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Palmerston House Educational Services specialises in arranging educational and cultural tours and placements in Scotland.

We are committed to offering an individual approach, professional advice and cost-effective service prior to and throughout your or your child’s stay in the UK.

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"I could not wish for a better opportunity for my daughter than the chance to study at such a prestigious school."

 

Parent

We Place Children at Exclusive Boarding Schools in Scotland

Scottish private schools have a long history of academic achievement,
making them among the UK’s leading schools

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All of these schools offer
  • An excellent, well-balanced curriculum;

  • Effective approaches to developing each individual child’s potential;

  • High academic standards achieving a high A Level pass-rate and later going to Russell Group Universities;

  • Small class sizes;

  • Assistance for students to exceed their expected academic results at GCSE/IGCSE and A Level;

 

  • An inclusive family atmosphere and excellent pastoral care;

  • Music is central to school life – choirs, orchestras, ensembles and various bands are on offer;

  • Participation in sport and physical activities is encouraged and team achievements are high by national and global standards;

  • An impressive array of extra-curricular facilities and activities

Some of these are nearly 200 years old, and boast a long list of famous and influential former pupils, including politicians, scientists, artists, writers, poets, actors and sports personalities.

 

These elite schools recorded their best ever results at English A Level and Scottish Advanced Higher exams in 2015, with 92% achieving grades A-C and more than 50% attaining A and A*.

 

Boarding schools provide an excellent foundation for university, preparing children for A Level, IB and Scottish Higher exams, for entry to top faculties around the world.

 

St. George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

Founded in 1888,  St. George's is a day and boarding school with 743 girls, aged 2 to 18

Scotland's Premier
All-girls School
Located in Edinburgh's Privileged West End
Consistent Top Performer
in National Examinations

Scotland’s premier all-girls school, St. George’s School consistently performs well in national examinations. Located in Edinburgh’s privileged West End, it is a day and boarding school with excellent learning and sports facilities. Girls can compete with other schools in hockey, tennis, athletics, netball, badminton, squash and cross-country running.

 

The school is designed specifically for girls, and its ethos is to promote high expectations, gain confidence and develop ambition, so that students can fulfil their potential, benefitting from the single-sex environment. Many girls go on to study at the UK’s top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics and King’s College London.

 

Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

Founded in 1833,  Merchiston Castle is a day and boarding school with 743 boys, aged 7 to 18

All-boys School With
A Proud History
Located in Edinburgh,
The Capital of Scotland
School To Some of Britain's Top Businessmen

Founded in 1833, Merchiston has a proud history of educating boys that have gone on to become some of Scotland and Britain’s top businessmen and athletes.

 

Its main academic strengths are in science, engineering and mathematics,

while it ranks among the top schools in the UK for sport.

 

The school’s fabulous grounds, located in southwest Edinburgh, combine beautiful old buildings with impressive sports facilities (swimming pool, rugby and football pitches, tennis courts, golf facilities) and high quality accommodation. Many students thrive in the boy-only environment, with around five pupils per year progressing to Oxford or Cambridge.

Strathallan School, Perth

 

Founded in 1913,  Strathallan is a day and boarding school with 550 boys & girls, aged 9 to 18

Outstanding
Co-education School
Located Less Than
An Hour From Edinburgh
Situated in 153 acres of beautiful countryside

Strathallan School was founded in 1913 and its focus remains on providing outstanding education, academic, social and extra-curricular elements, which give opportunities for all pupils to excel, developing their ability to benefit themselves and others.

 

The school also prides itself on its sporting prowess, with some of the country’s

finest sports facilities, including its own golf course.

 

While the school is less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and close to the city of Perth, it is located within 153 acres of beautiful countryside, and is truly the best choice of school for boys and girls who want to concentrate on studies and sports, avoiding the distractions of city life.

The top university destinations for Strathallan pupils include Oxford, Edinburgh and Durham.

Loretto, Musselburgh (Edinburgh)

 

Founded in 1827,  Loretto is a day and boarding school with 615 boys & girls, aged 0 to 18

Rigorous Academics, &
A Strong Sporting Culture
Scotland's First & Oldest
Boarding School
Europe's Premier Golf School

Scotland’s oldest boarding school, Loretto was founded just outside Edinburgh in 1827. It has a proud history, with a number of famous and successful former pupils. Its ethos – Mind, Body, Spirit – is emphasised through a rigorous academic programme and strong sporting culture.

 

With its brand new indoor golf facility and Golf Academy, and its location on Scotland’s ‘Golf Coast’, Loretto is considered to be the premier golf school in Europe. It is no wonder that the school team is the best in the UK.

 

Loretto is also well known for its prestigious Steinway-only music department.

Boys and girls at Loretto achieve great results in academics, music and in sport.

Fettes College, Edinburgh

 

Founded in 1827,  Fettes is a day and boarding school with 670 boys & girls, aged 7 to 18

Fettes - Eton
of The North
Stunning Buildings in Central Edinburgh
Scotland's Most Famous Boarding School

Steeped in history, Fettes is perhaps Scotland’s most famous boarding school. Its mission is to develop broadly-educated, confident and thoughtful individuals who are prepared for the opportunities and challenges of life after school.

 

Founded in 1870, the school is located in Edinburgh, and is often known as the ‘Eton of the north’. Former pupils have gone on to achieve success and fame, particularly

in the fields of politics and sport.

 

In addition to the English A-Level system, it also offers the European International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, attaining excellent results in both.

 

Many Fettesians progress to top UK universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, and St Andrews.

St. Mary's Music School, Edinburgh

"Coming to St. Mary's has been great. It has given me amazing opportunities to develop musical skills, lots of personal attention that has helped my learning and I'm excited about my future."

Douglas (16)

 

Founded in 1880  St. Mary's is a day and boarding spcialist music school with 80 boys & girls, aged 9 to 19

Specialist School For
Talented Young Musicians
Located Near The Stunning
St. Mary's Cathedral
Superb Academics - 100%
A Level Pass Rate

Located near the stunning St. Mary’s Cathedral in central Edinburgh, St. Mary’s Music School is a specialist school for talented young musicians. Its small size and limited number of places not only make the school exclusive, but ensure that it retains a very strong family atmosphere, making students feel comfortable to express their artistic talents.

 

With only 80 pupils, children are given far more one-to-one time with teachers than at other schools, as is shown by its record of superb academic results, including a 100% pass rate at A Levels in 2015.

St. Mary’s Music School gives students regular performance opportunities throughout Edinburgh and abroad as well as the chance to join national orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

 

Students progress to some of the world’s best conservatoires and universities.