Fettes College

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland.


School overview

  • Number of students: 500-600 (Senior), 100-200 (Prep)
  • Age range: 7-18
  • Gender: co-educational
  • Religious affiliation: all faiths
  • Exam system: GCSE, A Level and IB

School location


School address:

Carrington Road

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School profile

Fettes is one of the UK’s pre-eminent boarding schools. Founded in 1870, the school has continued to build its reputation as one of Britain’s best boarding schools. Consistently strong academic performance and an excellent track record for success in sports and the arts make Fettes College a popular choice for international students coming to the UK. The majority of pupils are full-time boarders so benefit from an engaging and busy campus life all year round. Fettes also has an excellent Prep School, within which class sizes are small enough for teachers to get to know the individual needs of every child.

Best known for...

When international students imagine coming to boarding school in the UK, they usually envisage a school that looks exactly like Fettes College. Fettes is known for its impressive historical central building which sits on the 100-acre campus close to the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Aside from its beautiful architecture, Fettes is generally regarded as one of the more traditional and prestigious boarding schools in Britain.

The experience I had at a British boarding school was truly amazing. The support I received from teachers helped me understand the subjects in more depth and helped me get into my dream university. I also enjoyed taking music lessons and am currently singing in a chapel choir as a choral scholar at Downing College Cambridge. There are so many things you can try in an excellent environment and many people will be there to support you.

Yoko from Japan, former student at Fettes College

We're here to help

We offer honest advice to help you find the best UK school for your child.

Our team provides exactly the kind of support for your child that we would want if we were sending our children overseas, and in fact, all of our staff have direct, personal experience with boarding schools.

We visit schools regularly and know them inside and out – the atmosphere they offer, the academic and social environment your child will be in - so we know where your child will fit in best.

Have a question?

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Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.

Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.

Quality you can trust

Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

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