Independent schools in Scotland

Discover independent schools in Scotland – nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior – around Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and St Andrews.

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Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Scotland

Entry to pre-prep is normally in the year a child reaches age 5 but some schools offer a nursery provision for the early years as well. Prep schools start at age 8 and go through until transition to senior school at either 11 or 13 years. Some schools offer every stage from pre-prep, prep and senior providing a single school foundation for a child.

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Albyn School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Ardvreck School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Belhaven Hill School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Cargilfield Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Craigclowan Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Dollar Academy
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    ESMS Junior School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Fernhill School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Fettes College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    George Heriot's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    George Watson's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Gordonstoun School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Hamilton College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    High School of Dundee
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    High School of Glasgow
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Hutchesons' Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Kelvinside Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Kilgraston School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Lathallan School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    100 to 200 pupils

    Lomond School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Loretto School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Merchiston Castle School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Boys
  • Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Morrison's Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Robert Gordon's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    St Aloysius' College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Columba's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    St George's, Edinburgh
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Leonards School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    St Margaret's School for Girls
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    St Mary's School Melrose
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Strathallan School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    The Edinburgh Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    The Glasgow Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Senior schools in Scotland

    Entry to senior school is normally at age 11 or 13. Some senior schools also offer a pre-prep and prep, providing a single foundation for a child without the need to change schools.

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    Albyn School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Dollar Academy
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Fernhill School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Fettes College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    George Heriot's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    George Watson's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Glenalmond College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Gordonstoun School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Hamilton College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    High School of Dundee
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    High School of Glasgow
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Hutchesons' Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Kelvinside Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Kilgraston School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Lathallan School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Lomond School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Loretto School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Merchiston Castle School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Boys
  • Senior + Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Morrison's Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Robert Gordon's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    St Aloysius' College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Columba's School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    St George's, Edinburgh
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Leonards School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    St Margaret's School for Girls
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Stewart's Melville College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Strathallan School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    The Edinburgh Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    The Glasgow Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    The Mary Erskine School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils