Which are the best 2024 SCOTTISH schools near me?

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  • Which are the best Scottish schools near me? / top private schools in Scotland? 
  • How do the best Scottish private schools compare to the top Scottish secondary schools?
  • Which are the best Scottish private schools ? / top Scottish schools near me ?

Best 2024 Scottish state secondary schools

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Getting your child into the best Scottish school for them is all about:

  • Researching which are the highest rated schools in your local area.
  • Planning alternatives in advance – since there is of course no guarantee of your first choice working out.

  • Realistically assessing your current financial situation.


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1 Jordanhill School, Glasgow

2= St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock
2= Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh
4 Mearns Castle High School, Glasgow
5 Dunblane High School
6 Bearsden Academy
7 Williamwood High School, Glasgow
8 Gryffe High School, Houston
9 Douglas Academy, Milngavie
10 Bishopbriggs Academy
11 Cults Academy, Aberdeen
12 Banchory Academy
13 Lenzie Academy
14 Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns
15 Balfron High School
16 North Berwick High School
17 James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh
18 Woodfarm High School, Thornliebank
19= Boclair Academy, Bearsden
19= Strathaven Academy

Illuminated Heriot's School as some of best Scottish Schools 2021

Best Scottish schools 2023 from the Sunday Times best Scottish School Awards 2023

The top independent secondary schools in Scotland (Higher/Advanced Higher/National 5)

1 George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh
2 Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow
3 The High School of Glasgow
4 The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
5 St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh
6 St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen
7 The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh
8 The Edinburgh Academy
9 St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm
10 Stewart Melville College, Edinburgh
11 Dollar Academy
12 St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow
13 George Watson’s College, Edinburgh
14 High School of Dundee
15 Albyn School. Aberdeen
16 Kilgraston, Perth
17 Lomond School, Helensburgh
18 Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow
19 Edinburgh Steiner School

The top independent secondary schools in Scotland (A-levels/IB/GCSE)

1 Fettes College*, Edinburgh
2 Merchiston School, Edinburgh
3 St Leonards School*, St Andrews
4 Glenalmond College, Perth
5 Loretto School, Musselburgh

*Ranked on A-level and IB, with GCSEs

Top Scottish schools 2021

East Renfrewshire breaks new ground in this year’s Parent Power as the first local authority to have all of its secondary schools in our rankings of the top 100 schools in Scotland.

Good Scottish schools 2022

Three of its seven schools, southwest of Glasgow – St Ninian’s High, in Giffnock, Mearns Castle High, in Newton Mearns, and Williamwood High, in Clarkston – are in the top 10. Eastwood High, also in Newton Mearns, is in 11th place.


  • Last year’s rankings included six of the East Renfrewshire schools. This year Barrhead High makes it a full set, entering at 96.
  • Neighbouring Renfrewshire has only two schools in the top 100, but one of them, Gryffe High School, in Houston, is named our Scottish State Secondary School of the Year
  • It has risen to its highest ranking yet (6=) following sparkling examination results in 2019, when 69% of pupils gained five or more Highers, 89% attained five or more National 5s and 31% got two or more Advanced Highers. The ranking gives a double weighting to performance in Higher examinations.
  • As well as outstanding examination results, our School of the Year award acknowledges other factors. Gryffe High was the first school to achieve an “excellent” rating in the new-style Education Scotland school inspections.
  • The school’s long-standing strategy has been to target wellbeing, attainment and achievement.

Glasgow schools

  • The Glasgow Gaelic School and Hyndland Secondary School are among the city’s leading lights in education.
  • Edinburgh takes the honours in the perpetual battle between Scotland’s two biggest cities, with nine schools in the top 100.
  • Boroughmuir High and James Gillespie’s High, both former Schools of the Year, make the national top 10. Boroughmuir is second to Jordanhill this year.

Edinburgh schools

  • Edinburgh is also home to George Heriot’s School, the Scottish Independent Secondary School of the Decade.
  • George Heriot’s was the top-performing independent school based on those examinations – with more than 90% of Higher and Advanced Higher grades at A or B.
  • Its award recognises sustained academic excellence over the past 10 years as well as the philanthropic spirit that underpins the school.
  • Almost 140 of the current school roll of 1,650 are on full or partial fee remission through a variety of means-tested bursaries, scholarships or, uniquely, places for children who have lost a parent.
  • The school offers practical and emotional support for families following a bereavement.
  • Children of all ages are heavily involved in charity and community initiatives.
  • The oldest pupils, in S6, volunteer to look after younger children so their parents can attend support meetings without the worry of getting a babysitter.

Best Scottish schools 2022

Top state secondary schools in Scotland

  1. Jordanhill School, Glasgow
  2. Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh
  3. St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock
  4. Mearns Castle High School, Glasgow
  5. Bearsden Academy
  6. Douglas Academy, Milngavie
  7. Gryffe High School, Houston
  8. Dunblane High School
  9. Williamwood High School, Glasgow
  10. James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh

Scottish Highlands

Best Scottish schools 2022

Top independent secondary schools in Scotland

  1. George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh
  2. Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow
  3. The High School of Glasgow
  4. The Glasgow Academy
  5. St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh
  6. St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen
  7. The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh
  8. The Edinburgh Academy
  9. St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm
  10. Stewart Melville College, Edinburgh


Scottish schools League Tables 2021

Positions are compiled from the % of A grades scored at Advanced Highers.

Best schools league tables 2023

Here’s our top Southern independent schools 2023 and best East Anglian independent schools 2023. Then next our best West Midlands independent schools 2023 and our best Welsh independent schools 2023. The Best North-Eastern independent schools 2023 and best independent schools Midlands 2023. And then next are our best Northern independent schools 2023.

Next our Top South Eastern schools League Table 2022 and top schools across East Midlands 2022. The top North Western schools 2022 and . Then next our best London schools 2022. Plus, our best independent schools Northern Ireland 2023. Here are the top UK grammar schools 2023, and our best 2023 grammar schools guide. Finally, London private schools League table 2023.


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