Leith Academy, Edinburgh

One of the oldest schools in Scotland, Leith Academy goes all the way back to a founding date of 1560, but there are references to the “grammer scule of Leith” as early as 1521.

Located in the beautiful ancient city of Edinburgh, the school is located a short walk North East of the famous Edinburgh Castle – home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and only a short hop from the east coast and North Sea. Scotland’s capital city is part medieval Old Town and part elegant Georgian New Town and is full of open parks, gardens and neoclassical architecture. Notoriously hilly, Edinburgh is famous for its sweeping views of the city, particularly from Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat’ a well known extinct volcano.

The school itself has been through many transformations. The current building was completed in 1991 and features an innovative design which centres on a glass roofed ‘main street’ which runs the length of the school with all facilities, departments and classrooms leading off.

    • Residential Centre
    • Summer Courses
    • Suitable for Groups and Individual Students
    • Trinity Examination Available
    • Adult Student Ratio 1:10
    • European City Tours Available
    • London Weekend Tour

  • Theatre with portable stage
  • Sports fields and hall
  • Dining hall and cafe
  • 5 minutes from local shops
  • 15 minute walk to city centre
  • 24h security
  • Sport Hall
  • Common Room
  • 4-6 en-suite bedrooms per apartment
  • Studio apartments with kitchen
  • Accommodation 15 minutes walk from main campus
Nearby Airports
  • 15 km from Edinburgh Airport

A typical day with Ardmore

Students have three hours of English lessons per day from Monday to Friday, with the lessons divided into two parts.

Part One: Language input, which involves using grammar and vocabulary in various tasks/exercises.

Part Two: Fluency/practice activities aimed at developing fluency through specific tasks like designing a website or poster, conducting a classroom survey or even producing/acting in a short play.

We offer a wide range of activities, which may include: Football, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Tennis, Basketball, etc.

Evening entertainment programme may include Talent Show, Disco, Quiz Nights, Film Nights, Sports Tournaments and more options.

Emphasis on communication helps students to use English for a variety of purposes and in various situations. Our aim is to build students' knowledge and confidence in understanding and speaking English.

Nearby attractions and Excursions

There’s plenty to see and do for a half day, or even an full day around Edinburgh and nearby. A full day trip to the city, or a visit if Edinburgh Castle.

Alternatively there are half day excursions more local to the campus, which include a tour of the town, the National Museum of Scotland or Princes Street Gardens.

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