About St Margaret's School for Girls

St Margaret’s School offers a supportive and welcoming environment, where we strive to support each girl to achieve her potential in both the curricular and extra-curricular life of the school. We endeavour to provide each of our girls with a sound academic education, essential for entry to higher and further education, and to industry, business and the professions. Founded in 1846, St Margaret’s School for Girls is the oldest all-through girls’ school in Scotland. We are an independent charitable trust that warmly welcomes girls of all denominations and faiths.

Our girls are socially aware and are prepared to cope with the challenges of the competitive world beyond school. They are encouraged to show concern for those in the wider community within and beyond Aberdeen. Girls are taught to value themselves as individuals and to show respect and consideration when working with others; to develop a sense of fun and a sense of responsibility; to have a positive attitude; and to be flexible and adaptable.

We encourage our staff and pupils to contribute to the wider development of education in Scotland. We are very proud of our girls and of the education we provide at St Margaret’s.

Why choose a single-sex education?

Extensive research and academic results show that a single-sex education offers significant strengths and benefits and is very effective for girls, allowing them to excel in all areas of the curriculum. It is our belief that the single-sex setting helps to create a sympathetic but challenging learning environment: we want all our girls to be confident individuals.

School Facilities

View the videos and photos of our school facilities below. For information on hiring any of our facilities please visit our Facility Hire page.


The School Council

The School Council is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the school, a process which is undertaken with the Head and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). In conjunction with the SLT, the School Council sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures which are designed to ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils of the school. The School Council is responsible for ensuring the proper control of the school’s finances and is also responsible for ensuring compliance with regulation, with the guidance of the Charity Commission, including Companies Act 2006.

The School Council members:

Professor Margaret Ross – Chair

Professor E Gammie - Vice Chair

Mr S Barker

Ms J Craik

Dr K Foster

Mrs H Harper

Mrs K Leighton

Ms Y Thomson

Professor R Wallace

Mr N Yeoman

Mrs M Miller (ex officio)

Mrs G Parker (ex officio)

Rev Dr R Smith (ex officio)

Miss A Tomlinson (ex officio)

“It’s been lovely to see how happy both our daughters are at St Margaret’s School. The quality of teaching paired with the pastoral care truly is excellent. We really couldn’t ask for a better school for our daughter.”

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