Queen Victoria School

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Queen Victoria School
Motto In Defens
Established 1908
Type MOD boarding school
Religion Church of Scotland services every Sunday (compulsory attendance)
Head Donald J. Shaw
Patron Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Location Dunblane
FK15 0JY
Local authority Stirling Council
Students 260~
Gender Co-educational
Ages 10–18
Former pupils Old Victorians
School Business Manager Nigel Cunningham
Website www.qvs.org.uk

Queen Victoria School (QVS) is a non-selective, co-educational, boarding school predominantly for children of Scottish Servicemen/women (but see full admissions criteria, below) aged 10/11 to 18. It occupies a Scottish Baronial-style building on a rural campus just outside Dunblane, a short distance away from the city of Stirling, Scotland. It is the only school in the UK managed and funded by the Ministry of Defence (Duke of York's Royal Military School in Kent is now managed by the DfE).[1]


The idea of the school was originally proposed to Queen Victoria as a memorial to the Scottish dead of the Boer Wars, and after her death it was thought fit to name it in her memory. With the support of former politician Robert Cranston, money was raised from Scottish servicemen and the people of Scotland to complete the project. Queen Victoria School was opened on 28 September 1908 by King Edward VII. The Chapel was completed in 1910 and is Scotland’s memorial to Queen Victoria. Girls were admitted for 1996-97 academic year into all years and the first female senior monitor, Victoria Harris, was elected in 1999.[2]


Originally only sons (and subsequently daughters) of Scottish Service personnel were eligible to apply for entry to QVS. Today the school is not only open to applications from children of regular UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, but also those who have served in Scotland or are/have been part of a Scottish Regiment. Individuals without a formal Scottish link may also apply.


QVS uses the Scottish curriculum for excellence and pupils are prepared for National Qualifications (Nat 4-5), Highers and Advanced Highers.


Traditionally the school provided an austere but continuous education for Scottish war orphans, with a good deal of military training and sports. Since the Second World War, the school has provided an education to children whose parents or guardians have been travelling the world in the Armed Forces.

A strong military ethos is still maintained by a competing pipe band and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) section. The school has its own "colours" which are paraded nearly every Sunday during term times in the school chapel, its own cap badge, and pupils wear the Clan Stewart hunting tartan. The school pipe band used to play at every rugby home international at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.


The house system is based on the boarding programme as all pupils are boarders. Boarding is available to pupils aged 10 (Primary 7) and above. There are four houses:[3]

House Gender Years
Cunningham Boys S1-S6
Haig Boys S1-S6
Wavell Girls S2-S6
Trenchard Co-ed P7-S2


Alumni are known as "Old Victorians".


  • May, Tom (2008). Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: 100 Years of Queen Victoria School. Gresham Books. ISBN 9780946095537. 

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