St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh

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Situated ten minutes from the heart of Edinburgh’s West End on a beautiful parkland campus, St George’s School for Girls provides an outstanding private education for today’s young women.

Designed exclusively for girls, we are the only independent, private all-through girls’ school in Edinburgh (from 2-18 years). St George’s was founded by pioneering women who were passionate about achieving equal opportunities for their students. We are still pioneers in women’s education, and we never see gender as a barrier to our girls’ aspirations.

At St George’s your daughter will encounter opportunities and empowerment in equal measure. This powerful blend will allow your daughter to find her voice and develop independence of thought. They’ll offer her meaningful positions of responsibility from an early age, create a ‘YES SHE CAN’ mindset, and show her that the only ceilings are those in her mind.

Our academic curriculum is a unique mix of GCSEs at 16 followed by Highers and Advanced Highers in the Sixth Form. The academic rigour and flexibility that this blend of the two systems gives ensures breadth whilst developing the valuable study skills and work ethic these courses require. Almost all of our sixth form go on to take degree courses, some after a gap year, and our destination of leavers is published on our website.

With a Junior School size of around 200 girls (and a whole school of 800), St George’s is relatively small though the Upper School and Sixth Form are substantial. For their primary education girls are taught in small classes – but, at around 16 – 19, big enough to provide interest and dynamism.

Top standards are expected of all St George’s girls and the high level of individual attention they receive enables them to achieve good results. Examination results have been consistently outstanding over many years and we are regularly top of the Scottish Independent Schools for our Advanced Higher results.

The School received an excellent report from Education Scotland. It was awarded the highest possible grading of ‘excellent’ in three categories.

The school is recognised for its pioneering International Exchange Programme: students enter into exchange programmes with schools in many different parts of the world.

Boarding is popular and Houldsworth House provides a comfortable home-from-home within the school for up to 60 girls.
The co-curricular programme is extensive and includes activities such as CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, drama, music, Model UN, debating, sailing etc.

Gifted & Talented

The Faculty of Support for Learning and the Gifted and Talented working group have developed a Gifted and Talented Policy that all staff, from P1 to Upper 6, use to assist them in their provision to students with identified gifts (aptitudes) within the academic (intellectual), artistic (creative), sporting (physical) and social fields.  The policy is designed to assist students to develop their talents, to realise their potential and to thrive during their period of education at St George’s School for Girls and beyond.

SEN

In line with the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Acts we support students with specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, general academic difficulties and general academic guidance.
Learning support staff are committed to encouraging and promoting the creation of successful learners, responsible citizens, confident individuals and effective contributors through small group teaching outwith the classroom and co-operative teaching from P1 to Upper 5 (S4, Yr 11) and tutorial provision in Lower 6 (S5, Yr 12) and Upper 6.

In order to maximise potential it is considered important to develop relevant support strategies that complement individual pupil’s learning requirements. To this end all Support for Learning staff support all students in an inclusive and as individual a manner as possible.

In addition, the staff within the faculty work closely with their colleagues to order to ensure that teaching matches each individual’s needs and that the educational environment is accessible and stimulating, but also challenging. Such interaction is supported by the school’s Accessibility Strategy, which considers the curriculum, communication and physical access to the school site.

ESOL
Within the community at St George’s School for Girls, ESOL students can be found within most year groups, but a careful balance is maintained to ensure that their access to English language learning is maximised.

ESOL is available at all levels, from beginner to advanced level, with lessons structured to support the level each student is working towards. Lessons are offered on an individual or small group basis and the students have access to excellent ESOL resources through a dedicated learning environment in the upper school building.

Progression in ESOL is monitored through the assessment process, which is based upon tests that are designed to check understanding and to encourage revision. It also encourages the students to monitor their progress and identify areas that require further consolidation. Upon the basis of assessment results, the ESOL staff will assist each student in preparing for the appropriate University of Cambridge ESOL examination.

The ESOL department aim to enter students for University of Cambridge ESOL examinations. These qualifications are recognised by employers and universities around the world and provide the student with a staged approach to the final examinations for university entrance.

Students are currently entered for:

Key English Test (KET)
Preliminary English Test (PET)
First Certificate in English (FCE)
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

As with all examinations, students are only entered for the appropriate examination when their ESOL teacher feels they are ready.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, all ESOL students are required to continue with ESOL until they attain a score of 7.0 in IELTS or FCE at Grade A. In some circumstances, a university may require an IELTS score of greater than 7.0, but the ESOL staff will support students in preparing for such requirements.

Bursaries & Scholarships

The school has no major endowments, but it is as generous with its funds will allow in offering bursaries to those who cannot afford the full fee. There are also a small number of academic awards at Primary 7, S1, S2 and Sixth Form.  St George’s seeks to be accessible to students from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Fee assistance is available to suitable candidates on a means-tested basis. Further details are available on our website www.stge.org.uk/admissions/bursaries.

Enquiries should be made to the School Treasurer: Jeremy Chittleburgh, Chiene + Tait CA, 61 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NL. E: jeremy.chittleburgh@chiene.co.uk

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