List of independent schools in Scotland
Many of the schools are perceived to be heavily influenced by the culture, practices and ethos of English private, or "public", schools. Author James Robertson described Glenalmond College as "a Scottish boarding school modelled on the English public school system". The perceived English influence in many of these schools was such that in 1887 one author referred to them as "English schools". 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 
There are 102 independent schools across Scotland of which 72 are members of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS). According to the SCIS, its members educate around 29-30,000 pupils in Scotland representing around 4.1% of the school age population in Scotland. The figure is significantly higher in Edinburgh, with around 1 in 4 pupils educated at an independent school, the highest proportion in the UK.
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.
List of schools
- Basil Paterson School & Tutorial College
- Cargilfield Preparatory School
- Clifton Hall School
- Dunedin School
- The Edinburgh Academy
- Edinburgh Montessori Arts School
- Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools
- Fettes College
- George Heriot's School
- George Watson's College
- Harmeny School
- Mannafields Christian School
- Merchiston Castle School
- Regius Christian School
- The Royal Blind School
- Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh
- St. George's School for Girls
- St. Mary's Music School
- Belmont House School, Newton Mearns
- Craigholme School, Pollokshields
- Fernhill School, Rutherglen
- Glasgow Steiner School, Yorkhill
- Hutchesons' Grammar School, Pollokshields
- Kelvinside Academy, Kelvinside
- The Glasgow Academy, Kelvinbridge
- The High School of Glasgow, Anniesland
- St. Aloysius' College Garnethill
- Daldorch House School, Catrine
- Geilsland School, Beith
- St. Mary's School, Melrose
- Wellington School, Ayr
The Schools below are ranked in fees.
The schools are ranked here by day school pupil fees for 2015/16 and boarding fees are given where applicable. For 2015/16, the average day fee was £10,773 and the average boarding fee was £27,936. Membership of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) is indicated, 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|
|3||Merchiston Castle School||£21,945||£29,700||English||Yes|
|8||International School Aberdeen||£13,430||n/a||IB||No|
|10||St. Leonards School, St Andrews||£12,693||£30,957||IB||Yes|
|11||St. George's School, Edinburgh||£12,645||£26,430||English/Scottish||No|
|12||Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen||£12,075||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|13||Wellington School, Ayr||£12,060||n/a||Scottish||No|
|14||Morrison's Academy, Crieff||£11,940||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|15||St. Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen||£11,762||n/a||Scottish||No|
|18||The High School of Dundee||£11,598||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|19||The Glasgow Academy||£11,584||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|21||Albyn School, Aberdeen||£11,520||n/a||Scottish||No|
|22||The High School of Glasgow||£11,493||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|23||Belmont House School||£11,316||n/a||Scottish||No|
|25||Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow||£11,082||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|26||Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan||£11,032||n/a||Scottish||No|
|27||George Watson's College, Edinburgh||£11,901||n/a||Scottish/IB||Yes|
|28||St. Columba's, Kilmacolm||£10,920||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|29||St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow||£10,908||n/a||Scottish||Yes|
|30||Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh||£10,890||n/a||Scottish||No|
|31||Craigholme School, Glasgow||£10,800||n/a||Scottish||No|
|33||Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh||£10,548||£21,162||Scottish||No|
|Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh||Yes|
|34||Basil Paterson School ||£10,296||n/a||English||No|
|35||Fernhill School, Glasgow||£10,050||n/a||Scottish||No|
|37||Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh||£8,646||n/a||Scottish||No|
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. 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 for Girls||77.9||62.6|
|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|
|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|
|18||Robert Gordon's College||68||65.9|
|24||St Margaret's School, Edinburgh||61.2||29.8|
|25||The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School||60.5||40|
|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 in 2015.
|School||A/A* A-level (%)||A/A* GCSE (%)||HMC|
|1||George Watson's College||55.4||(No data)||Yes|
|2||The Edinburgh Academy||46.1||40.6||Yes|
|4||St Leonards School||43.2||41.2||Yes|
|5||Merchiston Castle School||38.6||69.3||Yes|
|7||St George's School for Girls||34.8||48.9||No|
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|
|2||George Watson's College||34.0||(No data)||Yes|
|3||St Leonards School||33.0||13.0||Yes|
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