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Boarding at St Mary's Music School

Around 35 instrumental pupils board at St Mary’s Music School, which at present equates to just over a third of our numbers. Our boarding house is a warm and friendly environment for our residential pupils, with comfortable, mostly shared bedrooms (normally two per room) over two floors. There is a common room for watching films, TV and playing games and there is also a boarders’ kitchen. Most importantly there is a sense of home from home with a high pastoral staff to pupil ratio. There are four permanent members of staff: the Boarding House Manager, Deputy Manager, and two full-time Houseparents as well as five part-time Houseparents. The boarders are very well looked after and enjoy all the excitement of learning and living in the heart of Edinburgh.

Our boarding and pastoral care staff are friendly, approachable and professional. Boarding staff offer help and advice to the pupils and support them with their academic work. This means that each pupil receives the attention that they deserve. After the school day, boarders have access to all the practice rooms and can also visit a local leisure centre with access to a gym and a pool. Other boarding activities can include baking, movie evenings, arts and crafts, games and themed evenings. There is a visit into town for an orchestral or chamber music concert and to the opera or ballet, every week of the school year.

Occasional boarding for day pupils is sometimes possible, for example following a late-finishing concert performance, and this should be discussed with the Boarding House Manager in advance.