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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.


Being a Herioter

Once a Herioter, always a Herioter.

Every former pupil continues to belong to our family, connected across the miles and generations by shared values, experiences and memories.

We are also grateful to have so many loyal friends and supporters.

Our Development Team is dedicated to keeping all former pupils and friends of Heriot’s involved in the life of the school and in contact with each other.

Being a Herioter


A grounded school with a wide social reach.

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.

Coronation Art Gallery

Junior School pupils celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III on Friday with a Royal Art Exhibition.

Caritas Banner Competition

Congratulations to all who took part in the inaugural Caritas Banner piobaireachd at Watson’s on Sunday 26 November.

Councillor Claire Miller visit

Councillor Claire Miller, from the Scottish Green Party, visited the Environmental Action Research Team at Heriot’s on Monday 27 November.

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.