Northeast independent school among best in the UK


9th July 2021

Lathallan School, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Independent School of Year Awards 2021, for all that their students, staff and the wider school community have achieved during the last year.

The Independent School Parent magazine announced the shortlist at the start of July having received a record number of nominations from hundreds of schools across the UK.

Deservedly so, Lathallan School has been shortlisted for the category ‘Small Independent School of the Year’, in terms of adapting during the pandemic and their core task of preparing pupils for life in a challenging and demanding world.

Lathallan, is an extraordinary co-ed day and boarding school where 192 pupils between the ages of five and 18 are exposed to unrivalled outdoor learning opportunities. The school is pushing forwards with a focus on protecting the environment and sustainability to educate young people on climate change but also provide a learning environment that stimulates and supports their mental health and wellbeing.

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, recently spoke to Lathallan pupils at the school’s annual Presentation Day. He said:

“Lathallan School has recently achieved its 5th Eco-Schools Green Flag Award and I am delighted to see the work it is doing to prepare, inspire and empower it’s pupils to take action on climate change.

“With COP 26 taking place later this year and the race to net zero carbon emissions, education is vital to help our young people make the right choices and chose the best actions to create a better world – for people, for the wildlife that is so intertwined with the survival of our own species, and for our planet.”

Headmaster of Lathallan School, Richard Toley, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for The Independent School of Year Awards. When lockdown hit last year, we were forced to flex our approach at pace and our school community pulled together to ensure our Lathallan school experience continued to help our young people reach their full potential. Our pupils are truly remarkable individuals with real resilience and this is recognition of their achievements in a year like no other.”

Independent Schools of the Year are judged by an independent panel of experts, who will be meeting in the autumn to reach a decision on the winners; the results of which will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

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Lathallan School

Lathallan is an independent day and boarding school based on the edge of the stunning North Sea coastline, just north of Montrose. With an average class size of 12, and a small school roll of around 200, Lathallan inspires individuals to achieve their full potential within the spacious 60 acre grounds of Brotherton Castle.

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