Admissions process

George Heriot’s provides a full education from age 4 to 18, with most children joining us in Primary 1, Primary 6, Primary 7 or Senior 1.

George Heriot’s is an academically selective school – admission is based on performance in an entry assessment. Heriot’s is also a fee paying school – fee details can be found here.

The school is happy to consider applications for places in other years, including Senior 6. For curricular reasons, we do not admit new pupils to Senior 4. Entrance assessments are age-appropriate, with every effort made to ensure that children feel relaxed and enjoy the experience.

As a day school, Heriot’s has a diverse pupil population and accepts applications from families across the globe who decide to make Edinburgh their base. Please note Heriot’s does not accept applications from those applying for a Tier 4 visa; we can only accept international pupils if they are cited as a dependant(s) on their parents’ visa.

The Nursery accepts children for their pre-school year and places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to siblings where possible. We cannot guarantee that siblings will be offered a place, however a sibling application received well in advance can help. While it is hoped that Nursery pupils will move up to the Junior School, a place in Primary 1 is not guaranteed.

Applications for Primary 1 to Senior 5 must be made by 1 December for entry the following August. We will accept late applications only if we have spaces. Applications for Senior 6 can be made after this date, subject to space availability.

Entrance assessments take place from November to January, depending on entry point. This year we have taken the decision to administer entrance assessments online (P1, P2 to be confirmed), in order to ensure that we protect both you, your children and staff and pupils from non-essential contact out-with our respective ‘bubbles’. For further information please contact Admissions.

An acceptance fee of £250 is payable to secure a place offered at Heriot’s.

Our offer dates and acceptance deadlines are made by agreement with other Edinburgh independent schools.

Dates for session 2021/22 entry are as follows:


Primary 1             Thursday 28 January 2021
Primary 2 -7        From Wednesday 6 January 2021
Senior School      Thursday 4 February 2021

Acceptance deadline all year groups: Tuesday 23 February 2021

Foundation applicants and siblings of current pupils are understandably given priority where possible, however please note that offers of places will only be made to those children who meet the entry standard.

Applicants with specific educational needs will be treated sensitively and the input of the Support for Learning Department will be sought.