St. Mary’s School, Melrose

St. Mary’s School is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding prep school in Melrose, Scotland.[1] As of 2015 there are 190 pupils; 97 boys and 93 girls.[1]

Preparatory school in Melrose, Scotland
St. Mary’s School
Abbey Park




55.598°N 2.731°W / 55.598; -2.731

Type Preparatory school
Day & Boarding School
Motto Behalde to ye hende
(Look to your future)
Established 1895
Founder John Hamilton
Headmaster Liam Harvey
Age 2 to 13

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St. Mary’s School was established in 1895 by John Hamilton as a school for boys.[2] The school remains at its original location in Abbey Park, Melrose, and is named after St. Mary’s Abbey, Melrose.[2][3] In 1976 the school became co-educational.[3]

The school motto is Behalde to ye hende, which means Look to your future in old Scots.[4]

In July 2010 the school opened the Hamilton Building, named after the founder, for the use of the top three years’ pupils.[5]

The headmaster, Liam Harvey, took charge in September 2010 and is a former pupil of the school.[5]

In March 2015 the Sanderson Building, a new science and art block, was opened by Anne, Princess Royal.[6]

St. Mary’s School has produced seventeen Scotland rugby union internationals, six of whom have represented the British and Irish Lions.[7]

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