St Mary’s of Mel­rose

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St Mary’s Mel­rose is an in­de­pen­dent co-ed­u­ca­tional prep school for 2 to 13 year olds of­fer­ing day, weekly and flexi board­ing. The close-knit com­mu­nity of staff, pupils and par­ents is the back­bone of this thriv­ing, dy­namic school which aims to pro­vide a first-class all-round ed­u­ca­tion in a happy stim­u­lat­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The only prep school in the heart of the Bor­ders with ex­cel­lent links to Ed­in­burgh on the Bor­ders Rail­way, the school prides it­self on a gen­er­ous pupil to adult ra­tio of 1:7 and an av­er­age aca­demic class size of 14

St Mary’s helps pupils to achieve the best stan­dards in all ar­eas of the cur­ricu­lum - both in the class­room and through sport, ex­pres­sive arts, out­door learn­ing and clubs. Mid­dle and Se­nior School pupils are all in­volved in sing­ing events and drama pro­duc­tions through­out the busy school year along with the reg­u­lar or­ches­tra and choirs. Wed­nes­days are match days with sport fix­tures played both north and south of the Bor­der fol­lowed by the all-im­por­tant hearty match tea.

Flexi and weekly board­ing at St Mary’s is im­mensely pop­u­lar; the full boys’ and girls’ houses al­low chil­dren to board for as many or few nights a week as re­quired in a home from home en­vi­ron­ment with a raft of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them busy and en­ter­tained. See the Board­ers’ Blog on the web­site for a real taste of board­ing at St Mary’s. This also gives a wel­come break to fam­i­lies fac­ing a long school run.

Com­mon En­trance in Year 8 is the cul­mi­na­tion of Form 8 pupils’ time at the school with a num­ber also sit­ting schol­ar­ships. St Mary’s’ school leavers depart as in­de­pen­dent learn­ers with the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to face the new chal­lenges ahead – with a smile on their face.

The school also has some ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments on the hori­zon. They would be happy to show you around!

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