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Rural schools in Scotland

Published: 15 May 2017

List of rural schools in Scotland as at May 2017.

The Scottish Ministers use the urban/rural classification to determine which schools in Scotland should be considered rural schools and included in the Rural School List for the purposes of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

The urban/rural classification is a methodology which allows every postcode in Scotland to be classified into eight different urban and rural categories. Every school can be allocated to one of these categories based on its postcode.

A 'rural school' is defined as those located within any of three rural categories. This means that a school which, according to the urban/rural classification, is located in a settlement of under 3,000 people is classified as a rural school. in 2017, 34% of Scotland's schools are classified as rural schools.

Rural schools list May 2017.xlsx


Rural schools definition 2017.pdf

3 page PDF



Scottish Government
Learning Directorate
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

15 May 2017
Rural schools in Scotland