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A lovely, warm, friendly and nurturing school. One parent said they were sold on the place after coming up the drive and seeing some boys bursting out of the bushes with rosy red cheeks, play-fighting with sticks. We hate to use that hackneyed comparison Famous Five, but gingerbread, crackling fires and pop for tea really springs to mind. Outdoor education is clearly important, and to this effect they have recently appointed a new specialist...

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What the school says...

The academically rigorous teaching and learning environment ensures that our pupils move on to a wide range of schools north and south of the border. Significantly our pupils continue to gain an array of top academic scholarships, music and all-rounder awards.

The high quality of our boarding and day provision provides opportunities for all pupils to take part in many activities. These include public speaking, prestigious competitions in English, mathematics and science, outdoor pursuits, skiing, chess and debating. Day and boarding pupils also have the opportunity to hone their skills in our indoor shooting range.

The expressive arts including music, drama and art are a key component of school life. Ardvreck has its own purpose-built Music School and 95% of our pupils play at least one musical instrument. We have a large school orchestra and children are encouraged to take up a string or woodwind instrument from an early age. Many pupils have recently achieved outstanding success in music and drama exams. Each afternoon pupils take part in a full sporting programme and competitive matches against other schools are an integral part of school life.

Our safe and secure environment helps all our children to be happy, challenged, purposeful and busy.
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Since 2015, Dan Davey MRAC DipHE (environmental sciences) BEd (Oxon). This is his third headship. He is married to Nichola, a modern languages teacher and housemother for junior house. They have three sons, two of which are at the school. He loves outdoor pursuits - hunting, shooting and fishing - and has a keen interest in music, including playing the bagpipes (badly, he claims).


Children come from all over Scotland, although the majority are from Perthshire and surrounding area. A smallish number join the pre-prep or Little Ardvreck. This is being developed into a full-blooded Montessori nursery running on forest school principles, ie children under 6 should have most of their lessons outside, encouraging an appreciation of the environment. Most children, however arrive between the ages of 8 to 10.

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