Cargilfield Preparatory School
("With God as [a] guardian")
Day & Boarding School
|Religion||Church of Scotland|
|Founder||Rev Daniel Charles Darnell|
|Location||Barnton Avenue West/Gamekeepers road
|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 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.
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. 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.
Academically, the school has recently been notably successful in mathematics, reaching the finals of the UKMT Team Mathematics Challenge competition in 2013,  2014  and 2015,  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).
- Thomas Gillespie (1892–1914), Olympic rower
- George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie (1931-2003), Conservative Party politician and banker
- John Lorne Campbell of Canna (1906-1996) landowner and folklorist
- Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll (born 1968)
- Douglas Jamieson, Lord Jamieson (1880–1952), Unionist politician and judge
- Duncan Menzies, Lord Menzies (born 1953), judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland
- Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton (1863–1930), electrical engineer
- Victor Noel-Paton, Baron Ferrier (1900–1992), soldier and business man
- Logie Bruce Lockhart (1921), Scotland international rugby union footballer and headmaster
- Granton History site discussing street name origins, which cites the Rev Darnell as having founded the school
- Leinster-Mackay, Donald (15 Nov 1984). The Rise of the English Prep School. Falmer Press Ltd. ISBN 0905273745.
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- "Government 'names and shames' minimum wage underpayers". BBC. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
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- "Team Maths Challenge National Final 2013 qualifying schools". UKMT. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
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- "Team Maths Challenge National Final 2015" (PDF). UKMT. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- Letters from Flanders, written by 2nd Lieut. A. D. Gillespie, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, to his home people; (1916)
- Logie Bruce Lockhart, Now and Then, This and That (Larks Press, 2013), p. 27