Lathallan is an independent, fee-paying school for girls and boys offering Nursery, Junior and Senior (six weeks old to age 18) schooling to day pupils, with full, weekly and flexi boarding available. Please get in touch for information on full boarding.
About the school
The School is situated by the coastal village of Johnshaven serving the communities of Aberdeenshire and Angus in this beautiful part of North-East Scotland. Our wide catchment area is served by daily coach runs from Aberdeen and Stonehaven to the North and Brechin and Montrose to the South. Set in the picturesque Angus countryside, Lathallan over looks the sea and offers exceptional opportunities for boys and girls to develop their full range of talents and interests.
Lathallan School Top in Scotland for Duke of Edinburgh Award
Lathallan School has been recognised as the top school for participation and completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
15th September 2017 — Lathallan School recently learned that for the third consecutive year it has been recognised as the school with the highest uptake and completion rate for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Headmaster, Mr Richard Toley said “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a great way to encourage confidence and resilience in our pupils. I am delighted that we have achieved the top participation and completion rate in Scotland for the award.”
Outdoor education and the Duke of Edinburgh Award are both run by Mr James Woodhouse, retired Major, BSc, MIC, JSA MI and technical advisor for the National Navigation Award Scheme and Abernethy Trust. Pupils are given timetabled DofE lessons to ensure they make the most out of the opportunities DofE provides.
Megan Ramsay, an S5 pupil completed her DofE Silver Award at the end of S4. Megan volunteered in the Junior School helping with swimming lessons and gained National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, her chosen sport was Zumba which she took part in during PE each week. As part of Megan’s expedition she climbed 4 munros in 24 hours. Megan said “I have had the chance to learn new and try something new that I may not have even attempted had I not signed up for the award. Although I found it challenging at times, completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award has given me a sense of accomplishment and I look forward to carrying on to complete my Gold Award.”
Pupils from Lathallan School reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Thursday 20 July!
20th July 2017 — 18 pupils along with 5 parents and guides arrived in Kilimanjaro on 5 July. The first few days were spent on an acclimatization trip climbing Mini Mount Meru height 3000m and Mount Meru at a height of 4566m.
The group then returned to their hotel in Moshi before tackling their 6-day expedition of Kilimanjaro following the Umwe route.
S3 pupil, Jack van Bergen said ‘It was a once in a lifetime experience.’
Some pupils extended their trip with a wildlife safari. The safari was in Lake Man Yara, the Ngoro Goro and Tanrigre National Park where they were fortunate to see elephants in the wild with young and lion ambush a wildebeest in a unique environment.
Artist Lesley Seeger came to visit Lathallan School Junior School pupils on Wednesday 31 May.
1st June 2017 — Pupils in Junior 5 (P5) were treated to a visit on Wednesday 31 May by the famous artist Lesley Seeger. The children welcomed her with a display of their work inspired by her paintings. Lesley attended Ripon Grammar School in North Yorkshire and is a renowned artist who paints landscapes both imagined and observed and likes places off the beaten track where nature is strong. A belief in the importance of beauty is a hallmark of her work. There are many layers to Lesley's paintings which mirror the history and changes of a landscape and the complex strata of our lives.
In between exhibitions Lesley paints to commission specialising in capturing 'a sense of place.'
Lesley said “I had a fantastic trip to Scotland where I met the J5 class at Lathallan and did some plein air painting, much talent!”
Once the children had shown Lesley their work they all ventured into the walled garden and did a wonderful outdoor workshop with her.
Martha a pupil in J5 said “It was a very creative afternoon and I like the way she made her drawings look so fantastic!”
Lathallan School Pipe Band pupils had a trip of a lifetime in New York playing in the Tartan Day Parade.
2nd May 2017 — Lathallan School Pipe Band have returned from a trip of a lifetime at Tartan Week in New York supported by Wester Ross Salmon.
Pupils travelled with staff on Thursday 6 April to New York. The 20 pupils ranging from Primary 6 to Senior 6 played at various landmarks in New York including the Statue of Liberty, Bryant Park and were the first ever Pipe Band to play at Intrepid, the Sea, Air and Space Museum. The highlight of the trip was getting to play at the Tartan Day Parade alongside the Aberdeen University Alumni New York Chapter on Saturday 8 April.
Lathallan School’s Head Boy Fin Marsden attended the trip of a lifetime with the school Pipe Band Pipe to New York.
"This was a truly incredible trip. New York is a stunning city living up to its title of a 'concrete jungle'. To have the honour of playing as a band through the streets, at the plazas and next to the Statue of Liberty was an amazing opportunity.”
Lathallan School top in Scotland for Duke of Edinburgh Award
Lathallan School in Johnshaven are the top independent school in Scotland for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, both in terms of pupil participartion and achievement.
13th September 2016 — The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is an achievement award scheme for young people; to help them develop skills in all areas of their lives, from confidence to working in teams.
Nearly 70% of eligible school pupils at Lathallan School are undertaking one of the three Duke of Edinburgh Award levels, with a success rate of nearly 50%. Both of these figures are the highest in Scotland among independent schools.
Headmaster Mr Richard Toley said “We are delighted that Lathallan School has come top for Duke of Edinburgh participation and achievement in Scotland. Our active outdoor education programme lends itself well to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and this success is testament to that”.
The whole of the Lathallan Senior School are to climb Ben Nevis on June 10 the celebrate the Diamond Challenge of Duke of Edinburgh.
30th May 2016 — The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenges the nation in its Diamond Anniversary year
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity (DofE) is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956.
Lathallan School, Johnshaven, is getting into the spirit by taking on the DofE Diamond Challenge – a one-off initiative organised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in celebration of their Diamond Anniversary.
The entire Senior School from Lathallan – all 135 pupils – will be undertaking a day hike up Ben Nevis on June 10 2016. Not only is Lathallan School keen to promote outdoor learning, it also has the highest uptake of Duke of Edinburgh pupils in the country.
The DofE Diamond Challenge aims to give everyone a flavour of the life-changing benefits of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The funds raised by DofE Diamond Challengers will help the Charity reach its Diamond Ambition of enabling two million more young people access the DofE by 2020.
Throughout 2016, people from across the UK, including celebrities such as Jon Culshaw, Julia Bradbury and Matt Johnson, have chosen to take on a challenge from three DofE inspired themes; learn a skill, embark on an adventure or conquer a personal challenge. All Challengers are asked to raise a minimum of £60 for the DofE Charity to go towards increasing opportunities for all young people to start their DofE in the UK.
Speaking about the School’s DofE Diamond Challenge, and the excitement of being part of the Anniversary celebrations, Headmaster Richard Toley said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in its Diamond Jubilee year. As the school with the largest percentage of DofE uptake in Scotland, we wanted to combine our passion for outdoor learning with a special event such as this, and taking on Ben Nevis is the perfect challenge”.
Barry Fisher, Director of Duke of Edinburgh in Scotland will be joining Lathallan School on their ascent. He said “I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in Lathallan’s Diamond Challenge event – climbing up the UK’s highest peak with pupils and teachers. Lathallan have grown to be one of the most successful DofE’s groups in Scotland in a very short period of time and have a tremendous commitment to the DofE programme within the School and the DofE Charity itself. The Diamond Challenge will help the DofE Charity raise important money to enable more young people to benefit from the programme and we are delighted that Lathallan were one of the first Licensed Organisations to support this initiative”.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Our DofE Diamond Challengers are just amazing; extraordinary people who are pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones to support our Charity, I can’t thank them enough. Our Diamond Anniversary is a great marker to plan for the future and we want to enable two million more young people to start their DofE by 2020, 400,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The DofE Diamond Challenge is a great way to get involved and help us reach this target.”
The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people between the ages of 14-24, allowing them to develop skills for life and for work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme in the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
Photographed (l-r) Gordon Simpson (17, Brechin), Anna Cassidy (15, Montrose), Phoebe Verstralen (15, Stonehaven) and Benjamin Wark (16, St Cyrus)
Our Admissions procedure involves prospective families visiting the School and meeting with the Headmaster. Further to this, we ask for prospective pupils to undertake a 'Taster Day' where they join their peer group for a day at Lathallan School. Feedback from teachers will help the Headmaster decide whether he can offer a place or not to that pupil.
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Johnshaven, By Montrose, Angus, Scotland, DD10 0HN