Venue Information

All evening classes are held in James Gillespie’s High School.

Classes: held in the Malala Building, the main teaching block.

Where: The Forum on Level 1 for Mixed Instrument 3 on Wednesday.
All other classes are held on Level 2.

The Dining Centre for Sangstream on Thursday.

(On Parents’ Evenings classes held in the Forum will run in the Theatre or Dining Centre in the Muriel Spark Building).

Pedestrian access:  from Warrender Park Road (as shown below) and also through the school’s main car park on Whitehouse Loan, next to the Children First office

Parking: on street and the school’s main car park accessible from Whitehouse Loan (next to Children First office as shown below) – approximate postcode EH9 1AT

Cycles: approx 60 Sheffield bike racks inside the Warrender Park Road entrance, in front of The Malala Building


The following buses stop close to the school:
No 5 on Strathearn Place
No 24 on Marchmont Road
No 41 on Marchmont Crescent
Nos 11, X15, 16, 23, 36 and 45 on Bruntsfield Place


Pedestrian access: ramp access to the Malala Building from both the Warrender Park Road entrances and the Whitehouse Loan car park

Parking: disabled parking bays in the small car park accessible on Warrender Park Road for disabled badge holders only

Lift access: into the Malala Building from Warrender Park Road car park. Look for the large traffic cone which the school uses to hold the entrance door open, and see the annotated image below. The lift gives access to Level 1 (Forum) and Level 2 where most of our classes are held.

Recommended parking outside the school grounds

Whitehouse Loan / Gillis Centre

The rear entrance to the school is on Whitehouse Loan. Around 5 mins walk further down the Loan, past the side arch entrance to the Gillis Centre, there is an on-street parking bay for approx 15 cars. On class nights this is usually empty, and is free of charge after 5.30pm. See the green areas below


James Gillespie’s High School
57 Lauderdale Street


  • JGHS Floor plan
  • The school can be very warm so we advise bringing a reusuable bottle to class. Refill bottles at the water fountain on Level 1 behind the Forum
  • Located behind the Forum the SMG ‘shop’, aka The Base, will be open during the break displaying fliers and selling SMG merchandise – tunebooks, songbooks, CDs & stickers
  • For classes running on Level 2 please use Stair 3 or the lift after 7pm and at times when it is obvious that the Forum is in use, either by SMG or by the school eg during Parents’ Evenings. Stair 3 can be accessed from the lower car park entrance and leads directly to Level 2 without needing to use the main entrance/Level 1.
  • Click on the link for a walk through video from Level 1, up Stair 3 to Level 2: Stair 3 video