Facts & Figures

Facts and statistics about independent schools in Scotland

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

In 2015 the survey revealed that:

  • There are 30,238 pupils in 72 independent schools - 4.3% of pupils in Scotland
  • There are 18 boarding schools with 3320 pupils - 31% of boarders are from overseas
  • SCIS schools provide at least £47million annually in fee assistance, with 26.4% of all pupils receiving some form of assistance
  • 88% of SCIS pupils go on to Higher Education with 25% continuing their studies outside of Scotland
  • The independent sector employs over 7300 teaching and support staff
  • There is 1 teacher for every 8.7 pupils in SCIS schools


















Research Manager

Alison Newlands