Kilgraston

Perth and Kinross

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 260 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 5-18 years
  • Founded: 1930

General Information

Kilgraston is a dynamic school. It is distinctive and remarkable and offers a world-class education that is both academic and personal. In 2015, Kilgraston School was named as the Sunday Times top performing independent school for the Scottish Highers Curriculum. 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.
In November 2016, Kilgraston was named ‘top performing independent school for Advanced Highers’ by best-schools.co.uk. This comes after Kilgraston girls achieved an outstanding set of results in August 2016. At Advanced Higher 90.5% of grades were A-B against a national average of 59.3%, 36% of girls are now studying a STEM undergraduate course and 100% of girls were accepted into their choice of university. Kilgraston has an exceptional reputation for girls gaining entry into top Scottish universities. In 2016, over 70% of girls went on to study at universities in Scotland, including, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Facilities

Kilgraston’s sporting provision is headed by Pauline Stott MBE, the Director of Sport and former double Olympian. Pauline is a real role model to the girls, and is a key element to the success on the sports fields. 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, Scotland's only school 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 has a state of the art Science Centre.

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 4 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.

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

International Summer School

During the Summer, Kilgraston runs its own four week English language summer school for boys and girls aged 8 – 17. It is packed with incredible learning opportunities, amazing activities and fantastic trips. For further information visit www.klacscotland.com

Entrance Requirements

Kilgraston admits pupils of a wide range of abilities who are able to respond to the educational provision which the school provides. It is essential that all pupils at Kilgraston have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. The selection procedures for all prospective pupils are based on ability and aptitude, are fair and reflect the ethos of the school. Kilgraston is open to girls aged 5 to 18.

Scholarships

Scholarship awards are available for entry into U3/P7 onwards. These are awarded for academic excellence and for outstanding ability in Art, Music and Sport (including riding). All-rounder scholarships are also available.

Open Days

2017. Sat. 30th September, 11am – 2pm.

2018. Sat. 3rd February.

The Headmistress and school staff are available to answer your questions and queries about the school at any time, and we hold regular Open Days which give you an opportunity to tour the school and meet the staff and pupils.

For a comprehensive Prospectus Pack and details of fees, please contact the Head of Admissions: Telephone: +44 (0)1738 812257, Fax: +44 (0)1738 813410, e-mail: admissions@kilgraston.com

Fees

2017/2018. Day Fees. Reception - Upper Third: £3490 - £4425 per term, Lower Fourth - Upper Sixth: £5655 per term.

Registration fee: £100. Deposit: Day £750, Boarding £1500. Sibling discount.

International fees: Senior School (Lower Fourth – Upper Sixth) £10,440 per term, Junior School (Upper Second – Upper Third) £8,490 per term.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Dorothy MacGinty (B.Ed., N.P.Q.H., Dip.Mont.Ed.

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Amanda Johnstone, Head of Admissions

Kilgraston
Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH2 9BQ

[t]: 01738 812257
[f]: 01738 813410
[w]: www.kilgraston.com

Location Description

Set in 54 acres of stunning parklands against the backdrop of Scottish hills and countryside and yet is only an hour's drive to Edinburgh and Glasgow - the cultural and economic centres of Scotland.

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School News

It was a morning of celebration here at Kilgraston as the girls received their 2017 examination results and confirmation of university places. Headmistress Mrs Dorothy

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MacGinty said “I am very pleased with the results this year. Again, all Upper Sixth girls have gained a place at their chosen university and we wish them every success as they move onto the next stage of their education. The higher grades were particularly strong with 55% of passes being awarded an A grade and 83% were awarded A/B grades against a national average of 54%. I congratulate all of the girls and indeed their teachers, on their considerable success this year.”

Again there have been some commendable individual performances, not least amongst our musicians and sports girls. Grace Reilly, who has been our splendid Music Captain this year and Grade 8 musician in two instruments, achieved straight A grades in her Advanced Higher examinations and is now set to study medicine at Dundee University. Emily Dark, Lower Sixth (S5), at the age of 16 has played for Scotland Under 21 hockey team this year and achieved five A grades in her Highers. Similarly, Daisy Fonicello who became Scottish Fencing Champion this year also achieved five straight A grades in her Highers.

Kilgraston has again sent a large proportion of pupils to study STEM subjects at undergraduate level including medicine, environmental geoscience, astrophyiscs and aviation to mention a few. What is equally impressive is the breadth of subjects the girls have gone on to study at wide range of universities: English, French, Spanish, German, law, philosophy, politics and textile design.

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On Saturday 24th June, the Kilgraston community came together for their annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony to celebrate the end of the academic

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year and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of every Kilgraston girl.

Parents and families travelled from across the world for this momentous occasion and enjoyed a day of celebrations with strawberries, champagne and homemade picnics on the lawn!

This year, Kilgraston was delighted to welcome Dr Anna Campbell as guest of honour who gave an inspirational speech at both the Junior Years and Senior ceremonies and presented over 140 prizes, ribbons and trophies. Speeches from the Chair of Governors, Tim Hall and Headmistress, Dorothy MacGinty followed. After an extremely busy year, the Head Girl team gave an emotional farewell speech to the Senior School highlighting the recent school achievements and their many happy memories of their time at Kilgraston.

Mrs MacGinty said, ” The weather was kind to us and it was fantastic to see so many pupils and parents enjoying the celebration of the girls’ successes. I was delighted to see the Upper 6th girls move on to the next stage of their lives.  I wish this year’s leavers the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming the returning and new girls after the summer holiday.”

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On Wednesday 1st March, five L5 girls attended Edgbaston High School’s Humanities Day.

The day began with a keynote speech from Natalie Haynes, author of

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The Classical Guide to the Modern World and former Perrier-nominated stand-up comedian, on the importance of following your passion. After this, the girls broke up into groups for a series of workshops: first, Jo Haskins, project manager at Turner & Townsend, led a session on planning a refugee camp; then Professor Tim Whitmarsh of the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge gave a presentation on how the works of Homer might have been performed, including references to modern-day allusions; and finally, Anna Chrystal of the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham gave the girls some hands-on experience of studying fossils. Over lunch there was a higher education and careers fair in the school library then, to end the day, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE spoke of his extraordinary feats of physical and mental endurance and his undiminishing desire for exploring.

I will leave the final word to Sir Ranulph – when asked what advice he had for the girls in the audience, he told the story of being left in charge of Elizabeth, his 11-year-old daughter, for the first time. His wife had given him a list of things that Elizabeth was and was not allowed to do. When Elizabeth did something on the banned list, Sir Ranulph told her: ‘You’re not allowed to do that.’
‘Daddy,’ she replied. ‘Shut up.’

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Kilgraston was full of celebrations recently, when the news arrived that Kilgraston’s Director of Sport, Mrs Pauline Stott was awarded an MBE for services to

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Hockey and Sport in Scotland.

Mrs Stott said, “I was delighted to achieve this award for Hockey, Kilgraston and Scotland.  When you go out and train, play and coach you do it for enjoyment and I was determined when I retired from International hockey I wanted to give back to the youth players to inspire, encourage and make them believe that they CAN achieve through hard work, dedication and focus. I am immensely grateful to my hockey club Grove Menzieshill for their nomination and to Kilgraston for allowing me to influence and guide our girls daily.”
We would also like to congratulate Kilgraston parent, Dr Anna Campbell, founder of CanRehab who was awarded an MBE for services to Research into Exercise-Based Cancer Rehabilitation Services.

Kilgraston school for girls, Perthshire, has welcomed Mrs Dorothy MacGinty to the role of Principal. Mrs MacGinty joins Kilgraston from St. Francis’ College, Hertfordshire, where

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she held the post of Headmistress since 2009. Since 2012, Mrs MacGinty has chaired the Professional Development Committee of the Girls’ School Association (GSA), the most prestigious membership organisation for girls’ schools in the UK. Mrs MacGinty will be GSA President 2017.

Of Kilgraston, which was recently chosen as the Sunday Times Scottish Independent School of the Year, Mrs MacGinty said: “This is a distinctive and remarkable school. Many visitors say that we ‘feel different’. I believe this is because our founding traditions continue to reinforce the values that lie at the heart of our community: academic rigour, trust, respect, integrity and responsibility.

Our girls will be the leaders of tomorrow in a wide variety of professions and businesses. We believe that there should be no limitations on their ambitions either personally or professionally, and we offer a world class, exciting and challenging education where it is natural to step into leadership positions. Our girls work hard and enjoy considerable success in public examinations across a wide range of subjects.

When a girl joins Kilgraston, something rather extraordinary takes place. She quickly becomes a part of our Kilgraston ‘family’, where she is encouraged to grow and learn in an atmosphere of freedom and opportunity. Our teachers are dedicated and work tirelessly with all pupils to ensure each girl can achieve all she is capable of; the pride they share in success is palpable.

We are a school with traditional values but a modern and forward looking perspective on education. Education is not just about exam success; developing interest and talents, nurturing an understanding of divergent cultures, and emphasising our personal responsibility as global citizens are vital. As such, a Kilgraston girl benefits from a wealth of opportunities to extend and enrich her educational experience. We offer an enormous breadth of extra-curricular activities, and enjoy modern, state of the art facilities in sports, art, music and science”.

 

Photo: Mrs Dorothy MacGinty

A Perthshire School has been chosen as the top independent school in Scotland by The Sunday Times’ prestigious ‘Parent Power’ guide.

Kilgraston, in Bridge of Earn,

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was chosen for the accolade on the strength of the 2013-14 Intermediate 2 grades achieved by the Upper 5th year, which saw 98.6% of girls’ grades scored A-C, against a national average of 77.9%. 82% scored the highest ‘A’ grade.

Parent Power is the Sunday Times’ guide to the top performing schools in Britain. It publishes a ranking of 2,000 schools, using the latest results from public examinations to assess and compare academic performance. Each year, nine awards are presented to the very top performing ‘schools of the year’. Of Kilgraston, the guide said: “Nestled in a valley surrounded by the rolling hills of stunning Perthshire in the heart of Scotland, Kilgraston School, our Scottish Independent School of the Year, offers an idyllic environment for its pupils to learn and live in. Set in 54 acres of parkland, this small independent Catholic girls boarding and day school is centred around a 17th-century redbrick schoolhouse. The modern facilities, which include a six-lane indoor heated swimming pool, its own equestrian centre, and a £1m science centre, are as outstanding as the scenery is breathtaking, and the school’s academic results are impressive, too

 

 Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, Parent Power said: 
“It is always nice to recognise schools that offer something different. Kilgraston has had an outstanding year academically, climbing in our table from 18th last year to fourth this year off the back of stunning results at Highers and Advanced Highers, and also Intermediate 2 examinations. Kilgraston has had a stunning year in the examinations hall – from a non-selective intake –but the school is about so much more than that. Girls are encouraged to participate and succeed in all walks of life and the relatively small numbers allow the school to focus on personal development for each child. The school has a family feel to it and should be proud of its remarkable achievements”.
 
Chair of Kilgraston’s Board of Governors, Mr Tim Hall, said: 

‘The Governing Board is clearly delighted with this award, and KIlgraston’s outstanding academic record continues to help differentiate the school from its peers. We are just as pleased to see recognition in this accolade for our focus on the personal development of every child, whatever their ability, and the caring and supportive environment in which this is achieved’
 
Mrs Carol Ann Lund, Principal, said:
 “We are a small school with a big heart. Our pupils are our best asset; they care about each other, work hard, and are aspirational. Our sixth-formers are extraordinary women who make amazing school leaders. Kilgraston girls see each other doing well and they want to do well. They will run off the hockey pitch, straighten themselves up, and go and sing in the choir. I want to say thank you to every pupil, who does their very best in every lesson, to every teacher – who challenges the girls to give of their best, to support and residential staff who make sure that girls learn in a safe and beautiful environment, and to our parents, who have trusted us with their daughters’ education”.
 
Photo:  Kilgraston’s setting, amongst 54 acres of parkland, was described as ‘breathtaking’ by the Parent Power guide

We are delighted that our pupils have done so well in their 2014 exam results.

Well done to our 2013-14 Head Girls team of Sarah Anderson,

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Claire Carey and Amelia Jackson-Hutt, who all achieved straight As in their Higher exams – a collective 15 As!

Our Upper Fifth have achieved outstanding results at Intermediate 2 level. Their A-C pass rate of 98.6% clearly outstrips the national average of 77.9%, and an impressive 82% are at grade A.

In Lower Sixth Higher results have held up well, with 53.7% at grade A compared to 55.5% last year and A-B grades slightly ahead.

At Advanced Higher our A- C grades compare favourably to last year with a 95% pass rate.

There have been some outstanding individual performances with 2 girls achieving straight A grades at Advanced Higher, 6 girls achieving 5 A grades at Higher and 10 achieving straight A grades at Intermediate 2 level.

We wish all our Upper Sixth well as they move on to University courses across Scotland and beyond with places confirmed at Cambridge, Edinburgh and at St Andrews to study courses ranging from Law to International Relations and Design Engineering to Medicine.

Photo: 2013-14 Head Girls team of Sarah Anderson, Claire Carey and Amelia Jackson-Hutt

Kilgraston has been selected as one of the ‘Best of the Best’ in The Week Magazine’s prestigious Independent Schools Guide. The guide, which describes itself

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as finding ‘the schools at the top of their game’ chose Kilgraston as one of the schools ‘best for horsey types’, alongside Stonar School in Wiltshire and Queen Ethelburga’s College, York.

The Week’s guide “trawled through the statistics, league tables and exam results, and consulted a panel of education experts, parents and pupils to find the schools that have the wow factor“.

We’re thrilled to have been recognised in this way following a successful year for Kilgraston’s horsewomen. At the annual Scottish Schools Championships at Gleneagles our team won the 14 and under section, and our equestrian centre recently launched its own pony club, where girls can achieve badges in all aspects of horse and pony care as well as take progressive riding tests.

Offering day and boarding education for girls aged 2 to 18, Kilgraston has something to inspire every young woman. Intellectual values, leadership and personal ambition go

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hand in hand with a sense of social awareness, ensuring Kilgraston girls are well equipped for the modern world, whatever and wherever they want to be.

Open afternoon: Friday 26th September, 2pm – 5pm – For girls aged 2-18, and their families, who are considering a day or boarding education at Kilgraston

‘Try a night’ boarding sleepover: 5pm Friday 26th, to 5pm Saturday 27th September – For girls aged 8-15 who are considering boarding at Kilgraston.  Experience life at Kilgraston from dinner on Friday, overnight in our boarding houses, through to an action-packed day of activities on Saturday.

Find out more at www.kilgraston.com
Please register your attendance in advance at admissions@kilgraston.com

 

Kilgraston is a girls boarding and day school set in 54 acres of pristine Scottish Parkland in Bridge of Earn, just south of Perth. It

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has recently won the prestigious prize of ‘Independent School of the Year’ at the Independent School Awards.

The school was nominated for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in recognition of the changes the school has made to achieve a 55% growth over the last five years. It also received the Outstanding Financial/Commercial Initiative prize for the ongoing multi-million pound investment in facilities and the introduction of new Sports Academies developed to nurture young sporting talent. The judges also took into account the recent excellent HMIe inspection and the most successful examination results to date with an exceptional 57% A grades (95% A-C) for Higher and an outstanding 54% A grades (92% A-C) at Advanced Higher. The culmination of these led to the nomination for Independent School of the Year and eventual success. 

Kilgraston has pushed its academic capabilities over the last decade and often has the highest grades in Scotland being in the top three for Advanced Highers in the past four years. Kilgraston’s academic record is helped due to the small class sizes; the Sixth Form often has less than 10 pupils per class and the lower ages with around 15. 

With an Equestrian centre with 60m x 40m floodlit arena (only school in Scotland with this facility on site), a new International sized all-weather hockey pitch, 8 all-weather tennis courts, sports hall with climbing wall and fitness suite and a new 25m indoor swimming pool there is enough to keep the girls occupied! 

Means tested scholarships and bursaries are available on top of a 10% discount for armed forces families. Please visit our website or contact Mrs Linda-Anne Drane, Principal’s PA for more information or to arrange a visit.

 

Kilgraston has recently been crowned Independent School of the Year! Principal, Michael Farmer, received the prestigious award at the Independent School Awards, sponsored by

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The Spectator magazine and VISA, held at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 16th November. The award is a reflection of the hard work of all the staff and pupils over the last few years and the transformation of Kilgraston into Scotland’s leading girls’ boarding school.

We were nominated for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in recognition of the changes the school has made to achieve a 55% growth over the last five years. We also received the Outstanding Financial/Commercial Initiative prize for our ongoing multi-million pound investment in facilities and the introduction of our new Sports Academies. The culmination of these led to our nomination for Independent School of the Year and our eventual success.

We faced tough competition from some of the most progressive and innovative schools in the country with the award ceremony being a fantastic way to celebrate success in a sector which has seen many challenges in recent years.

Kilgraston joined a host of other excellent schools from across the country at the ceremony including New Hall School; Aberdour School; Adcote School; King Edward’s School, Birmingham; Caterham School; King’s College Taunton and St George’s Ascot to name but a few.

The award is prestigious with a rigorous selection process judged by a distinguished panel of educationalists and business people evaluating all aspects of the 28 shortlisted schools.

The panel of judges included Graham Able, former master of Dulwich College and former chair of HMC; Jill Berry, former president of GSA; Anne Evans OBE, chief executive of HTI; Jeremy Herrtage, Bursar of St Ive’s School, Haslemere; Andrew Maiden, Editor of Funding for Independent Schools magazine; Prof Malcolm MacDonald, Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University School of Management; Nick Shryane, Bursar of the Harrow School Foundation.

The judges took into account Kilgraston’s recent excellent HMIe inspection along with a number of factors including our outstanding examination results. The judges described Kilgraston as “particularly impressive”, “forward-thinking” and “an example to other schools”.

 

Mr Farmer was pleased to accept the award on behalf of the school and said “This is a testament to the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of everyone in our community and we are all delighted that Kilgraston has been rewarded with this outstanding accolade.”

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