The best private schools in Glasgow

There are a number of independent and private schools in Glasgow, catering to students of all age groups and religious backgrounds.

Below, we’ve taken an in depth look at five of the best.

The Glasgow Academy

One of the finest independent schools Glasgow has to offer, The Glasgow Academy was founded back in 1845 and has consistently been one of Glasgow’s best performing schools ever since. 

In terms of examination performance, as of 2022, 81% of their Higher entries, 59% of their Advanced Higher entries and 86% of their National 5 entries all received an A at their respective levels.  

The average pass rate in 2022 was also 97%. 

The school is mixed, accepts pupils aged 3-18 and was featured on The Telegraph’s Top 10 Best Value Schools in the UK list on four separate occasions (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021).

Hutchesons’ Grammar School

In terms of legacy, Hutcheson’s Grammar School has quite the formidable one. 

Being founded in 1641, Hutcheson’s Grammar School has the distinction of counting the very first female lawyer in the UK, Madge Easton Anderson, amongst its alumni. 

In The Times’ 2022/2023 list of the best Scottish Independent schools, Glasgow was represented by two secondary schools – one of which was Hutcheson’s Grammar School. 

The school is mixed and accepts pupils aged 3-18

St Aloysius’ College

A well-respected catholic school, St Aloysius complements their incredibly high educational standards with a culture of respect, acceptance, resilience, and gratitude – inspiring students to take learnings from Jesus and incorporate them into their day-to-day lives. 

The school has consistently received Good ratings from Ofsted – having achieved this grade during both their 2015 and 2019 inspections. 

The school also has an excellent reputation when it comes to sports, with its U16 rugby team having won the Scottish Rugby U16 School’s Cup final in 2016 and its U18 1st XV team having won the School’s Shield final in 2022. 

The school is mixed and accepts pupils aged 3-18.

Kelvinside Academy

Placing a strong focus on individual learning, Kelvinside takes a strong stance against one-size-fits-all academic practices and rather focuses on helping each of their pupils find what they’re naturally drawn to. Indeed, their slogan on their website reads “It’s your future. Who do you want to be?”

By taking this approach rather than forcing a child into a box, they are able to foster a lifelong love for learning and a great sense of personal achievement. 

Indeed, their website’s homepage even features a mini game where a child is able to pick which career path they’d like to pursue, 

The school is able to give each child such a high level of one-to-one attention by keeping their classes small, meaning that each child is able to feel truly heard. 

The school is a mixed school and accepts children aged 3-18. 

High School of Glasgow

The oldest of the private schools in Glasgow, the High School of Glasgow school is also the oldest school in Scotland, being around in one form or another since 1124. 

Today, some 900 years later, it is still one of Scotland’s standout schools. As recently as 2017, The Times listed the school as the Best Independent School in Scotland for SQA results and in 2022, the school reported a 97% overall higher pass rate for its fifth year pupils in the 2021-22 diet. 

This academic institution also offers over 100 extra-curricular activities to its students and has in recent years introduced a number of new purpose-built facilities, including a 2-story science building. 

The school is a mixed school and accepts children aged 3-18.