The Airthrie Community
Airthrie prides itself on its homely and caring atmosphere, and the individual attention given to each child. We place great emphasis on providing a nurturing environment where children can discover the joy of learning and grow into purposeful, enthusiastic, confident and friendly pupils together with a broad and creative curriculum, where languages, computing, music, art, drama and sport of all kinds are a regular feature.
We are a thriving and respected independent day school and nursery for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years with a strong focus on small teaching groups and one-to-one teaching, where each child's strengths are rapidly identified and encouraged.
Our primary aim is to make sure that every child has a feeling of personal achievement and value across all areas of the curriculum. We uphold traditional values and encourage children to be polite, helpful and considerate at all times. In return we provide all the opportunities they need to be confident individuals and to discover all that's best within themselves. As no two children are the same, flexibility and differentiation are a priority.
The school originated as two Victorian houses, facilities that have now been considerably extended with a large two storey teaching and hall building; sympathetically modernised and linked to accommodate an average of 170 pupils. Developments are carried out after careful consideration and sympathetic planning in order to provide children with the appropriate facilities required for today's education, without losing the original ethos of the school - that of a small, caring environment where children enjoy much individual attention due to the high staff to pupil ratios.
Out-of-doors the children really enjoy our playground and garden, which includes a tree-house and pirate ship. We also have our own pets' corner with rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese.
We foster an excellent relationship with our neighbouring school, The Cheltenham Ladies' College, and fully utilise their excellent sports facilities, all just outside the Airthrie garden. These include a 25m Olympic-sized swimming pool, hockey and netball courts, and playing fields.
Whilst we fully embrace the role of the internet and portable information technology, we believe that there really is no substitute for the traditions and first-hand experience of our unique environment, our superb location and our excellent staff.
We, therefore, warmly encourage you to telephone for an appointment to arrange a personal discussion and tour of the school, at a time to suit you, with our Principal, Mrs Beth Sullivan or our Head Teacher, Mrs Sara Jackson.