The shape of the day

Life in Riley is busy with a wide and diverse range of activities throughout the day, from academic study to music, sport, extra-curricular activities and there is also time for fun and free play – all part of a rounded learning experience.

A healthy mix of formal and informal learning

Boarding pupils start their day with breakfast at 7.30am.  They are joined for roll-call by day pupils at 8.10am. Chapel takes place on Thursday mornings before classes and the whole school has Assembly on Friday mornings.

Every day is full and varied. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there are lessons until 1.05pm with games after lunch. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, lessons run from 8.40am until 4.10pm.

When lessons finish, pupils can choose from an extensive range of activities with everything from hockey, swimming and rugby, to climbing, choir, orchestra, dance, drama and much else in between.

Supervised prep with tutors on hand

Prep takes place every weekday evening between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Our tutors are on hand to help make sure everyone gets a good understanding of every subject. After prep pupils can choose an activity or spend time with friends.

After prep, there’s time to relax, maybe play some games, watch a bit of TV, read a book, contact home, discuss the day with the House staff or just chat amongst friends before heading off to the dorms and bed.

Busy weekends

Because around 60% of pupils in Strathallan are boarders, weekends are busy and sociable. There are a variety of activities on Saturday and optional outings to nearby towns and cities on most Sundays.

Flexibility for day pupils

Day pupils are dropped off for morning roll call at 8.10am or can arrive earlier for breakfast. Pick up time is at any time from 3.30pm or 4.10pm onwards, depending on the day, with many pupils choosing to stay for afternoon activities, the evening meal and prep. Those who stay later are picked up by 7.30pm. On Saturday pupils can leave at 12.20pm when lessons finish, unless they are involved in sports matches.

Transport options

Our fleet of minibuses provides pick-up and drop off from numerous locations within 45 minutes of the school.

See the bus routes and timetables