Craigclowan School is unique in Perthshire as a fully co-educational, independent day school catering for children from the age of three to thirteen. Located on the edge of The Fair City, we are fortunate to be able to offer a rural setting with superb, modern facilities. Our aim is simple: to provide an all-round education for our pupils that prepares them for the senior school of their choice and, in doing so, helps them discover the balance between work and play. We expect our pupils to be caring, responsible and independent and to have the time and space to enjoy the opportunities that childhood offers in our beautiful and private grounds.
About the school
Craigclowan is a centre of learning and we attain high academic standards through the hard work of our pupils and the efforts of our dedicated staff who are quick to acknowledge and reward both endeavour and achievement. The forging of friendships, acquisition of traditional values and the development of personal qualities are also at the heart of what we do and everyone in the Craigclowan community believes that education reaches beyond the classroom walls. Our extra curricular programme is extensive: all pupils are encouraged to participate fully and thereby become interesting, involved and busy. Success in all areas is important and we try to measure it not only in absolute terms but also through improvements made, however small, and in finding new skills and talents that can be nurtured. Each child is an individual and our pupils are treated as such as they learn to respect and work with each other in many contexts. More can be found on our website at www.craigclowan-school.co.uk, but the best way to get a feel for the special atmosphere of the school is to pay us a visit and see the children and staff in action.
Bursary awards are available to children at any stage, and are intended to facilitate access for new pupils or to assist existing pupils where there has been a significant change in financial circumstance, such as loss of income, which threatens the pupil’s continued attendance at Craigclowan. Bursary applications for existing pupils may be made at any time during the school year.
In the case of applications for pupils new to the Main School, parents should request a Bursary Application Form from the Bursar (email@example.com). This should be submitted either prior to or at the time of submitting the Application for Admission Form.
MELISSA – a project about bees, friendship, culture and so much more
The MELISSA project is an Erasmus+ funded project which proposes to raise the profile of the environmental importance of bees locally, nationally and internationally.
27th February 2020 — The project involves pupils aged 7-15 from schools across Europe: from Craigclowan Prep School in Perth in Scotland, Thessaloniki in Greece, Voru in Estonia, Angra do Heroismo in the Azores and Verbania-Pallanza in Italy. These schools were carefully selected as they each offer unique skills and experience which they will bring to the project. Uniquely to this project, pupils will also research and demonstrate the importance of bee-keeping both historically and culturally, within an international context.
The project is based around clearly defined, cross-curricular, transnational tasks, each with a specific, measurable outcome. It has at its heart the desire to ensure that pupils leave school environmentally aware, qualified, skilled, optimistic and enthusiastic about their role as a European citizen. It proposes to foster an understanding of bees whilst offering the opportunity for entrepreneurship from an early age. It aims to inspire young people, to build on their sense of initiative and to show them that, through team work, cooperation, hard work and good leadership, they can create new resources, overcome challenges and become successful beekeeping ambassadors for their schools, families and countries.
The pupils involved in the project are becoming confident contributors, as they are required to present their work, in different languages, at all stages of their project, discuss their rationale, travel and meet fellow pupils from different countries and share what they have learnt from these experiences back home.
A group of six Craigclowan pupils have just returned from Terceira Island in the Azores where they participated in their first Learning, Teaching and Training Activity. More than sixty pupils from across Europe spent a week working together on the project; presenting their research, visiting local apiaries and cooperatives, producing models of beehives and making new friends. Pupils stayed with host families where they were treated to Portuguese hospitality at its finest! On his return, one of the Craigclowan pupils said,
“Last night I dreamed of our fantastic adventure and the new friends we’d made. It somehow didn’t feel real”.
The entrepreneurial spirit of young people will be fostered by way of a final "Bee Fayre" where pupils will present the outcomes of the project and market their bee-related products. We’ll be exploring the impact of bees on our culture, literature, arts and music, the history and styles of bee-keeping and the life of bees, how they make honey, the relationship between humans and bees, how to become a bee-keeper and the commercial/health products derived from bees. Many longer term, sustainable benefits from this project are anticipated: having established our schools as bee-keeping schools we hope to become an attraction and a source of knowledge from which other schools and community groups can benefit, hence the production of a guide to bee-keeping for primary schools/community groups will be an outcome of this project for everyone.
Craigclowan Prep School Announces China Partnership
Craigclowan has announced an exciting new partnership with LUKEC (Leading UK Education and Culture Limited) to establish a chain of high quality, English language nursery schools in Mainland China utilising the licensed brand 'Craigclowan China'.
21st March 2018 — As the global economy expands, an opportunity has arisen for high quality institutions such as Craigclowan to use their excellent reputation to develop new revenue streams and to forge cultural links with an important global economy.
The plan as it stands is to open one nursery in September 2018. Incumbent on the success of this, four more will be opened in Beijing over a three year period to create a cluster of five. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Craigclowan will provide the model for the curriculum, policy documentation, quality assurance and ongoing ambassadorial duties. Craigclowan will benefit financially from the partnership which will support its work in Scotland and enable it to build upon the already superb education it provides to its own pupils. It will also benefit from the cultural links and by being able to welcome English speaking Chinese national staff to Craigclowan for visits and exchanges.
At the official signing of the partnership agreement between LUKEC and Craigclowan, attended by Mr Pen, the Chinese Envoy to Scotland, Bill Farrar, Chairman of Governors at Craigclowan, said, ”I am delighted to be announcing this exciting new step for Craigclowan today, which will forge a strong new partnership with China, while also providing a secure and stable future for the education of the 240 pupils already in our care”. John Gilmour, Headmaster of Craigclowan added, “We know that China is providing a new focus for our global economy and we are excited that Craigclowan is at the vanguard of forging business and educational links with this vibrant and energetic country”.
Eureka! Past, Present and Future! Invention Ideas Fair
Eureka! Past, Present and Future! is a project funded through the EU Erasmus programme and managed by Craigclowan Prep School in Perth, Scotland.
8th March 2018 — The project’s key aim is to foster entrepreneurship, from an early age, and the idea that anyone has the capability of being an inventor. It aims to inspire young people, build on their sense of initiative and show them that through team work, co-operation, hard work and good leadership, they may become the inventors of the next generation.
The project started in September 2016 and ends in November 2018 and five schools are involved in the project:
Craigclowan Prep School – Project manager Scoala Ginmnaziala, Brazov, Romania – Partner Aristotelia College, Thessalonika, Greece – Partner Instituto Comprehensivo, Verbania, Italy – Partner Ecole Saint Victor, Paris, France - Partner
During the first year of the project pupils examined existing inventions from their own countries and then met in Thessaloniki and Paris to share their research. This year, pupils have been working on their own inventions.
At Craigclowan Prep School pupils from Forms six and seven (aged 11-12) have been working arduously to create an invention which will “help to make life better”. During the summer holidays they carried out research, talking to family and friends to identify problems, in everyday life, which an invention might solve. There were sixteen teams and all had wonderful ideas, including “The Dog Wash” as keeping your dog in the bath is always a problem! The “Midge Buster” – anyone living in Scotland will know what an annoyance midges are! The “Attracto-Key” a magnetic key which is designed to help anyone who struggles to get their key into the lock. The “Desk Clipper” which keeps your paper or jotter secure whilst you are working.
On February 8th an Invention Ideas Fair was held at Craigclowan where the teams pitched their ideas to the judges, staff, pupils and parents. The winning team was the “Electro-Magnet” - a magnet which is placed under a cup to stop it being knocked over. The judges loved the simplicity of their idea, the team spirit, the professionalism of the pupils and the potential of this idea. The runners-up were the team who invented “The Finder” a device which can be sown into name tags which links to an app and instantly finds your possessions no matter where they are left around school! The pupils from these teams will now travel to Romania where they will meet the pupils from the other countries and will present their ideas and learn about the invention ideas from all the partners.
Running such a project in school has provided a fantastic opportunity for collaborative and cross-curricular learning. Pupils have been working on the design and their prototypes in Art and CDT lessons, and in Drama they prepared commercials for their invention. In Science they explored the materials which they would use and in ICT they have prepared websites, presentations and promotional materials. The project has coincided with all pupils at Craigclowan Prep School being given Chromebooks. This technology has hugely impacted the way in which pupils have been able to collaborate and work together, both remotely from home and together in school.
Learning and working in such a way comes with its own challenges, however, the life experience of working as part of a team on a meaningful project has proved as valuable as the final outcome. Our pupils rose to this challenge with enthusiasm and diligence and friendships have been fostered among children who might otherwise not have chosen to work together.
We have had huge support from a nearby senior school, Strathallan School, who offered us the use of their advanced CDT facilities to make prototypes of the inventions. Craigclowan pupils met with the staff and sixth formers, studying Design Technology, for a Saturday morning workshop. Our pupils were paired with and helped by sixth formers. Seeing the younger pupils being guided and taught by the sixth formers was wonderful, everyone benefited from this event and the younger pupils were truly inspired by the experience and knowledge of the sixth formers.
The added dimension of knowing that there are pupils from four other schools in four different European countries also working on this project has added tremendous excitement to the project. There has been a real buzz of anticipation around school, not least from the lucky children and staff who will be visiting Romania.
The next phase of the project will be to explore the possibility of taking these ideas into a commercial marketplace. Thus realising the initial dream of the project which was to foster the idea that anyone can be an inventor.
Craigclowan Prep School in Perth is co-ordinating a 128,000 Euro, two year project to bring opportunities to five European schools
6th June 2017 — The Erasmus+ programme is a European Union student exchange programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities. Craigclowan Prep School in Perth, along with four European partner schools from Romania, Greece, Italy and France, have been awarded 128,000 Euros for a 26 month project aimed at sharing and learning different teaching practices, creating friendships and learning opportunities for pupils and staff, as well as providing them with travel opportunities to visit partner schools.
Craigclowan is now almost at the end of the first phase of the project and it has been an amazing year. Pupils from all five countries have researched inventors and inventions from their own countries, produced factsheets and presentations and each country has made a game about their inventions and inventors. Pupils at Craigclowan produced a new Top Trumps game.
To date, four lucky pupils from Form 7 had the chance to visit Paris and four met up with our partners in Greece. They presented their work to each other, learned Greek for the first time, attended classes, played games, visited famous sites, ate wonderful food and made lots of new friends.
The children have learnt that whilst there are many differences between the countries and schools, when it comes to the important matters of friendship, hospitality and kindness everyone is just the same!
Craigclowan Prep School in Perth wins the Traidcraft Fairtrade Snack Attack competition for the fourth time
16th May 2017 — Every year since 2010 Craigclowan School in Perth has participated in the Traidcraft Fairtrade Snack Attack Competition. The purpose of the competition is to design a brand new Fairtrade snack, plan the marketing and advertising of this snack and to research the Fairtrade movement in order to understand the impact which being a Fairtrade farmer can have on local communities. Finally, the idea and plan is submitted to Traidcraft.
The school has had incredible success in this competition, having been runners up three times and national winners four times. This year, a team of three 13 year old pupils invented “Sack ‘n’ Sauce” which is a Fairtrade take on Chinese Dim Sum and won their fourth title.
At Craigclowan School they like to take this competition a step further by organising a Dragon’s Den style competition where pupils present their Fairtrade snacks to a panel of teachers. In order to do this effectively pupils have to learn the necessary skills of working as part of a team (their team is selected for them). They learn how to compromise, delegate, communicate and they learn that teamwork really works. On completion of this project pupils have collaborated together, improved their ICT, communication and presentation skills, learnt about target markets and related their marketing strategy to their identified market, been creative in the kitchen (the pupils make the snack and carry out primary market research in the classroom, through taste tests amongst their classmates), used their design skills to prepare packaging and have become more aware as consumers. All pupils research and present a case study on a Fairtrade farmer and what the Fairtrade movement means to them and the impact which it has made in their local community.
Caroline Hardaker, Schools and Fair Trader Co-ordinator at Traidcraft, said “We loved the amount of detail that went into the design of the Craigclowan’s packaging and their judging process”.
Winners Izzy Heaton-Armstrong, Joe Jeffers and Iona Fleming are pictured with their certificates.
For the second successive year, Craigclowan Prep School in Perth has been crowned Scottish National U11 Kwik Cricket Champions
26th June 2016 — Once again, Craigclowan's U11 team has taken the title in the National U11 Kwik Cricket competition. Their three girls and five boys won every game on a drizzly day, making 15 wins out of 15 over the three days of matches. All the players performed at the highest level with tight bowling, big hitting, clever running, sharp fielding and extraordinary catches. The boys and girls showed what great teamwork can achieve.
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