Diversity in independent schools - where are we now?
Robin Macpherson, Head of Robert Gordon’s College, discusses the need for Scotland’s independent schools to maintain focus on diversity of all forms.
Learning in the 21st century
Ian Munro, Rector of Dollar Academy, explores the '21st century' skills that are essential for today's students - whether that is navigating the digital landscape or what they can learn from history.
Why Scotland is the perfect place to raise a family
With stunning scenery, gorgeous parks and cities, a rich culture, welcoming population and family-friendly attractions in every region – we think there’s no better country than Scotland for your family to call home.
All you need to know about the independent school application process
If you are thinking about an independent school for your child, in this blog we offer insight into the independent school application process.
How schools prepare students for the in-demand industries of tomorrow
In this blog, Dr Dale Cartwright, Deputy Head Learning and Teaching at Merchiston, discusses how schools can prepare pupils for a career in the industries of tomorrow.
Off to a good start: The value of junior school
Starting school is an exciting time for children. In this blog, Gavin Calder, Head of Junior School at Edinburgh Academy discusses the benefits of starting your child’s independent education at primary age.
The new normal at Scotland’s one-of-a-kind ‘Farm School’
Across the country, amid Covid-19 teaching staff at SCIS member schools are finding themselves navigating unfamiliar waters.
Here, we hear from Richard Toley, headmaster at Lathallan School, about how he's navigating some of these new challenges.
Why Thank a Teacher Day has never been more important
In this blog, we showcase some of the dedication teachers across the country have shown, that has seen them go above and beyond their duties as educators in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
How this Scottish school is helping everyone to stay connected during Covid-19
It’s so important to for schools to remain connected during this time of self-isolation and widespread lock down. We spoke to Mark Becher of The Compass School to hear how they’ve successfully been communicating during the Covid-19 outbreak.
How to support children and young people during Coronavirus
In an effort to get parents and carers talking to children and young people about Coronavirus, Dr Melanie Lees, a clinical psychologist at Gordonstoun has shared her advice with SCIS.
The following websites offer guidance and advice for schools. Please visit regularly as the situation is constantly evolving:
Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19
Covid-19: Specified countries and areas with imlication for returning travellers or
visitors arriving in the UK
Covid -19: Background information
Health Protection Scotland
NHS - Common questions
Funding an independent education for your child
Though many parents may feel that an independent school would be the best learning environment for their child, some find the potential cost of school fees to be prohibitive. Whilst there’s no doubt that independent education is an investment, financial support is available to help with school fees.
In this blog, we explore how you can get help towards your child’s school fees.
Health and wellbeing: The value of co-curricular activities
With an online culture that bombards them with images of perfection, young people today can often feel under pressure. In this blog, we speak to Simon Burbury at Dollar Academy about the value of co-curricular activities.
My role in an independent school: Emma Watson-Massey, Principal Teacher of Design & Technology
In this blog, we speak to Principal Teacher of Design & Technology Emma Watson-Massey about her role in George Heriot’s School.
My role in an independent school: Duncan Wright, Senior Librarian
Libraries are such a vital part of Scotland’s independent schools. In this blog, we speak to librarian Duncan Wright about his role in St George’s School for Girls.
What Scottish independent schools offer international students
Scottish independent schools can offer so many benefits to international students. In this blog, we find out what these are by speaking to Gemma Gray from Fettes College.
What are the benefits of sending your child to a boarding school?
Boarding schools offer a variety of benefits to both parents and children. Find out what they are in this discussion with Aileen Kane, director of operations at the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).
Why nutrition is so important in schools
Nutrition is so important to growing children in schools. In this blog, we talk to nutritionist Julia Hayes, from Thomas Franks, about how schools can incorporate a healthier diet for pupils and what the benefits of this are.
Scotland’s independent schools excelling in STEM subjects as SQA results revealed
As SQA exam results are released this week, we can reveal that in Scotland’s independent schools, 62 percent of pupils studying mathematics have achieved a Higher grade A, with 91 percent achieving a grade A-C.
How independent schools help with wraparound care
Wraparound care has become increasingly vital for busy working families.
In this blog, we speak to John Gilmour, Headmaster at Craigclowan Preparatory School, about how independent schools help with wrapround care.
Can you get a scholarship to an independent school?
Scholarships offer the chance for talent to be rewarded in independent schools.
In this blog, we explore the options available for those looking for a scholarship and give advice on how you can go about applying.
When do I register my child at an independent school?
When it comes to registering your child at an independent school, the thought of the application process can sometimes seem a little daunting.
We spoke to Caroline Routledge, registrar at St Leonards in St Andrews, to help de-mystify the process.
How to budget for school fees
When considering an independent education for your child, one of the biggest concerns for parents is how to manage the cost of sending them to an independent school.
With this concern in mind, SCIS spoke to Dave Roberts, Director of Chiene and Tait, a chartered accounting firm in Edinburgh.
Why an independent school was the right choice for me
Laura Walker is a sixth-year student at Robert Gordon's College.
Here, Laura talks to us about why an independent school has been the right choice for her. Read this blog to find out how Robert Gordon’s College has benefitted her development and allowed her to flourish.
How independent schools are helping to bridge the gender gap in STEM subjects
We spoke to Mark Ashmore, Head of Science at St George’s School for Girls, about the opportunities available for girls in STEM subjects and what St George’s is doing to promote the value of STEM within their classrooms.
The importance of language subjects in education
Scotland’s independent schools maintain a track record of academic excellence, and this has continued in 2018 with another set of outstanding exam results, which is only strengthened by individual and collective success in sports, art, music and other community endeavours.
Development in independent schools: the opportunities and challenges of successful fundraising
Professional fundraising is important to development in schools. Often known as ‘schools’ development’, it refers to when schools engage with their alumni, parents and other stakeholders to generate support and income toward a school’s strategic objectives.
Scottish independent schools: keeping the highest standards
Independent schools are so-called for good reason. They are autonomous in their management, governance and chosen educational path. The schools are not-for-profit, so not “private” as commonly referred to.
A guide to the independent school entrance assessment process
There are a lot of misconceptions around the independent school application process, however in reality it is a relatively straight forward process that may include some form of pupil assessment.
Whether you’re in the process of applying or just looking to find out more about the process, our guide to independent school entrance assessments will be a useful guide.
Independent nursery: How to give your child the best start in life
How beneficial are independent nurseries? We caught up with Kirsten Lancashire, who loved the experience her son had an independent nursery. Find out what she had to say.
What to expect from independent school nurseries in Scotland
It’s never too early to think about your child’s education. If you’re considering an independent education for your child, you might be interested to hear about independent school nurseries in Scotland.
Here we’ve answered some of your questions about independent nurseries, dispelled some myths and explained a bit more about what you can expect…
How an independent education can help your child find their niche
Whether it’s a love of a specific subject, a sport your child never tires of playing or an extra-curricular activity they could spend all day doing, independent schools allow children to explore their minds and abilities and find something that will get them jumping out of bed in the morning.
Independent school application process – top tips from our expert
We spoke to Jo Easton, Director of External Relations at George Heriot’s, to get her advice and expertise for those looking to apply to an independent school. Read our blog for all of her tips.
The benefits of teaching in the independent sector
As Warden at Glenalmond College, Elaine Logan knows first-hand the benefits of teaching at an independent school.
We spoke to Elaine to find out all about her career in the independent sector, read what she had to say in our blog.
The independent school fee assistance application process in Scotland
Scottish independent schools are much more easily accessible than people expect, thanks to school fee assistance. For more information on independent school fee assistance applications check out our blog.
5 ways the independent sector positively impacts the Scottish economy
How Scotland's independent sector is different
Scotland’s independent schools each have their own values, but they all have one thing in common – they all contribute to making the independent sector in Scotland stand out. Find out more in our blog.
The top extra-curricular opportunities on offer in Scotland’s independent schools
Scotland’s independent schools offer a varied choice of extra-curricular opportunities for their students to experience to help curious minds wander and uncover previously hidden talents. Find out about the top extra-curricular activities on offer in our blog.
What to expect at an independent school open day
For those considering an independent education for their child, attending open days at potential schools is a must. All Scottish independent school open days are coming up between now and mid-November, so it is a good opportunity to visit a number of schools to view their facilities and meet the teachers and students.
Find out how to get the most out of an open day in our latest blog.
What is the Barclay Review and how does it impact independent education in Scotland?
You’ve probably seen quite a lot in the news recently about the Barclay Review and its potential impact on Scotland’s independent sector. A lot of the reporting is quite speculative and not entirely accurate. As a result, we get lots of questions and enquiries about what the implications of the Review actually are - read our latest blog to find out.
Why independent school parents are vital to the sector’s success
Engaged independent school parents are passionate, not only about the success of their own children, but also that of the whole school. This creates a real sense of community with shared values.
There are a number of opportunities for parents to get involved with their child's school, in this blog we review some of them.
Can I afford to send my child to private school?
We recently spoke to Glasgow-based parent, Julie Neill, about why she chose to send her daughter to an independent school in Glasgow. Here she answers the question she asked herself at the beginning of her school search: Can I afford to send my child to private school? Read Julie's blog to hear her views.
Boarding schools in Scotland: A myth buster for international parents
Thousands of international boarding pupils come to Scotland from over 50 nations, but why aren’t more international parents sending their children to study in Scotland? At SCIS, we conducted some research among international parents to discover just that and we were surprised to discover there are a number of myths surrounding Scotland.
In this blog, we look to dispel those myths which may be deterring parents from sending their children to study here.
Scotland’s independent schools excelling in languages as SQA results revealed
As SQA exam results are released, data from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) reveals that 68% of pupils studying foreign languages have achieved a Higher grade A.
The Independent School Curriculum explained
We get lots of phone calls and emails from parents who are thinking of sending their child to an independent school but want to know more about the independent school curriculum first. Because independent schools do not rely on state funding, they have more flexibility when it comes to what they teach.
In this blog, we take a look at what Scotland’s independent school curriculum looks like and the benefits it gives your child.
Why I chose to send my daughter to an independent school
Julie Neill, like any parent, wants the best for her child. Up until 6th year, Julie’s daughter happily attended a local school in Glasgow, but unfortunately the school did not offer the advanced higher subjects she wanted to study. Because of a recommendation, her daughter now attends The High School of Glasgow and is completing her education at an independent school.
We sat down with Julie to get her thoughts on the independent education sector in Scotland.