6 May 2019
Kilgraston School, a member of the Girls’ Schools Association, has been quietly shaking up the approach to the pursuit of excellence in STEM subjects (Science Technology Engineering Maths) and its impressive track-record has not gone unnoticed by national publications.
Nestled in the Perthshire foothills, the all- girls’ school is quietly making its mark in the approach to these subjects with the Boarding Schools’ Association magazine and the Service Parents’ Guide to Boarding Schools being the latest publications to feature the achievement.
Summer 2018 saw an impressive 66% of Kilgraston’s Upper Sixth leaving to take-up undergraduate STEM places. This represented a 22% year-on-year increase and, against the national average of less than 25% of female students graduating in STEM subjects, demonstrated a very healthy interest in the sector.
Director of Science at Kilgraston, Ewan Connolly, puts this success down to a very specific focus: “Pupils are encouraged to be resilient inquirers, science producers, not pleasers. We’ve removed the fear of failure. Go and explore!”
See pages 60, 61 & 63 of the Boarding Schools’ Association magazine Summer 2019 ‘Supporting students in STEM’
See page 133 of the Service Parents’ Guide to Boarding Schools Spring 2019 ‘Making sure girls learn to love physics at school’