Education and Schools in Edinburgh


education and schools in edinburghThe Scottish capital is regarded as a thriving educational and academic centre within the UK. Schools in Edinburgh are among the best in Scotland, and with four universities within city limits the metropolis is generally accepted as a great incubator of ideas – only second to the likes of London.

On the whole, the region caters to a wide array of educational needs, from an impressive primary school sector all the way to five star further education options.

Catchment schools in Edinburgh


State schools in Edinburgh are highly regarded and are available free of charge - as they are funded by taxes.

They operate according to a catchment system. Each area of the city is divided into a catchment area, and households are given admission priority at the school associated with their catchment.

Every catchment area contains:
  • A Non Denominational Primary School
  • A Non Denominational Secondary School
  • A Roman Catholic Primary School
  • A Roman Catholic Secondary School
Expat parents should note that the school nearest in proximity may not be the catchment school associated with their area. For this reason, if choosing accommodation according to the school you'd like your expat child to attend, it is highly recommended to conduct the necessary research to find out which areas go with which schools.

It is possible for parents to place a request with the City of Edinburgh for a school other than those that appear within your catchment, but these demands are not necessarily granted.

Expat kids will most likely miss the registration period for their school, thus it is necessary for parents to contact the school directly to see if there is available space and to register accordingly.

education and schools in edinburghPrivate (public) and independent schools in Edinburgh


Independent schools in Edinburgh, also known as public or private schools, are not funded by taxpayers money nor government agencies. Even though the state sponsored school system in Edinburgh is commendable, many expat parents still prefer to send their children to these tuition based schools because they are generally regarded as having even higher and more consistent academic standards.

Furthermore, private schools usually have fewer pupils per class, have first-class facilities and offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities.

Available space at these schools can fill up fast, but admission is not necessarily limited to a specific period of time, so expat parents can try to gain entrance for their child at various points in the school year. Sometimes children must pass an examination to satisfy admission requirements.

Other schools in Edinburgh


Expats who'd like to broaden their children's cultural horizons or who would simply prefer that their children continue with the curriculum from their home country can consider international schools, alternative learning schools like Waldorf or Montessori, or even boarding schools.

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