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  • Fettes College
    Carrington Road
    Edinburgh
    EH4 1QX
  • Head: Helen Harrison
  • T 01313 116744
  • F 01313 116714
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.fettes.com
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 765 (prep 214, college 551); sixth formers: 248
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £16,500 - £28,200; Boarding £24,210- £34,800 pa
  • Open days: Individual appointments available throughout the year.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Vast Grimms' fairy tale of a building, complete with turrets, acres of wood panelling and shiny black floors. One of the admin staff reassured us as we entered: ‘Don’t feel intimidated.’ Top-rated across the board for leadership, care and well-being; inspectors described the school as having ‘a culture of kindness’. Everyone can visit their tutor to discuss how they are doing… ‘Not just academically, a confidante'...

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What the school says...

Fettes College enjoys a reputation as one of the UKs pre-eminent co-educational boarding schools and is uniquely situated in extensive grounds and woodland close to the heart of Edinburgh. Our mission is to develop broadly educated, confident and thoughtful individuals by encouraging students to flourish and develop the skills and interests that they possess.

All major sports are offered with excellent outdoor and indoor facilities including a state of the art sports centre, plentiful outdoor pitches and indoor shooting range. In total over 20 sports are offered and our Elite Athlete Training Programme provides specialist help for the most talented sportsmen and women. A wide selection of extra-curricular activities are available.

Fettes seeks bright, motivated, and curious students who possess imagination, energy, a willingness to take risks, a concern for others, and a commitment to academic and personal growth. We interviews to assess the promise of each individual applicant and to determine which students will gain the most from and contribute to all that Fettes College has to offer. We actively seek a student body that is racially, geographically and socio-economically diverse and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

A wide range of scholarships are available at 13+ and 16+ including Sport, Music, Art, Academic, Piping and All-Rounder (all can be supplemented by a means tested bursary which can cover up to 95% of the fees).
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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since June 2019, geographer Helen Harrison, who had been deputy head for over 10 years. She took over after previous head Geoffrey Stanford left after only two years, following discussions with the school’s board of governors on its 'future strategic focus'.

Head of prep school since 2003, Adam Edwards BA London (late-50s). Formerly a housemaster at Gresham's School, Norfolk. Married to Jill; three sons (all Old Fettesians) and one daughter (still at Fettes). A history graduate and a talented sportsman.

Academic matters

Prep school like a mini campus complete with chicken coop and veg garden (to tie in with science, of course). Latin early, masses of artwork on the walls, science labs in the corridors, plenty of laptop computers. ‘We decide when they can use them.’

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Special Education Needs

At Fettes College we will evaluate special needs requirements on an individual basis and provide the necessary support. 09-09

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

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