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  • Kilgraston School
    Bridge Of Earn
    PH2 9BQ
  • Head: Mrs Dorothy MacGinty
  • T 01738 812257
  • F 01738 813410
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  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 2 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Perth & Kinross
  • Pupils: 310
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £10,155 - £16,470; Boarding £21,495 - £28,140 pa
  • Open days: Scholarship Day in February and Family Fun and Open Afternoon in May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Sacred Heart ethos prevails - staff enormously caring, ‘will go the extra mile’. The horse mad can graduate with an SVQII in basic horse care (worming and the like), which, as far as we can work out is ... one or two equestriennes have done commendably well in local competitions. Girls not as street wise as they think they are – tendency to cover woolly ...

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What the school says...

Kilgraston is Scotlands largest girls boarding school and is set in 54 acres of beautiful parkland in Bridge of Earn, just south of Perth. As a member of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools, the 320 pupils benefit from cultural links with countries such as Mexico, Austria, USA and Spain. Following on from a recent multi-million pound investment in sport and the arts, a new Science Building will create a better space for scientific study and once complete, the old laboratories will be incorporated into an enhanced Sixth Form Centre with state of the art facilities. These will complement Kilgrastons outstanding sporting facilities which include an Equestrian centre with floodlit arena (the only school in Scotland with this facility on site), sports hall with climbing wall, fitness suite and a 25m indoor swimming pool. Kilgraston benefits from both a Hockey and a Tennis Academy within a broad sporting curriculum, as well as having outstanding music and art provision. Girls thrive academically, placing Kilgraston amongst the top academic schools in Scotland every year. ...Read more

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Mrs Dorothy MacGinty, previously head of St Francis' College in Hertfordshire, where she has also been head of biology, head of games, boarding housemistress and deputy head. She is married to Frank and they have three children; the youngest has joined Kilgraston.

Head of junior school since April 2016, Andrew Stewart, who has taught at the school for several years and was previously an outdoor education teacher.

Academic matters

Latin and sciences from 10. Tiny classes, 10/12, max 18 in prep, all assessed for glitches, ‘qualified’ expert on hand, ‘if staff diagnose cause for concern, they have an instant referral sheet’. Jolly phonics or ‘anything else that works’. Three maths clinics a week, but more or less set for maths (‘differentiated maths classes’) from early. Lots of support.


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Special Education Needs

SEN provision at Kilgraston concentrates on meeting the needs of pupils with specific learning difficulties and includes individual lessons, class support and parent/teacher consultations. The Learning Support Department is situated within the Learning Resources Centre and is open until 6.30 p.m.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia 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
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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