Caroline and Kieron Lynch had heard good things about ACG Strathallan before checking it out at an open day more than ten years ago.
They were guided around the school by a student in Year 6.
“She was so articulate and spoke so highly of the school. We liked its size, the warmth and professionalism of the teachers, the peaceful view from the classrooms. It just seemed a lovely environment to learn in,” Caroline said.
Their daughters Stella (now in Year 10) and Georgia (Year 7) have been at the school since they were three. One daughter is sporty, one daughter more academic, both are thriving. Caroline puts it down to a school culture in which students are down to earth, accept each other and feel safe to be who they want to be.
Stella is flourishing under the Cambridge curriculum. Participating in advanced maths, science and global studies has kept her challenged, and she will be able to complete A Level Maths a year early, allowing her to take an extra subject in Year 13.
As for Georgia, Caroline was thrilled to watch her step up as she transitioned from primary to secondary, and grow in independence and confidence. She believes she had the right foundation. “Most of the children here are not academic superstars, but they are getting a quality education with outstanding teaching. The support system was there for Georgia. Now she’s flying.”
Between them, Stella and Georgia participate in school production, choir, running club, jazz band, karate, and more. The school is small enough that students get to do everything, Caroline says. “They don’t need to be the best singer to be in the production, for example. There are plenty of activities to get in involved in and it’s not so competitive that you can’t participate.”
Although Caroline and Kieron hadn’t planned for their daughters to go to a private school, they knew they wanted them to have a quality education. More than ten years on, they feel they made the right decision.
“At the end of primary school I asked the girls how they felt about school. They both said they couldn’t have had a better experience. It was a significant investment, but it was important. Would we make the same choice again? 100%.”