Cargilfield Preparatory School

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Cargilfield Preparatory School
Motto Deo Custode
("With God as [a] guardian")
Established 1873
Type Preparatory school
Day & Boarding School
Religion Church of Scotland
Headmaster Rob Taylor
Founder Rev Daniel Charles Darnell[1]
Location Barnton Avenue West/Gamekeepers road
Coordinates: 55°58′11″N 3°18′00″W / 55.96971°N 3.30004°W / 55.96971; -3.30004
Students 322
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–13
Houses Bruce, Stuart, Wallace, Graham
Colours Red, Navy blue, White
Website Cargilfield Preparatory School

Cargilfield Preparatory School is a private co-educational prep school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1873. It is a day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3–13 and caters for approximately 300 pupils. It prepares pupils mainly for Common Entrance Examinations or Academic Scholarships required for entry to public schools.


Cargilfield was founded in 1873 by Rev Daniel Charles Darnell[2] and was the first independent preparatory school in Scotland. Originally, the school was located in the Trinity area of Edinburgh; it was sometimes referred to as Cargilfield Trinity School. In 1899, the school relocated to Barnton.[1]

In the period 2003-2012, the headmaster was John Elder. Among the changes he made to the school was the abolition of homework.[3]

In 2014, the UK government named the school in a list of 25 UK employers which had failed to pay workers the national minimum wage, for underpaying an artist in residence by £3,739.[4] The school responded that it had rectified this situation as soon as it was made aware of it, and apologised "unreservedly" for the administrative error.[5]

Academically, the school has recently been notably successful in mathematics, reaching the finals of the UKMT Team Mathematics Challenge competition in 2013, [6] 2014 [7] and 2015, [8] despite the school's oldest children being 13 years old while the competition is aimed at children in Years 8 and 9 (aged 12–14).

Former pupils[edit]

See also Category:People educated at Cargilfield School


  1. ^ a b Granton History site discussing street name origins, which cites the Rev Darnell as having founded the school
  2. ^ Leinster-Mackay, Donald (15 Nov 1984). The Rise of the English Prep School. Falmer Press Ltd. ISBN 0905273745. 
  3. ^ Schofield, Kevin (2005-04-05). "Ditching homework adds up to better grades". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Government 'names and shames' minimum wage underpayers". BBC. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Edinburgh school 'failed to pay minimum wage'". The Scotsman. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Team Maths Challenge National Final 2013 qualifying schools". UKMT. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Team Maths Challenge National Final 2014" (PDF). UKMT. Retrieved 29 August 2014. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Team Maths Challenge National Final 2015" (PDF). UKMT. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Letters from Flanders, written by 2nd Lieut. A. D. Gillespie, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, to his home people; (1916)
  10. ^ Logie Bruce Lockhart, Now and Then, This and That (Larks Press, 2013), p. 27

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