Our History

Cargilfield, founded in 1873, was the first prep school to be established in Scotland.

Our History

Cargilfield was founded in 1873 by the Reverend Charles Darnell, and 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.

The school 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.

Cargilfield is now the largest Prep School in Scotland with over 300 girls and boys, sending children to the best schools right across the United Kingdom.

Open Morning Events

We welcome you to join in with our Open Morning events running on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October both virtually and hopefully onsite. Please register your interest here: https://cargilfield.com/open-morning

For now, we hope that this video, presented by our Headmaster, Mr Rob Taylor, will give you a flavour of what life is like here at Cargilfield. Our website and social media channels are kept up to date and hold a wealth of information about our school.

Our Registrar, Fiona Craig is available to contact via email: registrar@cargilfield.com and she will be happy to help you.

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