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- Fettes College

Fettes College

Fettes was founded in 1870 as the result of a large bequest by a wealthy Edinburgh tea merchant, Sir William Fettes (1750-1836), for the education of poor children and orphans. The building was designed by David Bryce and although it has hints of a French chateau, the main façade was based on Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Although there are few scholarships, the original aim of educating poor children is largely forgotten, with current fees for day pupils of nearly 14,000 a year. Fettes College is where the former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, attended before going on to university. For those who require board and lodging (as Tony Blair did, when he attended Fettes) the fees are over 20,000 a year - which is about the average annual income of employees in the UK.

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