St John’s RC Academy, Perth (ages 3-18)

As a Catholic school, St John’s RC Academy has the responsibility of giving its pupils the experience of belonging to a Christian community and of developing spiritually.

Throughout their time at St John’s RC Academy, pupils receive the opportunity to grow in their faith, to become more knowledgeable about it and to develop a willingness to express it through practical activities.

The partnership between the school, the home and local parishes is central to this process. The Deanery of St Fillan covers an area of the Diocese of Dunkeld which is almost the same as the school’s secondary catchment area. The priests who visit St John’s RC Academy are Fr Colin Golden, Fr Tom Shields, Bishop Stephen, Monsignor Charles Hendry and Canon Martin Drysdale. Monsignor Ken McCaffrey, the Diocese’s representative on Perth & Kinross Lifelong Learning Committee, is also a regular visitor.

St John’s RC Academy is a caring community. It attempts to show what it means to live as a Christian with one’s fellow human beings. We seek to do this through the relationships which are formed, by the justice and integrity which prevail, by the care shown for the individual, by shared beliefs expressed in liturgical services and by the courses which make up the formal RE curriculum.

In primary, during most weeks there are school assemblies led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We feel that our assemblies are important occasions for the whole community of our primary to come together, to pray, to sing and to deepen our relationships with God. There are strong links with the local Parish Church, St John the Baptist RC Church. The pupils take part in the celebration of Mass once every two weeks as well as on important feast days. Parents are invited to join our assemblies throughout the school year.

In secondary, the work of the religious education department is organised by the principal teacher of religious education, Mr D O’Brien. He co-ordinates and guides the work of members of staff in teaching religious education. He is also a member of the school’s pastoral planning group which comprises of our chaplains and staff and pupil representatives. The pastoral planning group takes a lead in organising liturgy throughout the school year.

Contact: Mr Seán Hagney, St John’s Academy, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5BF
Tel: +44 (0)1738 454300 st-johnsacademy@pkc.gov.uk


Kilgraston School (for ages 3-18)

“Kilgraston is a distinctive and remarkable school. Many visitors say that we ‘feel different’. I believe this is because our founding traditions continue to reinforce the values that lie at the heart of our community: academic rigour, trust, respect, integrity and responsibility”.

“Our girls will be the leaders of tomorrow in a wide variety of professions and businesses. We believe that there should be no limitations on their ambitions either personally or professionally, and we offer a world class, exciting and challenging education where it is natural to step into leadership positions. Our girls work hard and enjoy considerable success in public examinations across a wide range of subjects”.

“When a girl joins Kilgraston, something rather extraordinary takes place. She quickly becomes a part of our Kilgraston ‘family’, where she is encouraged to grow and learn in an atmosphere of freedom and opportunity. Our teachers are dedicated and work tirelessly with all pupils to ensure each girl can achieve all she is capable of; the pride they share in success is palpable”.

“We are a school with traditional values but a modern and forward looking perspective on education. Education is not just about exam success; developing interest and talents, nurturing an understanding of divergent cultures, and emphasising our personal responsibility as global citizens are vital. As such, a Kilgraston girl benefits from a wealth of opportunities to extend and enrich her educational experience. We offer an enormous breadth of extra-curricular activities, and enjoy modern, state of the art facilities in sports, art, music and science”.

Mrs McGinty (Headteacher)

Contact: Mrs McGinty (Headteacher), Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, PH2 9BQ.
Tel: +44(0)1738 812257 reception@kilgraston.com


Our Lady’s Primary, Perth

Our Lady’s is part of the North Perth Integrated Community School initiative where we work closely within a multi-agency approach to achieve better outcomes for our young people. The school building is bright and spacious and there is a happy, caring and engaging ethos. At Our Lady’s we are committed to developing happy, responsible, caring children while encouraging self-respect, respect for others, self-discipline and independence. We aim to ensure all-round development of children not only physically and intellectually but also spiritually, emotionally, socially and morally through the awareness of the individual child’s needs and interests.

Our school serves the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes which is right next door to our school. The children attend Mass regularly and are very much involved in the Church community. Our Parish Priest, Fr Golden, is a familiar face within our school.

Contact – Mr David Bald (Acting-Headteacher), Garth Avenue, Perth, Perthshire, PH1 2LG
Telephone: 01738 477570.


Further information is available from the Scottish Catholic Education Service.