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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S5 (Year 12)

In S5 pupils specialise further for SQA National Qualifications known as Scottish Highers. Pupils are required to take Music, English and up to three other subjects from the list provided.

There is also a variety of extra-curricular provision including debating, maths competitions, science activities and occasional foreign trips which provide opportunities to explore areas of interest and develop new skills outside the classroom. 

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages 

If English is not your first language then it may be possible to take ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) rather than English as a compulsory subject. 

Subjects are: 


  • English or ESOL 
  • Music 

Recommended – one Modern Language, Social Subject and Science from:

  • Mathematics
  • Art & Design
  • Modern & Classical Languages: French, German, Latin (according to demand), Italian (National 5 only), Spanish (according to demand)
  • Social Sciences: Geography, History
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Non-examinable subjects:

  • Personal & Social Education 
  • Physical Education 


Because of our small class sizes and flexible approach it may be possible for pupils to also take some Advanced Highers in S5. 

Most pupils will take Advanced Higher in Music at this stage. 



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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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