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Could Strathallan School be the Right Choice for Your Child? A Comprehensive School Review.

Set amidst breathtaking countryside, the school offers a wealth of opportunities for students to explore, excel, and grow. Whether pursuing academic pursuits, honing sporting talents, or celebrating Scottish traditions, students are empowered to thrive in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Strathallan School

Headmaster Mr Mark Lauder

Co-educational, Prepschool and Senior school 13-18 years old

Day and Full Boarding

Nearest airport - Perth 30 mins, Edinburgh 1 hour

Train, Edinburgh to London - 5 Hours

Strathallan School: A Gem in Rural Perthshire

Nestled across 153 acres of idyllic rural Perthshire, Scotland, Strathallan School stands as a beacon of excellence in education. This bustling, full boarding school operates seven days a week, priding itself on fostering a culture of high aspirations and inclusivity among its students. Pupils are competitive, yet inclusive, valuing equally those who have talent in sport, music, arts.

A Legacy of Achievement:

At Strathallan, excellence is not just a goal—it's a way of life. Students, whether excelling in sports, music, or academics, are encouraged to aim high and work hard toward their goals. During my tour, I had the privilege of meeting two senior prefects—one a rising star in international rugby and has a professional contract after school for Glasgow warriors, the other has offers from top universities for computer science. Both were very humble when talking about their achievements and talents, as of it’s just part of life, to fulfil potential by aiming high and working hard towards goals. They talked confidently and in a very friendly way and were both very proud of their school. I asked them what, if anything, they would change about the school, for example if, in years to come, they were going to choose it for their own children. They struggled to think of anything-a true credit to the thought that has clearly gone into every aspect of the school to ensure all pupils thrive.

Boarding Life:

With three girls' and four boys' boarding houses, Strathallan offers modern, light, bright and purpose-built accommodations. Each pupil enjoys their own single rooms fostering a sense of independence and privacy, except year 9 boys who are in dorms of four, so they get to know one another. The houses serve as focal points for pastoral care, with tutors, matrons, and house parents providing support and guidance.

 "10% of students representing sport at international levels!"

A Sporting Legacy:

Sports thrive at Strathallan, with around 10% of students representing at international levels. From rugby and golf to netball and hockey, students have access to top-tier coaching and facilities. The addition of a tennis academy in September 2024 further underscores the school's commitment to athletic excellence. Strength and conditioning training, nutrition and physio are all on offer for those aspiring to top level sporting achievement. Additionally, there are huge indoor sports spaces so training isn't affected by the weather, this includes indoor tennis, cricket nets, netball space, plus a sports hall for badminton as well as a large indoor pool. Interestingly the clay shooting team is one of best in the UK!

Embracing Scottish Culture:

Embedded within the school's fabric is a celebration of Scottish culture, from bagpipes and Burns Night festivities to Highland dancing and the renowned pipe band. This rich heritage infuses every aspect of school life, fostering a sense of pride and community. There are over 100 players of bagpipes and The Headman, as the children call the headmaster, has his own piper.

Excellence in Academics and the Arts:

State-of-the-art science labs, interactive classrooms, and cutting-edge facilities for DT, computer science, and the arts ensure that students receive a well-rounded education. Notably, pupils have undertaken ambitious projects such as building a car for Formula-E racing and constructing a plane (currently being safety tested), showcasing their ingenuity and creativity.

Diverse Student Body:

Strathallan welcomes pupils from diverse backgrounds, including rural farming communities and working professional families from across Scotland and England as well as international families. With an increasing number of families seeking refuge from hectic London city life, the school offers a safe haven for growth and exploration.

Affordable Excellence:

Despite its outstanding offerings, Strathallan remains accessible, with fees lower than equivalent full boarding schools in the South. The cost of living is reasonable, and the campus's familial atmosphere, with staff residing onsite, adds to its appeal. Flights to Glasgow/Edinburgh from London are frequent, as well as UAE and some of Europe. Trains to London from Perth/Edinburgh.

A Visionary Leader:

Headmaster Mark Lauder's passion for education and commitment to student welfare shine through in every aspect of school life. His approachable demeanour and focus on individual expression within a cohesive community underscore the school's ethos of respect and


In Conclusion:

I hugely enjoyed my visit to Strathallan and it left an indelible impression. The location is second to none if you love countryside, clean air and safety. Opportunities are so extensive, pupils lead busy lives, encouraged to try new things and to excel wherever their capabilities lie. The children are approachable, determined and focussed on future goals. Sporting talent is recognised and nurtured in a range of sports. Scottish traditions and culture bring a unique way to celebrate the community as a whole. As I was leaving, a boy passed me on his way back to his boarding house. He had a rucksack on his back full of academic study books, a French horn in his left hand, and a sports kit bag in this right hand. The Headmaster pointed him out and said that’s a true reflection of a Strathallan pupil. Busy days full of diverse opportunities to nurture interests, talents and potential.

In the verdant hills of Perthshire, Strathallan School stands as a testament to the transformative power of education—a place where aspirations take flight and futures are forged.

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