List of private schools in Scotland

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The following is a partial list of currently operating private schools in Scotland.

Many of the schools are perceived to be heavily influenced by the culture, practices and ethos of English independent, or "public", schools. Author James Robertson described Glenalmond College as "a Scottish boarding school modelled on the English public school system".[1] The perceived English influence in many of these schools was such that in 1887 one author referred to them as "English schools".[2] 43% of Scottish independent secondary schools offer boarding as an option, although there is more of a trend to attend as a day pupil compared to in England.[3]

There are 91 independent schools across Scotland[4] of which 71 are members of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS). According to the SCIS, its members educate around 29,000 pupils in Scotland representing around 4.2% of the school age population in Scotland.[5] The figure is significantly higher in Edinburgh, with around 1 in 4 pupils educated at an independent school, the highest proportion in the UK.[6]

Scottish students from independent schools are over-represented at the four ancient universities of Scotland. They represented 26% of the student body at the four institutions in 2014/15 with 71% in total receiving an offer of admission at one of the four ancient universities compared to only 29% of state-school entrants.[7]

List of schools[edit]

North[edit]

Central & Tayside[edit]

Playfair Building, Dollar Academy
The High School of Dundee

Edinburgh City Region[edit]

Fettes College
George Heriot's School

Glasgow City Region[edit]

Ayrshire[edit]

Borders[edit]

Additional Support Needs / Complex Additional Needs Schools[edit]

Figures[edit]

Fees[edit]

The schools are ranked here by day school pupil fees for 2022/23 and boarding fees are given where applicable. In cases where the 2022/23 fees are not yet available, this is indicated next to the figures. For 2022/23, the mean average day fee was £16,530 (median average was £14,968) and the average boarding fee was £33,033.[8] Membership of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) is indicated,[9] as well as the curriculum followed by the school: English (i.e. GCSEs, A-levels), Scottish (i.e. Standard Grades/Intermediates, Highers, Advanced Highers), Mixed English and Scottish, or International Baccalaureate (IB).

School Day fees Boarder fees Curriculum HMC[10]
Gordonstoun School[11] £33,900 £46,650 English Yes
Fettes College[12] £33,600 £39,990 English/IB Yes
Merchiston Castle School[13] £27,090 £37,320 English Yes
Strathallan School[14] £25,452 £38,199 English Yes
Glenalmond College[15] £25,275 £41,145 English Yes
Loretto School[16] £25,155 £36,945 English Yes
Kilgraston School[17] £22,785 £38,910 Scottish No
Lathallan School[18] £20,643 (21/22) £28,299 (21/22) Scottish No
St. Mary's School, Melrose[19] £17,940 £20,640 Scottish No
St Leonards School, St Andrews[20] £17,374 £40,954 IB Yes
St. George's School, Edinburgh[21] £16,359 £33,546 English/Scottish No
Edinburgh Academy[22] £16,242 n/a English/Scottish Yes
Morrison's Academy, Crieff[23] £16,200 n/a Scottish Yes
International School Aberdeen[24] £15,555 n/a IB No
Dollar Academy[25] £15,516 £35,910 Scottish Yes
The High School of Glasgow[26] £15,210 n/a Scottish Yes
St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen[27] £15,120 n/a Scottish No
Albyn School, Aberdeen[28] £14,995 n/a Scottish No
St. Aloysius' College[29] £14,976 n/a Scottish Yes
Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen[30] £14,960 n/a Scottish Yes
George Heriot's[31] £14,878 n/a Scottish Yes
Belmont House School[32] £14,754 n/a Scottish No
George Watson's College, Edinburgh[33] £14,634 n/a Scottish/IB Yes
Wellington School, Ayr[34] £14,490 n/a Scottish No
St. Columba's, Kilmacolm[35] £14,385 (21/22) n/a Scottish Yes
The High School of Dundee[36] £14,331 n/a Scottish Yes
Lomond School[37] £13,950 £32,350 Scottish Yes
Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh[38] £13,950 £27,993 Scottish No
Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh Yes
Kelvinside Academy[39] £13,860 n/a Scottish Yes
Hutchesons' Grammar School[40] £13,806 n/a Scottish Yes
The Glasgow Academy[41] £13,687 n/a Scottish Yes
Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh[42] £13,350 n/a Scottish No
Hamilton College[43] £13,092 n/a Scottish No
Edinburgh Steiner School[44] £11,208 n/a Scottish No
Drumduan School[45] £10,347 n/a Scottish No
Cedars School of Excellence, Greenock

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£7,950 n/a Scottish No

Exam results[edit]

Scottish Exams
The following table ranks the schools by performance in the 2008 round of Scottish Qualifications Authority examinations according to the percentage of A/B grades achieved at Higher level according to The Times newspaper. The percentage of 1 grades at Standard Grade and A grades at Intermediate 2 are also provided.[47] As indicated above, some independent schools in Scotland follow the English curriculum or offer the International Baccalaureate.

Higher and Standard Grade/Intermediate 2 Results
Here, schools following the Scottish exam curriculum are ranked according to the percentage of Highers achieved in 2009 at A/B, as recorded in The Times.

School A/B Higher (%) 1/A Standard Grade/Int 2 (%)
1 George Heriot's School 79.7 71.3
2 St George's School, Edinburgh 77.9 62.6
3 Dollar Academy 76.5 66.2
4 Hutchesons' Grammar School 76.1 73.7
5 St Columba's School 76.1 72.2
6 The High School of Glasgow 75.7 80.4
7 Albyn School 73.9 58.9
8 The Glasgow Academy 73.6 66.2
9 Stewart's Melville College 73.3 68.9
10 The Mary Erskine School 73.1 75.2
11 High School of Dundee 72.6 73.3
12 St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen 71.7 62.8
13 St. Aloysius' College 71.2 65.5
14 George Watson's College 70.9 68.1
15 Morrison's Academy 68.6 66.5
16 Wellington School 68.6 61.1
17 Robert Gordon's College 68 65.9
18 Kilgraston School 67.7 47.5
19 Lomond School 65.9 51.5
20 Kelvinside Academy 65 55
21 Hamilton College 64.5 54.1
22 Fernhill School 61.5 77.9
23 The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School 60.5 40
24 Belmont House School 46.2 23.1
25 Queen Victoria School 37.1 41.4

Results of English Qualifications
The below schools follow the English exam curriculum, and are ranked according to the percentage of A-levels achieved at A*/A, as recorded in The Telegraph in 2015.[48][49]

School A/A* A-level (%) A/A* GCSE (%) HMC
1 George Watson's College 55.4 (No data) Yes
2 The Edinburgh Academy[50] 46.1 40.6 Yes
3 Fettes College[51] 45.0 68.0 Yes
4 St Leonards School[52] 43.2 41.2 Yes
5 Merchiston Castle School[53] 38.6 69.3 Yes
6 Loretto School[54] 37.5 49.7 Yes
7 St George's School, Edinburgh[55] 34.8 48.9 No
8 Glenalmond College[56] 31.5 52.8 Yes

Results of International Baccalaureate
The below schools offer the International Baccalaureate as a qualification, and are ranked according to the average score achieved out of a maximum 45 points.

School Average Score (/45) >40 points (%) HMC
1 Fettes College[57] 36.9 34 Yes
2 George Watson's College[58] 34.0 (No data) Yes
3 St Leonards School[59] 33.0 13.0 Yes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Campbell, A life in writing: James Robertson, The Guardian, 14 August 2010 [1]
  2. ^ Christina Blackie, Geographical Etymology: A Dictionary of Place-names Giving Their Derivations (1887), John Murray, 1887, at page vi [2]
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  7. ^ Johnson, Simon (27 May 2016). "Poor Scots 'squeezed out of university by SNP cap on places'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
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