George Watson's College named in top ten value independent schools

George Watson's College named in top ten value independent schools

Published on 16 September 2019

We are delighted to announce that, once again, our school has been named in the top ten best value independent schools in the UK by The Telegraph. 

The list comprises the top ten independent schools offering value for money in terms of their curriculum, exam results, sports, music and extra curricular activities. 

Our school was one of only two Scottish schools to be included on the list, and the only one in Edinburgh. 

The article reflects our school’s academic excellence, stating that over 90 per cent of our school leavers carry on to higher education. It also reflects our commitment to equip our pupils for the modern world, our school’s legendary sporting status and our commitment to taking our charitable status seriously. 

‘The school has a technology centre devoted almost entirely to electronics, up-to-date science labs, and Mandarin Chinese is on offer as a language.Sports-wise, the school is famed for its rugby and has a huge choice of sports clubs, in addition to 80 other clubs and societies.

‘Sir Chris Hoy and former rugby internationals Gavin and Scott Hastings are former pupils. Money wise, pupils may apply for short term financial help at any stage, there are up to 11 academic and music scholarships annually, and a variety of bursaries offer assistance too.’

Our Principal, Melvyn Roffe, said: "I am very pleased that George Watson's College has been identified by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ten best value schools in the UK. 

“Our aim is to provide an outstanding education for our pupils whilst seeking to ensure that a Watson's education can be available to a wide range of fee-paying families. We also support pupils with bursaries under our Foundation Places programme. It all helps to ensure that Watson's remains a friendly, successful and inclusive school."

Read the full article on The Telegraph website here: 

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