Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to the Loretto website

Our changing world is full of challenges and opportunities for young people. Finding a school that can provide a more rounded education to fully prepare them for what lies ahead is vital. Loretto is that school.

Founded in 1827, and located in a spacious campus just outside Edinburgh, we are one of Scotland’s leading independent co-educational schools, for both boarding and day school pupils. Traditional and innovative educational methods, first-class facilities and the advantages offered by a smaller school all combine to provide a uniquely rounded learning experience for boys and girls.

That rounded approach is really what sets us apart. From day one, Loretto’s founders were dedicated to blending academic excellence with a wealth of experiences beyond the classroom. By helping boys and girls to excel in mind, body and spirit, we aim to help them unlock and fully realise their true potential. Today’s staff and pupils are living proof of the clear benefits offered by that ethos. Or to put it another way, while we may be a small school, our big heart and ambition offer big opportunities.

Also reflecting Loretto’s commitment to help bring out the best in all, are our high standards of teaching and a diverse yet rigorous curriculum. The enormous range of activities we offer away from the classroom ensures that each pupil can grow and develop wherever their interests and talents may lie. We offer an exceptionally wide range of experiences coupled with excellent teaching.  A sense of belonging has been part of the School's ethos since foundation and although times have changed our values remain constant.We have a professional duty to cultivate the mind, body and spirit of every child through academic studythe artsextra-curricular and sporting activities.

The School’s achievements in music, art and drama and our outstanding reputation in sporting endeavours – rugby, hockey, cricket, lacrosse and golf to name just a few – are both testament to that.

Ultimately however, to really understand the warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes Loretto different, you have to experience the school in person. As befits a small School that’s big on heart, big on ambition and abounds with opportunities, you can be sure of a big welcome from all of us – pupils, staff and myself.

DR GRAHAM R W HAWLEY
BSc (Hons), PHD
Headmaster

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