Fettes College

About Fettes College

Fettes College

Fettes College has a long history of providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds. The College has a tradition of excellence in academic, sporting and cultural activities and they encourage the pupils to stretch and challenge themselves in everything they undertake. The pupils benefit from the wide range of activities they can enjoy in the beautiful grounds as well as being able to take advantage of the proximity of the centre of Edinburgh and the outdoors beyond.

Happy children learn. They need to have the freedom to learn about themselves, to develop confidence in their abilities and to understand how to work alongside others. Fettes College is conscious of the challenges that young people face and do the utmost to ensure a stable, caring community. Fettes College wants pupils to feel valued as individuals and fully supported in achieving their best. The School hopes to ensure that their students leave Fettes as kind, interesting, independent-minded individuals who are willing to take on responsibility and motivated to contribute to society. Fettes College’s aim for their students is to have the strongest possible foundations for their future.

Boarding at Fettes College

Fettes College has a boys’ boarding house, Arran, and a girls’ boarding house, Iona. They are a real home from home, run by dedicated and caring staff who provide support throughout the week as well as a vibrant range of activities over the weekend too.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Fettes College, Carrington Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1QX
Number of Pupils 466
Number of Boarders 464
Distance from Airports

Edinburgh Airport – 7.5 miles

Distance from London

432 miles

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Levels, IB

Co-Curricular Programmes

An expansive activities programme, a wide range of societies, stimulating talks and lectures, as well as many exciting excursions and trips. Each term we offer numerous activities that our students can choose to participate in. They can switch between activities each term to find new interests or choose to focus on something they already enjoy, from baking and blues guitar to knitting and econometrics. A range of societies encourages pupils to develop their reasoning and debating skills in a variety of academic subjects including Classics, Debating, Law, Politics, Science and Literature. Leadership.

We strongly believe in developing leadership abilities in our pupils through academics and sport. Our extra-curricular activities programme augments this and allows for focused leadership training. Through CCF, the DoE Award, Community Service and Societies, students can gain leadership skills and take on leadership roles within these clubs. International Trips. Another way in which we broaden the horizons of our pupils is to ensure that there are varied opportunities to travel internationally. Whether representing a sports team or choir, volunteering or involved in a student exchange, the benefits are immense.