St George's School, Edinburgh

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St George's School
St George logo.png
Motto Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisye
Established 1888
Type Independent day and boarding
Headteacher Anne Everest
Deputy Headteacher Adrienne Armstrong, Tricia Lancaster and Andrew de Ville.
Location Garscube Terrace
EH12 6BG
Students 743
Gender Girls
Ages 2–18
Website St George's School

St George's School is an all-girls independent school situated in Ravelston, Edinburgh, Scotland.[1][2]

Until Session 2012/2013 the School's curriculum was based on the Scottish education system but incorporating aspects of the English education system. For example, GCSE Art was preferred and some A-Levels were available in sixth form. However, as of 2012/2013, St. George's offered GCSEs for girls going into Lower 5 (Scottish S3, or fourth year).

Over 95% of pupils go on to Higher Education - including Russell Group and similar universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Bristol, Durham and York.[3]


In 1876, some members of the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women began St George’s Hall Classes to provide teaching up to university entrance level, either by attendance in Edinburgh or by correspondence courses. In 1886 they started the first teacher training college in Scotland for women teachers in secondary schools. In 1888, they opened St George’s High School in a converted house in Melville Street in the centre of Edinburgh. It had only fifty pupils. Four years later, Scottish universities finally admitted women and some St George’s students were among the first female University of Edinburgh graduates. By 1914, numbers had swelled to over three hundred, so the school was moved to a new, purpose built school on its present site in Ravelston.


There are six houses at St George's with girls first being allocated a house in Junior School. The houses are:

  • Argyll
  • Strathmore
  • Lindsay
  • Buccleuch
  • Moray
  • Douglas


The girls from the ages of nine to eighteen live in Holdsworth House on the edge of the school grounds. The girls play an active part within the house, the student Head of Boarding being elected by the boarders themselves. There are currently (January 2013) over 50 boarders, about 7% of the number of pupils.[4] In March 2012, St George's School celebrated the centenary of boarding at the school[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School of excellence: St George's School". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 23 April 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Bruce, Keith (18 May 2000). "Music Theatre The Bronze Axe, St George's School, Edinburgh". The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland: May 18, 2000). Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Winifred Mercier Public Lecture - Germaine Greer". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Scotland's Boarding Schools", Scottish Field (Edinburgh), February 2013: 117, retrieved 27 January 2013 
  5. ^ "Boarding Centenary", The OGA (Old Girls' Association annual magazine) (Edinburgh), December 2012: 6–13 

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Coordinates: 55°57′00″N 3°14′00″W / 55.95000°N 3.23333°W / 55.95000; -3.23333