Fettes College

Boys (7 - 18)
Girls (7 - 18)
Full Boarding
Fettes College

Fettes College is uniquely situated in extensive grounds and woodland close to the heart of Edinburgh, and enjoys a reputation as one of the pre-eminent boarding and day schools in the UK for boys and girls aged 7-18. Fettes is a creative and vibrant community, an exciting place in which to live and work.

About the school

Why 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.

We are a community which believes in mutual support and co-operation and it is this happy, purposeful environment that encourages boys and girls to flourish and develop fully the skills and interests that they possess, whatever they may be.


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.

Boarding houses are a vital part of boarding life, a caring community of students living together. A wealth of house activities cements the strong bond between housemates, younger pupils learn from older pupils and older pupils take responsibility to care for others.

Boarding at Fettes also equips students with a great level of self-reliance and motivation. They are encouraged to love learning and work diligently to achieve the best they can.

We have 4 boys' house, 4 girls'  houses and a co-educational final year boarding house akin to university halls. 



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.

We are by no means an academic hot house but we do believe that with expert tuition and encouragement, every student can maximise their academic potential.

Motivation and determination to work to the best of their abilities is just as important as academic results - the ethos at Fettes is very much about the pupils challenging themselves and working hard to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.


Uncovering Talents

A Fettes education is however so much more than academic success. 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. 

In order to unlock hidden talents and develop existing ones, we provide a wide range of opportunities, experiences and facilities. Our location in the heart of Scotland’s capital city provides a thrilling array of cultural facilities - world class galleries, theatres, and sporting venues while only  a short drive away from the wonderful Scottish hills and countryside giving the freedom to sail, climb, walk, ski and cycle.

Our students have access to 20+ sports, 40+ extracurricular activities and a full and varied programme over the weekend too – something for everyone.


Proudly Scottish

We often say how proud we are to be Scottish and 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.


Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Fettes offers a very wide range of Scholarships and Awards based on merit; there is considerable kudos attached to being a scholar or award-holder at Fettes. Academic, Art, Music, Piping, All-rounder and Sports Scholarships & Awards are available. All scholarships cover up to 10% of the fees. Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

Means-tested bursaries are available to anyone who passes the entrance examinations for Fettes Prep or Fettes College and requires financial assistance. The maximum reduction available is 100% of the fees. There is a finite amount of funding available each year. If you would like to find out more about Fettes, please contact our Registrar Harriet Marshall on 0131 311 6744 or email admissions@fettes.com and she will be happy to help.

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 208 (7 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 194 (7 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 752 (247 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £8930/term
  • Boarding Fees: £11160/term

Open Days

Although it is not currently possible to visit Fettes, members of our Admissions Department remain available to assist you and one-to-one virtual meetings can be scheduled throughout the summer.

Find out more

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Fettes College offers a very wide range of scholarships and awards given to those candidates who demonstrate high ability in one subject or in a group of subjects. There is great kudos attached to being a scholar or award-holder. Scholarships can also attract reductions of up to 10% of the fees while Awards can attract a reduction of up to 5%. Exams and interviews are used to assess candidates.

The following scholarships and awards are available:

Academic Scholarship available at 11+, 13+ and 16+
All-rounder Award available at 13+ and 16+
Music Award available 11+, 13+ and 16+
Sports Award available at 13+ and 16+
Art Awards available at 16+
Piping Awards available at 13+ and 16+

Fees Information

Reductions & Discounts
In the event that more than one sibling attends Fettes, there may be a reduction available on the total fees payable equivalent to up to 5% of the second child's fees, 35% of the third child's fees and 50% of subsequent children's fees while they are attending Fettes together.

Children of members of HM Forces may also qualify for up to a 12.5% reduction in fees.

There is a premium for direct entry into the Sixth Form, equivalent to 10% of the first year's Senior School Boarding fee. It may be paid termly on the basis of 5% of the Senior School Boarding fee for each of the two Sixth Form years.

Fettes College also offers means-tested Bursaries and Scholarships & Awards.

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Admissions Process

At Fettes, we aim to make the admissions process as relaxed and informative as possible.Our Registrar, Mrs Harriet Marshall and her assistant Mrs Joanna McVicar will be your main points of contact throughout the admission process and will be happy to discuss any questions you may have along the way.

Here is an example of the most common path to entry at Fettes:

Stage 1: Requesting a prospectus
Most families will initially request a prospectus and then get back in touch with us with further questions. We would also recommend you take a good look through our website.

Stage 2: Individual visits
We can arrange a visit at a time that is convenient for you and your family, but please give us as much notice as possible so we can guarantee your chosen date.
Admissions visits to Fettes comprise of a pupil-led tour, a meeting with the Headmaster, Housemaster or Housemistress as appropriate and time for questions with the Registrar.

Coming during term time is best as you get to see Fettes Prep and/or Fettes College in full swing with students and staff going about their daily life.

Stage 3: Taster Days
To allow your child to gain a true understanding of life at Fettes, we would encourage them to have a taster day to shadow current pupils and stay overnight in one of our boarding houses if appropriate.

Having the opportunity to meet some potential future classmates and get to know the staff and facilities can be a real benefit to prospective students whether considering day or boarding.

Stage 4: Registering your child
If you then wish to register your child for entry, we will provide the necessary forms and talk you through the rest of the process. By registering your child, we will automatically keep you updated with information regarding entry exams for your children as well as future events at Fettes which may be of interest.

Finding out more

Carrington Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1QX
0131 311 6744
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Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 208 (7 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 194 (7 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 752 (247 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £8930/term
  • Boarding Fees: £11160/term

Open Days

Although it is not currently possible to visit Fettes, members of our Admissions Department remain available to assist you and one-to-one virtual meetings can be scheduled throughout the summer.

Find out more