We appreciate that we may be biased in our opinion of Ardvreck and so we have asked a variety of people, including past and present parents and children, Alumni and UK Senior Schools, to describe their experiences.


We can’t recommend this little school highly enough. Our girls, aged 6 and 7, have just finished their first year at Ardvreck. They loved it from the moment they stepped foot in the door and we are all full of excitement for the years ahead. It’s an incredibly nurturing school with wonderful teachers.

Outdoor learning and adventures are an integral part of school life and help to build confident, kind, creative and resilient children. Not to mention the music, drama and sport … you have to love a school which has school ski days as part of their annual calendar! Lockdown learning was a huge success, hats off to all the staff on a truly amazing job.

S. Turner, parent.

Ardvreck School provides the children with a culture of courage, teamwork, creativity, spontaneity and individualism. They go off to Public School down south or in Scotland and stand out for their life skills, sense of self-acceptance and their can-do attitude. They are known as the children who are always the first to volunteer. Gary Phillips at Oundle would endorse that. When I first went round Fettes a Geography teacher, recognising the uniform, exclaimed “Oh I love Ardvreck children! They are always so sparky and such great characters!”

E. Arbuthnott, parent

My two children THRIVE in the care of Ardvreck. They are growing in confidence and SELF BELIEF and beginning to see just what they are capable of. Ardvreck is a unique school and I would not wish for them to go anywhere else.

B. Connell, parent


I love the sport at Ardvreck and the fact that there are lots of unique opportunities to try new things (such as the low ropes). There are wonderful lessons and lots of brilliant people here.

Form 5 Pupil

I love boarding at Ardvreck! It’s like a big sleepover and you get to be with your friends all the time. It feels really homely.

Form 6 Boarder

On the weekends we do so many fun activities like laser tag and weaseling. Most of these things I have seen on TV but never been able to do myself. I had never done Weaselling or laser tag before! If you don’t want to do an activity you have the choice to stay at school and can have a lot of fun there too.

Form 1 Flexi-Boarder

The Boarders Club is great because we are all with our friends all the time. We get to do so many different activities in the evenings!

Form 5 Boarder


When I think of my time at Ardvreck, I think of building dens in the rhododendrons at break time, clad in wellies and a green puffa jacket. The sense of excitement and achievement in discovering waterfalls, beaches and summits of Munros on Barvicks. Saturday night films all snuggled with our duvets. Learning how to ski at Glenshee. Being cast as a pizza ingredient, and then one of the 101 Dalmatians in various school plays, yet still feeling like a star of the show. I could go on and on…

My four happy years at Ardvreck were immeasurably formative. They instilled me with a thirst for learning , a respect and love for the great outdoors, and, most importantly, a plethora of lifelong friendships. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience an Ardvreck education – it set me up for life and will stay with me forever.

C. Carmichael (OA 01)

My time at Ardvreck from 1946 to 1950 is still recalled both with happiness and gratitude for the foundation this experience provided in my youth and has stood me in good stead for the remainder of my 84 years. The guidance of the staff, and the enthusiasm of the Headmaster, then, taught me the values to which I have aspired ever after. A recent visit to the school showed me that the same spirit and kindness still pervades the staff – and the facilities, today, are really first class.

C. Normand (OA 50)