Independent education supports Scottish local economies and state schools

GSA Head Dorothy MacGinty, headmistress at Kilgraston School near Perth, has drawn attention to the importance of independent schools to their local economies.

A recent article in The Times says that Mrs MacGinty has highlighted the fact that Perth and Kinross council area’s independent schools are one of the biggest direct and independent employers and visitor attractions.
It goes on to say that schools such as Kilgraston also provide support, by the teaching of music, art and drama in local state schools and the loan of facilities, along with the provision of exam subjects lacking at the higher end of the state system…. Along with other Perthshire schools, Kilgraston is commissioning research to update previous research by Abertay University that detailed the importance of the sector and its 850 jobs, especially to rural areas where schools generated nearly a quarter of all employment.

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