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11th February 2016

A Ballet for Children

Yesterday, Form Cedar enjoyed a magical hour at The Everyman Theatre watching The Northern Ballet Company perform The...
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Chess Match v St Gregory t...


Mini Hockey Tournament


Singing Bonanza


Netball v CLC

Airthrie Netball Squad played Cheltenham Ladies' College...
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Planting Seeds

By Annabel, Year 5 Recently we planted some little see...
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3D Robots

Pupils in Form Cedar have been learning about the properti...
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Welcome To Airthrie School

Airthrie is a thriving independent day school and nursery for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years and is situated in Christchurch Road in the heart of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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.

Meet The Principal

I took over as Airthrie's Principal in January 1983 and 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. This year Airthrie's excellent final results showed pupils achieving a 100% success rate in Independent School entrance examinations and at least 95% of Year 6 pupils gaining offers of scholarships and Grammar school places.

My 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.