Thank you for your interest in Cargilfield: a day and boarding school for 300 boys and girls aged 3 to 13, and set by the beautiful shoreline of Cramond to the north-west of Edinburgh. We are unique in Edinburgh – the only stand-alone independent prep school in the city. Cargilfield is a special place: small enough to feel like an extension of my family but dynamic enough to offer the best all round junior education in Scotland. Sarah and I look forward to welcoming you here.
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.
While remote learning isn’t something we chose or would opt for in the future, I was immensely proud of how staff, children and parents came together to make sure that we delivered the best education, whatever the circumstances.
We prioritised teaching through live lessons every day as we quickly realised that this was what younger children most enjoyed – benefitting from the interaction with their teachers and their friends.
We delivered learning packs to all of our children and engaged regularly with children and families to help them overcome any problems, even loaning them computer hardware to make sure that they could get online.
There have, of course, been some indirect benefits from this experience. Not only did our children become more independent in their learning and more confident in their use of technology but we have learned how we can better communicate with families and keep the learning going when children cannot be at school.See More
Cargilfield 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
Welcome to Cargilfield! We hope this short film gives you a glimpse of what life is like for the girls and boys at our school. We would love to welcome you in person to tour Cargilfield and explain more fully exactly what makes a Cargilfield education so special and so different. Please get in touch with Fiona Craig, our Registrar if you would like to find out more; her email address is [email protected] or you can telephone her on 0131 336 2207.