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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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  • A school full of magic, architecture and inspiring fantasy of Harry Potter... to explore and above all to take a picture of the view of the Castle
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  • Legendary College of Edinburgh, inspiration for the College magic of the saga of Harry Potter. The building is majestic. Pity that we could not see it on the inside
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  • I saw this building from the graveyard of Greyfriars church. It was described as a school so I assumed it was a Victorian Gothic style building. It turns out this is a very early building first used a...  read more »
  • A must see for every Harry Potter fan, who I'm not :D
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Great school, great kids. Top results!!. A credit to the area.
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