Facts & Figures

Facts and statistics about independent schools in Scotland

SCIS research provides information on the independent school sector in Scotland.

In 2016 the survey revealed that:

  • There are 29,647 pupils in 72 independent schools - 4.1% of pupils in Scotland
  • There are 19 mainstream boarding schools with 3072 pupils – 46.5% of boarders are from overseas
  • SCIS schools provide at least £49 million annually in fee assistance, with 26.9% of all pupils receiving some form of assistance
  • 3.2% of senior school pupils receive 100% fee assistance
  • The independent sector employs over 7400 teaching and support staff
  • There is 1 teacher for every 8.6 pupils in SCIS schools



Research Manager

Alison Newlands