Strathallan School

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Strathallan School
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Address

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Information
TypeIndependent school
Boarding school
MottoLabor omnia vincit
Established1913 (1913)
FounderHarry Riley
HeadmasterMark Lauder
Staff109
GenderCo-educational
Age9 to 18
Enrolment550
HousesRiley
Freeland
Nicol
Ruthven
Simpson
Thornbank
Woodlands
Glenbrae
Colour(s)Royal blue, navy & gold               
PublicationThe Strathallian
Former pupilsStrathallians
CampusRural; 150 acres (0.61 km2)
Website

Strathallan School is an independent boarding and day school in Scotland for boys and girls aged 9–18.[1] The school has a 150-acre (61-hectare) campus at Forgandenny, a few miles south of Perth.[1]

School roll[edit]

The school has 99 full-time staff, and 10 part-time staff.[1] It has pupils as follows:

Boarders Day pupils Total
Boys 186 124 310
Girls 164 80 244
Total 350 204 554

History[edit]

Strathallan School was established in 1913 by Harry Riley from Yorkshire.[1] It was originally located at Bridge of Allan,[1] from whence it derives its name. By 1919, the School had approximately 120 pupils.[1] In 1920, the school moved to the current, more spacious buildings at Forgandenny.[1]

Headmasters[edit]

  • Harry Riley FRSE[2] (1913-1942)
  • W. E. Ward (1942-1948)
  • A. J. Shaw (Interim, 1948-1949)
  • A. N. Hamilton (1949-1950)
  • Wilfred Hoare (1951-1970)
  • Duncan McCallum (1970–1975)
  • David Pighills (1975–1993)
  • Angus McPhail (1993–2000)
  • Bruce Thompson (2000–2017)
  • Mark Lauder (2017–present)

Academics[edit]

The curriculum is largely based on the English system, with some elements of the Scottish system.[1] Most pupils study for GCSEs, although some study for Standard Grades in one or two subjects.[1] Then, in their last two years, in sixth form, they study for either A-levels or Scottish Highers.[1] 95% of pupils go to university, including a number to Oxford University, Cambridge University, and University of St Andrews.[1] 82% of this year's A level entries were graded A*/Bgrades.[1]

Sixth form subjects[edit]

The school offers the following courses to Lower and Upper Sixth Form students:

A-Level Higher
Art Art (A-Level)
Biology Biology
Business Studies Business Management
Chemistry Chemistry
Classical Civilisation
Computing Computing
Design & Technology Craft & Design
Economics Economics (subject to demand)
English English
French French
Geography Geography
German German
History History
Latin
Music Music (MIDI Sequencing)
Further Maths
Maths Maths
Philosophy (One year higher course) Philosophy (Two year higher course)
Physics Physics
Spanish Spanish
Physical Education
Religious Education

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Pupils also participate in sport, drama, music, and other extracurricular activities.[1] The school offers sports including rugby, cricket, field hockey, netball, football, athletics, squash, swimming, tennis, golf, badminton and skiing.[1] Music also plays a vital role in the school, with many pupils playing in orchestras or ensembles such as a jazz band, pipe band or various choirs.[1] A choral scholarship scheme is also available to pupils who wish to carry on their choral career, and gain scholarships to universities in the future.[1] The school organises regular drama productions and a significant number of pupils achieve London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) awards.[1] Pupils can also gain degrees from the London College of Music and Trinity College of Music through the school.[1] Other activities include Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.[1] Strathallan is also notable as the only school in Scotland with a Royal Marine cadet Troop.[1]

Boarding houses[edit]

The school has eight boarding houses in operation, including a Junior House for children from 9 to 13: Riley (mixed juniors), Freeland (boys), Nicol (boys), Ruthven (boys), Simpson (boys), Thornbank (girls), Woodlands (girls) and Glenbrae (girls). Riley has two separate wings for boys and girls.[1]

Glenbrae was named after the school's original site in Bridge of Allan prior to 1920.[1] A need for a new girls boarding house was realised several years back when both existing girls boarding houses reached capacity.[1]

Leburn House (boys) existed until 1990.[1]

Controversies[edit]

In 2005, Strathallan was one of 50 private schools in Britain found guilty of running a price-fixing cartel aimed at driving up fees.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

In 1998 a female teacher sued the school for discrimination alleging she had been sacked because she was unable to coach rugby at the mostly male school.[10][11][12]

In 1995 two former pupils were found guilty and fined for drug possession after police had been called to the school in 1993 and found them in possession of cannabis resin. Charges against the pair relating to being involved in the supply of drugs at the school were dropped.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 56°20′56″N 3°28′13″W / 56.34889°N 3.47028°W / 56.34889; -3.47028