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Overall, we were rather charmed. Small classes, responsive and quietly confident children - ‘Mr Gilmour, I think your dog’s eaten Mrs Gilmour’s packed lunch — she’s going to be hungry on that netball trip’ - and a head who is not only enthusiastic and caring about the children (apparently he is very good at listening to the children’s reading and poems), but who has carefully thought out plans for the future. Learning support is free and is not dependent on diagnosis. ‘We deal with what we see, intervene early and get stuck in'...

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What the school says...

Craigclowan is a busy buzzy forward looking but traditional prep school where children from all across Perthshire and beyond thrive and succeed. The school has, in all areas of school life had an outstanding number of successes in recent years, there can be little doubt that the pupils at Craigclowan, Perthshires most popular prep school are very happy indeed.
Craigclowan is the only independent IAPS day school for boys and girls aged 3-13 in the locality and the high standards in all areas are immediately clear to see. Last year half of its final year pupils were awarded a scholarship to leading Scottish and UK wide senior schools in academics, sport, art, music and as all-rounders. This takes the total scholarships in the last seven years to an impressive 95 awards.

With an average class size of thirteen, the staff are able to get to really know the children, personalise their education and treat them as individuals in all they do, be it in the classroom or in the huge range of extra-curricular activities offered. Children have many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sports and clubs, both during and after the school day. There really is something for everyone, whether your child enjoys sport, music, art, drama or a bit of everything. Recent and planned developments in activities include archery, shooting, fly fishing, sailing and Scottish country and street dance.

Pupils make quick progress under the guidance of their teachers and the schools friendly, caring and supportive ethos gives them the best possible start to their education. Children attend Craigclowan from far and wide and the school operates a daily bus service from a number of Perthshire areas.
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Since January 2016, John Gilmour, previously deputy at Castle Court School in Dorset. The board of governors took a lengthy 18 months and two rounds of applications to find him, clearly anxious not to make a bad choice. He has a PGCE and a BA in geography from Liverpool, and is married to former lawyer Liz. John went into teaching after time as a naval officer and has experience of teaching in state schools as well as the private sector. He grew up with a stepfather who was headmaster of a prep school and a father who was in the merchant navy, so he says he was always destined for a career in both.

Liz has taken the move to Perth as an opportunity to leave a stressful job in favour...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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