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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S6 (Year 13) and S6 Extension

In S6 most pupils will study for Advanced Highers. Advanced Highers are the Scottish equivalent of A Levels, but are one year courses.

In this year it may also be possible to take additional Highers or National 5 examinations as required and as a pupil's ability, intentions and timetables permit. For example a pupil may wish to take up another language.

Our flexible timetabling and a structured points system take account of individual needs and may permit pupils to follow interest courses.

Pupils will take their Cambridge Pre-U exam in Music in Senior 6.

All pupils leaving St Mary’s Music School from S6 should have a minimum of five National 5/4 passes, four or five Highers and Advanced Higher qualifications.  They will also have an iGCSE in Music and the Cambridge Pre-U in Music. 


ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages 

If English is not your first language then it is possible to take ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) as an option to gain a qualification and improve your English language level.  



  • Cambridge Pre-U Music 

Choice of: 

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

Non-examinable subjects:

  • Personal & Social Education 
  • Physical Education 


Examination results are consistently very good and although most of our pupils proceed to Higher Education (either Conservatoire or University) studying Music, we are careful to ensure that pupils wishing to pursue other options have the necessary qualifications. A number of pupils apply to Oxford or Cambridge with a high degree of success whilst others regularly gain scholarships to conservatoires.


S6 Extension

Sometimes our pupils opt to stay for an additional year so that they can be better prepared to successfully apply for Higher Education at university, conservatoire or music college. This is called S6 Extension. In this year we will discuss each pupil's requirements to make sure that they are following a timetable and curriculum best suited to their needs. 

S6 and S6 Extension pupils are frequently joined by pupils new to the school who have applied to our Advanced Programme.


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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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