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  • Fettes College
    Carrington Road
    EH4 1QX
  • Head: Mr Michael Spens
  • T 01313 116744
  • F 01313 116714
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 763
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £14,970 - £25,545; Boarding £23,385 - £32,340 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, turreted and with acres of wood panelling and shiny black floors (are they granite or stone flag underneath the tarry surface?) purpose-built in 1870 by Bryce. Part of the main building still has the original steam-driven heating which starts up twice a day with alarming groans and wheezes - ripe for the engineering museum, methinks. Keen drama with imaginative productions; pupils often perform at the Edinburgh Festival (and win awards). Frankenstein the most recent production with over 100 pupils involved...


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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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Since 1998, Mr Michael C B Spens MA (60s), educated at Marlborough and Selwyn College Cambridge, where he read natural sciences. Came to Fettes after five years as head of Caldicott, having previously spent 20 years at Radley, where he was housemaster and taught geology, after a short spell in business. The transition between junior and senior schools is always an interesting one, but Mr Spens has weathered his double change with charm and élan – one might say nonchalance, but that would be harsh, and misleading; quarter is not easily found here: there is a tightly-wound spring beneath the cultivated appearance of charm and relaxation. Expect zero tolerance on the drugs front, 'The students don't want it around', and the Fettesian druggy alcy image no longer makes headlines in the Scottish press. Fettes...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
Not Applicable
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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