Choosing the right school for your child is a complex and emotional decision, particularly when it comes to finding the optimal learning and development environment for girls. Every parent wants the best for their child; the perfect blend of a supportive learning environment where girls are stretched and challenged, but also encouraged to take part in sports, drama, music, art, extra-curricular activities and where they are nurtured to become well-rounded and confident in their abilities. This is where Kilgraston, the exceptional girls’ boarding school, comes in.
Kilgraston is a world away from the old-fashioned notion of a girls’ boarding school as a jolly hockey sticks, St. Trinian’s sort of place, with gloomy dorms and even gloomier catering. Instead, the school combines modern facilities and excellent teaching with traditional core values, developing the pupils’ intellectual qualities alongside personal growth, kindness, respect for others, and encouraging curiosity and
a contribution to society.
It’s a place where pupils are genuinely happy, free from the social pressures prevalent in many schools. Here, girls have the chance to fulfil their true potential in a supportive learning and social environment, making
You’ll find a huge sports hall, swimming pool, floodlit tennis courts, a new language lab, science centre, theatre, three astroturf pitches, stables and even a recording studio on the exceptionally well equipped Kilgraston Estate. Boarders, from the age of eight to eighteen, live in informal houses in small groups, benefiting from individual attention.
As you’d expect from such a well-equipped school, Kilgraston’s academic results are outstanding, with many of the pupils going on to top UK universities and a wide range of courses. Over half of upper sixth form pupils hold unconditional offers from their chosen universities and there are plenty of academic studies that prove that – for girls, single-sex education results in more confident, self-assured pupils with improved exam results. Amongst other accolades, Kilgraston is the Scottish Independent School of the Year and there are a number of scholarships and bursaries available.
It’s not just about outstanding academic achievement at Kilgraston; the emphasis is also on producing well-rounded, articulate, compassionate and confident pupils, who can deal with anything life throws at them with resilient aplomb. The school attracts top class teaching talent, under the aegis of School Principal Mrs Dorothy MacGinty.
There are around 300 girls at Kilgraston, half of whom board and half are day pupils. Most are UK based, some with ex-pat parents and others come to the rolling Perthshire acres from overseas. Kilgraston remains an all-girls school, with the exception of the day nursery, where many of the pupil’s younger siblings, both male and female, get off to the best of starts.
Kilgraston was founded in 1933 by nuns from the Sacred Heart Society and is part of a network of schools spanning Australia, Canada, the USA and Malta. Although the nuns departed decades ago, the school still retains a strong commitment to faith, with a mass
on Sundays. While the school retains a Catholic tradition, many of the pupils are of other faiths or no faith, with under a fifth of boarders coming from overseas.
They say that your school days are the happiest days of your life. Thanks to the school’s unbeatable combination of an inclusive, caring, vibrant school community, impressive resources, small classes, dedicated staff and world-class education, at Kilgraston that may well be true.