St Margaret's School for Girls

Day Scotland

The only girls’ school in Aberdeen, St Margaret’s has around 380 pupils ranging in age from 3 to 18. Our school is large enough to offer flexibility and choice in terms of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, but small enough to ensure that each girl is well known within a friendly and family atmosphere. St Margaret’s staff are experts in teaching girls and are committed to supporting each girl to be all that she can be both inside and outside the classroom.

Year Founded 1846

St Margaret's School for Girls has a total of 388 pupils, with 73 pupils in the Sixth Form.

10 Day Boys
(3- 5)
378 Day Girls
(3- 18)

About St Margaret's School for Girls

At St Margaret’s we have specialised in girls’ education since 1846. We believe that a single- sex education offers girls the space in which their intellectual and physical identity can blossom, a space which is free from stereotype, full of challenge and rich with opportunity and care. It is in this sort of environment that girls can develop the self-esteem and confidence which will enable them to fulfil their potential and make a positive impact on the world.

We provide our pupils at all ages and stages with a rich variety of extra-curricular opportunities. Music, sport, debating, drama, dance, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and many other activities are available. These are enjoyable in themselves, but they also help girls to develop the skills and personal qualities which they will require to be successful and happy beyond school.

St Margaret’s is proud to have been named this year's Sunday Times Scottish Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020. The award, which was unveiled in the Sunday Times Parent Power supplement in November, is testament to the commitment and dedication of all staff, pupils and parents of St Margaret’s.

Admissions Process


Entry to St Margaret’s for all ages is by assessment or is based upon formal examination results and interview with the Head.

All children are required to be registered before attending a taster day at St Margaret’s School or before being assessed for a place. Please complete and return the registration form with the (non-returnable) registration fee of £50. Registration forms may be found in the prospectus pack or can be downloaded from the website.

We advise you to register as soon as you have decided upon St Margaret’s as a choice of school. Demand for spaces is high, and we operate a strict waiting list policy, according to date of registration. Please note that all girls for entry to our senior school must have a good command of written and spoken English. Please see our Admissions Policy for specific admissions information for each year group.


Girls who do well in entrance examinations for entry into 6 and 7 Junior and 1 Senior, and whose families cannot afford the full fees, are eligible for bursaries of up to 100% of school fees. Bursaries may also be awarded to applicants for places in V and VI senior, based on examination results (National 5, Higher or non-Scottish equivalents); and exceptionally they may be offered to other Senior year groups. Bursaries are assessed in January and February each year for entry the following August, and awards are means tested. More detailed information can be obtained from the Bursar.

For further information please contact Miss Naomi Shepherd, Admissions Officer on 01224 584466 or



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