Choosing a school
Local state school
This page outlines what should happen if you choose to send your child to a local state school.
Denominational schools are run in the same way as other local authority schools. The majority of denominational state schools in Scotland are Roman Catholic.
Independent schools (sometimes called private or fee-paying schools) are privately owned and self-financing.
How do you choose a school for your child? This section provides information on some of the different options available.
Centres of excellence
Do you have a talented child? They may benefit from attending one of Scotland's six national centres of excellence – schools which allow gifted children to maximise their potential.
Special schools and units
All children in Scotland have the right to be educated in a mainstream school. However, some chidren's needs may be better met in specialist settings.
Gaelic Medium Education
Gaelic Medium Education is an option within Scottish education that gives children and young people an opportunity to become fluent in Gaelic.