Fettes Prep is one of the country’s finest boarding and day schools for boys and girls aged 7-13 situated in 90 acres of woodland close to the heart of Edinburgh. We share the wonderful facilities of Fettes College including a wealth of sports fields, competition sized pool, astroturf pitches and indoor sports hall. Our recent HMIe report branded us 'sector-leading' with the pastoral care and highest standards of teaching coming in for particular praise.
Life at Fettes prep School is full of opportunities. Every child will experience specialist teaching, active music, drama and art, countless residential trips and competitive inter-school sport. As a boarder or a day pupil, girls and boys begin to develop a healthy independence in an environment full of loving kindness. Fettes Prep School is an exciting and creative place!
Scholarships and Bursaries
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+
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.
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.