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Perched on 13 undulating acres above the M90 on the southern fringe of Perth; pedestrian classroom blocks now surround this poor man’s Greek Thompson Victorian villa, and the child-inspired brightly coloured class superseded by light airy modern boxes with purposeful young efficiently going about their business. Pupil art all over. Tarmac, still covered in crazy games – snakes and ladders, floral trails, chess - has recently...

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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 head and head of RE at Castle Court School in Dorset.

He joined the Royal Navy after leaving school, trained as an officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and then studied geography at Liverpool. Having spent time on nuclear submarines, he moved into education and taught geography and RE at several prep schools, becoming head of geography and of pastoral care at Dumpton Prep before joining Castle Court.

He moved to Craigclowan along with his wife Liz, who has returned to her Scottish roots, and their two daughters, Eve and Charlotte.


Children from all over the northern central belt, usually within 40 minutes' travel/30 mile radius; aspirational, numbers of first time buyers, middle-class professionals, the occasional toff, some of whom...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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