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Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland

School Details
School Crest
Carrington Road,
Edinburgh, Scotland,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 131 311 6701
Fax: +44 131 311 6714

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Mr M C B Spens

Mrs Harriet Marshall

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
7 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Scholarship or bursary exam, Taster days, Common Entrance, Entry test or exam, GCSE results, Interview, Registration, Report from previous school, Visit school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Music, Other bursaries, Sport, Siblings, Financial need, Senior school entry, All-rounder, Teaching, Drama, Other scholarships, Choral, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, 6th Form, Academic, Junior school entry, Means tested bursaries, Art

What we offer

  • Economics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Classics
  • Business studies
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Photography
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • English
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Ancient Greek
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Rounders
  • Fitness training
  • Fencing
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Lacrosse
  • Archery
  • Netball
  • Martial arts
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Horse riding and management
  • Canoeing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Adventure training
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Rock climbing
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Chess
  • First aid/life savers
  • Young Enterprise
  • Orienteering
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Language club
  • Yoga
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Head PhotoWhy Fettes ?
Fettes College has over 5,000 Old Fettesians who remain in touch with us for one very compelling reason: being educated at Fettes was one of the most important and beneficial aspects of their lives.
Fettes is where their confidence was built, horizons broadened, talents nurtured and life-long friendships made. Where they achieved exam success, broke sporting records, were inspired by teachers and learnt the skills which would equip them for later life.
Fettes is where they were enthused, praised and encouraged to work hard and achieve the very best they could, while being surrounded by like-minded peers and caring staff.
To this day, a Fettes education is an incredible start to life.

The Individual
Our mission at Fettes is to develop broadly educated, confident and thoughtful individuals who are prepared for life after Fettes and all the opportunities and challenges it will bring.

24/7 Education
Fettes strongly believes in the benefits of boarding and the positive impact it has on the lives of our students – whether boarding or day. Small class sizes, superb facilities and the luxury of time means that our students have a wealth of opportunities to expand their horizons. Being surrounded by supportive teachers and like-minded contemporaries gives our students the encouragement to try their very best in everything they undertake.

The Care and Welfare of our students is fundamentally important to us as we know that a happy, supported child will flourish.
“I look back on the sense of community and togetherness that the House system fostered in each of us, and appreciate how lucky we were to grow up in such a fun and thriving environment”
Fettes is renowned around the world for the quality of education we provide which naturally includes superb academic results. Students study for GCSE and I-GCSEs and then choose between A Levels or the IB. We provide the choice of curriculum simply because this ensures we play to the strengths of all of our students.

Uncovering Talents
The skills and talents of each of our students is recognised and rewarded whether that be in the classroom, on the sports field, in the concert hall, on the stage or in the gallery. We are incredibly proud of the level and variety of achievement that our students achieve – a true reflection of an all-round education.
Proudly Scottish
We fully embrace all that Scotland has to offer us. However, we are never parochial or short sighted. Although the vast majority of our students come from the UK, we have 40 countries around the world represented from both expat families and those whose families live abroad. This gives the Fettes community a unique mix of cultures, outlook and experiences which adds richness. We very much prepare our students for life in a global society. With the core skills they learn, they are equipped to live, work and succeed anywhere in the world.
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