George Heriot's School is one of Edinburgh's most respected private educational establishments, and is housed in a ... More
George Heriot's School
George Heriot's School is one of Edinburgh's most respected private educational establishments, and is housed in a splendid building dating from 1628. It was endowed by George Heriot, the goldsmith and jeweler to James VI - the jingling Geordie of Sir Walter Scott's novel Fortunes of Nigel. Huge octagonal chimneys rise from this former hospital building; one of many fine architectural features included in the heady mixture of Gothic, English domestic and neo-classical styles. The impressive building may be viewed from the pristine grounds, or on the occasional open access day.
17th century main building presents an impressive facade for this public school. Given it is a living institution it was interesting to speak with parents and staff. And when you scratch beneath the surface there is greater concern for outward appearances than substance. This has the hallmarks of an institution trapped by its own past and buildings, without the vision to focus on what matters - its pupils.
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