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  • Kilgraston School
    Bridge Of Earn
    PH2 9BQ
  • Head: Mrs Dorothy MacGinty
  • T 01738 812257
  • F 01738 813410
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent boarding school with a co-ed junior school and girls only senior and sixth form
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Perth & Kinross
  • Pupils: 259; sixth formers: 60
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £12,240 - £20,805; Boarding £27,150 - £35,535 pa
  • Open days: Our next Open Day is February 5th 2022.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The sciences are the most popular subject choices, double the national average, followed by languages and English. Impressively, one of the girls on our tour told us she was heading off to study aeronautical engineering at University of Glasgow. A parent told us, ‘A big push for STEM - girl power, emancipation and all that!’ Well-known for excellent SEN, it’s the only school in Scotland (and only one of six in the UK) with CReSTed status.The dream of many a horse-loving little girl, this is Scotland’s only school that has an...

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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.


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.


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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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.



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

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Dorothy MacGinty. Must be the only head we’ve met who left teaching to become a make-up artist, although she returned to her original vocation just a couple of years later. Having started out in the state sector at the Catholic faith school, St Aidan’s in Wishaw, just outside Glasgow, her make-up work took her to the bright lights of London where she stayed teaching in various locations as both a teacher of PE and biology. Next up was an 11-year post at Cranbrook as head of department and boarding housemistress, after which she was deputy head at Aldenham before taking on her first headship at St Francis’ College. A formidable woman in twinset and pearls, she is poised, articulate and completely dedicated to the girls’ all-round success and welfare. ‘Such a wonderful,...

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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
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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