". Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Don Boyd (19 August 2001). "Don Boyd: A suitable boy | From the Observer | The Observer". Guardian. 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