Zander Fagerson never thought he would one day win his 50th cap in rugby for Scotland — but that’s the impact of a Strathallan School education for you.
At school, Zander was a national mountain bike champion but his dream was always to play for Scotland. Thanks to expert coaching and supportive staff, he chose to swap his pedals for the pitch and began a journey which led him to become Scotland’s youngest prop in 50 years and ultimately, a British and Irish Lion.
“I wouldn’t be a rugby player today if it wasn’t for the help and guidance I received at Strathallan and the facilities and high-quality sport I played there. Period,” says Fagersonnow a Glasgow Warrior and Scottish International rugby player.
Founded in 1913, Strathallan has a long history of success in supporting pupils to achieve extraordinary things no matter their passion. This summer, graduate Charlotte Gilmour has joined the ranks of the Harvard Women’s Rugby Team, the oldest rugby club in North America.
This came as a little surprise to me Strathallan. Gilmour was, after all, a star pupil. She was Captain of School, Captain of Girls Rugby and Head of the Royal Navy Section, a key figure in helping to guide more girls into often male-dominated fields.
Every pupil represents the school in sports — at least 10% of pupils play at the national or international level each year. This is because Strathallan’s sports programsfrom rugby to shooting, are exceptional. No matter your interests, you’ll find it at Strathallan. Just ask two-time Olympian and Great Britain’s World Cup Skier Charlie Guest.
“At my previous school, the career advisor asked me what I wanted to do when I left school. When I said I wanted to be the number one alpine skier in the world, the advisor smiled and then asked me what I really wanted to do,” she says. “When I started at Strathallan, I was asked the same question, and when I offered the same answer, the advisor said, ‘That’s amazing! Where do we start?'”
Meanwhile, 15-year-old pupil Evan Davidson is one of the youngest swimmers in the Great Britain squad. Don’t let his age deceive you, though — this year alone, he was named Scottish Junior Champion in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Butterfly and 50 Breaststroke at the recent Scottish National Open Swimming Championships. He won 11 medals, 9 of which were Gold at the Scottish National Age Group Championships in April, and broke 2 District Age-Group records at the Midland District Championships in November 2021.
Set on 153 acres of rural Perthshire, the boarding and day school has invested 22 million pounds into its campus and facilities over the last two decades. Recently, it acquired an industrial CNC machine to help its pupils manufacture an airplane. Here, you can perfect your game at a new nine-hole golf course, explore over 450 self-planted trees and wildflower meadows and discover a rewilded campus. Not only will you have all you need to reach your athletic potential in rugby, fencing, canoe slalom, tennis, swimming, hockey and rock climbing, to name a few — you’ll have the tools and support to prepare for an enriched life.
Strathallan’s arts programs are just as prolific. Pupils get to experiment in various fields — from graphic design and photography to dance and drama, music, band and more. Whichever they choose, every talent here is nurtured to excel. Pupil Lewis Dewar made the top 40 in the very prestigious UK Young Drummer of the Year competition.
Tutors — some award-winning — elevate learning further. Director of the new Traditional Music and Scottish Culture program at Strathallan and a former Red Hot Chilli Pipers band member Craig Muirhead was recently named Music Tutor of the Year in the Scot Trad Music Awards. Under his vision, Strathallan’s piping and drumming pupils have gone from strength to strength, recently featuring on a track with SAINT PHNX and sharing the stage with Scottish rock legends, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
At Strathallan, you’ll become part of an inclusive and welcoming community. In March, pupils organized and sent 100 beds and 200 mattresses to reception centers for Ukrainian refugees. The school even lent its space, facilities and lorry to help with the initiative.
Ultimately, an education at Strathallan is game-changing — with plenty of fun to be had and lifelong friends to be made along the way. You’ll find more than a home away from home here. British criminal barrister and television personality Robert Rinder summarizes Strathallan the best: “Some schools virtue-signal the idea of community, but this is the first I’ve been to that means it in the truest sense of the word. This school, above all else, feels like a family.”
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