Development & Fundraising

What are independent schools?

Development and fundraising

Scotland’s independent schools are part of the rich tapestry[1] of the education system.  Some schools can trace their origins to the early centuries of the Scottish kingdom.  Others are the products of mercantile philanthropy in the 17th and 18th centuries, some of the classical and progressive thinking of the Enlightenment and Victorian times.  Yet more are the products of post-World War II changes in education.  All retain the same commitment to excellence, diversity and choice; whether single-sex or mixed, day or boarding, all-through or preparatory, urban or rural, comprehensive or selective.
Every school seeks to develop and maintain strong, lifelong links with their alumni and their families.  This helps sustain the life of, and engagement with, the school community but also provides a direct input into the education of current pupils, through careers advice, extra-curricular involvement or specific fundraising for large developments.  Fundraising is undertaken to support major facilities developments and to enhance the bursary provision of each school to enable access for pupils of all means.
Visit the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE)  for further details.

Independent schools in membership of SCIS are registered with the Scottish Government Schools Directorate (Registrar of Independent Schools) and are subject to inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education (now part of Education Scotland) and the Care Inspectorate .

[1] Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell MSP -