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Belhaven Hill Private School

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Description of Belhaven Hill Private School

  • Year of foundation: 1923
  • Location: Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 7-13
  • Number of students: about 110
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of education: mixed private school.

Located in East Lothian, Belhaven offers its students excellent opportunities to get off to a better start, instilling in them ideals of courage, reverence and creativity.

The school is open to both day students and boarders. A skillful combination of close attention to the needs of students, pastoral care and children's ambitions allows you to achieve amazing results.

Educational process

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Things to know about

Belhaven is considered one of the leading British preparatory schools, serving the largest public British schools. It is a hospitable place, ready to become a second home for students from abroad. Many families have studied in Belhaven for generations, making their choices with an emphasis on a high level of quality of education, pastoral care, excellent full board and an excellent location on the east coast of Lothian.

The school is distinguished by an easy threshold of entry for expat students, a multicultural approach (there are strict quotas for the representation of children from different countries).

The course for foreign children lasts from 7 years (3rd grade) to 13th (8th grade).

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Belhaven Hill Private School

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from 38900.00 £ / year
from 38900.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The school is located in Dunbar, a 40-minute walk from the center of the Scottish capital, on a picturesque coast in the middle of a park. It was founded in 1923 and boasts a long and rich history. However, they are not going to focus on the past here: today it is one of the best boarding schools in Edinburgh and Scotland of co-education, offering both a full-time section and a boarding school for children aged 7 to 13 years. Along with these models, the school offers a "one day off at school, one at home" scheme, which is considered an ideal balance for students of a preparatory school.

Activities Belhaven Hill Private School

Along with a full-fledged curriculum, the school offers many additional activities. Their set can vary and ranges from hut building and hiking and biking over rough terrain to seasonal craft and cooking exercises. There is also a chargeable breakfast and extended day club for pupils. Both clubs operate on a daily basis, which provides supervision and care for full-time students from 7:45 to 19:00. In both formats, children are provided with hot meals and take advantage of all the opportunities available to students of the boarding school.


  • Exceptional, comprehensive interdisciplinary education;
  • Comprehensive training combining academic, sports and extracurricular components;
  • Individual approach, due to the modest size of classes;
  • Attentive and caring teachers;
  • Excellent results of entrance examinations and high academic performance;
  • Good academic results: many children successfully enroll in the best high schools in the UK, including Eaton and Arundel;
  • Beautiful campus in a park area and great opportunities for sports;
  • Magnificent views of East Lothian and proximity to Edinburgh;
  • Family atmosphere combined with pastoral care;
  • Loyal alumni community
  • Old Belhavian with good connections in the UK and beyond,
  • One of the two independent boarding schools, working around the clock and seven days a week, in Scotland,
  • Accepts daytime children from 6 years old, who also use the boarding house.

Facilities and equipment at Belhaven Hill Private School

The gates of the school open a large and diverse infrastructure, ranging from golf courses descending to the beach of Belhaven Bay and ending with equipment for surfing, downhill and water skiing, not to mention more traditional activities and leisure formats.

The school is well equipped and offers a rich sports program, including rugby, cross-country, hockey and cricket, tennis and athletics exercises, as well as swimming in an outdoor heated pool (or an indoor pool within dunbar).

Music and performing arts classes are an important activity; all students can take part in concert activities or performances year-round. Classes and electives are held in a new modern complex, which can offer classes as part of a folk or academic choir, musical groups of various directions under the supervision of experienced and professional personnel. 90% of schoolchildren play one or more musical instruments.

Admission dates and extra charges

A non-refundable fee of £500 and a deposit of £750 will be charged at check-in to confirm registration for the following year.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

There are no formal requirements and entrance tests. The decision on admission is made on the basis of an informal interview.

Scholarships Belhaven Hill Private School

Belhaven Hill School was founded as an educational charity, so the Board of Governors set the task of making education here accessible to everyone, regardless of the financial situation of the family.

The school provides the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pay for tuition, the discount can be up to 100%. The basis for appropriation is a means test, taking into account such factors as family income, financial stability and others. For evaluation, the school resorts to an independent audit. Scholarships are checked annually for neediness, and their amount may be revised depending on changes in the financial situation of the family.

Along with the scholarship, there are other forms of support. To help students cope with the additional costs, the school created the Eagle Foundation. Scholarship recipients can seek assistance in covering additional costs in order to keep up with their peers. Such costs may include (but are not limited to) the following: uniform fees, travel to and from school, extracurricular activities, school excursions, etc.

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