History

Cargilfield was Scotland's first Prep School and has a long and proud history.

History

Cargilfield, founded in 1873, was the first prep school to be established in Scotland. It moved from Trinity in Edinburgh to its current location in Barnton in 1898. A Pre-prep and Nursery Department were added to the prep school campus during the early 1980’s in response to the changing nature of the parental body and the introduction of girls.

The school was founded in 1873 by the Reverend Charles Darnell, Cargilfield is Scotland’s first and oldest prep school. Darnell’s aim was “to provide a liberal education and teach the merits of hard work and honesty under conditions of happiness and well-being”. This remains at the core of our ethos today.