Private schools make the grade as nine in 10 Highers result in a pass
Crieff, Fernhill School, in Rutherglen, Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and Wellington School in Ayr.
John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), which published the figures, said the results were a great testament to the private sector.
He said: “Scotland can be very proud. The hard work of young people, families and teachers all comes at no cost to the taxpayer.
“Consistently high attainment in the independent sector by pupils from diverse backgrounds is one part of the rounded individual experience on offer matched by extensive extra-curricular opportunities in sport, music and the arts.”
Senior pupils at Glasgow Academy show their delight after their school secured a pass rate of 97.1 per cent in Higher exams.
Just over four per cent of pupils in Scotland attend an independent school and the sector is equivalent in size to the seventh largest local authority in Scotland.
Private schools generally outperform those in the state sector in exams, but many select their pupils on the basis of their academic ability.
Last month, a survey by The Herald showed private school fees increased by an average of more than three per cent in 2017/18 – with the highest topping £25,000.
Fees for Albyn rose by 3.49 per cent to £13,175, while those at Glasgow Academy increased by two per cent to £12,023.
The fee rises come at a time when the cost of a private education is increasingly under the spotlight following the economic downturn and a drop in pupil numbers.
Private schools have also recently criticised controversial proposals which would leave them with a £5 million annual bill for business rates.
Schools said such as increase would have “serious consequences” for the employment of teachers and staff and would have an impact on tens of thousands of pupils.
A number of private schools including Fettes and Merchiston Castle, in Edinburgh, and Gordonstoun, in Moray, are not included in our table because pupils sit A-levels rather than Highers.