The top 10 benefits of an independent education


1. UNPARALLELED QUALITY Each SCIS school has a distinct ethos and values, but whether co-ed or single-sex, day school or boarding, each one will encourage your child to be the very best they can be. Schools have the freedom to tap into their passions and promote innovation in future generations.  

Take a look at all of the different types of school on offer here.  2. INDIVIDUAL APPROACH

Independent schools can offer a level of support that allows teachers the time to get to know each pupil and discover their individual needs and interests, developing skills and confidence along the way.   Read about how independent schools help children find their niche here.  3. VARIETY OF ACADEMIC CHOICE

Independent schools have the freedom to choose not only a broad range of subjects but what exam qualification best suit. The result? More choice for your child and a wealth of internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about the curriculum that independent schools offer here.


Independent schools attract talented, passionate teachers. They strive to develop a full understanding of each child’s learning style, interests and motivations and have the freedom to teach children in a way that benefits them the most.  5. CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Independent schools foster an environment where children from different backgrounds, cultures and countries can come together, feel comfortable and be themselves. This ensures that everyone feels valued, maximises their full potential and learns the value that difference provides. 6. EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Schools place as much emphasis on activities outside the classroom as they do in class. 

Independent schools offer a huge range of extra-curricular activities including sport, outdoor education and the performing arts. Specialist teaching staff are employed to help your child grow - physically, socially and in confidence. 

Read more about some of the extra-curricular activities on offer in this blog.


Independent schools invest considerable resources in technology since it’s capable of opening up so many new avenues for learning. Technological know-how, innovation, creative problem solving, transferrable skills and a global mindset are essential to tomorrow’s workforce and all are encouraged in independent schools.  8. ENGAGED PARENTS

Schools recognise the vital role that parents play in their child’s education. Family engagement improves outcomes and leads to student success and leads to a real sense of community with shared values.  

Read more about why parents are vital to the success of independent schools in this blog.


Over 90% of independent school students go on to university. Using the soft skills they have learnt at school, independent school graduates develop into good global citizens with the resilience to thrive in the 21st-century professional world. 10. HAPPY STUDENTS

Happy pupils are successful learners. Independent schools go to great lengths to support the mental wellbeing of their students and foster happiness in their classrooms. Schools also nurture a strong community spirit, giving pupils a sense of belonging and enabling them to make friends for life.

Hear from a pupil on why this independent school was the right choice for her here.

By Scottish Council of Independent Schools