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Feeling the Pressure to Find the Right School? Relax and choose Scotland...

Scotland’s boarding schools offer something unique; a breadth and depth of education that is as rich as the landscape and culture it’s set in. Scotland is also one of the safest and friendliest places in the world to study. Combine this with an adventure-packed landscape to both explore and study, and it’s easy to see why Scotland remains such a popular choice.

Why boarding?

Whether they are large or small, located in a city or in the countryside, full-time or flexible, all Scotland’s Boarding Schools prepare students for the modern world, not only by giving them a springboard to university, but by equipping them with resourcefulness and resilience that will serve them well in a modern, changing, global world. Students are welcomed into a positive, nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure.

What are the benefits of sending your child to a boarding school?

While exam results are consistently good, the emphasis in boarding schools is on all-round education and the development of the whole person, so that students leave school as confident young people, equipped to make their way in the world.

How Boarding Schools prepare pupils for later life

The Curriculum

Because they have complete autonomy over the curriculum, all of Scotland’s boarding schools are free to offer whichever qualifications they think best meet the needs of their students. So, you will usually find that most schools offer a combination of Scottish Highers, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate depending on which course content the school feels is best for its students. The result? More choice for your child.

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Which School is right for you?

Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions a family will make. Check out our 18 vibrant boarding schools to learn more about all the amazing opportunities on offer.

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Fabulous Location

Scottish Boarding Schools offer wide, open green spaces whether it is a rural campus, or on a campus in the heart of the city. This means you will have access to plenty of outdoor areas for study, sports or to simply just enjoy nature.

Scotland has all the major European cities right at its doorstep. London is less than an hour’s flight away and Berlin is less than two. With regular flights and airports throughout the country, Scotland is easily accessible for all who wish to visit.

What Independent Schools in Scotland offer International Students


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Requirements for a Child Student Visa

In order to qualify for a Child Student Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

Child Student Visas

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