Breadth of achievements at Strathallan
It is always hard to pick out one British boarding school’s news and achievements over the rest, but a recent update from Strathallan School in Scotland caught the eye for the sheer breadth of achievements in the spotlight; it really was a shining example of all that is great about British independent education.
There are lots of different kinds of academic success but for many the offer of a place at Cambridge or Oxford is the pinnacle, so it’s great to see two Strathallan pupils receive that honour.
In terms of sporting achievements, students have been performing at the top level in the fields of skiing, rugby and hockey. Two pupils represented Scotland at the World Schools Ski Championship in Grenoble, France, competing amongst 500 young athletes from 19 countries. Strathallan is the only school in Scotland to have had three pupils representing the national team at U20 level rugby while still at school, with a current pupil selected for the Six Nations Championship squad, following in the footsteps of two former students in 2013 and 2014. Last but not least, the girls’ indoor hockey team recently reached the final of the U18 National Indoor Hockey competition in Perth. Two of the school’s German students were involved in the event, one of whom commented: “I’ve really enjoyed my hockey since coming to Strathallan. It’s one of the key reasons I chose the school, and it has been great to experience so many competitions at National and District level.”
Finally to the Arts; music is flourishing at the school, which has 25 different music ensembles, and pupils rewarded with places in National Orchestras and Choirs. Music is also contributing to work with the local community, which is understood to be important for pupils who are starting to look at life beyond school. One such example is Hong Kong student Shelley, who has been one of a group of musicians taking part in the Inspiration Orchestra – a great initiative made up of 15 members with disabilities, who come together to form an orchestra and give public concerts.
Little wonder then that Strathallan was named among the finalists for Tatler’s UK Public School of the Year award. If all this puts this Scottish school on the radar for your child(ren), please contact us to find out more.
Photos courtesy of Strathallan School