Strathallan School’s reputation for dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 has made its way across the Atlantic.
The Perthshire institution has reported a record number of enquiries from the United States, with the school website averaging almost 25 stateside hits a day over the course of the last month.
“This unprecedented surge in registrations from the United States mirrors both our diverse curriculum and location,” said the school’s headmaster, Mark Lauder.
Two thirds of Strathallan’s 550 pupils choose to board, with 20% of these pupils coming from over 30 different countries.
Strathallan’s boarders are now subject to a range of coronavirus-related measures, including moving around campus via a one-way system and having socially-distanced lessons conducted on laptops. At night, most have their own bedrooms to return to.
Equally beneficial in the age of the pandemic, everyone on site has more than 150 acres of space in which to physically distance, and the risk of transmission is further limited by the fact that the majority of staff live on campus.
“Our safe and secure campus and our ability to offer a tailor-made in-person education has been cited as two of the main reasons US parents and pupils are considering us,” added Lauder.
“This increase in American pupils joining us adds to the rich tapestry of our ambitious school. In the face of a pandemic, we have launched a new prep school, returned to sport across campus and achieved excellent academic results in GCSEs, Highers and A-levels – all under Covid-safe regulations.”