Fettes College is named for Sir William Fettes, twice Lord Provost of Edinburgh and among the most highly respected citizens of his generation. Having lost his only son and heir in 1815, he decided to devote his wealth to "the maintenance, education and outfit of young people." Sir William's passionate concern for the care, welfare and education of young people has been at the heart of the ethos of the College throughout its history and remains our guiding principle today and for the future.
The size of the original bequest enabled the internationally renowned architect David Bryce to produce a magnificent design for Fettes College and he created what experts agree is undeniably one of Scotland's greatest buildings.
Fettes College first opened in 1870 educating just fifty-three boys. Under the formidable first Headmaster, Dr Potts, the School quickly gained a reputation for academic and sporting excellence that has grown richer over time. While the original foundation was for boys only, the School became co-educational in 1983 and is now home to over seven hundred and fifty boys and girls.
Over the course of the past century and a half a remarkable number of graduates from the College, known as Old Fettesians have drawn on the breadth and depth of the education. They have achieved success and distinction in a wide variety of careers nationally and internationally: in politics, law, commerce, industry, the arts and in the service of their country.
Fettes College Guangzhou (FCG) is the first overseas campus of Fettes College. The new school will be very closely linked to Fettes College and will share its ethos and vision: to provide the highest quality of holistic, broad based education that will stretch and challenge its pupils and equip them with the qualifications, skills and personal qualities that will allow them to flourish and succeed in their lives beyond school.
FCG is being designed and built as a joint venture and with a shared vision between Fettes College and Bright Scholar, the largest operator of K-12 schools in China. Bright Scholar, a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, is fast acquiring international recognition together with an enviable reputation as a provider of high quality education.
FCG is located on a spacious and superbly equipped campus in Zengcheng, bordered by forest and hills and only within an hour's drive of the centre of Guangzhou and Baiyun International Airport. The campus has been created with imaginative flair by international architects Broadway Malyan. Their modern interpretation of the strengths, features and characteristics of the Edinburgh campus will allow the delivery of all the distinctive qualities of an authentic Fettes education in Guangdong.