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Founded in 1818, this is the oldest co-educational day and boarding school in the world. No denying the wow factor as you drive through the entrance and are struck by the fine Doric façade and grand neo-classical design of the Playfair building, comparable to the swishest of Edinburgh’s schools. It’s the setting that really steals the show, however - a stunning 70-acre campus, surrounded by the beautiful Ochil Hills. Super strong academics. Most pupils consequently gain ...


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What the school says...

Our boarding community is at the core of Dollar Academy, and has been for over two hundred years. We are proud to be the world’s oldest co-educational day and boarding school.

Dollar Academy is one of the top academic schools in the country and offers the widest range of subjects in Scotland. We strongly believe, however, that some of the greatest lessons take place outside of the classroom, and our vast co-curricular programme incorporates over 70 cultural, service and sporting opportunities.

Boarders aged 10-18 live in period houses that balance traditional charm with modern comfort and style. Our houses are run by Houseparents who view the young people in their care as an extension of their own family. With hundreds of day pupils living in Dollar itself, our boarders also make strong friendships outwith the houses. With Edinburgh and Glasgow less than an hour’s drive away, Dollar is perfectly placed to offer well connected country living.
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Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Ian Munro BSc PGCE MA (30s). Flood of media attention when first appointed as youngest-ever head (aged just 34) in the independent sector when at Kelvinside in Glasgow. But his time there was short lived – ‘The opportunity to lead Dollar was too great to pass over. It’s a top Scottish school.’

Born in Aberdeen, he was state school educated at Hazlehead before moving over to the independent sector to George Heriot’s School in S3. Degree in zoology, followed by a PGCE biology, both from Edinburgh. Never resting on his laurels and with a passion for learning, gained a master's from Cambridge in educational leadership and school improvement, and recently completed leadership distance learning course with Harvard. Formerly a teacher at Heriot’s (head of year and biology) and...

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Special Education Needs

The school has a Support for Learning department, but most children cope adequately on a normal timetable. A small number of children receive extra support either in class or by extraction. We try to integrate pupils into classes as much as possible. For more information, please visit:

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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