Airthrie is a thriving independent day school and nursery for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years. The school 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.
We provide a broad and creative curriculum, where languages, computing, music, art, drama and sport of all kinds are a regular feature. With a strong focus on small teaching groups and one-to-one teaching, each child's strengths are rapidly identified and encouraged. As no two children are the same, flexibility and differentiation are a priority.
Our focus 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.
Outside, the children really enjoy our garden, which includes a tree-house and pirate ship.
We foster an excellent relationship with our neighbouring school, 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.
Extracts from Ofsted:
What the school does well:
The quality of teaching and assessment:
The quality of teaching is good and in many cases very good. The detailed planning of the educational programme is effective in meeting the needs of all pupils. Staff use the planning to good advantage in their teaching, focusing clearly on what pupils need to learn. Much of this planning is the outcome of joint efforts by the staff ensuring that staff expertise is best used. No class time is wasted at the school; pupils are purposefully occupied throughout the day.
Staff are well qualified and experienced for the roles they undertake. A wide variety of teaching methods is used to good effect, such as paired and group work and individual activities. This teaching enables pupils to acquire new knowledge and increase their understanding and skills. Pupils respond enthusiastically and enjoy their learning. Year 6 pupils expressed the view that ‘learning is fun at school’. Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school.