History of Dean Close Airthrie

Brief History

Dean Close Airthrie was established in 1940 as a boarding school for pupils evacuated from an established school in Margate.  A caring and homely environment was established for these young pupils, who settled quickly into the relative safety offered by Cheltenham and Airthrie’s reputation grew, appealing to more local parents.  After the war, the school continued to develop into what you can see now - a thriving day school, which has gone through much educational change but has nevertheless retained the friendly, family ethos on which it was founded.  Airthrie offers a warm, welcoming ambience well suited to young pupils taking the first steps in their educational journey.

Full History

A full history of Dean Close Airthrie, from its beginnings as Northumberland House in 1915, has been written by a small research team led by Mike Sullivan, former Proprietor, and husband of the previous Principal.  Should you be able to contribute historical information or anecdotes, we would be pleased to hear from you.  Please email admin.office@airthrie-school.co.uk.


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