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Kilgraston pupil to play for Scotland

A Kilgraston pupil has been called up to play football for Scotland national under 17 team.

Upper Fifth’s Leah will join the Scotland women’s team at their training camp in Edinburgh this week. The fifteen year-old, who is left-sided player, currently plays for Edinburgh-based club, Spartans.

Huge well done to Leah, we are all very proud of you, and we cannot wait to hear more about your success.

You can read more about this news story here.


Image via Steve MacDougall/ DCT Media

Sunday Telegraph reports boarding in Britain increasingly popular

International interest in British boarding schools is on the increase with Britain being seen as ‘open for business’ thanks to the UKs successful vaccine roll-out programme.

Head teacher of Kilgraston School, Dorothy MacGinty, is quoted in today’s Sunday Telelgraph newspaper (6.6.21), discussing the trend.

The full Sunday Telegraph article can be read here

Sixth Form boarding at Kilgraston School



Seeking ‘space’ and ‘fresh air’ – Scottish boarding market sees domestic, post-lockdown, uptick

Dorothy MacGinty, Head teacher of Kilgraston School: “Life at a boarding school is always challenging but, like everywhere else, the last fourteen months have been specifically difficult for myriad reasons. Apart from ensuring pupils were academically and pastorally fulfilled, an independent school is a multi-million pound, international business and, obviously, Covid-19 has thrown-up many additional hurdles to parents from abroad contemplating sending their child to a British boarding school.”

Mrs MacGinty continued: “However, life is always surprising. Interest from the domestic boarding market has seen a remarkable upsurge. Parents (and their daughters) are quoting ‘space’, ‘smaller classes’, ‘fresh air’ and, most interestingly, ‘having a bedroom to escape to and their own personal space’ as the last few months have been so confined. Also fascinating is the move from the English GCSE and A-Level curriculum to our SQA, Highers and National Fives. Parents from down-south are clearly thinking ahead to university places and now seeing the Scottish school timetable as positive move to getting into Scottish universities.”

The full article can be read here: Daily Telegraph

Heads’ up – it’s time to put your back into learning at Kilgraston School

The full effect of pupils having been away from the classroom for months will take a long time to fully comprehend. However, at Kilgraston, one consequence has already been clearly identified.

“Since returning after the Easter holidays, several teachers began to notice a common theme of slouching,” said Head teacher, Dorothy MacGinty,

It soon became evident that months of home-schooling, crouching over a laptop, hadn’t done anything for pupil posture, with several commenting on sore backs and necks.

“Of course, because of social distancing, staff and dining room chat is severely curtailed,” continued the Head, “it took a few days before we realised that this was a common theme. Since restrictions were eased, there has, quite rightly, been a great deal of national discussion about lockdown lethargy, mental health issues, weight gain and children struggling with speech and language skills, however, none of us were prepared for, or expected, a bearing on personal carriage.”

To try and address the issue, pupils throughout the Kilgraston’s Junior and Senior Years are now being asked to carry-out shoulder-rolls and stretches before each class, with time spent in PE also concentrating on personal posture.

Year-group bubbles are encouraged to think about their stance and the body as a whole. “We’re not quite ‘Miss Jean Brodie’,” said Mrs MacGinty, “but we are asking them to sit-up a bit straighter for their own long-term benefit.”


Senior pupils at Kilgraston School taking part in a pre-English class stretch session


The Daily Mail newspaper also thought this was a good idea, reporting the story on Wednesday 5 May 2021

Deportment for education… school bids to stop slouching

  • Scottish Daily Mail
  • 5 May 2021
  • By Kate Foster

IT is a lesson worthy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – a ‘deportment’ class to correct slovenly posture.

Now, just like the girls in the classic book and film, pupils at a Scottish boarding school are being taught how to carry themselves, after teachers saw them ‘slouching’ at their desks following months of home schooling.

The posture classes are taking place at Kilgraston, an independent school near Perth where fees range from £11,550 for primary to £33,500 for senior school boarding.

Many pupils have been studying from home during lockdown and when the mostly girls’ school reopened for face-to-face learning two weeks ago, teachers saw youngsters slumping and complaining of aches and pains. Now they are being given daily exercises such as shoulder rolls and stretches before they start lessons, with PE classes concentrating on deportment.

The problem is thought to have been caused by pupils at home not looking up as often as they would do in the classroom – and teachers not being on hand to tell them to sit up straight.

National and personal athletics success for Kilgraston pupil

Huge congratulation’s to Kilgraston School pupil, talented athlete Freya H, who took part in last weekend’s British Athletics Coventry Spring Meet, producing a personal best performance in shot-put and finishing top of the F37 classification.

Lined-up against some of the country’s best para athletes, the Sixth Form pupil was representing her hugely supportive club, Perth’s Strathtay Harriers.

Commenting on her recent performance, Club Head Coach, Jim Hunter, said: “Freya’s continual improvement – she is also a talented javelin thrower and runner – is just reward for all the hard work she has put in to this point. From a club perspective, we are really chuffed for her.”

Picking up on the story, the Daily Record ran a feature on Freya, which also highlighted the difficulties the last year of lockdown has had on athletes and the sheer dedication needed to maintain standards.

Freya competing on Saturday in Coventry on Saturday 24 April 2021

Picture credits: the Perthshire Advertiser, Richard Wilkins, & Alison Howgate

St Cecilia’s concert in press

Our annual St Cecilia’s concert featured in the January edition of the Independent Schools Magazine.

Our music department and Kilgraston pupils all worked within COVID restrictions to ensure the concert went ahead.

You can read the Independent Schools Magazine article here (turn to page 24), and click here to enjoy the wonderful concert again.

STEM at Kilgraston – Mrs MacGinty’s article in Service Parents Guide

STEM at Kilgraston is thriving, exemplified by the numbers of our leavers who go on to study these subjects at university. This year, 2021 is looking to build on this with a quarter of our leavers applying to Engineering degrees.

In the latest version of the Service Parents Guide, Kilgraston’s Headmistress Mrs MacGinty, discusses how we are supporting and engaging our pupils in their learning journey, particularly when learning a subject such as Physics. You can read the entire via the online version of the Service Parents Guide here on page 120.

Mrs MacGinty discusses the return to school on Radio Tay

Kilgraston’s Headmistress, Mrs Dorothy MacGinty, featured on local radio station, Radio Tay, to discuss the return to school.

Schools in Scotland have been closed again due to COVID-19 but today sees the return of the youngest pupils, in the Primary 1, 2 and 3 year groups.

You can listen to what Mrs MacGinty said via the link below, around 40 seconds in at the first news and then every half hour news slot thereafter.