Why Choose Scotland ?

Scottish private schools have a long history of academic achievement,
making them among the UK’s leading schools
Excllence in academics, sport, music, drama & technology
Choice, costs and

There are only 100 independent schools in Scotland. Our best schools are located in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow. There are regular domestic and international flights to the main Scottish cities, making these schools easily accessible. Our  top Scottish independent schools offer exclusivity, superb facilities and a stimulating international environment and excellent preparation for further education.


In addition, Scotland’s rich cultural heritage is embodied by the schools, as they emphasise traditional values, confidence and manners, encouraging self-reliance, independence and respect for others.


These schools either follow the Scottish or English curriculum or both with National 5 as the equivalent of GCSE and then, in the 6th form either Highers/Advanced Highers or A Levels. Some also follow the International Baccalaureate (IB).


The relatively small number of independent schools in Scotland means that places are at a premium. Each school offers fantastic opportunities in terms of educational excellence and the  depth of learning, as well as bringing talented young people together and equipping them with leadership qualities for the modern world.

Scottish independent schools offer a great diversity varying in size, age range, style and atmosphere, and each has unique selling points.


Deciding to pay for your child’s education is a major step, and selecting the best independent school for your child can be complex. The culture and atmosphere of a particular school is equally important as its academic results, as these will suit different children in different ways. In addition, each independent school has its own admissions policy and entrance procedures.


There are several factors that will influence your choice of school. Our services and supportive programmes are designed to assist you throughout the process. Our bespoke advisory service will help you focus on the key issues and take you through the factors you need to consider when choosing the best school for your child.


We will prepare a shortlist of possible schools and assemble a matrix of key points about each of them, as well as organizing personal visits thereby making the process much simpler.


If you require more information, please contact us on: +44(0)7938 680 434 or by e-mail: olesya@palmerston-house.com

The advantages of placing your child with

a Scottish private school

A history of excellence in education
  • wider range of the methods chosen to educate students

  • much broader selection of subjects offered

  • small class sizes

Family atmosphere with excellent pastoral care
  • individual attention

  • excellent facilities and a wide range of extra curricular activities

  • high quality and more in-depth level of education 

Providing an environment for chidren to prosper
  • option to specialise in particular areas – academic subjects (physics, maths, etc.) or extracurricular activities (music, drama, sport, etc.).

Complete our Genius Mentor questionnaire to help select the best Private School for you child

The Genius Mentor will take you just 10 minutes to complete. Once we receive your child's details, our mentors will perform a full assessment based on our extensive experience and Palmerston's unique private school educational excellence database scorecards. We will then contact you with the results.



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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