We are accepting applications for boarding and day places for Autumn 2020 entry. 

If you would like to find out more, including information about the Aided Places Scheme, please email admissions@st-marys-music-school.co.uk




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Boarding FAQs 

How many boarders are there? 

We have around 25 - 30 boarders who come from all over Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad. The Boarding House has a lovely family feel and pupils range in age from 11 - 19. Most pupils will share a room, with each room having en-suite facilities. As part of the audition process you will have the opportunity to meet with the Boarding House Manager. 

Will I have to share a room?  

There a few single rooms which we tend to offer to the senior pupils, but all the rooms are large and have en-suite shower facilities - many of the boarders, including the seniors, often ask to share a room. 

What happens in the evenings?   

There is free time for all boarders along with supervised study for younger boarders and practice time. There are often organised activities which boarders may choose to participate in, followed by a light supper.  

Do you cater for different food intolerances and allergies? 

Yes, our chef and catering team can provide food that suits all diets - there is also a food committee who meet twice a term to put forward ideas to the chef.  

Can I go home at weekends? 

Yes, you can go home at weekends provided you don’t have school music commitments. 

Can my parents or friends visit me? 

Yes, if notified in advanced, we welcome visits from parents or friends. 

Am I allowed out in the evenings/weekends? 

Yes, boarders are allowed out in an evening for short walks or a visit to a concert etc. with permissions in place, or for a longer period by prior arrangement at weekends. There are regular outings to concerts at the major Edinburgh concert venues.

Will I have access to WiFi? 

Yes, you will have access to WiFi. Can I practise at any time? You will be able to practice from 7am until bedtime (which is dependent on your level of study).

Am I allowed my mobile phone with me? 

Mobile phones are not permitted during the school day unless for learning purposes as directed by the school staff.


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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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