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Our School

George Heriot founded our school in 1628 with a charitable vision that we continue to pursue today.

Heriot’s is Scotland’s leading independent school (as voted by The Sunday Times 2020 and the Independent School Parent magazine 2021). We welcome children of all backgrounds who will flourish in our happy, caring and stimulating environment.Pupils aged 4 to 18 learn side by side, as part of one big Heriot’s family.

Pupils aged 4 to 18 learn side by side, as part of one big Heriot’s family.


Our Values

Work Hard. Be Kind. Be Yourself.

At George Heriot's School, we are shaped by three simple values: Work Hard. Be Kind. Be Yourself.

These values help us to work together, so that collectively, we thrive

Our Values


A grounded school with a wide social reach.

Primary School Burns’ Festival

On Saturday, a talented group of pupils represented Heriot's in a Primary School Burns' Festival at St. George's School for Girls.

Annual CCF Competition

George Heriot’s Highland Dancers enjoyed the Annual Scottish Schools CCF Pipe band championships and Highland Dancing Competition at Edinburgh Academy on Sunday 4th June.

We Are All George Heriot

The 2024 campaign ‘We are all George Heriot’ seeks to raise £98,640 to fund new six-year bursary places at George Heriot’s School.

Ben (S6) in UK Biology Olympiad Competition

Congratulations to UK Biology Olympiad Gold medal winner Ben (S6) as he excelled in a tough selection round to reach the final stage of the British Team selection process.

Our Foundation

Gifts of every size make a genuine difference to Heriot’s and will enrich the lives of pupils in need, both today and in the future.


Distribute Chearfullie

Giving back is part of our nature.

The Foundation makes Heriot’s unique, enabling us to offer free places at our school for children who have lost a parent.

Care and compassion are central to all that we do, and our pupils strive to live up to the motto that adorns every blue blazer.

Heriot’s exists only because of the charitable foundation at its core, so it is perhaps unsurprising that our concern for others runs deep.