Airthrie School was established in 1940, when the house was used as an evacuation base for an established school in Margate. Under threat in this vulnerable position, the Principal and young pupils moved from the dangers of this coastal town, settling into the safety offered by midland Cheltenham. A caring and homely environment was established for these young boarding pupils and it quickly became attractive to local parents. After the war, the school continued to develop and its reputation grew until today when it is a thriving day school which has seen much educational progression. Nonetheless, what remains constant is the family atmosphere on which Airthrie was founded. Friendly and non-institutional, it offers a welcoming ambience well suited to young pupils taking their first steps in education.
Airthrie is accommodated in two linked Victorian houses which have undergone a considerable amount of modernisation and expansion. Developments are always carried out after careful consideration and sympathetic planning in order to provide children with the appropriate facilities required for today's education.
I took over as Airthrie's Principal in January 1983 having qualified as a teacher in 1971. I love the unique homely environment and charming buildings which are full of character. The School has undergone a considerable amount of modernisation and expansion to provide the appropriate facilities required for today's education. We continue to embrace technology and change whilst retaining our longstanding values. We have a large garden and are ideally located next to the Cheltenham Ladies' College sports complex, which we use daily.
As a school we endeavour to promote happiness and well-being, respect and good manners in every child. From this base comes a growth in confidence and self-esteem - and inevitably success follows. Each year, Airthrie's excellent final results show pupils achieving 100% success in independent school entrance exams together with a number of cross curricular scholarships alongside local Grammar school places.
Our staff and I work very hard to secure the school's continued success, and we look forward to welcoming new pupils to the Airthrie family.