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An Opportunity to Find the Right School Environment for Your Child

As a parent, it’s natural to want to give your child every opportunity to discover what they’re good at and what they love doing in a safe and supportive environment. Which is why, in Scotland we are very fortunate. We have a wide range of first-rate independent schools to choose from. So whether you have a tech-loving future internet entrepreneur on your hands, or a child who craves hours of fresh air and exercise every day, Scotland’s independent schools can offer you the freedom to find the right educational environment for your son or daughter.

You have a choice of: 

  • Single sex or co-educational schools.
  • Large and small schools in both urban and countryside settings.
  • Day schools, boarding schools and those who offer both.
  • Schools equipped to deal with Complex Additional Support Needs

A healthy and diverse mix of backgrounds

Scotland has always placed great value on education, and today around 30,000 children and young people attend an independent school. One in four pupils received financial assistance with fees in 2016-2017, while nearly a third of boarders came from overseas.

The healthy mix of abilities and backgrounds that abound are as varied as the personalities of the children themselves. Altogether making for a vibrant and modern community that mirrors the real world and will serve your child well for the future.

Nursery girls in dance class

Greater choice

Independent schools offer an exciting array of new experiences your child can wrap around their academic day to help them grow both physically, socially and in confidence. 

More sporting choice

  • Athletics
  • Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain-biking
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Curling
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Aerobics
  • Hillwalking
  • Rowing
  • Rifle Shooting

More arts choice

  • Orchestras
  • Concert Bands
  • Jazz Bands
  • Pipe Bands
  • Drama
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • String Quartet
  • Drama

More opportunities

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force
  • Outdoor Education
  • Young Enterprise
  • Community Service

More subject choice

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Classical Studies
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Drama
  • Environmental Science