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. 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]

There are 102 independent schools across Scotland[3] of which 70 are members of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS). According to the SCIS, its members educate around 30-32,000 pupils in Scotland representing around "4.3% of the school age population in Scotland".[4] The figure is significantly higher in Edinburgh, with around 1 in 4 pupils educated at an independent school, the highest proportion in the UK.[5]

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.[6]

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 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.[7] Membership of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) is indicated,[8] 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[9] £24,375 £31,245 English/IB Yes
2 Gordonstoun School[10] £23,658 £31,650 English Yes
3 Merchiston Castle School[11] £21,945 £29,700 English Yes
4 Glenalmond College[12] £21,315 £31,290 English Yes
5 Loretto School[13] £20,850 £30,600 English Yes
6 Strathallan School[14] £20,499 £30,210 English Yes
7 Kilgraston School[15] £15,675 £26,775 Scottish Yes
8 Edinburgh Academy[16] £12,870 n/a English/Scottish Yes
9 St. Leonards School, St Andrews[17] £12,693 £30,957 IB No
10 St. George's School, Edinburgh[18] £12,645 £26,430 English/Scottish Yes
11 Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen[19] £12,075 n/a Scottish Yes
12 Morrison's Academy, Crieff[20] £11,940 n/a Scottish Yes
13 St. Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen[21] £11,762 n/a Scottish No
14 Kelvinside Academy[22] £11,700 n/a Scottish Yes
15 Dollar Academy[23] £11,637 £26,928 Scottish Yes
16 The High School of Dundee[24] £11,598 n/a Scottish Yes
17 The Glasgow Academy[25] £11,584 n/a Scottish Yes
18 Lathallan School[26] £11,550 £15,834 Scottish No
19 Albyn School, Aberdeen[27] £11,520 n/a Scottish No
20 The High School of Glasgow[28] £11,493 n/a Scottish Yes
21 Belmont House School[29] £11,316 n/a Scottish No
22 George Heriot's[30] £11,106 n/a Scottish Yes
23 Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow[31] £11,082 n/a Scottish Yes
24 Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan[32] £11,032 n/a Scottish No
25 George Watson's College, Edinburgh[33] £10,983 n/a Scottish/IB Yes
26 St. Columba's, Kilmacolm[34] £10,920 n/a Scottish Yes
27 St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow[35] £10,908 n/a Scottish Yes
28 Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh[36] £10,890 n/a Scottish No
29 Craigholme School, Glasgow[37] £10,800 n/a Scottish No
30 Lomond School[38] £10,725 £24,390 Scottish Yes
30 Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh[39] £10,548 £21,162 Scottish Yes
Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh
31 Basil Paterson School [40] £10,296 n/a English No
32 Fernhill School, Glasgow[41] £10,050 n/a Scottish No
33 Hamilton College[42] £9,585 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.[43] 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.[44][45]

School A/A* A-level (%) A/A* GCSE (%) HMC
1 George Watson's College 55.4 (No data) Yes
2 The Edinburgh Academy[46] 46.1 40.6 Yes
3 Fettes College[47] 45.0 68.0 Yes
4 St Leonards School[48] 43.2 41.2 No
5 Merchiston Castle School[49] 38.6 69.3 Yes
6 Loretto School[50] 37.5 49.7 Yes
7 St George's School for Girls[51] 34.8 48.9 Yes
8 Glenalmond College[52] 31.5 52.8 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 Scottish Government (Education): FAQ
  4. ^ SCIS Pupil Numbers
  5. ^ Scott, Kirsty (22 September 2009). "Parents launch campaign to promote local schools in Edinburgh". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Simon (27 May 2016). "Poor Scots 'squeezed out of university by SNP cap on places'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Ross, Shân (5 August 2015). "Scots professionals priced out of private schools". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference". Hmc.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Fees — Fettes College". 
  10. ^ "Gordonstoun School: Fees". Gordonstoun.org.uk. 
  11. ^ "Merchiston Castle School: Fees". Merchiston.co.uk. 
  12. ^ "Glenalmond College: Fees". Glenalmondcollege.co.uk. 
  13. ^ "Loretto School: Fees". Loretto.com. 
  14. ^ "Strathallan School: Fees". Strathallan.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "Kilgraston School: Fees". Isbi.com. 
  16. ^ "Edinburgh Academy: Fees". Edinburgh Academy. 
  17. ^ "Fees ~ 2015-16" (PDF). 
  18. ^ St. George's School, Edinburgh: Fees
  19. ^ "Robert Gordon's, Aberdeen: Fees". Rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk. 
  20. ^ "Morrison's Academy: Fees". Morrisonsacademy.org. 
  21. ^ St. Margaret's, Aberdeen: Fees
  22. ^ "Fees". Kelvinside Academy. 
  23. ^ "Dollar Academy, Fees". 
  24. ^ The High School of Dundee: Fees
  25. ^ "Fees". Glasgow Academy. 
  26. ^ "Lathallan School: Fees" (PDF). Lathallan.org.uk. 
  27. ^ Albyn School: Fees
  28. ^ The High School of Glasgow: Fees Archived May 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Belmont House School: Fees
  30. ^ "George Heriot's: Fees". George-heriots.com. 
  31. ^ "Hutchesons' Grammar School: Fees". Hutchesons.org. 
  32. ^ "School Fees". Beaconhurst School. 
  33. ^ "George Watson's: Fees". Gwc.org.uk. 
  34. ^ "St Columba's, Kilmacolm Fees". St. Columba's. 
  35. ^ "St. Aloysius': Fees". Staloysius.org. 
  36. ^ "Clifton Hall School: Fees". Cliftonhall.org.uk. 
  37. ^ "Craigholme School: Fees". Craigholme.co.uk. 
  38. ^ "Fees". Lomond School. 
  39. ^ "Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools: Fees". Esms.edin.sch.uk. 
  40. ^ "Basil Peterson School: Fees". Basil Peterson School. 
  41. ^ "Fernhill School: Fees". fernhillschool.co.uk. 
  42. ^ "Hamilton College: Fees". 
  43. ^ Parent Power 2008 | Scottish independent secondaries[dead link]
  44. ^ "A-level results 2015: Independent schools results table". The Telegraph. 22 August 2015. 
  45. ^ "GCSE results 2015: Independent schools table". The Telegraph. 29 August 2015. 
  46. ^ Edinburgh Academy: Exam Results
  47. ^ Fettes Results 2014
  48. ^ St Leonard's: Academic Results
  49. ^ http://www.merchiston.co.uk/about/academic-2/academic-results/ Merchiston Academic Results 2014]
  50. ^ Loretto School: Public Examinations Results
  51. ^ St George's: Exam Results
  52. ^ Glenalmond College: Academic Results