Head's Welcome

Welcome to the 'Nippers'

Loretto Junior School, affectionately known as ‘The Nippers’, is East Lothian’s leading independent Junior School for children aged 5–12 years – with around 200 boys and girls in attendance. We are predominantly a day school but every year we welcome a number of boarders who join us aged 11.

The Early Years (5 - 7 years) is based at Eskbank, while the Nippers (8 - 12 years) is at North Esk Lodge. The latter is the school’s busy hub for both day pupils and boarders, situated on a site close enough to the Senior School to share its facilities, but separate enough to allow its pupils to feel secure and happy in their own independent environment. The Loretto Nursery (0 - 5 years) is also located close by.

For pupils and teachers alike, Loretto is a truly special place. That is because it combines the best of both worlds.

On the one hand, there is the closeness and friendliness of a small and friendly school; on the other, despite our modest size – we are a school that’s big on heart, big on ambition and big on opportunity. 

Echoing that unique combination of qualities is the School’s enviable location. While very close to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and enjoying all the advantages that offers, there is also a community feel to life here.

We are a school that offers the space and opportunity for everyone to find their own route to success – whether in academic achievement, sport, art, music, drama or other activities.

Put simply, at Loretto, every individual matters – wherever their talents, interests and ambitions lie.

That is not just a guiding ethos, it is a practical reality. The School’s size and campus enables pupils, aged 5–12, to enjoy the freedom of their childhood within a safe and caring environment, while small classes allow all children the chance to discover and develop their talents, whilst receiving maximum individual attention.

While pupils are our priority, we do not forget the parents. Our aim is to be as flexible as possible to fit in with your busy schedules. To that end, we run convenient school minibus routes to and from the surrounding areas of North Berwick, Gullane, Haddington, Gifford, Earlston, Galashiels, Edinburgh and Roslin.

The pages of our web site  will give you an idea of the spectrum of opportunities available at Loretto – but it is really just an introduction. My hope is that you will come and visit us, when I look forward to meeting you personally.

BSc (Hons), PHD
Acting Head of the Junior School