Two Scottish fee-charging schools pass the OSCR charity test

Loretto School (pictured) in East Lothian and St Columba's School in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, had been told by the regulator to widen access to the benefits they provide

Loretto School in East Lothian
Loretto School in East Lothian

Two fee-charging schools in Scotland that failed the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s charity test have made sufficient improvements to pass.

The OSCR said in January 2013 that St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, had failed its charity test, and said the same of Loretto School in Musselburgh, East Lothian, in October.

Both schools were told to widen access to the benefits they provide or face losing their charitable status.

But the OSCR said today that the schools had made sufficient improvements to their practices and had been deemed to have passed the test.

This means that all but four of the 40 fee-paying schools identified by the regulator have passed the test either at the first time of asking or after following directions from the OSCR.

The regulator has yet to announce its initial decisions on the remaining four.

David Girdwood, rector of St Columba’s, said: "We are pleased that the very great efforts to increase access to a St Columba’s education and develop our role at the heart of the community have been recognised."

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