A First-Class Education

Founded in 1870, Fettes College (above) is regularly placed as one of the top schools in the UK and has produced bishops, judges, prime ministers, politicians, celebrated authors and outstanding athletes.

Founded in 1583, The University of Edinburgh (Above) helped position Edinburgh as an intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment. Its graduates include Charles Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexander Graham Bell. It is placed 17th in the world in the 2013 QS rankings.

Edinburgh Napier University (above), founded in 1964, is a more recent addition to the city’s educational landscape.

Few cities can claim the educational reputation of Edinburgh – a city that has some of the UK’s best schools, world-leading universities and global research institutions. This passion for learning is reflected in its people; Edinburgh has the greatest percentage of working age population who have been through higher education.

In 2016 the University of Edinburgh was ranked 19th in the QS World University Rankings  and contributes more than half of the 58,000 full and part-time students attending the city's four institutions alongside Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

Nealy half of their collective undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students come from overseas, undoubtedly attracted by the city’s established reputation as a vibrant European capital and a modern business centre.

Edinburgh is also the home to 28% of all Independent schools in Scotland with a huge variety of boarding, day and specialist schools available. Alongside this, seven out of the top 50 state schools in Scotland, based on higher exam passes, are located in the Edinburgh city region.

Progressive education is also represented well in Edinburgh with many schools now International Baccalaureate (IB) accredited.