List of independent schools in Scotland

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The following is a partial list of currently operating independent schools in Scotland. They are referred to as "private schools" in Scotland, common with most of the English-speaking world. The term "public school", used in England to refer to these independently operating schools, is not used in Scotland.

Many of the schools are perceived to be heavily influenced by the culture, practices and ethos of English private, or "public", schools. James Robertson, author, 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]

List of schools[edit]

North

Central

Edinburgh

Fettes College
George Heriot's School

Glasgow

South

Figures[edit]

Fees[edit]

The Schools below are ranked in fees. The schools are ranked here by day school pupil fees for 2010/11 and boarding fees are given where applicable. Membership of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) is indicated,[3] 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
1 Fettes College[4] £24,569 £30,410 English Yes
2 Loretto School £18,300 £27,770 English Yes
3 Gordonstoun School £18,470 £26,085 English Yes
4 Glenalmond College £19,965 £29,295 English Yes
5 Merchiston Castle School £17,460 £24,120 English Yes
6 Strathallan School[5] £15,960 £23,520 English Yes
7 Dollar Academy[6] £10,665 £24,669 Scottish Yes
8 Kilgraston School[7] £12,825 £21,885 Scottish Yes
9 Kelvinside Academy[8] £10,470 n/a Scottish Yes
10 George Watson's College, Edinburgh[9] £10,419 n/a Scottish Yes
11 The Glasgow Academy[10] £10,250 n/a Scottish Yes
12 St. George's School, Edinburgh[11] £10,110 £20,130 Mixed Yes
13 Edinburgh Academy[12] £10,080 n/a Mixed Yes
14 Basil Paterson School £10,296 n/a English No
15 St. Leonards School, St. Andrews[13] £9,807 £23,346 I.B. No
16 The High School of Dundee[14] £9,141 n/a Scottish Yes
17 St. Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen[15] £9,069 n/a Scottish No
18 Belmont House School[16] £9,045 n/a Scottish No
19 Morrison's Academy, Crieff[17] £8,973 n/a Scottish Yes
20 Albyn School, Aberdeen[18] £8,960 n/a Scottish No
21 Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen[19] £10,750 n/a Scottish Yes
22 The High School of Glasgow[20] £8,883 n/a Scottish Yes
23 George Heriot's[21] £8,811 n/a Scottish Yes
24 Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan[22] £8,706 n/a Scottish No
25 Craigholme School, Glasgow[23] £8,634 n/a Scottish No
26 Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh[24] £9,726 £19,512 Scottish Yes
Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh
27 Lomond School[25] £8,415 £18,000 Scottish Yes
28 Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow[26] £8,411 n/a Scottish Yes
29 Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh[27] £8,400 n/a Scottish No
30 St. Columba's, Kilmacolm[28] £8,260 n/a Scottish Yes
31 Fernhill School, Glasgow[29] £8,188 n/a Scottish No
32 St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow[30] £8,568 n/a Scottish Yes
33 Hamilton College[31] £7,230 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.[32] As indicated above, some independent schools in Scotland follow the English curriculum or offer the International Baccalaureate.

School A/B Highers (%) 1/A SG/Int2 (%) HMC
1 Fettes College 79.4 79.1 Yes
2 St Mary's Music School 77.6 73 No
3 George Heriot's School 76.7 69.2 Yes
4 The High School of Glasgow 75.7 78.4 Yes
5 Dollar Academy 75.1 66.0 Yes
6 Mary Erskine School 74.1 70.7 Yes
7 Hutchesons' Grammar School 73.6 71.8 Yes
8 St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen 73.2 65 No
9 Glasgow Academy 72.9 64.6 Yes
10 Wellington School 72.9 51.9 No
11 The High School of Dundee 72.6 65.9 Yes

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 for Girls 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 Craigholme School 68.1 59.1
18 Robert Gordon's College 68 65.9
19 Kilgraston School 67.7 47.5
20 Lomond School 65.9 51.5
21 Kelvinside Academy 65 55
22 Hamilton College 64.5 54.1
23 Fernhill School 61.5 77.9
24 St Margaret's School, Edinburgh 61.2 29.8
25 The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School 60.5 40
26 Beaconhurst School 46.8 47.6
27 Belmont House School 46.2 23.1
28 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.[33]

School A/A* A-level (%) A/A* GCSE (%) HMC
1 Merchiston Castle School 63.3 60.3 Yes
2 Fettes College 52.9 62.2 Yes
3 Strathallan School[34] 47.0 (No data) Yes
5 St Leonards School 43.2 45.4 No
4 Glenalmond College 37.5 59.4 Yes
6 The Edinburgh Academy 36.5 47.6 Yes
7 Loretto 35.1 48.9 Yes

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • The website UK Schools & Colleges Database lists currently operating state (and some independent) schools by Local Education Authority and also links to websites of individual schools where available.
  • Scottish Schools Online Contact information and attainment data for independent Scottish schools.

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]
  3. ^ "The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference". Hmc.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Fees — Fettes College". Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Strathallan School: Fees". Strathallan.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Dollar Academy, Fees". 
  7. ^ "Kilgraston School on isbi schools". Isbi.com. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Fees". Kelvinside Academy. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ "George Watson's: Fees". Gwc.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Fees". Glasgow Academy. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  11. ^ St. George's School, Edinburgh: Fees[dead link]
  12. ^ "Fees". Edinburgh Academy. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Fees ~ 2006/2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  14. ^ The High School of Dundee: Fees[dead link]
  15. ^ St. Margaret's, Aberdeen: Fees
  16. ^ Belmont House School: Fees[dead link]
  17. ^ "Morrison's Academy: Fees". Morrisonsacademy.org. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  18. ^ Albyn School: Fees[dead link]
  19. ^ "Robert Gordon's, Aberdeen: Fees". Rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  20. ^ The High School of Glasgow: Fees[dead link]
  21. ^ "George Heriot's: Fees". George-heriots.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  22. ^ "Beaconhurst School" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  23. ^ "Craigholme School: Fees". Craigholme.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  24. ^ "Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools: Fees". Esms.edin.sch.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  25. ^ "Fees". Lomond School. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  26. ^ "Hutchesons' Grammar School: Fees". Hutchesons.org. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  27. ^ "Clifton Hall School: Fees". Cliftonhall.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  28. ^ "St Columba's, Kilmacolm on isbi schools". Isbi.com. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  29. ^ "Fernhill School: Fees". fernhillschool.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  30. ^ "St. Aloysius': Fees". Staloysius.org. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  31. ^ "Hamilton College: Fees" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  32. ^ Parent Power 2008 | Scottish independent secondaries[dead link]
  33. ^ | GCSE Results 2011 | lastaccessed=2011-09-23
  34. ^ Strathallen - Academic Results