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Cargilfield Prep School - What Makes it First-Rate


Cargilfield is a unique Scottish independent boarding and prep school in Edinburgh for 300 girls and boys aged 3 to 13 and has been educating and inspiring children since 1873. With its 13 acres of picturesque grounds, our campus is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the centre of Edinburgh.

We believe in developing vital life skills such as independence, curiosity, kindness and positive self-esteem, alongside academic advancement, to prepare children for their later education journey and provide them with lifelong memories. We offer a flexible approach to learning, where the individual needs of each student are attended to, ensuring that every girl and boy can realize their potential to the fullest.


We nurture all children to leave Cargilfield with active, enquiring minds and with a confidence in who they are, in their values, and the contribution they make to their community. We achieve this by teaching each individual within small classes, setting high expectations for the children, and making sure that learning happens in all aspects of daily school life.

At Cargilfield, your child will experience a broad and comprehensive academic experience well beyond the conventional curriculum expectations for 13+ through a coherent programme of learning from Nursery and Pre-Prep, towards success in Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations in Form 8. Beyond the more conventional academic disciplines, such as Latin, French, and Greek, there is an abundance of specialist offerings such as Music and Drama, Art and Design, and Outdoor Education. Students can take part in daily sports, and both computers and ICT are seen as integral parts of the curriculum, never as an end in themselves.

This year, a total of 31 scholarships were offered to our Leavers from prestigious senior schools throughout Scotland and England, causing us to take immense pride in our students' accomplishments.


Cargilfield offers a wide variety of more than 70 clubs and activities ensuring that each child pursues their own passions and develops a love of the outdoors and an active lifestyle.

Each day, more than 120 students enjoys a plethora of opportunities, ranging from skiing and cricket nets to archery, fly tying, cooking, art, and debating. External coaches and experts join to provide in-depth guidance and instruction.

Cargilfield has an all-year round cricket programme for girls and boys with fabulous indoor and outdoor facilities. We offer quality coaching all year round and we have committed staff who take the teams on weekly fixtures.

We have forged a partnership with our neighbour, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, one of Scotland's most renowned clubs and the 4th oldest golf club in the world, by offering our students the opportunity to learn from the pros, and benefit from the wealth of experience on offer.


Cargilfield is a family school, with boarding at the heart of what we offer. This is an extension of our family. A place where children are valued members of the community and secure of their place in within the school environment.

We understand the demands of modern family life and the importance of excellent pastoral care for your child's success and happiness. That's why Cargilfield can also offer tailored and flexible boarding in addition to our day school, creating a unique home-away-from-home experience for your child. Our boarding house system provides every pupil with opportunities to thrive in a supportive and inclusive community.

Our committed pastoral team understands and meets the needs of each pupil, guiding them through all aspects of their individual school lives. The strong relationships forged in our boarding house underpin our pupils' confidence, independence, and character, and the friendships they make last a lifetime.

Being able to accommodate up to 60 children during the week days; the evenings are filled with great banter and relaxation after an active and busy day of learning, sports and club activities.


Our annual Open Day on Friday, September 29th offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the school and experience what our 300 girls and boys think makes Cargilfield special each day. You'll have the chance to meet our dedicated staff, explore our beautiful campus, and see first-hand how our students learn, thrive and grow.

We believe that every child has unique talents and strengths, and we strive to create an environment that encourages them to reach their full potential. Whether your child is an aspiring artist, scientist, athlete or musician, we have a curriculum and community that supports them at every step.

We welcome you to register today for a personalised tour and to start your journey towards an exceptional education of your child. Please click here for more information and to register -

Where Learning is an Everyday Adventure.


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