Primary & Secondary Education

Learning in the Highlands for those of primary & secondary school age is delivered through the region's 29 secondary schools and their associated primary schools. A resource for finding schools local to the area you are interested in can be found on the Highland Council’s School Catchment Map.

Information for parents and children on individual schools can be found at the Highland Council’s Schools Handbook page.

Information on inspection reports, attainment results and attendance for individual schools can be found at


The Highland Family Information Service provides information on registered childcare and pre-school education services in Highland, including:

•Registered childminders

•Registered after school clubs

•Registered day care nurseries

•Registered pre-school education providers - local authority, voluntary and private

The Care Inspectorate  is the scrutiny body responsible for inspecting individual services including childminders and children’s daycare, providing regular reports and inspections.

Further & Higher Education

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is the provider of Further and Higher education in the region. Achieving University status in 2011, UHI is made up of a network of 13 colleges spread across the Highlands, including Inverness College which is based on UHI’s new multi-million pound campus . More information on courses and student life can be found at the UHI website.


The Scottish Government has long-term plans for Gaelic to be taught in every primary school in Scotland, and Education Scotland has said that Gaelic should be put at the centre of an ambitious plan to teach children two languages other than English at primary school.

The Highland Council believes that Gaelic medium education is of critical importance in reversing the decline of Gaelic in the Highlands, especially where supported by opportunities for young people to use Gaelic in the home and community.

Tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba air planaichean fad-ùine a chur air bhog gus a’ Ghàidhlig a theagasg anns gach bun-sgoil ann an Alba. Tha Foghlam Alba air a ràdh gum bu chòir dhan Ghàidhlig a bhith aig teis-meadhan plana mòr-mhiannach gus dà chànan cèin a theagasg do chloinn sa bhun-sgoil.

Tha Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd a’ creidsinn gu bheil foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig a’ riochdachadh an dòchais as fheàrr gus an crìonadh sa Ghàidhlig anns a’ Ghàidhealtachd a thilleadh air ais, gu h-àraid ma tha cothroman cuideachd aig daoine òga a’ Ghàidhlig a chleachdadh san dachaigh agus sa choimhearsnachd.

Banner image ©Ewen Weatherspoon