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12 best boarding schools in Scotland to get quality education

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Nowadays, Scotland is one of the most popular country for educational tourism. Private boarding schools in Scotland are the alma mater of qualified, experienced and valued graduates: students easily enter world leading universities and subsequently build a successful career.

Actually, boarding schools in Scotland are real campuses where students have everything they need for study, recreation and entertainment. Local boarding schools are very well equipped to provide students the opportunity for effective studies. On campus there are cozy residences, own shops and medical centers, extensive sports infrastructure, recreational areas. Moreover, all teachers use individual approach to each student that allows to achieve better academic results and overcome language barriers.

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Pre-school education in Scotland

Preschool education in Scotland takes place in the form of preparatory courses. There is no kindergarten here. Young students attend courses in basic school subjects. Preparatory courses are accepted for children from 3 years old.

Educational system in Scotland for international students

Students studyy in elementary school in Scotland from 5-12 years. In elementary grades, teachers control students' knowledge through tests in the main school disciplines.

At the age of 11-12 years, students move to the middle stage in boarding schools, where they study for another 4-6 years. During the first four years, students study in core school subjects, which are compulsory for all. Further, students pass exams, and then get certificates of complete secondary education.

Then, students of 15-16 years can choose between continuing education on a specialized (professional) direction or get higher education. In the first case, students can immediately enter the selected technical schools or colleges. In the second case, graduates must spend an extra year in the so-called "Sixth grade" , after which they are issued another certificate of completion of high school. It allows to enter any university not only in Scotland, but also in the world, since this certificate is an analogue of the British A-level.

Studying in private boarding schools in Scotland

Despite the fact that, in general, secondary education in Scotland for Scots is provided free of charge by the Department of Education in state educational institutions, there are also a significant number of private boarding schools that accept both Scots and foreign students. The advantages of private educational institutions include the following aspects of their work:

  • A more detailed and in-depth study of disciplines than in public schools;
  • Emphasis on personal development and education of students, emphasis on the successful implementation of personal and creative potential;
  • A wide range of interest groups, additional classes and activities at will for children, educational excursions and trips, huge opportunities for playing sports in sections with teachers - all this allows students to maximize their potential, develop abilities and reveal their talents.

Summer courses in Scotland

Many of the best boarding schools in Scotland during summer holidays organize summer camps or language schools for foreign students. At the same time, various educational programs are offered: from two weeks to a month. During their stay in the camp or language school, students will not only learn English with teachers or through daily communication with native speakers and peers from around the world, but also enjoy a relaxing and rich program of activities, including various excursions, interest classes, creative groups , sports sections, etc.

During holidays in the summer camp in Scotland, children will be able to get acquainted with the rich culture of Scotland, visit its main attractions, see the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish valleys and forests, and also get a unique experience of living abroad. These language courses in the camps are especially useful for those who are only thinking about continuing their education abroad (not even necessarily in Scotland), but they have lack of good English proficiency.

Tuition fees at best Scottish boarding schools

SMAPSE helps you get acquainted with the best boarding schools in Scotland, which offer not only high school education, but also language summer camps for children and adults. Secondary education at the best private boarding schools in Scotland will cost from 25,000 to 35,000 GBP per academic year, and children's language camps - from 700 to 1,000 GBP per week in the camp.

As for English language courses for cforeign students, they will cost from 200 to 500 GBP per week of study. For more detailed information about the specifics and cost of studying at the best boarding schools in Scotland, as well as for free consultation from SMAPSE experts, leave a request at the bottom of this section of our website, or call us by phone or write a letter. SMAPSE specialists with rich experience in the field of foreign education will contact you at any convenient time.

Top 5 best schools in Scotland 2021

1 Fettes College
2   Glenalmond College Perth
3 Strathallan School
4 St. Leonards School
5 Dollar Academy

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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