Loretto became known throughout Britain during the headmastership of Dr Hely Hutchinson Almond (1862-1903, himself a distant relative of Thomas Langhorne His strong belief in the development of the individual in the round—in mind, body and spirit—and in the value of "a community living according to the dictates of reason" can still be seen today.
The School is made up of two parts - the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children aged 3-12 and the Senior School for those aged 12 and over. In 1981 girls joined the Sixth form and in 1995 the Third form, so making the school fully co-educational in 1997.
Loretto's historic campus includes the famous 'Pinkie House' as well as a 300 seat theatre and 600 seat Chapel. Pupils attend as boarders, flexi-boarders and day pupils and are all attached to a specific house. Houses include Schoolhouse (for day pupils), Seton house (for 3rd to 5th form border boys), Holm house (for 3rd to fifth form girls), Balcarres (for 6th form girls), Pinkie and Hope house (lower sixth and upper sixth boys)
On 11 July 2006, Loretto clinched the infamous HMC Foursomes title. After triumphing in the 'Northern' section of the competition, Loretto maintained their unbeaten record in the National Finals with an eventual 2-1 victory over Eton to be crowned British Independent Schools Champions 2006.