George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

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George Heriot's School is a Scottish independent primary and secondary school on Lauriston Place in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland, with over 1600 pupils, 155 teaching staff and 80 non-teaching staff. It was established in 1628 as George Heriot's Hospital, by bequest of the royal goldsmith George Heriot, and opened in 1659.ArchitectureThe main building of the school is notable for its renaissance architecture, the work of William Wallace, until his death in 1631. He was succeeded as master mason by William Aytoun, who was succeeded in turn by John Mylne. In 1676, Sir William Bruce drew up plans for the completion of Heriot's Hospital. His design, for the central tower of the north façade, was eventually executed in 1693.The school is a turreted building surrounding a large quadrangle, and built out of sandstone. The foundation stone is inscribed with the date 1628. The intricate decoration above each window is unique (with one paired exception - those on the ground floor either side of the now redundant central turret on the west side of the building). A statue of the founder can be found in a niche on the north side of the quadrangle.
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  • July 24, 2017
    It was interesting to learn that the school was founded in the early 17th century with a generous endowment from George Heriot the renown jeweller to the King and Queen. Constructed from sandstone the...  more »
  • May 7, 2017
    The building is impressive and awe-inspiring ... a prestigious school and also frequented today by lucky students who are divided into 4 houses depending on the colors. This school is believed to have been inspired by J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter and indeed even students of the school of witchcraft and wizardry are divided into 4 houses. grifond gold, Slytherin, red and Black Crow rate! names change, but otherwise it's all the same!! I know every Harry Potter lover like me can't help but take a peek, even if only from afar.
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  • January 9, 2017
    What an amazing building, imagine going to school here! However it is still a school so I wouldn't walk around here without permission :) get a Hogwards feel by going here, very cool  more »
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  • George Watsons is better much better
  • Like the school building and the garden around.
  • A must see for every Harry Potter fan, who I'm not :D
  • Its a pro school. Wendy probably went to watsons, this school is very good academically, top results in country, ok it has its down points but overall amazing
  • Excellent school. Pupils are certainlty not arrogant. GH do not need to use JK's name for marketing purposes. JK is like any other parent she chose the best school for her kids. Job done! Wendy you have a chip on your shoulder. Try and get rid of this.

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