Fettes College

About Fettes College

Fettes College – A place to live. A place to learn. A place to grow.

Situated in a stunning 100-acre campus, close to the heart of Edinburgh, Fettes College enjoys a reputation as one of the pre-eminent co-educational boarding schools in the UK. Fettes is a collaborative community in which every member is working towards fully realising their potential whilst supporting those around them.

  • Excellent GCSE, A Level and IB results
  • Co-educational 7-18
  • Full boarding ethos
  • Sector leading pastoral care
  • Extensive co-curricular programme
  • Proudly Scottish with a global outlook
  • Easy access to Edinburgh Airport

Curious, creative, and kind, Fettesians are inspired to aim high whilst understanding what it means to be a good person and give back.

“Our students will leave the school knowing themselves, looking out for others, capable of thinking critically and ready to make a positive mark on their rapidly changing world. They will be bold and visionary yet compassionate; they will possess a global perspective and be ready to embrace the opportunities of the future.” – Helen Harrison, Head

Offering each of their students the opportunity to make the most of their talents and to gain a wealth of new experiences in a happy, encouraging environment, Fettes College maximises their students’ potential by affording them all the opportunities that a full boarding education can offer whilst ensuring the highest levels of care. Each boarding house is like a family and the boarding houses are at the heart of Fettes life. All senior school students – day and boarding – are part of a boarding house. Lifelong friendships are made, trust is fostered and loyalty forged. With over 60 co-curricular activities on offer, weekends at Fettes are vibrant and fun-filled.

Fettes College is renowned for the quality of education it provides, inspiring a passion for learning and a deep understanding of each subject of the curriculum. From 2023 the curriculum now includes enterprise, engineering and technology (EET) featuring lessons in Robotics, Structural Engineering, programming and 3D printing. All Third Form students will receive this education from September 2023. From September 2024 students will have the option to take EET as an alternative to one of their GCSE options and will qualify for a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ).

Boarding at Fettes College

Fettes College has nine boarding houses – four boys’ houses; four girls’ houses and one co-ed Upper Sixth form house. In the Prep School there are two boarding houses – one for boys and one for girls .

Fettes College offers full boarding, with all senior school students – day and boarding – being part of a boarding House. The boarding Houses at Fettes are central to our lives; the day doesn’t end at 4.00pm and the weekends are full and vibrant. We love our day students; they are part of the boarding Houses, and every opportunity is completely open to them, but a full boarding ethos is at our core. Lifelong friendships are made, trust is fostered, and loyalty forged. One student said, “I look back on the sense of community and togetherness that the House system fostered in each of us, and appreciate how lucky we were to grow up in such a fun and thriving environment.”


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Fettes College, Carrington Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1QX
Number of Pupils 765 (22% international)
Pupils Prep 185
Number of Boarders 417
Distance from Airports

Edinburgh Airport – 7.5 miles

Distance from London

432 miles

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Levels, IB

Co-Curricular Programmes

A plethora of superb facilities are also available to students on the 100-acre campus. Examples include a climbing wall, 25m swimming pool, fives courts, Olympic standard water-based hockey astro pitch, mountain biking tracks, recently adding robotics, Fettes Radio and the fantastic Low Ropes course which provides a unique challenge in developing leadership skills, trust and the importance of working together as a team. At Fettes, students are actively encouraged to give everything a go – unless they try what is on offer, they may never know what they could have achieved, people they could have met or the fun they could have had. With over 60 activities on offer, there is something for everyone to try.