Founded a century ago, Strathallan Independent Boarding and Day School continues to thrive on the core values set out by its founder Harry Riley: “At Strathallan we aim to provide outstanding education, academic social and extra curricular elements, which give opportunities for all pupils to excel, thus developing their ability to benefit themselves and others.”
It is an ethos that is shared in the business world and many of Strathallan’s pupils strive to become some of the country’s most inspirational corporate leaders, emulating Mr Riley’s vision.
The foresight of Mr Riley is echoed in the Perthshire school’s continuing main objective and stems from his belief that giving each pupil a chance to rise in something, gaining experience and confidence to develop their talents along the way, would be beneficial to wider society.
Holding a strong international reputation with its portfolio of achievements, Strathallan School is known for providing a high-quality boarding and day establishment for sons and daughters between the ages of nine and 18.
The seven-days-a-week programme and no set exeats creates a wonderful environment to allow children to grow and devebp. Most of its teaching staff and their families live on campus, while 368 pupils, 12 percent of whom are from 23 different countries, use the boarding facilities.
Although Mr Riley’s vision was established in 1913 and has been central to the successes of thousands of pupils, it still rings true for today’s society; it is vital that the educational process provides a variety of opportunities to ensure pupils are equipped to deal with the challenges that will face them when they leave School.
Central to education at Strathallan School is the academic programme and a curriculum which embraces both Scottish and English systems, thus providing a choice of subjects and courses suitable for a range of abilities and interests. The School has strong links with universities and other further education organisations throughout the UK and aims not only to achieve appropriate examination success but also to develop the skills required for the future – a spirit of intellectual enquiry and interest in learning for its own sake.
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 per cent of las year’s A-level entries were graded A*/B which has been consistent over the last four years, making Strathallan School the top co-educational A-Level school in Scotland.
Strathallan School achieves this by tailoring work to individual needs allied to a staff/pupil ratio of 1:7. It prepares pupils for entry to top universities around the world with great success.
The serious business of excellence in academic outcome is only 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 motivate each individual to realise their full potential.
A 19th-century country house is the focal point for Strathallan School, set in a 153-acre site of glorious countryside.
Accommodating the English department, libraries, theatre, music department and heated refurbished swimming pool, it is surrounded by the senior boarding houses, squash courts, dining hall, combined cadet force buildings, art school, medical centre and chapel, with wireless broadband throughout.
All boarding houses provide modem accommodation, with senior houses featuring individual study-bed rooms for privacy, a common room and leisure facilities for socialising and relaxation, while the junior house is designed to cater for children aged nine to 13 and is situated within its own grounds whilst enjoying the facilities of the main school.
The main teaching quadrangle houses an impressive purpose-built computing centre, design technology centre and sports hall, gymnasium and strength/conditioning centre. Playing fields surround the buildings, including six rugby pitches, four cricket squares, two floodlit synthetic hockey pitches, 18 tennis courts, two net ball courts and a nine-hole golf course. Very successful tennis and clay pigeon shooting academies allow pupils to compete at national levels.