Registration of independent schools: guidance for applicants, proprietors, and parents

Guidance covering topics topics such as how to register a new independent school or apply to amend the registration of existing independent schools in Scotland.


This guidance document has been designed for both applicants (i.e. individuals seeking to register a new independent school) and proprietors (i.e. managers of existing independent schools). It also includes information useful to parents and learners.

This document sets out information on the following

  • How independent schools are defined in Scotland
  • Where to find out information about independent schools
  • Important points of contact
  • The registration process – from application to post-registration inspection
  • The Scottish Ministers and their role in regulating independent schools
  • Who can, and cannot, investigate complaints about schools
  • Other information useful to applicants and proprietors



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