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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 provides a warm and nurturing environment for boys and girls aged 3 – 13. Set in stunning grounds with magnificent views over Perthshire, the school has a distinguished history, a reputation for the highest standards and expectations and a passion for childhood.

Our learning environment delivers a modern and distinctive education within a framework of proven traditional values, effectively balancing the best of old and new in education. Grant funding is available for nursery pupils and particular attention is paid to the transition period as nursery children begin their primary education. Every pupil is encouraged to achieve their all-round potential, both academically, on the sports field and in more than 50 extra-curricular activities on offer. These range from skiing, on the school’s own dry ski slope, to art clubs, judo, climbing, bushcraft skills, mountain biking, kayaking and fencing.

School is a hive of activity and our outdoor classroom, all-weather training ground, sports fields, Forest School and trim trail are in daily use. We aim to make the most of the world outside the classroom through a wide range of outdoor activities that build confidence and resilience, encourage creativity and problem solving and ensure rosy cheeks and muddy boots. With a friendly, caring and supportive ethos, staff are able to get to know the children closely and treat them as individuals in all they do. When it comes to moving on to senior school, our children attend a wide variety of top UK schools, both north and south of the border, many having achieved a scholarship. The values that we instil in our pupils during their journey through Craigclowan, are the qualities that allow them to thrive after they leave us.

Our school minibus fleet collects children from across the region and, to assist working parents, our Breakfast Club is open from 0730 and free after-school care is available for all children until 1800 daily. We also operate a number of holiday activity camps throughout the year including multi-activity camps and hockey, cricket and tennis coaching.
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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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