St Mary’s move to the Royal High School: a student's perspective

January 22, 2016


I am Alexander, a pupil of 14 at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, and I have been at the school for more than 4 years, since Primary 6.


At the moment St Mary’s is based in the West End in a small, pretty and historic building capable of holding only up to around 100 students. At the moment, it is very cosy and it creates a homely feeling for everyone in the school. With the school rapidly growing in size, it will have to move soon. Fortunately, a very grand building recently became available on Calton Hill at the other side of the centre of the New Town, the Royal High School. It is an extremely good opportunity for my school to move there, as it would show it as a world class learning institution in the heart of Edinburgh, a very historical city with a rich tradition in education.


The building would provide proper facilities and space for music rehearsals, larger practice rooms, as well as some good sports areas.  St Mary’s Music School is the best music school in Scotland, and deserves a better home. The move to the Royal High would be of huge benefit both for the school’s growth and for the students, as some famous conservatoires would give more recognition to the school’s incredible teaching capability.


Personally, I think it would be brilliant for St Mary’s, my friends and my younger brother to move there for learning. I would be even more proud to be part of a well-established and well-known school. Also there would be proper outdoor grounds, and lots of space for sports.  This would change my school life for the better.

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