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While these are among the politest schoolchildren we’ve ever encountered (it’s not often that we are stopped by a tiny person to enquire how we are and if we are enjoying our tour), these kids are made of strong stuff. Resilience was a word we heard many times and our observation was if they didn’t have it when they started, they’d certainly have it by the time they left. Outdoor education begins at nursery in the charming...

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Tucked away from the stresses and strains of modern life, in breathtaking Perthshire countryside, Ardvreck Preparatory School - an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3–13, nurtures and educates your children in a caring, and loving, family environment.

Visitors gasp at the awe-inspiring views of doorstep Munros as they make their way up the school’s sweeping drive. Their attention is soon diverted to the even more thrilling spectacle of laughing, be-kilted and wellied children hanging out of trees, hiding in Dens or building dams in the burn which flows down the Headmistress’ lawn.

You have probably gathered that Ardvreck School firmly believes classrooms do not need walls. As well as outdoor lessons, the entire school regularly adventures into the exciting, natural playground on our doorstep to undertake Barvicks (expeditions) and a regular Ard Challenge.

This is most definitely the school every grown-up wishes they had attended as a child. It’s where kindness, courtesy and good manners are at the forefront of every human interaction. It’s an environment where working hard and playing hard are of equal importance and where good humour and fun permeate every undertaking.

The wild, Scottish wilderness is the greatest of all educators – and that’s certainly saying something given that our actual team of terrific teachers is second to none. They are movers and shakers, optimists, can doers, smilers and who all care, beyond belief, about the education and wellbeing of every single child in our school.
It will come as no surprise then, that Head Teachers from senior schools all over the UK are very keen to enlist Ardvreck pupils, including Eton and St Mary’s, Ascot.

Ardvreck truly believes that the real value of a rural, prep school education lies in the things that are remembered long after what was taught has been forgotten. The things that contribute to defining not what we know, but who we are. This is why Ardvreck School provides the most brilliant education.

Pick up the phone today to arrange a private visit and discover how your child can benefit from this exceptional preparation for life.
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Since 2018, Ali Kinge, previously deputy head and English teacher (she still teaches – we saw her in action, helping older pupils with their CVs and personal statements). Has been at the school for almost two decades, moving from Malvern Girls’ College in Worcestershire. BA in Spanish and French from Nottingham, where she met her husband Stephen, followed by an MEd at the same university. Housemistress and modern languages teacher at Moreton Hall, followed by a period teaching in Peru. Initially moving to picturesque Perthshire to accompany her husband who came up to be deputy head at Glenalmond College, she started off as a part-time music teacher, and within weeks was head of English and then Latin. She joked with us, ‘I’ve pretty much done every job in the school. It was a natural...

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Ardvreck has an excellent learning support department which supports pupils with dyslexia and mild learning difficulties.

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