The Compass holds an Open Day every September/October and March.  Our next Open Day is on Thursday 7 March. There is no need to register in advance, please just join us on the day.

Applications are still being accepted for entry at most stages for Session 2018/19. Please contact us on 01620 822642 or for more information and a copy of our prospectus.

Admission to The Compass School is by application to the Headteacher. We encourage interested parents to visit during a normal school day when they can experience the unique atmosphere which makes The Compass School so special.

Interested parents will enjoy a tour of the School by the Headteacher who will explain further the positive ethos and values of the School and how children develop and progress during their time with us. It is also a good opportunity for parents to share with us their own hopes and aspirations for their child/children and to discuss with the Headteacher how the School might meet their individual needs.

Places are offered strictly by the order in which application forms have been received, with siblings of children at the School or who have accepted a place at the School and children of former pupils being given priority in this process. Children for whom we receive applications for entry into Form 2 to 8 are invited to spend a morning with us during which they can gain an experience of the School, its activities and during which the School can assess their strengths and needs in advance of an offer being made.

The earliest stage at which children may join The Compass is in the September of the year in which they become four, when they may begin in our Reception Class. The School’s intake runs from 1 January to 31 December (local authority schools – 1 March to 28/29 February). Places are normally offered in October for children beginning in the following September.  The School is currently in partnership with East Lothian Council in the provision of pre-school education and parents may received funding to support their children’s place in Form One.

The School and it’s Form One provision are regularly inspected by the Care Inspectorate and, and we are delighted to report that following their visit in January 2016 we have been awarded ‘Excellent’ in every category.  Read a full a copy of the report here: The Compass School – Care Inspectorate Report – 22 1 16

Following this visit, in March 2016 HM Inspectors from Education Scotland conducted a three day Quality Improvement and Professional Engagement inspection of the School.  The inspectors commented very favourably upon the children’s high quality learning, the motivating and exciting experiences they enjoy and how the children benefit from the high expectations that staff have towards individual’s attainment and achievement. Read a full copy of their report here: The Compass School – Education Scotland – ltr to parents – 26 4 16

A child may begin at The Compass School at any point from age 4-12, so long as there is a place available at the child’s particular stage. Similarly, children may join at any stage of the school year, although the start of a new term is preferable.

The Governors aim to ensure that tuition fees are kept to a minimum and yet ensure that they represent value for money. Fees currently range from £2195 to £3310 per term which provides not only for all textbooks, jotters and learning materials but also include tuition fees for swimming and judo which all the children enjoy each week of the school year. Lunch is taken by all pupils and costs around £240 per term.

The School offers financially assisted places for children whose parents are seeking places in Primary 1-7. For further information see Financial Assistance or email

The Compass School uniform is supplied by Aitken & Niven and the School also holds regular quality used sales.

To request a prospectus please email the school at  Application Forms can be downloaded here: Application for Admission form.