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History of Airthrie School...How it all began

Brief History

Airthrie School was established in 1940, when the house was purchased as an evacuation base for an established school in Margate. Under threat in this vulnerable position, during the Battle of Britain, the Principal and young pupils moved from the dangers of this coastal town, settling into the relative safety offered by 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.

Full History

A full history of Airthrie, from its beginnings as Northumberland House in 1915, is now being written by a small research team lead by the husband of the current principal. A section on the immediate post-war history is now being researched and written with the help of one of the longest serving teachers, Jane Chatham (a mine of information in herself) who is contacting former staff and alumni.

Should you be able to contribute historical information or anecdotes, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please email mike.sullivan@airthrie-school.co.uk