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. Our school values of respect, equality, hard work, ambition and community are at the heart of all that we do.

In a bright, spacious well-equipped building, with secure grassed playground facilities, from the first day of nursery we are nurturing the communication skills, resilience, self-confidence and global outlook necessary for our pupils to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Founded in 1846, St Margaret’s School for Girls is the oldest all-through girls’ school in Scotland. We are an independent charitable trust which 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.

Why choose a girls' school?

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.


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

Ms L Watt

Mr N Yeoman

Mrs M Miller (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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