History of the School
The original name of Kilgraston was ‘Gilgryston’ with an early reference to be found in a 13th century charter. The current main building was built by Francis Grant of Glenlochy in the classic style of the Adam Brothers around 1800. It was a private house until the First World War when it was used as a hospital for wounded officers.
In 1930, the house and grounds were purchased by the Society of the Sacred Heart and opened as a school with 40 boarders. The Society is a religious order, founded by St Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1800 to provide education for girls It operated Kilgraston until 2000, when the school became an independent Catholic charitable trust. As the school belongs to the Sacred Heart Network, it has links with schools worldwide in over forty countries.
A new chapel was consecrated in 1961. The school has since been extended and kept up-to-date through our programme of continuous development to further our position as a centre of excellence for education in Scotland, whilst being mindful of maintaining our traditions and ethos.
Information about number of students, recent exam results, sports played, extra-curricular activities, staff
Kilgraston is a day and boarding school and has 260 pupils from 14 different countries including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, and Ukraine.
In 2021, an impressive 100% of girls achieved Grades A to B at Advanced Higher level and an incredible 77% achieved Grade A at Higher Level with 95 % obtaining Grade A to B at the same level. These results are even more outstanding when compared to national averages which at Higher Level Grade A-C is 87.3% whereas 100% of Kilgraston pupils passed at Higher level.
Sport is a major part of life for every pupil at Kilgraston and pupils are encouraged to find one which suits them. Our 54 acres of countryside campus has an enviable range of sporting facilities including an international sized all-weather hockey astroturf pitch, eight floodlit all-weather tennis courts, extensive playing fields, a superb sports hall, fitness suite and climbing wall, and a 25m indoor swimming pool complex. We are also the only school in Scotland with its own equestrian centre.
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Scholarships and Bursaries
School Year 2021 – 2022
Application Fee – (Payable with the application form) – £100
Guarantee Deposit (Payable with acceptance of a place and refunded at the end of last term).
Boarding – £1,500
Day – £750
International – £3,500
Boarding Fees (per term)
Senior School – (Lower Fourth – Upper Sixth) – £11,845
Junior School – (Upper Second – Upper Third) – £9,050
International Fees (per term)
Senior School – (Lower Fourth – Upper Sixth) – £12,800
Junior School – (Upper Second – Upper Third) – £10,410
Day Fees (per term)
Senior School –
Lower Fourth – Upper Sixth – £6,935
Junior School –
Lower Third – Upper Third – £5,425
Reception – Upper Second – £4,080
The above fees include all meals for Boarders and lunch for Day Pupils. Also included are books (except for special books which the pupils retain), stationery, laundry for Boarders and the cost of enrollment in the ISCO careers and Higher Education Guidance Service for Senior pupils. Examination fees for pupils in Upper Fifth to Upper Sixth are excluded and are charged individually.
The School requires all parents resident abroad to appoint a guardian.
Scholarship awards are honorary and available for entry into U3/P7 onwards. These are awarded for academic excellence and for outstanding ability in Art, Music and Sport (including riding). All-rounder scholarships are also available.
A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available at Kilgraston through our Education Access Programme. These are made available at the discretion of the Headmistress in conjunction with the Bursar and Trustees of the Kilgraston School Trust.