Welcome From the Headmaster

Robert and Sarah Taylor moved to Cargilfield in the summer of 2014.


(The Headmaster and his family on Cramond Island)


Welcome to Cargilfield, Scotland’s first prep school.

The Taylor family arrived here in the summer of 2014, drawn by the reputation that Cargilfield has amongst the top public schools across the United Kingdom and delighted to find a friendly and very busy prep school by the beautiful shore-line of Cramond and on the western edge of this wonderful capital city.

I have written elsewhere on the website about why you might choose Cargilfield but I hope that you’ll find us small enough that your children will quickly find a place at the heart of our family and yet dynamic enough that there will be plenty of challenge and something for everyone to enjoy.

The longer day set against no homework, the range of activity, the flexible boarding culture, the open spaces and the all-round ambition: these are things that make Cargilfield distinctive in Edinburgh.

In addition, a good prep school should foster a love of learning, a pride in belonging and secure values that still allow for a sense of fun. We hope that you will come and find us to see if we live up to these.


Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

About the School

Cargilfield is the oldest, and first, independent boarding and day prep school in Scotland, for more than 300 boys and girls, aged 3-13 years. Each child has an extensive range of opportunities to learn, explore and discover before they leave Cargilfield to join leading senior schools across the UK. Children leave with confident, lively minds, secure values and a sense of identity and community spirit that serves them well for their future lives. We achieve this by delivering a broad and challenging education in a supportive and caring family-led environment.

Headmaster's Welcome