The colonial mindset of fee-paying schools in Scotland is revealed by their choice of the English A-Level curriculum over the Scottish Higher curriculum, in an effort to gain advantage in entry to Oxbridge and from there into membership of UK elites.
In the Herald today, this ‘top school’ and ‘one of Scotland’s most renowned independent schools’, turns out to be Clifton Hall in Edinburgh:
It looks oh-so ‘top’ but is it?
Well it’s not even a ‘top’ independent school. If you want your progeny to get the A grades they need to get into the ‘best’ universities, it doesn’t make the grade:
It’ll be better than those scruffy comprehensives in the state sector though? Nope.
The highest scoring state schools do better than any private school. Five Highers are far better than a couple of scraped A levels.
Here are the ‘top’ Scottish schools:
Footnote: I don’t subscribe to the idea of ‘top’ schools in this sense at all, of course.