Orkney has a school population of approximately 3,000. There are two senior secondary schools located in the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. Three Junior High Schools, located on Westray, Sanday and Stronsay, provide education from nursery up to secondary school fourth year.
There are 18 Primary Schools and a Halls of Residence, located in Kirkwall, to permit island pupils to attend Kirkwall Grammar School. The Council encourages wide community use of the school estate, recognising school buildings as a valuable community asset. Of the Council’s schools, 15 are designated as community schools.
All Schools pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.
Information on home education can be accessed from the 'Related Links' section of this page.
Please visit School Enrolment to view more information about registration. For pre-school please visit Early Learning and Childcare.
Get a look at the Orkney Education Service Report 2022 - 2025