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When considering their child’s education, parents might question they should opt for an independent school. 

This blog will highlight the variety of benefits that an independent education presents for you and your child – from the high-quality of teaching and emphasis on wellbeing, to the sheer choice of extra-curriculars on offer not to mention the freedom of curriculum they can exercise. 

Read on to find out the reasons why you should consider an independent education for your child... 


Outstanding quality  

Every SCIS school has its own unique ethos and values, and will provide a first-rate education for your child. Whether co-ed or single-sex, day school or boarding, they will all encourage your child to be the very best they can be.  

Independent schools have the freedom to decide their own curriculums, enabling pupils to tap into their passions and promote innovation in future generations.  

Take a look at all of the different types of school on offer here.  


A niche for every pupil 

Independent schools offer an unparalleled level of support, with teachers allowed the time to get to know each pupil on an individual level. They will discover each child’s needs and interests, supporting them to develop their skills and confidence along the way.    

Read our blog on how independent schools help children find their niche here.  


Academic choice for all 

Independent schools are in the unique position of having the freedom to choose not only a broad range of subjects for their pupils, but also which exam qualification best suit their student body. The result? A huge range of choices for your child and a wealth of internationally recognised qualifications.  

Find out more about the curriculum that independent schools offer here.   


Teaching to the highest standards 

Independent schools offer a rich and rewarding experience for their staff, attracting talented, passionate teachers. They go the extra mile to discover how their pupils learn best, what motivates them and what they truly enjoy so that their classroom experience will be an enjoyable and productive one. 

 Find out how independent school teachers go that extra mile here. 


A diverse school community 

An independent school cultivates an environment in which children from diverse backgrounds, cultures and countries can come together to learn, while feeling comfortable and being themselves. This ensures that everyone feels valued, maximises their full potential and learns the value that difference provides.  

The vibrant mix of abilities and backgrounds in schools are as varied as the personalities of pupils themselves. Altogether, this makes for a dynamic and modern community that mirrors the real world and will serve your child well for the future. 

Read more about diversity in independent schools in this blog. 


Excellent extra-curriculars  

Schools know that extra-curricular activities are vital for the health and wellbeing of their students. That is why they offer a huge range of activities spanning all kinds of sports, outdoor education and the performing arts. Specialist teaching staff are employed to help your child grow - physically, socially and in confidence – through these co-curricular activities. 

Read more about some of the extra-curricular activities on offer in this blog.  


21st Century learning 

Every independent school significantly invest in the latest technology to open up new avenues for learning. They know it is essential that children are digital natives and comfortable with navigating the digital landscape, while developing their innovation, creative problem solving, transferrable skills and a global mindset, all of which are essential to tomorrow’s workforce. 

Learn more about how independent schools prepare pupils for living and working in the 21st century here. 


Actively involved parents  

Parents play a vital role in their child’s education, and schools recognise this contribution. Engagement from family improves the learning experience and leads to student success and to a real sense of community within the school. 

There are so many ways parents are encouraged to get involved. Read more about why parents are vital to the success of independent schoolsin this blog.  


Post-school success 

Scotland’s independent schools boast impressive figures for post-school success, with over 90% of students going on to university. Using the solid learning foundation and soft skills they have developed at school, independent school graduates will develop into good global citizens with the resilience to thrive in the 21st-century professional world. 


Prioritising wellbeing 

Pupils cannot succeed academically if their wellbeing and happiness is not prioritised. Schools know that happy pupils are successful learners, and they go to great lengths to support the mental wellbeing of students and foster happiness in their classrooms. 

Schools do this through a strong support network of specialised staff and by nurturing a strong community spirit, giving pupils a sense of belonging and enabling them to make friends for life.  

Hear directly from a pupil why an independent school was the right choice for her here.  



If you are considering sending your child to a Scottish Independent School, SCIS can help you with your search – use our find a school tool or get in touch with us today.