Gaelic-Medium Education

Gaelic-Medium Education (GME), is available at nursery, primary and secondary levels.  There are Gaelic parent and toddler groups at various locations in the city. For more information visit their Facebook page here.

Edinburgh’s first dedicated Gaelic nursery and primary school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce, opened in Aug. 2013 in the Leith area of the city. The school attracts a wide range of families from across the city and the wider Lothian area. Although pupils attending the school do not need to have prior knowledge of Gaelic, it is strongly recommended that they attend a Gaelic-medium setting for their pre-school years. So that our pupils are able to develop the language skills needed to gain full benefit from our rich curriculum, Gaelic is the main language of the classroom and the school, from the earliest stages. To allow for the best outcomes for all our learners, we would usually only admit pupils later than Primary One if their skill and confidence in Gaelic language are demonstrably at a level that would allow them fully to access the curriculum and take part in school life with confidence. To be best placed to support pupils thrive in a GME environment, all parents are strongly encouraged to committing to engage with learning the language themselves. School staff are happy to advise and support families with their Gaelic learning.

Pupils should register for a nursery or school place in the usual way. Taobh na Pàirce runs regular open afternoons for prospective nursery parents, where all families will receive a very warm welcome.

Please contact the school for further information.

Currently, pupils who have studied at Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pairce transfer to James Gillespie’s High School, at the end of P7, to continue with GME. In response to increasing demand, the City of Edinburgh plans to further develop it’s secondary GME provision by opening a dedicated GME Secondary. Details relating to specific location, timescales, etc. will emerge after further consultation.

Additionally, pupils from across the Lothians entering S5 or S6, who wish to study Gaelic at secondary level, can, depending on space and availability of courses, enrol at James Gillespie’s High School to study at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

For general enquiries about GME provision in Edinburgh you can contact us via out dedicated mailbox at