Relocating to Edinburgh: schools and renting

(32 Posts)
Janeywany Fri 11-Feb-11 22:40:41

(First ever post) I've just accepted a new job in Edinburgh that sees me start in April, but the family can't move up from London until August, due to lack of spaces in schools. Bruntsfield and Sciennes are the faves, so I am looking for a rental in the catchment for the first year, but all I can find are student-ey looking places.

Any tips?

I have a DD at P4 and a 3-year-old boy.

And what about nurseries too?!

Thanks in advance

evitas Tue 15-Mar-11 09:05:26

Janeyway - good luck with the move! Hope everything goes well. x

fairylights Wed 16-Mar-11 19:52:13

good luck with the move - we relocated here last August and were in similar position of not knowing where on earth to start with finding where to live and which schools to go for etc..
think you have been wise to work backwards from high school, we are nearish Stockbridge and very happy with the primary ds is at, but a little anxious about secondary options.. Edinburgh is such a crazy city in that 25% kids go to private schools. Fine if you can afford it but a bit rubbish for the rest of us!! Anyway, hope you settle in well, we love being here despite the weather smile

fairylights Wed 16-Mar-11 19:52:56

sorry that should have said 25% of kids got to private schools for secondary..

tree568 Fri 27-Jan-12 17:46:06

The state school for Stockbridge is Broughton High. It's a rebuilt school, so has all the mod cons. It's also home to the National Dance Academy and has a good rep for drama. The flip side, and I would say this applies to all of the North Edinburgh secondary schools, including Trinity Academy, is that it has its rough element. Well off people on the Northern side of town tend to send their children to Stewart's Melville/Mary Erskine schools if they like single sex education, Fettes if they want an English curriculum education and Edinburgh Academy or Heriots if they want a Scottish based education.

For Boroughmuir and James Gillespies, they have their share of drugs and drink problems. Those groups of schoolkids drinking cider and the like in big circles in the meadows around and after dusk are from those schools. Lots of pocket money, older cousins or siblings to go and by the booze/drugs, and parents working too long hours. Boroughmuir doesn't have much space. They ahve been looking to relocate for ages. James Gillespies , like Portobello, also a good school, needs to be rebuilt. The girls toilets and heating problems at both schools are well known. Boroughmuir have police stationed at the school. This is not as bad as it sounds - they have really nipped a lot of the problems at that school (as opposed to what goes on after school) in the bud. it's amazing what police presence can do for a school in terms of general standards of behaviour.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have sent my children to somewhere like the Royal High or Firhill. State schools, but well attended by the well off as well as the poorer students.

For private schools, Steiner would be top of my list (Spylaw Road).

pattymcmeans Wed 10-Apr-13 21:51:36

Hi, I realize this is an old topic, but I am re-locating from the USA to Edinburgh, and I have a daughter going into S2 in the Fall. We've been referred to Gillespie's or Boroughmuir. Can anyone tell me about these schools in a more on-the-ground way, beyond what I can fond out about their websites?
What is their reputation? What are they known to specialise in?
Any information is helpful! Thanks

emma6776 Tue 18-Jun-13 14:07:03

My sister has taught at two of the very well regarded primary schools named above, but is desperate to move to Costorphne before she starts her family, in order to get her (future) child in Costorphine primary!

WillPenn Thu 20-Jun-13 10:43:06

patty, this may be a bit late, but we are in Boroughmuir catchment with DDs due to go there after primary school. I know a number of parents with children currently at the school who are very pleased indeed with it. Their children have been happy there and have done well academically. There are also quite a few extra-curricular activities encouraged - music etc. I would have no hesitation about sending my kids to Boroughmuir - it is a great school and I think in general the Scottish education system is far better than the English one.

Boroughmuir will also be in a new building in a few years time. Work on the new site is scheduled to start in 2014 and there will be no disruption at the current site as the new location is down the road.

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