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Like many prep schools, Craigclowan was set up in the 1950s, some say to cater for a group of local businessmen who couldn’t be bothered with the drive to what had been the closest prep school, nearly 20 miles away. Pupils are taught by class teachers for the majority of subjects for the first five years, though there is some setting and gradual introduction of specialist teachers. The previous head was keen to stress they are not a selective school - 'a complete slice through society' - but what matters is that... 

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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 2022, Mrs Liz Henderson (early 50's), previously acting head and with over 20 years' experience at the school initially as a maths teacher. Having grown up in the Scottish borders, Mrs Henderson has stayed north of that border for her education - both her first degree and PGCE are from Edinburgh - and entire career, working both in the maintained and independent sector. She has 2 sons with a rare chromosome condition and has served on the board of the UK Fragile X Society. Free time will find her bagging Munros, like the good Scot she is.


Some 90 per cent of the nursery children go on into the prep school. Intake obviously limited by geography as there are no boarding facilities, so tend to come from a 20 mile radius. This is being...

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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
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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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