Private school fees 2020: the cost of sending your child to an independent school in Scotland

Fettes College in Edinburgh is the most expensive private school to send a child to in Scotland, according to the latest set of school fees.

Fettes College is the most expensive day school in Scotland (Shutterstock)
Fettes College is the most expensive day school in Scotland (Shutterstock)

It costs £29,925 a year to send a child to the college as a day pupil for three terms, or one academic year. Boarder fees are higher still at £36,495 per academic year.

Gordonstoun School in Moray closely follows, with day fees set at £29,850 for three terms. The school's boarder fees are greater than those at Fettes College at £41,250 for a child in year 12 or 13.

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Edinburgh Steiner School fees are the lowest in the country at £8,744 for a full year.

Introduction of taxes in 2020

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It was confirmed in December 2019 that independent schools in Scotland would face new taxes when they lose their charitable status relief.

The change means that schools won't receive a relief of up to 20% on bills for non-domestic rates.

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Affected schools warned that they could be hit by a £37m bill in the first five years of the system.

Full list of independent school fees in Scotland

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All fees listed are for one academic year of study.

Schools have been listed in order of day fee costs - some schools may hold higher boarding fees than higher ranked schools.

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1. Fettes College Day fees: £29,925 Boarder fees: £36,495

2. Gordonstoun School Day fees: £29,850 Boarder fees: £41,250

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3. Merchiston Castle School Day fees: £25 530 Boarder fees: £35 190

4. Loretto School Day fees: £24,300 Boarder fees: £35,700

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5. Glenalmond College Day fees:£24,000 Boarder fees: £36,900

6. Strathallan School Day fees: £23,532 Boarder fees: £34,650

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7. Lathallan School Day fees: £19,878 Boarder fees: £27,249

8. Kilgraston School Day fees: £18180 Boarder fees: £31,035

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9. St Leonard’s School Day fees: £15,474 Boarder fees: £37,452

10. Edinburgh Academy Day fees: £14,823

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11. St George’s School Day fees: £14,700 Boarder fees: £30,435

12. International School Aberdeen Day fees: £14,525

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13. Albyn School Day fees: £14,318

14. Belmont House School Day fees: £14,052

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15. Dollar Academy Day fees: £14,013 Boarder fees: £32,427

16. Morrison’s Academy Day fees: £13,971

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17. High School of Dundee Day fees: £13,650

18. Robert Gordon’s College Day fees: £13,640

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19. High School of Glasgow Day fees: £13,470

20. St Aloysius College Day fees: £13,455

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21. George Heriot’s Day fees: £13,242

22. St Margaret’s School for Girls Day fees: £13,230

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23. St Columba’s Day fees: Boarder fees: £12,935

24. Clifton Hall School Day fees: £12,870

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25. Lomond School Day fees: £12,750 Boarder fees: £29,500

26. Hutcheson’s Grammer School Day fees: £12,649

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27. George Watson’s College Day fees: £12,555

28. The Glasgow Academy Day fees: £12,540

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29. Fairview International School, Bridge of Allan Day fees: £12,500

30. Mary Erskine School and Stewart’s Melville College Day fees: £12,423 Boarder fees: £24,927

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31. Kelvinside Academy Day fees: £12,240

32. Wellington School Day fees: £11,865

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33. Craigholme School Day fees: £11,850

34. Hamilton College Day fees: £10,305

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35. Edinburgh Steiner School Day fees: £8,744