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Strathallan School

Forgandenny, Perth & Kinross, Scotland

Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth & Kinross, Scotland | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Strathallan School

Forgandenny, Perth & Kinross, Scotland


Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth & Kinross, Scotland | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Founded near Perth in 1913 Strathallan is only an hour from Edinburgh, yet the spectacular Cairngorms and Trossachs National Parks remain within easy reach. Pupils enjoy superb facilities on the School’s stunning 153 acre rural campus where the majority of staff live on site, creating a real family and community atmosphere. The breadth of opportunities available underpins the School’s ethos of affording every individual the opportunity to develop their talents and excel at something.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 570 / Boys: 306 / Girls: 264
Percentage of boarders: 53%
Percentage of International pupils: 25%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 203
Average class size: Senior school: 15 / Sixth Form: 8
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £12,733
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Dance
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Edinburgh (67km), Glasgow (92km)


The English system of GCSEs is offered, followed by A Levels alongside Scottish Highers in the Sixth Form, when 21 subjects are offered. All pupils are assigned to a house and a linked tutor oversees academic work, helping strike the right balance with other activities. The School’s ethos of continuous development and support can be seen in the system of merits and distinctions and in the academic clinics provided for those who need help. On average over 46% of A Level candidates achieve A*/A.


From Year 10 all pupils in the 7 modern boarding houses have single study bedrooms. Day and boarding pupils are fully integrated and each house is presided over by a residential housemaster/mistress. Supported by a team of academic tutors they are responsible for the pastoral care, support and encouragement of each child. New pupils are assigned a buddy as they settle in and a wide range of inter-house competitions gives all pupils the chance to represent their house.


Pupils at Strathallan gain an understanding of the benefits of exercise and the skills to enjoy participation, and fixtures at all levels ensure everyone gets a chance. A talented athlete programme alongside cricket and rugby academies supports elite athletes, whilst facilities include a sports centre, a multisports/training hall, a strength and conditioning centre, 2 floodlit Astroturfs, 9 Astroturf and 3 indoor tennis courts, 2 squash courts, rifle and trap shooting ranges and a golf course.

Creative arts

The Art School offers Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture and Print-Making whilst 3D printers have enhanced the Design Technology Centre’s facilities. Over half of pupils have Music lessons and a range of ensembles provides opportunities to perform, whilst the choral scholars programme has links to Perth Cathedral. A Dance & Drama studio opened in 2016 and the upgraded School theatre enables the Arts to come together in theatrical productions and the much anticipated annual Musical.

Did you know?

  • Alumni include Olympian swimmer Duncan Scott, who at the age of only 19 won 2 silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • The School has its own woods, lake and extensive fields and is home to incredible biodiversity. Exploration and play are encouraged in this beautiful and safe environment.