Scottish Primary Schools League Tables

Scottish Primary Schools Ranks and League Tables

Current Year 2023

This website collates primary school information for the whole of Scotland based on the 1989 primary schools included in the performance data was prepared by the Scottish Government (Scot Gov).

Because there are so many primary schools this page provides summary level data and a Local Authority comparison.  More detailed analysis and individual school performance is provided in pages organised by  Local Authority.

On this page:

  • Primary school performance evaluation across Scotland as a whole
  • Map showing performance bands and catchment areas
  • Performance data comparing Local Authorities

On this website:

  • Maps showing performance bands and catchment areas for all schools by Local Authority
  • Performance ranks and ACEL data for each primary school organised by Local Authority
  • Download detailed ACEL data for each Local Authority
  • Please follow this link to find links to all the Local Authorities on this website or use the sitemap link (top of right hand panel).

Selected Local Authority Links

The Scotish Government (Scot Gov) undertakes assessments of all of Scotland’s publicly funded primary schools based on Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence Levels (ACEL).  Its purpose is to provide information on each school based on pupils’ performance in numeracy and literacy against the curriculum age standard.  Assessments are carried out in primary1, primary4 and primary 7.  Scot Gov makes the data available on a website where information on each individual school can be accessed, but only one school at a time (see previous link). While this provides information on a school by school basis it does not help when comparing and evaluating schools across a large local authority or the whole of Scotland.

For parents actively seeking a good education for their children selecting the right school is paramount.   For both primary and secondary education access to performance data provides parents an indication of the learning environment within the school, however, it is important to understand that the measures provided summarise pupil attainment and will be dependant on the capabilities of the pupils as well as the teaching standards (see notes).

Scotland Overall Performance

The ACEL data used in this 2023 performance analysis provided data on 1986 publicly funded schools.  For the analysis the schools were allocated into bands where band 1 represents the best performing schools (aggregate score 320 – 400) and band 5 the poorest performing schools (aggregate score 0 to 79  see analysis this page below ).  For the calculation of percentages for each band the 364 schools that were not graded (nd) were ignored from the total.  Table 1 shows the numbers of schools allocated to each band based on ACEL assessment levels for 2022/23.  Forty four percent of schools were in band 1 with achievement in the range 80% to 100% and forty eight percent of schools were in band 2 with an achievement in the range 60% to 79%.  Only 7.6% of schools fell outside of the top two bands.

Table 1

For access to the ungrouped raw data see Files and Downloads below.

Figure 1a:  Scottish Non-Denominational Primary School Ranks and Catchment Areas
Area hover and school marker pop up displays provide additional school information.
Zoom in using the + – tool and drag the image to move around.

Figure 1b:  Scottish Denominational Primary School Ranks and Catchment Areas (where provided)
Area hover and school marker pop up displays provide additional school information.

Local Authority Performance

Table 2:  Local Authority Primary School Rank Table
Achievement data (average for all schools) in the LA for 2017/18 academic years through to 2022/23 plus a comparative rank for the whole of Scotland (top row). The table shows P1, P4 & P7 combined achievement data (the average of the percentage meeting the target level in Listening & Talking, Numeracy, Reading and Writing.


It is important to note that what was measured and thus is presented is data based on pupil performance and not school performance. A number of factors such as the socio-economic status of the catchment area will greatly influence the outcome for a whole school. Factors such as the key skills of pupils at entry point (eg. reading/writing/numeracy), support within the family and attitude to education throughout schooling will have an impact on the attainment levels of pupils. Thus an excellent school within a deprived area may be achieving enhanced educational outcomes for its pupils but by starting from a lower base than a school from a non-deprived area it will appear to be performing less well.  In rural areas, where the school roll in often small, the assessment data is not made public in order to maintain data privacy for small numbers of individuals.


The most recent data was for school year 2021/22 which is published during 2023

All Analysis
A number of statistics are provided in the ACEL data. Assessments in classes P1, P4, P7 and a combined P1/P4/P7 levels are provided for each of subject: numeracy,  Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking.  For the purposes of comparing and ranking schools the P1/P4/P7 combined scores were used and the total % meeting the level for each of the four subjects (Reading – % Meeting Level, Writing – % Meeting Level and Numeracy – % Meeting Level) giving a maximum score of 400 (4 x 100).  For individual schools the percentages are provided as bands (eg. 70-80%) and for adding up to give a total score for the four subjects the mid point was used (eg. for ACEL band 70-80%, the score was converted to 75).

Allocation of schools into Bands
For allocation of schools into Bands, these were allocated on the aggregate total score as follows  aggregate score:

320 to 400 to Band 1;
240 – 319 to Band 2;
160 – 239 to Band 3;
80 – 159 to Band 4;
0 – 79 to Band 5.



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