First-class, accessible schools are available throughout the Scottish Borders and overall schools performance is consistently higher than the Scottish and UK average. As well as a high standard of education - the climate, relationship with parents and the school’s ethos is also acknowledged to be of a very high standard.


  • Rolls at the 63 Primary Schools range from 6 to 400 pupils.
  • In 5 to 14 year old pupil assessments, the authority outperforms the Scottish average in reading, writing and mathematics for boys and girls in all age groups.
  • Breakfast and after school clubs are available in some schools.
  • All schools are registered as Eco schools and pay particular attention to environmental issues.


  • Rolls at the 9 Secondary Schools range from 500 to 1200 pupils.
  • Qualifications attained by local school leavers are among the highest in the country.
  • A larger proportion of school leavers enter Higher or Further Education than anywhere else on mainland Scotland.
  • Extra-curricular participation in music, drama and sports is high at both primary and secondary level.

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Did you know…

The Scottish Borders has some of the best state schools in Scotland.

37% of school leavers progress to higher and 32% to further education, a higher proportion than for Scotland as a whole.

(Scottish Government School Leaver Destination Data, 2009)