St Margaret's School for Girls

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Not to be confused with St Margaret's School, Edinburgh.
St Margaret's School for Girls
Motto Tenez Ferme
(French: Hold Fast)
Established 1846
Type Independent day school
Head Anna Tomlinson
Location 17 Albyn Place
AB10 1RU
Local authority Aberdeen City
DfE number 528/2136
Students 400+
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18

St Margaret's School for Girls is an independent day school for girls in Aberdeen, Scotland. Founded in 1846, it is the oldest continuously operating girls' school in Scotland. The Good Schools Guide describes St Margaret's as a "jolly nice old fashioned school with proper values and the best of modern teaching methods."[1]

It is a member of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), Girls' Schools Association and Queen Margaret of Scotland Girls' Schools Association.

St Margaret's School For Girls


St Margaret's was founded in 1846 and named after Queen Margaret. The nursery school for ages 3 to 5, known as The Nursery at St Margaret's (formally The Daffodil Nursery), opened in 1937 and is coeducational.

Since the nearby Albyn School went coeducational in 2005, St Margaret's is the only remaining school in the North of Scotland that caters exclusively to girls' primary and secondary education.[2]

In 2012 a teaching assistant at the school was removed from the GTCs register after she removed a student's tooth.[3]


St Margaret's regularly performs well in the exam league tables.[4] It topped the national rankings in the 2006 Advanced Highers.[5]


All girls belong to one of the three houses, which are named after Medieval castles in Aberdeenshire.

House Colour



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