Future Schools

The Headmaster and other staff at Cargilfield regularly visit senior schools and maintain strong links with headteachers and admissions teams.

The feedback we receive from former pupils and parents is also important and is an additional source of information when talking with parents about education after Cargilfield.

Cargilfield’s reputation nationally attracts regular visits in return: each term a wide range of interesting visitors come to preach in chapel, referee or umpire particular games, give a lecture, take part and organise various workshops. These visits are often co-ordinated to allow parents to book individual meetings with senior school staff while they are here.

Cargilfield is proud to be one of the few independent prep schools north of the border. With no ties to any particular senior school, we prepare girls and boys for the leading independent schools in Edinburgh, and across Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Pupils in the last 3 years have moved on to the following schools: Dollar Academy, Edinburgh Academy, Eton, Fettes, George Heriot’s, Glenalmond, Gordonstoun, Harrow, Kilgraston, The King’s School - Canterbury, Loretto, Marlborough, Merchiston, Oundle, Pangbourne, Radley, Rugby, Sedbergh, Shrewsbury, St George’s, St Mary’s Ascot, Stewart’s Melville College, St Mary’s Calne, Shrewsbury, Strathallan, Uppingham, Westminster, Winchester and Wycombe Abbey.

The Headmaster will work with parents to guide them towards a range of schools that will suit their child and their family. Cargilfield has a long-standing history of preparing children for Common Entrance examinations as well as scholarship success – be it for academic work, music, sport, drama, art or all-round performance - at some of the most selective independent senior schools in the country.

Over the past few years, children have won top academic scholarships to Eton, Fettes, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester and Wycombe Abbey amongst others, in addition to a large number of awards for drama, music, sport and all-round performance.

The Headmaster will discuss with parents the choices that are available, the strengths of the particular schools and try to identify 2 or 3 schools which would suit a particular child. He will also talk with parents about whether a pupil should be prepared for the Common Entrance at 13 plus or try for an entrance scholarship, which may be for academic work, Art, Drama, Music or Sport.

Leavers’ Destinations 2013-2023


  • Dollar
  • Edinburgh Academy
  • Fettes
  • George Heriot’s
  • George Watson’s
  • Glenalmond
  • Gordonstoun
  • Kilgraston
  • Loretto
  • Merchiston
  • St George’s
  • Strathallan


  • Ampleforth
  • Cheltenham Ladies College
  • Downe House
  • Eton
  • Harrow
  • King’s School, Canterbury
  • Marlborough
  • Millfield
  • Oundle
  • Pangbourne
  • Radley
  • Rugby
  • Queen Margaret’s, York
  • Stowe
  • Sedbergh
  • Shrewsbury
  • St Mary’s Ascot
  • St Mary’s Calne
  • Tudor Hall
  • Uppingham
  • Westminster
  • Winchester
  • Wycombe Abbey

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