Prestigious awards for talented candidates

At Strathallan School, over 30 musical groups rehearse every week, and our outstanding facilities — which have seen a £22m investment since 2015 — allow us to produce critically-acclaimed performances and host sporting championships throughout the year. Our pupils compete internationally in sport, receive world-renowned LAMDA and ALCM diplomas, and attend Royal Conservatoire programmes alongside their studies. Last year, over 40 pupils represented Scotland of Team GB in sport, and our A-level students achieved 79% A*-B grades — some of the best in Scotland.

Our scholarships package is designed to nurture your child’s individual talents and includes workshops, extended coaching/tuition/rehearsal time, and a tailored program of external and visiting speaker talks and instruction to help your child fulfil their potential.

Successful candidates will be awarded a remission on fees (usually between 10 & 20%); however, the main focus of a Strathallan Scholarship is about recognising and rewarding talent.


Scholarships are available in the following areas:

Third Form & Sixth Form

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Pipe Band
  • Sport

Riley (Junior)

  • Academic
  • Music
  • Sport


Scholarship applications are judged by members of school staff in specific areas and are awarded in open competition to candidates who demonstrate a very high level of achievement and potential.

Academic Scholars are expected to achieve top grades in all their public examinations and achieve entry to the most competitive universities. Successful scholarship candidates in Sport, Music and Performing Arts will normally be expected to have achieved at least representative honours and to be achieving standards beyond those expected of a normal school team/group. In addition, total commitment, an exemplary attitude and high levels of achievement will be expected throughout their school career.

Fee assistance is available to supplement awards for outstanding candidates on a financial need basis. Scholarship pupils are given priority in the fee assistance programme.

Academic scholarship examinations

Sixth Form Candidates take exams in two of the subjects they will be taking in Lower Sixth Form. They also have an interview with the Headmaster and Deputy Head Academic and take reasoning/problem-solving tests. Applications for entry in September 2020 have now closed. Please contact for more information about 2021 applications.

Third Form Candidates sit compulsory papers in English, French (including listening and oral),* Maths and Science and at least one paper from Geography, History or Latin as well as reasoning/problem-solving tests. Assessments for scholarships for entry in September 2020 will take place on Monday 24 to Thursday 27 February 2020.

*Where the candidate has not studied French, a paper in German or Spanish can be offered.

They are also interviewed by the Headmaster and Deputy Head Academic.

*Applications for Third Form Scholarships close 31st January 2020*

Junior Candidates take an online reasoning test, write an essay and have a short interview. Assessments for scholarships for entry in September 2020 will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January 2020.

Other scholarships

Assessments for our other scholarship categories for entry to Riley, Junior House, Third Form and Sixth Form take place at the same time as those for academic scholarships. Assessments for other year groups are arranged on an individual basis.

Sports awards are made on the basis of outstanding ability in one or more sports and generic tests to gauge skills and athletic potential. Candidates are also assessed where possible by watching them participate in their chosen sport(s), by representative honours and by coaches’ reports. Candidates are also interviewed by our Director of Sport.

Art candidates must submit a portfolio of artwork following initial discussion with the Head of Art. Candidates will also be expected to attend for interview and practical assessment.

Music and piping candidates audition for the Director of Music. They will be expected to play prepared pieces and show proficiency in sight-reading and aural tests. Piping and drumming candidates are assessed by our tutors in those fields.

Performing Arts candidates will be asked to perform a short prepared piece followed by an unseen piece. Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their past and current involvement in the performing arts. Any supporting documentation or media will be reviewed at the time of audition.

Location for scholarship assessments

All scholarship assessments take place at Strathallan School. If for any reason this is not possible, then academic exams can be taken in your child’s school or in the offices of one of our educational partners, under exam conditions. Please contact our Admissions Manager, Chantelle Robson for further information.

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