Life at Ardvreck2018-10-02T15:11:07+00:00

FAMILY ETHOS

Our Vision
Ardvreck is a forward thinking, co-educational, independent, boarding and day prep school serving Scotland, the rest of the UK and the wider international market. We prepare children for places at all the UK’s public schools, by giving them a broad, inspiring and confidence building education.

An individual approach
Ardvreck is a happy and caring school in which all children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their full potential whilst carefully nurturing their self-belief and confidence.

We give each child time and space, respect and encouragement. They need the warmth and security which allows them to develop their own special talents and personalities. Most importantly, we have developed many ways which allows us to listen to the needs and aspirations of the children.

 

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SPORT

It is fair to say that sport plays a major part in school life at Ardvreck, although never at the expense of balance, inclusiveness or the school’s ethos. We aim to provide fun and worthwhile experiences for all, promoting personal fitness, self-esteem, excellence, sportsmanship and camaraderie.

There is a games session on every day from Monday to Saturday and although seasonal team sports are the main focus each term there is always variety during the week and often alternative activities.

There are opportunities for all pupils to play in teams at a level appropriate for their experience, for example in house competitions, in fixtures against other schools and in national representative teams. In terms of competitive matches, we invariably punch ‘above our weight’ and have enjoyed unbeaten seasons in hockey as well as being prodigious winners of the Ardvreck Rugby Sevens.

Ardvreck is widely recognised as the leading UK prep school in the sphere of shooting and last year the entire Scotland Under 14 team was compiled from Ardvreck pupils.

OUTDOOR PURSUITS

Ardvreck is proud to offer an outdoor pursuits programme that is second to none.  With the support and supervision of our highly experienced and qualified staff, our pupils are able to develop a deep-rooted resilience and love for the outdoors through a variety of opportunities that are spread throughout their time at the school.  The pupils at Little Ardvreck make full use of the extensive grounds in their day to day learning.  Break times are an opportunity for children of all ages to build dams and dens in the woods.  Outdoor learning is used wherever possible in a variety of contexts and by many of the teachers in class time.

 

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PASTORAL

Ardvreck is renowned for its high standard of pastoral care and welfare for both day and boarding pupils.

Boys and girls enjoy a warm, caring and nurturing environment.  We take the utmost care of all our children with a dedicated staff providing full time, around the clock, care.

House staff have a key role to play in the pastoral life of Ardvreck and are always available to advise and support the children and their parents.

LITTLE ARDVRECK & NURSERY

Little Ardvreck is a lively department for day children aged between 3 and 7 years of age. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Ardvreck’s grounds, our unique environment provides a wealth of natural learning opportunities.

Our central aim at Ardvreck is to help children to develop their confidence and self-esteem by giving them the opportunity to find the thing or things that they love to do and then using that enthusiasm and passion as a springboard for building and working for their future.

Class sizes are small which means that the learning experience is very intimate and the children quickly develop a sense of self-discipline coupled with good manners. Little Ardvreck children are happy children who enjoy the family atmosphere that small classes can provide.

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UNIFORM

School uniform is obtainable from the School and from Aitken & Niven.
Matrons are in charge of uniform at Ardvreck and can help order new items as well as providing access to the second-hand shop. Matrons also have a good stock of second hand extra-curricular activity items including judo and karate outfits.

Stock is also available from Aitken & Niven’s website: www.aitken-niven.co.uk.
For an up to date uniform list please Click Here

DOWNLOAD UNIFORM LIST

FOOD MENU

We believe that what happens at mealtimes impacts immensely on the rest of a child’s day.

Our spacious Dining Hall is a focal point of the school, the layout of which allows for children to sit with their friends and enjoy mealtimes. There is a member of staff on each table and supervision of every meal time ensures table manners are monitored and that all children eat a nutritionally balanced meal.

Children also receive a variety of home made snacks in morning and afternoon breaks to keep their energy levels topped up, especially on match days. Ardvreck’s match teas are legendary and, for visiting parents, we claim to serve the best Victoria Sponge and Homemade Shortbread north of the border! As a school we are committed to using local suppliers and food growers wherever possible.

To see our weekly menus, please use the links below:

DOWNLOAD FOOD MENU

HOUSE TRADITION

All our children join one of four Houses named after Scotland’s literary giants, James Matthew Barrie, John Buchan, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
A rings award system alongside sporting, academic and co-curricular achievements allow pupils to work together to try and win the House prize at the end of the term.
Duties are carried out by House and help children across the different age ranges and forms to bond and work together.

READ MORE

DAY PUPILS

Located in the heart of rural Perthshire, Ardvreck is an exceptional day preparatory school, offering a unique, educational experience to boys and girls from the age of 3 to 13. With a rigorous standard of education, a high standard of nurturing and care and an unrivalled selection of extra-curricular activities in our beautiful Perthshire grounds, Ardvreck produces ‘can do’ pupils who excel in continued education.

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BOARDING HOUSES

Ardvreck has three houses: Junior House (7-11), Mac House (boys 11-13) and Erskine House (girls 11-13).

Junior House is in the main building and is run by a dedicated pastoral team including a live in Housemistress and assistant. All the children in Junior House have their own personal bed area and enjoy the use of comfortable ‘home from home’ sitting rooms in which to play and relax. Junior House is warm, friendly and cosy and the children are extremely well looked after. Weekends are busy and sociable but downtime is also valued. Junior House prides itself on allowing children to be children.

Our pupils have the opportunity to benefit from a high standard of education, an all-round learning environment, and extra curricular activities set in the stunning, rural Perthshire countryside.
At Ardvreck, we aim to uncover the gem within each pupil. We provide the perfect environment in which pupils can thrive, becoming ‘can do’ pupils who excel in future education.

We aim to create a family environment which encourages responsibility, tolerance and understanding of others and a growing sense of independence. The boarding experience promotes initiative and helps to develop leadership skills. We encourage all children to embrace and enjoy the benefits boarding can offer with the opportunity for day pupils to make the transition to boarding if they desire.

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SHOOTING

Ardvreck is the only prep school north of the border to offer .22 rifle shooting. All pupils are given the chance to try this exciting activity, usually from the fourth form. We are fortunate to have an excellent purpose-built indoor 20 yard range with two firing points. Pupils learn to handle firearms with great care and respect and the focus and concentration that they acquire can prove very beneficial elsewhere in their education. Shooting takes place at various times which, as far as possible, avoid clashes with the many other activities in which pupils are involved.

OA Jonathan Hammond (88-94) is a shining example of what can be achieved by those who shoot at Ardvreck. In 1998, at the age of just 17, he won both the Scottish and British Individual Short-Range Senior Championships and, competing in Barcelona, he became the World Junior (U21) Champion. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and once again at London 2012. In Delhi in October 2010, he won four medals – two gold, a silver and a bronze – to become Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Commonwealth Games.

SKIING

At Ardvreck, we have a long history of success on the slopes.  We are keen to give every child who is interested in learning to ski the opportunity to do so in a safe, fun and accessible way.  Over the past couple of years, we have run ski trips to the indoor slope in Glasgow, the dry slope at Polmont and to Glenshee.  When conditions look good, we descend ‘en-masse’ to the slopes for fun days on the snow.  We also have a long and proud race heritage and this was reaffirmed in 2018 with victory in both the Scottish Prep Schools’ Ski Championships at Glenshee and the Scottish Schools’ Ski Championships at Glencoe.  We will do all we can to support every child in their ski development, regardless of ability, if they are keen to pursue this exciting and rewarding sport.

CULTURE

Ardvreck pupils are encouraged at every opportunity, through performance and appreciation, to personally engage with music, languages, a love of art, literature, film and theatre.

The unique Ardvreckian way of life is imbued with its own special culture. Each school pupil is attached to a house named after the Scottish literary greats Barrie, Buchan, Burns or Scott.  Our famed Barvicks, where outward bound activities and the many faceted rewards of outdoor learning and team pursuits become second nature.

Many an Old Advreckian will vouch for the multi layered and positive impact of their experience of Ardvreck culture, one that has an infectious, creative energy all of its own.

REELING

Learning about our country’s history and culture is very important and this is why Scottish Country Dancing plays an important part in the curriculum at Ardvreck. Younger pupils have formal reeling lessons within the timetable and the older children dance one evening a week.

Children are able to enjoy their dancing skills at a variety of school events. By the end of their time at Ardvreck pupils are able to dance most of the popular Scottish dances and they are able to enjoy themselves at dancing events both at senior school and in the wider community.

PIPE BAND

Ardvreck’s Pipe Band fosters the traditions of piping and drumming and offers our participating pupils with what can be a lifelong interest, even an obsession (and for some a most useful social skill in the rituals of Scottish life). Piping instruction is in the safe hands of Anne Spalding, a skilled piper and an experienced teacher, whether it is chanter to young learners or pibroch to the more advanced players. Drumming continues to thrive under the enthusiastic auspices of Michelle Stewart.

Our famous band is in high demand for gigs all over Scotland! Highlights include: playing at the Crieff Country market during the Drover’s Tryst walking festival; the annual Remembrance Day parade in Crieff; the Gold Cup event at the Perth Racecourse; a parade down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in front of the Queen and Prince William; the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the Etape Royale cycling sportive; the Masterchef awards at Gleneagles; at the summit of Ben Nevis; at the Commonwealth Resounds Concert in London and, most recently, our sixth form pipers were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pipe individually on the summit of Skye’s Inaccessible Pinnacle!

The Ardvreck Pipe Band certainly adds a splash of colour and a dash of panache to the life of the school!

FAMILY ETHOS

Our Vision
Ardvreck is a forward thinking, co-educational, independent, boarding and day prep school serving Scotland, the rest of the UK and the wider international market. We prepare children for places at all the UK’s public schools, by giving them a broad, inspiring and confidence building education.

An individual approach
Ardvreck is a happy and caring school in which all children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their full potential whilst carefully nurturing their self-belief and confidence.

We give each child time and space, respect and encouragement. They need the warmth and security which allows them to develop their own special talents and personalities. Most importantly, we have developed many ways which allows us to listen to the needs and aspirations of the children.

 

READ MORE

SPORT

It is fair to say that sport plays a major part in school life at Ardvreck, although never at the expense of balance, inclusiveness or the school’s ethos. We aim to provide fun and worthwhile experiences for all, promoting personal fitness, self-esteem, excellence, sportsmanship and camaraderie.

There is a games session on every day from Monday to Saturday and although seasonal team sports are the main focus each term there is always variety during the week and often alternative activities.

There are opportunities for all pupils to play in teams at a level appropriate for their experience, for example in house competitions, in fixtures against other schools and in national representative teams. In terms of competitive matches, we invariably punch ‘above our weight’ and have enjoyed unbeaten seasons in hockey as well as being prodigious winners of the Ardvreck Rugby Sevens.

Ardvreck is widely recognised as the leading UK prep school in the sphere of shooting and last year the entire Scotland Under 14 team was compiled from Ardvreck pupils.

OUTDOOR PURSUITS

Ardvreck is proud to offer an outdoor pursuits programme that is second to none.  With the support and supervision of our highly experienced and qualified staff, our pupils are able to develop a deep-rooted resilience and love for the outdoors through a variety of opportunities that are spread throughout their time at the school.  The pupils at Little Ardvreck make full use of the extensive grounds in their day to day learning.  Break times are an opportunity for children of all ages to build dams and dens in the woods.  Outdoor learning is used wherever possible in a variety of contexts and by many of the teachers in class time.

READ MORE
ardvreck-academic-icon

PASTORAL

Ardvreck is renowned for its high standard of pastoral care and welfare for both day and boarding pupils.

Boys and girls enjoy a warm, caring and nurturing environment.  We take the utmost care of all our children with a dedicated staff providing full time, around the clock, care.

House staff have a key role to play in the pastoral life of Ardvreck and are always available to advise and support the children and their parents.

LITTLE ARDVRECK & NURSERY

Little Ardvreck is a lively department for day children aged between 3 and 7 years of age. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Ardvreck’s grounds, our unique environment provides a wealth of natural learning opportunities.

Our central aim at Ardvreck is to help children to develop their confidence and self-esteem by giving them the opportunity to find the thing or things that they love to do and then using that enthusiasm and passion as a springboard for building and working for their future.

Class sizes are small which means that the learning experience is very intimate and the children quickly develop a sense of self-discipline coupled with good manners. Little Ardvreck children are happy children who enjoy the family atmosphere that small classes can provide.

READ MORE

UNIFORM

School uniform is obtainable from the School and from Aitken & Niven.
Matrons are in charge of uniform at Ardvreck and can help order new items as well as providing access to the second-hand shop. Matrons also have a good stock of second hand extra-curricular activity items including judo and karate outfits.

Stock is also available from Aitken & Niven’s website: www.aitken-niven.co.uk.
For an up to date uniform list please Click Here

DOWNLOAD UNIFORM LIST

FOOD MENU

We believe that what happens at mealtimes impacts immensely on the rest of a child’s day.

Our spacious Dining Hall is a focal point of the school, the layout of which allows for children to sit with their friends and enjoy mealtimes. There is a member of staff on each table and supervision of every meal time ensures table manners are monitored and that all children eat a nutritionally balanced meal.

Children also receive a variety of home made snacks in morning and afternoon breaks to keep their energy levels topped up, especially on match days. Ardvreck’s match teas are legendary and, for visiting parents, we claim to serve the best Victoria Sponge and Homemade Shortbread north of the border! As a school we are committed to using local suppliers and food growers wherever possible.

To see our weekly menus, please use the links below:

DOWNLOAD FOOD MENU

HOUSE TRADITION

All our children join one of four Houses named after Scotland’s literary giants, James Matthew Barrie, John Buchan, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
A rings award system alongside sporting, academic and co-curricular achievements allow pupils to work together to try and win the House prize at the end of the term.
Duties are carried out by House and help children across the different age ranges and forms to bond and work together.
Old Ardvreckians are very welcome to request that their children join their old House to continue family tradition.

READ MORE

DAY PUPILS

Located in the heart of rural Perthshire, Ardvreck is an exceptional day preparatory school, offering a unique, educational experience to boys and girls from the age of 3 to 13. With a rigorous standard of education, a high standard of nurturing and care and an unrivalled selection of extra-curricular activities in our beautiful Perthshire grounds, Ardvreck produces ‘can do’ pupils who excel in continued education.

READ MORE

BOARDING HOUSES

Ardvreck has three houses: Junior House (7-11), Mac House (boys 11-13) and Erskine House (girls 11-13).

Junior House is in the main building and is run by a dedicated pastoral team including a live in Housemistress and assistant. All the children in Junior House have their own personal bed area and enjoy the use of comfortable ‘home from home’ sitting rooms in which to play and relax. Junior House is warm, friendly and cosy and the children are extremely well looked after. Weekends are busy and sociable but downtime is also valued. Junior House prides itself on allowing children to be children.

Our pupils have the opportunity to benefit from a high standard of education, an all-round learning environment, and extra curricular activities set in the stunning, rural Perthshire countryside.
At Ardvreck, we aim to uncover the gem within each pupil. We provide the perfect environment in which pupils can thrive, becoming ‘can do’ pupils who excel in future education.

We aim to create a family environment which encourages responsibility, tolerance and understanding of others and a growing sense of independence. The boarding experience promotes initiative and helps to develop leadership skills. We encourage all children to embrace and enjoy the benefits boarding can offer with the opportunity for day pupils to make the transition to boarding if they desire.

READ MORE

SHOOTING

Ardvreck is the only prep school north of the border to offer .22 rifle shooting. All pupils are given the chance to try this exciting activity, usually from the fourth form. We are fortunate to have an excellent purpose-built indoor 20 yard range with two firing points. Pupils learn to handle firearms with great care and respect and the focus and concentration that they acquire can prove very beneficial elsewhere in their education. Shooting takes place at various times which, as far as possible, avoid clashes with the many other activities in which pupils are involved.
OA Jonathan Hammond (88-94) is a shining example of what can be achieved by those who shoot at Ardvreck. In 1998, at the age of just 17, he won both the Scottish and British Individual Short-Range Senior Championships and, competing in Barcelona, he became the World Junior (U21) Champion. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and once again at London 2012. In Delhi in October 2010, he won four medals – two gold, a silver and a bronze – to become Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Commonwealth Games.

SKIING

At Ardvreck, we have a long history of success on the slopes.  We are keen to give every child who is interested in learning to ski the opportunity to do so in a safe, fun and accessible way.  Over the past couple of years, we have run ski trips to the indoor slope in Glasgow, the dry slope at Polmont and to Glenshee.  When conditions look good, we descend ‘en-masse’ to the slopes for fun days on the snow.  We also have a long and proud race heritage and this was reaffirmed in 2018 with victory in both the Scottish Prep Schools’ Ski Championships at Glenshee and the Scottish Schools’ Ski Championships at Glencoe.  We will do all we can to support every child in their ski development, regardless of ability, if they are keen to pursue this exciting and rewarding sport.

CULTURE

Ardvreck pupils are encouraged at every opportunity, through performance and appreciation, to personally engage with music, languages, a love of art, literature, film and theatre.

The unique Ardvreckian way of life is imbued with its own special culture. Each school pupil is attached to a house named after the Scottish literary greats Barrie, Buchan, Burns or Scott.  Our famed Barvicks, where outward bound activities and the many faceted rewards of outdoor learning and team pursuits become second nature.

Many an Old Advreckian will vouch for the multi layered and positive impact of their experience of Ardvreck culture, one that has an infectious, creative energy all of its own.

REELING

Learning about our country’s history and culture is very important and this is why Scottish Country Dancing plays an important part in the curriculum at Ardvreck. Younger pupils have formal reeling lessons within the timetable and the older children dance one evening a week.

 Children are able to enjoy their dancing skills at a variety of school events. By the end of their time at Ardvreck pupils are able to dance most of the popular Scottish dances and they are able to enjoy themselves at dancing events both at senior school and in the wider community.

PIPE BAND

Ardvreck’s Pipe Band fosters the traditions of piping and drumming and offers our participating pupils with what can be a lifelong interest, even an obsession (and for some a most useful social skill in the rituals of Scottish life). Piping instruction is in the safe hands of Anne Spalding, a skilled piper and an experienced teacher, whether it is chanter to young learners or pibroch to the more advanced players. Drumming continues to thrive under the enthusiastic auspices of Michelle Stewart.

Our famous band is in high demand for gigs all over Scotland! Highlights include: playing at the Crieff Country market during the Drover’s Tryst walking festival; the annual Remembrance Day parade in Crieff; the Gold Cup event at the Perth Racecourse; a parade down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in front of the Queen and Prince William; the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the Etape Royale cycling sportive; the Masterchef awards at Gleneagles; at the summit of Ben Nevis; at the Commonwealth Resounds Concert in London and, most recently, our sixth form pipers were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pipe individually on the summit of Skye’s Inaccessible Pinnacle!

The Ardvreck Pipe Band certainly adds a splash of colour and a dash of panache to the life of the school!

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