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Adventure Playground


Adventure Playground One of the top private schools in the world, Ardvreck inspires children with a love of learning through nature In the heart of rural Perthshire and within an hour’s reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh, is a hidden gem of a boarding and day preparatory school, offering a unique educational experience to boys and girls from the age of three to 13. Visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring views of doorstep Munros as they make their way up the school’s sweeping drive. Then there is the thrilling spectacle of the children, dressed in kilts and wellies, hanging [...]

Adventure Playground2022-06-20T14:37:08+01:00

The Official Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Album


Ardvreck School To Feature In The Official Queen's Platinum Jubilee Album PRESS RELEASE Ardvreck School, known for its academic and adventurous education, will feature in the official commemorative album for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The Scottish school, nestled in the Perthshire countryside, was selected by St James’s House to feature alongside a select number of outstanding individuals and organisations from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for its approach to outdoor education and enthusiasm for nurturing a love for the environment. Ali Kinge, Ardvreck School’s Headmistress, said: “To be featured in the only official book [...]

The Official Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Album2022-06-15T14:07:38+01:00

The Good Schools Guide Review 2022


THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE REVIEW 2022 We welcomed The Good Schools Guide to Ardvreck School in September 2021, and we are delighted to share an excerpt from their latest review. EXTRACT FROM THEIR REVIEW On first impression, it would be easy to assume that this school has leapt straight from the pages of an Enid Blyton novel (we loved a Malory Towers tale as much as the next child), but don’t be fooled… While these are among the politest schoolchildren we’ve ever encountered (it’s not often that we are stopped by a tiny person to enquire how we are [...]

The Good Schools Guide Review 20222022-02-08T16:09:37+01:00

Reflections from the OA Shoot 2021


OLD ARDVRECKIANS CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING CHALLENGE at Gleneagles on 9th August 2021 Reflections and Report by Amelia Murray Lindsay (1986-91, Greek) “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Of all the prizes awarded to the Old Ardvreckians at Gleneagles on 9th August, perhaps the most coveted was the enormous decoy [...]

Reflections from the OA Shoot 20212022-04-26T12:06:24+01:00

Trailer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Trailer For A Midsummer Night's Dream The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen...such a rare vision! Please enjoy this spectacular trailer of our most recent school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. #onlyatardvreck

Trailer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream2021-09-30T15:32:56+01:00

Named Top Ten UK Prep School


Named Top Ten UK Prep School We are delighted to announce that Ardvreck School has been listed as one of the Top Ten UK Prep Schools, and named in the Top 100 selection of the best private schools in the world, in the 2021 Spear's Schools Index in partnership with Carfax Education Group.   "Ardvreck sees education as an adventure, encouraging children to think for themselves whether they are solving a maths problem or climbing a mountain. The stunning location is an ideal environment to build self-reliance and perseverance through outdoor activities, and still acquire [...]

Named Top Ten UK Prep School2021-10-18T10:10:10+01:00

Sports Day 2021


Sports Day 2021 The legendary Ardvreck Sports Day returned on Friday, 11th June. Although we missed having our wonderfully supportive parents there, the children from Little Ardvreck up to Form 6 belted round the pitches doing Scott, Buchan, Burns and Barrie proud. The final champions were Barrie but a huge well done to everyone for a marvellous spectacle of athleticism and team spirit. Little Ardvreck Races   Junior Races [...]

Sports Day 20212021-06-14T10:35:28+01:00

Let Them Play


Let Them Play By Sarah Mannion The restorative and therapeutic effects of spending time in greenspace for mental health and wellbeing purposes has become more widely understood and valued in recent years. Ardvreck School, set in 40 acres, surrounded by stunning views of high mountains, fields and ancient woodland, is incomparable in its location. It has greenspace by the bucketload and every single pupil uses it on a daily basis. Let the children play? We certainly do! Unstructured play is vital for children’s mental health and wellbeing. There are current concerns [...]

Let Them Play2021-05-12T16:49:15+01:00

Fresh Air, Friendship and Financial Sense


Fresh Air, Friendship and Financial Sense Reasons To Choose Ardvreck School Our idyllic countryside setting, surrounded by awe-inspiring Munros and peaceful lochs, are just a few of the reasons many families choose Ardvreck School, not to mention the abundant fresh air and the extraordinary academic and adventurous education we provide.  Daily lessons in core curriculum subjects with exceptional provision for Music, Art and Drama are all a given and, in addition, children regularly enjoy adventures including white water rafting on our local rivers, rock climbing at a nearby crag or summiting Munros on our doorstep, [...]

Fresh Air, Friendship and Financial Sense2021-04-06T08:59:47+01:00

21st Century Latin at Ardvreck School


21st Century Latin at Ardvreck School By Annie-Sophie Bulder To some, studying Latin may seem outdated and they struggle to see the relevance of it today. However, at Ardvreck School, we take a creative approach to teaching Latin; it is far from dull and demonstrates to pupils why studying the Classical past matters. Naturally, we want our pupils to excel in Latin, and this requires them to master complicated grammar rules and an extensive vocabulary list. In our modern classroom, we want to inspire and motivate our pupils to engage fully with Latin. We do this by focusing [...]

21st Century Latin at Ardvreck School2021-03-31T13:32:09+01:00

Over hill, over dale, on the Headmistress’ lawn


Over hill, over dale, on the Headmistress’ lawn By Peter Grant The announcement of any school production is always an eagerly anticipated event, and this year, despite lockdown and all the related challenges, our young Ardvreckians have been as excited as ever by the prospect of this summer’s show.  I’m sure many of us will remember the thrill of being involved in a school production, be it as a member of the tech crew, the band, the ensemble, or as a soloist. Indeed, the only time I was cast as the romantic lead was when [...]

Over hill, over dale, on the Headmistress’ lawn2021-03-22T12:44:03+01:00

Resilience: the ability to cope mentally or emotionally.


Resilience: the ability to cope mentally or emotionally By Sarah Mannion In my 25 years of teaching, many things have changed - but the one thing that crops up more and more is how to ensure the wellbeing of children. Wellbeing covers many things, but ‘resilience’ - which plays a large part - is really important and is something that we, at Ardvreck, value very highly. With resilience, some of our past pupils have gone on to conquer some of the world's highest mountains, win medals in the olympic games and set up successful businesses [...]

Resilience: the ability to cope mentally or emotionally.2021-03-15T12:08:16+01:00

The Importance of Learning Outdoors


The Importance of Learning Outdoors By Andy Robertson When I think back to my own school days, it’s not the lessons in the classroom that I remember much about. The ones that really stand out were the times when we were lucky enough to explore beyond the school gates under the guise of History outings, Geography fieldwork projects or Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions. These were few and far between but they certainly stick in my mind as opportunities to bond with classmates that you didn’t always play with at break times, see a teacher [...]

The Importance of Learning Outdoors2021-02-24T12:39:44+01:00

Ard-e Education Revisited


Ard-e Education Revisited By Peter Banks After an amazing final term in school in 2020, we finished the year on a high, we waved goodbye to the pupils, the staff celebrated another successful term and we all went on our way to enjoy some much needed downtime over the Christmas Holidays. It wasn't long before the news came out that we would be returning to our Ard-e Education... Friends and fellow teachers continue to ask us, what makes Ardvreck School so successful at online education? On paper, we shouldn’t be leading [...]

Ard-e Education Revisited2021-02-08T09:45:06+01:00

Introducing Ardvreck’s Nursery Manager


Introducing Ardvreck's Nursery Manager When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen. A.A. Milne   As the proud manager of Ardvreck Nursery, I am delighted to welcome you and your family to our wild, wonderful 42 acres of Scottish woodland. A place that promises to provide ample space in the great outdoors where your children can play, learn, and explore with friends. Similar to Ardvreck School’s ethos, I believe in a blended approach to learning from inside [...]

Introducing Ardvreck’s Nursery Manager2021-02-08T11:11:41+01:00

Little Ardvreck’s Fantastic Fundraising


Fantastic Fundraising For Crieff Community Food Bank   Little Ardvreck, pupils from Ardvreck School, raised the spectacular amount of £1274.37 for their charity of the year, the Crieff Community Food Bank, by successfully completing a 5km sponsored walk. The group of 5-7 year olds from Ardvreck School completed their 5km walk in the wind and rain last week. They all got rather wet but kept on smiling and enjoyed every step! The younger pupils were wonderfully supported by Ardvreck Fifth formers who were the embodiment of true Ardvreckians with their positive [...]

Little Ardvreck’s Fantastic Fundraising2020-12-10T17:59:24+01:00

The Future of Boarding – Dalvreck House


The Future of Boarding By David Knock, Head of Boarding “Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” Nelson Mandela Here at Ardvreck we pride ourselves on giving our pupils, and particularly our boarders, responsibility and confidence within a safe and homely atmosphere so that they can develop seeds of independence and be prepared for senior schools and beyond as adults. There is an exciting change and future ahead for boarding at Ardvreck as we refurbish and rebrand the main school boarding house as Dalvreck House. We are blending the 19th century building with [...]

The Future of Boarding – Dalvreck House2020-07-17T10:31:08+01:00

Ardvreck Embarks on a New Adventure


Ardvreck Embarks on a New Adventure Ardvreck School, a long established independent boarding and day prep school for boys and girls aged 3–13, is expanding its Nursery to provide an exceptional educational start for more children. The school, known for its sense of adventure and creativity, has announced its expansion plans to open a new, specially designed Nursery school within its campus of over 40 stunning acres. The child-focused Nursery building will provide a unique educational space for up to 30 children, due to open next term. Children who attend this [...]

Ardvreck Embarks on a New Adventure2020-07-09T14:15:12+01:00

The Art of Building a Person


The Art of Building a Person by Zazie Mackintosh ‘Ardvreck isn’t very academic.’ Or so I’ve been told. In fact, our results speak for themselves: this year’s sixth formers have gained entry to ten different senior schools, including Eton College and St Mary’s School Ascot. But grades should not be the only measure of success. Straight A’s will only take a child so far; without strength of character, his or her academic brilliance has been built on shaky ground. Let me share a true story*: in 1995, a young man [...]

The Art of Building a Person2020-07-02T12:46:09+01:00

We Present Blanco Brown’s The Git Up!


Introducing our most recent and hugely anticipated Ard movie! Featuring Ard pupils, parents and teachers, it is proof that during hard times, the Ard family does not get down but will GIT UP! #workhardplayhard #familyfun #onlyatardvreck #elearning

We Present Blanco Brown’s The Git Up!2020-05-18T18:36:25+01:00

The Scottish Wars of Independence, A Movie


Ardvreck’s film stars (AKA Form 3) recently presented their first history documentary: The Scottish Wars of Independence. Our dramatic reconstruction featured the heroes (Wallace and Robert the Bruce) as well as the villains (Edwards I and II). Please be aware this film contains some violence! #ardproductions #ardbattles #historyinaction #onlyatardvreck

The Scottish Wars of Independence, A Movie2020-07-06T15:07:51+01:00

Inspired by Our School Production


The children and staff were bursting with excitement ahead of the school’s production of the Lion King (18th &  19th March). Do watch this wee snippet of a day at Ardvreck, we all had such fun filming this little film - and check out Mr Gibson’s maracas!

Inspired by Our School Production2021-09-23T11:15:13+01:00

Dens and Dams, The Movie


The first of Form 3’s documentaries about life at Ardvreck was received to rapturous applause. The film explored the (surprisingly sophisticated) society of ‘Dams and Dens’. The children impressed the audience with their poise and maturity on screen, as they delivered their lines intelligently and with great enthusiasm. Do take a wee moment and watch to the end. You won’t regret it!

Dens and Dams, The Movie2020-04-02T14:31:16+01:00