Orkney’s educational system is superb, taking children all the way from nursery to post-graduate study, and delivering a huge range of vocational skills training too.
Kirkwall has two nurseries and most of the county’s primary schools have pre-school and nursery provision. Childcare and baby and toddler groups are also available.
There are two senior secondary schools in Orkney; Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy, and three junior high schools; Westray, Stronsay and Sanday, which cater from nursery up to 4th year of secondary. Following 4th year, North Isles pupils stay in halls of residence in Kirkwall and attend Kirkwall Grammar School. Education in the islands is provided by Orkney Islands Council.
Orkney College, a constituent college of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), offers further and higher education, and degree and post graduate learning; there are also evening classes and short courses covering a variety of subjects.
Heriot Watt University's Orkney campus - the International Centre for Island Technology - is located in Stromness and provides post graduate level education in a range of renewable energy subjects.