Holding an international reputation within its own portfolio of achievements, Strathallan School in Perthshire needs little introduction to those seeking a high-quality boarding and day establishment for their sons and daughters aged 9 to 18.
Reputation is one thing, the means by which it is earned is, perhaps, less well appreciated. Looking at academic performance first, there are two key aspects for success:
- a nurturing environment
- support from teachers who are passionate about their subjects as well as being high-quality practitioners.
Each pupil receives support from an academic tutor and there is also a full-time careers advisor to help with opportunities beyond school. Central to this is accomplishment: 82% of this year’s A-level entries were graded A*/B which has been consistent over the last few years. Strathallan achieves this by tailoring work to individual needs allied to a staff/pupil ratio of 1:7 which means they can prepare pupils for entry to top universities.
The serious business of excellence in academic outcome is but one aspect of independent education. Strathallan prides itself on being friendly and welcoming with a strong sense of community, the aim being to support and to motivate each individual to realise potential in all areas.
“They celebrate what pupils achieve and strive to create an ethos which demonstrates that with hard work and expert tuition, they can achieve whether academically, in Sport, Music, Drama or personally.”
Facilities and resources
In the centre of the School remains a 19th-century country house, accommodating the English Department, libraries, the theatre, Music Department and the swimming pool. Surrounding the main building are the Senior Boarding Houses, squash courts, dining hall, Combined Cadet Force buildings, the Art School, the medical centre and the Chapel. There is wireless broadband throughout.
The main teaching quadrangle houses an impressive purpose-built computing centre, design technology centre and sports hall, gymnasium and strength conditioning centre.
Extensive playing fields surround the buildings and include six rugby pitches, four cricket squares, two floodlit synthetic hockey pitches, eighteen hard tennis courts, two netball courts and a nine-hole golf course. A very successful Tennis Academy and Clay Pigeon Shooting Academy allow pupils to compete at national levels in these sports, as well as many others.
Strathallan is in Perth, set in glorious countryside on a site of 153 acres offering a safe and secure environment for children to grow and develop. The school is within easy reach of the city of Perth and Scotland’s international airports.
Nearest airports: Edinburgh – 35 minutes; Glasgow – 1 hour
Nearest railway stations: Perth – 10 minutes
All boarding houses provide modern accommodation:
- Senior Houses feature individual study-bedrooms for privacy, and common room and leisure facilities for socialising and relaxation.
- The Junior House is designed to cater for children who wish to enter the School at ages 9 to 13 and is situated within its own campus, as well as enjoying the facilities of the main School.
‘Life is wonderful at Strathallan, and I have made so many friends. The fact that most of the pupils board makes a huge difference to the atmosphere of the School and there is never a dull moment as we have so much to do academically as well as sport, music and activities.’
‘We are convinced that we made the right decision in placing our daughter at Strathallan. The School has been instrumental in her achieving her highest academic potential and ultimately gaining a place at Cambridge, quite apart from having a wonderful time which I know she will look back on with great fondness for the rest of her life.’
‘I am already in love with the School after only my second week. I looked out of my bedroom window this morning and was greeted with the most spectacular views and glorious sunshine. I am in awe of the quality of teaching and can’t believe how much I have learnt… It is no secret that Scotland offers the highest education in the world. I am just delighted that I have been made so welcome and settled in so quickly.’
‘I could not have imagined a better time and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I made so many lifelong friends. Scotland is an amazing place and I miss the rolling hills and warm microclimate. Strathallan is an amazing school and I enjoyed every day. From the heart-stressing sport to the academic tests, I loved every moment of it. The teachers are amazing and are a real credit to the School. Everyone at Strath made my time exceptional and I can’t find the words to describe exactly how I feel. Tears fill my eyes as my memories play through my head thinking about my time with everyone… I cannot wait to go back as there is definitely magic there, but I am well prepared to face the challenges ahead and despite wishing I could go back in time and relive it all again I know that I must embrace university life as Strath has taught me to do – embrace and believe!’
Admissions & Fees
Entry to Strathallan is competitive and we believe that every pupil has something to offer and we therefore try to ensure that our applicants have enquiring minds, possess drive, imagination and the energy to make the most of their time here. We encourage parents to visit us if at all possible in order to gain a true understanding of what Strathallan has to offer.
Please register your son or daughter with us. This can be done via our website or by downloading the Registration Form. Fill it in and return it to us with the registration fee.
This ensures that your son or daughter is on our books formally and we will then apply for a Report, with your permission, from your son or daughter’s current school.
How to apply
Entrance to the Junior House, at age 9, 10, 11 or 12, is by school report and an English and Maths test. Senior entrance, at 13+, is either via open scholarship examination (March), Common Entrance (June) or school report. Sixth-form entry is either via the sixth-form scholarship examination (November) or on the basis of a satisfactory school report.
Open Mornings offer an ideal opportunity to view the School in action as well as to meet staff and pupils. For more information on our next Open Morning or to register your attendance please contact the the Registrar at the school direct.
Awards which are normally worth between 10% and 20% of the fees are made on the basis
of competitive examination/assessment. Fee assistance is available to supplement awards
for outstanding candidates on a financial need basis.
- Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive examination to candidates entering the School at three Levels at the start of the new academic year: Sixth Form (Year 12), mid November: Third Form (Year 9) end February: Junior (yr5 to yr8) end January.
- Sports Awards are made on the basis of outstanding ability in one or more sports and generic tests to gauge skills and athletic potential.
- Art candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio of artwork following initial discussion with the Head of Art. Candidates will also be expected to attend for interview and practical assessment.
- Music/Choral candidates will be expected to play prepared pieces and show proficiency in sight-reading and in an aural test.
- Design Technology candidates will be required to sit a product design paper and present a portfolio of work.
- Performing Arts candidates will be asked to perform a short prepared piece.
Fee assistance may be awarded dependent on financial circumstances and is available to pupils who have qualified for entry. It is not necessary for successful candidates for bursaries to have achieved scholarship standard but it may be possible to add a bursary award to a scholarship to enable a pupil to come to Strathallan. Candidates applying for bursary awards may request a scholarship assessment to support such an application. We very much wish to encourage high calibre candidates. We do not show particular preference to one scholarship area but value all aspects of the academic programme and the extra-curricular provision which is available in the School.
|Boarding fees per term||(range from lowest to highest): £6479 to £9083|
|Day fees per term||(range from lowest to highest): £4044 to £6163|
|Deposit||£500 - £4000|