Where Learning is an Everyday Adventure

Cargilfield is a busy school. As the oldest independent junior school in Scotland, we know how to make the school day a happy one but also a fulfilling experience. We also give our children the best start to their learning before they move on to the leading senior schools in Edinburgh, Scotland and the U.K.

We believe that children leave Cargilfield with lively, enquiring minds and with a confidence in who they are, in their values, and in their contribution to our community. We achieve this by good teaching, by setting high expectations and by making sure that learning isn’t just what happens in a classroom.

Watercolour painting of our private primary school in Edinburgh

What we’ve been up to!

Look out for the Dinousaurs!

P2 on the hunt for dinosaurs

Publiciser 24.11.23

Catch up with all the latest news!

U10 Rugby v Edinburgh Academy

Well played, boys!

Mini Concert 24.11.23

Well done to all our performers!

What’s the deal with working memory and how can we improve it?

Working memory capacity naturally increases over time but there are ways to facilitate it’s efficiency.

Developmental Milestones for Nursery children

Listen to our latest podcast!

Learning for the 21st Century

In a dynamic and perhaps uncertain age, we are conscious that a Cargilfield education needs to prepare our children for the challenges that we can foresee and for many that we cannot. With that in mind, our curriculum leaders (a group of teachers drawn from across the School - both in ages taught and subject specialisms) are in the process of reviewing our curriculum to best equip the next generation of learners as we emerge from the pandemic and look towards an exciting future. 

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Two children learning through play outside at our private primary school

A Broad and Rigorous Education

Prep school ought to be the happiest of times: building friendships – some of which will last a lifetime; building special experiences and memories; building resilience, growing confidence and establishing values. We give children the confidence to enjoy future challenges and opportunities; building a sense of identity and belonging that means children are proud to have been at Cargilfield.

Cargilfield independent day and boarding school provides a challenging educational environment backed up by excellent pastoral care. We aim to stretch and nurture our children whilst always aiming to provide the highest teaching standards in appropriately-sized classes.

We believe in an all-round education and strive to allow every child to make the most of their abilities whether in the classroom, on the games field or in the theatre or concert hall. This prepares children to be successful at a senior school that best suits their abilities and ambitions.

Cargilfield is a place of challenge, of courtesy and of a great deal of fun, and we hope you enjoy looking through our website to find out more about our school.

Our Credibility
Children hiking on a tip with Cargilfield private boarding school Edinburgh

Cargilfield receives outstanding Inspection Report by Education Scotland!

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