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  • Kilgraston School
    Bridge Of Earn
    Perthshire
    PH2 9BQ
  • Head: Mrs Dorothy MacGinty
  • T 01738 812257
  • F 01738 813410
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.kilgraston.com
  • An independent school for girls aged from 5 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Perth & Kinross
  • Pupils: 260; sixth formers: 26
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £11,550 - £19,635; Boarding £25,620 - £33,525 pa
  • Open days: Open Days in October and February - Scholarship Day in February
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The atmosphere is far from stuffy. 'We have one daughter, aged 15, who still hangs upside down from trees at Kilgraston. Our other daughter wants the full Kardashian birthday party. It really seems to cater for all.' They regularly send 40 per cent of upper sixth to university to study STEM subjects. We loved our tour of the arts and music areas at the top of the main building. Our enthusiastic tour guides (one had just secured a scholarship to Edinburgh School of Art)...

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What the school says...

Kilgraston is Scotland's leading independent school for girls aged 5 - 18*

Kilgraston is a dynamic school. It is distinctive and remarkable and offers a world-class education that is both academic and personal. Set in 54 acres of stunning Scottish parkland in Perthshire, Kilgraston offers girls security and space to grow and develop while providing a tranquil and gentle-paced environment for the girls to concentrate without distraction.

Academic:

The 2019 exam results showed an impressive year-on-year increase in the Grade A's achieved by Kilgraston pupils. Advanced Highers and Highers witnessed an impressive 60% at A Grade and National Fives 66.4%, at the same mark. Particularly strong in 2019 were the STEM results with Maths Higher achieving 75% at A Grade and Advanced Higher Maths 100% at A/B Grade.

Higher Chemistry also punched above its weight with 88% A/B Grades being achieved; Advanced Higher Chemistry saw 83% at A/B Grade. Physics Higher achieved 82% at A Grade.

Geography Higher also swept the board with 90% A/B being achieved. Music was another success story with 100% A/B at Nat Five, Higher and Advanced Higher. History achieved 86% A/B at Higher level. RMPS achieved 100% A/B at Higher level.

The Advanced Higher results were 60% at A grade, 88% A/B and 96% A/C. The Higher A/C pass rate was 93% with 60% at A grade and 79% A/B grade. 40% of pupils gained 4 or 5 A grades.

However, the School is very aware that strong exam performance, while thrilling, is only the springboard to greater achievement.

Boarding:

Kilgraston offers a happy and safe boarding community from the age of 8 and outstanding pastoral care is provided by each of the Housemistresses on the boarding houses, which are connected to the main school, allowing access to the exceptional facilities. The Housemistresses and their assistants work closely with tutors to put pastoral care at the heart of the School, whilst older girls act as big sisters to the younger girls. The girls have an active social calendar with sports fixtures, musical performances, excursions and many socials with partner schools.

Clubs and Activities

Kilgraston's 54 acres offers an enviable range of sporting facilities including an international sized all-weather hockey astroturf, sports hall, tennis courts, fitness room, equestrian centre and a 25m indoor swimming pool. Kilgraston currently has girls representing Scotland in Hockey and Netball.

Music is a key part of the Kilgraston community, which is reflected in the busy calendar of events throughout the year including the annual Christmas Concert. Girls represent the school in regional and national orchestras and choirs. In Drama, pupils take the LAMDA examinations and partake in plays, musicals and house drama competitions. The Art Department are renowned for their outstanding creativity and artwork, in which girls win top art awards at competitions across Scotland.

Kilgraston also offers over 50 additional clubs and activities including DofE, Debating, Dance, Karate, World Challenge, Musical trips and many more.

*Over 60 per cent of pupils obtained Grade A and both Higher and Advanced Higher Level in 2019.
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Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Polo

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

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2015, Dorothy MacGinty, previously head of St Francis’ College in Hertfordshire, where she has also held roles including head of biology, head of games, boarding housemistress and deputy head. She is married to Frank and they have three children. Hobbies include playing golf, swimming, theatre, art galleries and spending time with the family.

Academic matters

Unusually for a Scottish boarding school, Kilgraston works within the Scottish education system. That means that apart from offering one A level (in art), all other qualifications are Highers and Advanced Highers. Mrs MacGinty says this is a careful choice on the part of the school as they believe the two year long A level system suits boys better than girls. Also the Scottish system offers a much broader spectrum and doesn't narrow down the girls’ choices too early on....

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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