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We were enchanted to find a history teacher carefully hand marking (slightly scruffy) handwritten exam papers. Trips to battlefields, and re-enactments the norm. State-of-the art school over three floors with marvellous light and inspired work (we said that last time but it is still top of the pops) – current conundrum is how to retrieve two ginormous feet which were finalists in the Saatchi Schools competition. Enthusiastic head of art opens art rooms whenever: ‘can always work on my own projects’. Art/history combined field trips to Venice, Prague and the like...

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What the school says...

Central to Strathallans ethos is providing the opportunities for all pupils to excel, challenging them, offering support and building confidence through a range of experiences. The focus is very much on the individual who is appreciated for his/her contribution in whatever area of School life. We have a unique Choral Scholarship programme in conjunction with St Ninians Cathedral in Perth.

We are an international community with pupils, foreign nationals (15%) and ex-patriots, and we relish the range of cultures, beliefs and experience to which our pupils are thereby exposed.

Located in 153 acres of Perthshire countryside, our facilities are outstanding and include two synthetic hockey pitches, Swimming Pool, purpose built Computing, Art, and Design Technology facilities all on the one campus. We have an exchange programme with schools in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and run cultural and sports trips abroad and within the UK.

Being a member of the Strathallan community is a wonderful experience in itself but vitally it is also an outstanding preparation for the future.
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Since 2000, Mr Bruce Thompson MA (Oxon) (mid 50s), educated at Newcastle High, thence New College where he read literae humaniores (classics to the rest of us) and came to Strathallan via Cheltenham College, where he was head of classics, and Dollar Academy - he wanted to 'try the Scottish system'. 'Loves Scotland, and loves Strathallan,' as does his wife, Fabienne (French: teaches at local prep school, worked in travel and tourism, expert skier - coaches it and most likely to be found whizzing round the campus on her bike). Two daughters, now up and running.

Leaving in December 2017. His successor will be Mark Lauder, currently head of Ashville College (40s). Did an MA in English literature and history at Aberdeen, spending his junior honours year at the University...

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Special Education Needs

Strong features of support for learning include: systematic identification of pupils with specific learning difficulties and sensitive support for individual pupils; well-planned arrangements for pupils requiring special assistance with examinations; informative advice to teachers on the learning needs of pupils requiring support; an appropriate range of programmes for pupils for whom English is an additional language; effective use of the expertise of external specialists such as educational psychologists; and after school clinics run by a number of subject departments. The priority is to provide long term support for individuals and groups of pupils and to respond positively to the needs of pupils referred from individual departments. Teachers have been provided with briefings on issues such as dyslexia and the focus in the last year has been on helping departments adapt approaches and materials to pupils’ different needs. The department consists of two full-time members of staff with the help of three other teachers. One of the full-time members of staff specialises in the provision for pupils in the Junior House, Riley (ages 9-13) and she works closely with the Head of Department whose focus is in the senior part of the School. All pupils have screening tests on entry and extensive use is made of the arrangements available under both the English and the Scottish examination systems.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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