Orkney’s educational system is as extensive as it is excellent.
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.
In addition to primary schools dotted throughout the islands, Orkney has two senior secondary schools – Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy. The islands of Westray, Stronsay and Sanday each have a junior high school, catering from nursery aged pupils up to 4th year students. Following their 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.
From agriculture to archaeology, Orkney College - a constituent college of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - offers many further and higher education opportunities, including degree and post graduate level learning, along with a range of vocational courses.
The new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) in Stromness is home to Heriot Watt University's International Centre for Island Technology, which provides post graduate level education in renewable energy and marine related subjects.
The ORIC campus is also the base for Robert Gordon University’s Orkney Project and a number of businesses and organisations working in the renewables and innovation sectors.