Independent schools (sometimes called private or fee-paying schools) are privately owned and self-financing.
They are not part of the state-funded system and therefore do not receive financial support from the government.
In most cases a fee is charged to cover costs. Most schools have scholarships and bursaries available. Parents should ask for details from the school they are interested in.
All independent schools need to be registered with Scottish Ministers through the Registrar of Independent Schools (the current Registrar is Denise Brock, Denise.Brock@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk). The Registrar:
Education Scotland publishes inspection reports giving information about the education in a school. Independent schools that have boarding facilities will also be inspected by the Care Inspectorate on a twice yearly basis.
The Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) represents almost all Scotland’s independent schools. To help parents they:
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