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Fettes College

Rank #40

School Level

Prep and Senior

Boarding Age



GCSE, A-Level, and IB Diploma Program





Boarding ratio


Basic Information & Location

Fettes College is a private co-educational independent school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located in a private 90 acre beautiful campus in the heart of Edinburgh. The closest airport is the Edinburgh Airport. The school is opened in 1870 and the majority of the students are orphans and the sons of needy parents. Since 1981 the School has been fully co-educational, with students drawn from all over the world. Fettes College was confirmed as a ‘sector leading’ school within Scotland from the 2009 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report. Within the 5 key categories it received the maximum award of ‘excellent’ in four categories with the fifth section being a ‘very good’.

Fettes College is a traditional elite school in Scotland (only 10 prestigious schools in Scotland) and is said to be “Scottish Eton”. It is the alma mater of Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the UK. There are not many Scottish in the school, a lot teachers and students are British. It is recommended to study in Fettes College but not the curriculum of Scotland. The school is not as commercial as those in the South. Some people think Scotland is cold and far, but the seasonal sceneries are stunning. The beautiful bridge in Harry Potter train scene is also located in Scotland. It will be better to go Edinburg from London than to take train from London to Norfulk.

Academic Development

Fettes College encourages their pupils to stretch and challenge themselves in everything they undertake. The school provides both IB and A-Level curricula. Pupils achieves outstanding academic results in public exams. In 2017 IB and A-Level, 56% grades were A*-A at A Level or 7-6 at IB; in GCSE, 75% of all grades were A* or A. The majority of their leavers (on average 98%) go into higher education. They achieve considerable success in gaining places at Oxford, Cambridge and other top British universities. To provide career and higher education guidance, the school will prepare Tutorial Programme for the pupils to develop transferable skills, encourage pupils to gain work experience and organize annual careers day. There will be formal career guidance and the careers staff will work in close liaison with Housemasters and Housemistresses in giving guidance about university aspirations.

Pastoral Care & Boarding

Around two thirds of students are in residence on campus. There are four boys’ (Carrington, Glencorse, Kimmerghame and Moredun) and four girls’ Houses (Arniston, College East, College West and Dalmeny) in the Senior School. In their last year, pupils move to Craigleith, the Upper Sixth co-educational boarding house. The school designed a tutorial system that all full time members of staff are attached to a Boarding House for evening duties and for academic tutoring, and each monitors a small number of pupils. Every pupil will meet their tutor once a week on a one to one basis to cover important aspects of learning. It has a Medical Centre which provides a twenty-four hour nursing service.

Extracurricular & personal development

Each term Fettes College offers numerous activities that students can choose to participate in from baking and blues guitar to knitting and econometrics. They can switch between activities each term to find new interests or choose to focus on something they already enjoy. The range of societies they offer encourages pupils to develop their reasoning and debating skills in a variety of academic subjects including Classics, Debating, Law, Politics, Science and Literature. They raise confident speaker.

Through Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Community Service and Societies, students can gain leadership skills and take on leadership roles within these clubs. To ensure all students have the opportunity to pursue sport, they offer a large number of different sporting and games options, both competitive and recreational. They are equipped with numerous grass pitches and a astroturf, a shooting range, climbing wall, and a competition sized pool. The music department offers performance chances and tuition to students who are interested in choral music and instrumental music. The department is in a brand new facility with specially designed, acoustically-enhanced teaching and practice facilities, new performance spaces, a recording studio and a new music technology suite.


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2023 Exam Results (A - Levels)

A* - A


A* - B


2023 Exam Results (GCSE)

A* - A


A* - B


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