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Independent schools in Scotland maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome applications from all backgrounds

What is an Independent School?

Independent schools in Scotland are responsible for their own management, which allows them the freedom to let passionate teachers create educational experiences that meet the needs of the children and young people whom they teach.

• They may be coeducational or single sex
• They may be governed by an autonomous board of Governors/Trustees
• They may be day schools, boarding schools, or a combination
• They may be Complex Additional Support Needs schools
• They offer a growing range of financial aid in the form of fee assistance
• They provide an exceptional range of extra-curricular opportunities that include: community service, sport, arts and international travel
• They offer a range of subjects from different examination boards including Scottish Qualifications Authority exams, GCSEs, A-Levels and International Baccalaureate
• They promote regular communication between children and young people, parents and teachers to ensure everyone is working towards the same goals

Choosing a School

Parents choose to send their children to independent schools for many different reasons, but above all, they choose independent schools because they feel a particular independent school will best serve their child and their child’s social and educational needs. You can find a full lst of independent schools here.

All independent schools in Scotland have their own unique ethos and values, but they share a common goal of encouraging each individual pupil to be all that they can be, and to make the most of their time at school. They enjoy a reputation for wide subject choice, a focus on extra-curricular pursuits, smaller pupil/teacher ratios and consistently strong exam results. The choice of mainstream schools is wide and there are also special schools that provide care and education for children with additional support needs.

‘Both inside and outside the classroom there is no shortage of opportunity for your child to discover their talents and true potential.’

Open Days

When selecting a school there is no substitute for seeing the school in person. Most schools have Open Days when prospective parents and pupils can visit the school during a working day. You'll be able to visit classrooms, and often pupils will show you round and talk to you about their school.

All schools also encourage visits from prospective families at any time during the school year. Staff will be delighted to answer any questions that you may have.