Established in 1888 by the pioneers of women’s education, St George’s is Scotland’s largest all girls’ school.
The school is based in a tranquil 14-acre parkland setting, with views to Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Boasting a stunning landscape, and a rich cultural heritage, Edinburgh is consistently considered one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As a boarder living in the heart of Edinburgh a girl at St George’s can take advantage of all the culture, sport and activity the city has to offer.
Their focus on the individual is paramount: each girl is encouraged in her distinctive talents and interests to achieve her true potential. The school is small enough to offer pastoral support and time to focus on the individual, yet at the top end, large enough to offer a wide range of curricular subjects and co-curricular opportunities.
Boarding numbers are around 40 girls and include UK and international pupils ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. They all live in Houldsworth house, which is situated at the edge of the school's private grounds, a walk of only 20 minutes from the bustle of the city centre.
'There is a real community in Houldsworth House and it has been frequently called a ‘home away from home'- well, it truly is! We all know each other really well and get on with each other, which means we make lasting friendships across year groups. Houldsworth provides a lot of different activities to do each weekend; this allows people with different interests to enjoy them.' Tara from Zimbabwe.
In Houldsworth the boarders feel secure in a close-knit structured environment in a similar way to siblings in a family, where older and younger housemates can learn from each other and offer support to one another.
Although they offer a British boarding experience, the school very much pride themselves on being an international community and enjoy sharing and celebrating each other's customs and festivals.
For the fifth consecutive time, St George’s, has been awarded the highest grade of excellent across all areas of assessment in a report produced by the Care Inspectorate following a recent inspection of their boarding provision. Click on the link to download a copy of the full boarding inspection report.
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