Loretto School

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Loretto School
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Established 1827
Type Independent day and boarding school
Headmaster Dr Graham Hawley
Headmaster of Junior School Philip Meadows
Founder Rev. Thomas Langhorne
Location Linkfield Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 7RE
Scotland
Staff 112
Students 615
Gender co-educational
Ages 3–18
Houses School, Pinkie, Hope, Seton, Balcarres, Holm
Colours Langhorne, Tristam, Greenlees, Mackintosh.
Publication The Lorettonian'
Former pupils Old Lorettonians
Website Loretto School

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.[1] The school has circa 600 pupils.

History[edit]

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

In 1981 girls joined the Sixth form and in 1995 the Third form, so making the school fully co-educational by 1995.[5]

In 2001 the film director Don Boyd published an article in The Observer detailing his sexual abuse by a teacher in the school.[6] The revelation led to further allegations about the teacher from other former pupils and subsequent calls for the teacher's prosecution.[7][8] The teacher, then 79 years old, was subsequently charged but the case was later dropped on the grounds of his ill-health.[9][10]

Facilities[edit]

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). [11]

The Golf Academy[edit]

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.[12]

Headmasters[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

For a more inclusive list see Category:People educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh

Notable Old Lorettonians include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to Loretto School". Lorettoschool.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ The Langhorne Memorial, The Levite, Vol IV, No.7 (Spring 1927)
  3. ^ John Langhorne's grandfather (also John Langhorne, master of Giggleswick school) was the cousin and neighbour of Thomas Langhorne senior. See Crosby Ravensworth archives
  4. ^ "A History of Loretto". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Loretto School to go fully co-educational". Herald Scotland. 29 June 1994. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Don Boyd (19 August 2001). "Don Boyd: A suitable boy | From the Observer | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "PRIVATE SIR ON SEX RAP; Top school claim. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Teacher Charged With Sexual Encounter With Pupil - Education News". redOrbit. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Inspection Report". 1 February 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "current capacity of 50 young golfers, places in Loretto's Golf Academy are keenly prized". Lothian News. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Michael Mavor". Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. SoccerData. pp. 126–127. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 

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