Lathallan School

Lathallan School, located on the beautiful Aberdeenshire coastline in the north-east of Scotland, offers excellent opportunities for all young people to develop their full range of talents academically and beyond.

Housed in a Scottish castle, dating from 1867 and set in magnificent 62 acres of grounds, Lathallan School is where pupils have the opportunity to shine and be proud of their own individual achievements.


Lathallan has a rural setting on the Aberdeenshire coast in north-east Scotland.

Nearest airport: Aberdeen Airport 55 minutes (35 miles).

Nearest railway station: Montrose 15 minutes (9 miles)

Further information

Lathallan School is a small school, set in a unique, secluded and stunning coastal location, which helps enhance a true feeling of family and community for all pupils and staff. This in turn helps create a sense of responsibility amongst pupils to reach high standards, and have respect and tolerance for one another.

Our school values of confidence, endeavour, modesty, opportunity and respect can be seen within the work and activities the pupils take part in each day.

Every child is treated as an individual, with unique strengths and interests, which we nurture to enable them to achieve their potential. The variety of lessons and activities each pupil undertakes while at Lathallan School helps inspire pupils to fully engage with the school and each other, gaining new skills and confidence. New challenges allow pupils to discover previously unknown talents and resourcefulness.

Recently we have seen pupils selected for national sports teams, break national records and truly excel in the arts and beyond the classroom. The diversity of these achievements underpin the Lathallan School ethos that we strongly believe that every child deserves to enjoy the success of their individual abilities in whatever field they lie – on the sports field, in the classroom, in the arts, in personal achievement.

We follow the Scottish curriculum which allows pupils to experience a broad education of the highest quality. Scottish education has enjoyed an excellent reputation across the world for many years. Highers and Advanced Highers are comparable to A-levels, and are accepted by universities worldwide.

Lathallan pupils impress in the examination hall; recent results have shown Lathallan Senior pupils achieving pass rates at all levels well above 90%, half of all Advanced Highers passed at “A” grade level and typically 60% plus of S5 pupils gain four or more Highers at the first time of asking. This has meant 100% of our S6 pupils go onto university.

Our focus is, of course, on educational excellence.  Our overall school roll of just above 200 pupils and average class size of 12 means each pupil can be assured of the highest care.

Adventure, teamwork and communication all help shape a well rounded individual, confident of themselves and their place in society. Our pupils enjoy a vast range of outdoor experiences whether it be in the Junior School outdoor classroom, exploring our grounds, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award you can be assured there are opportunities for all at Lathallan School.

Admissions & Fees

Entry requirements

Lathallan School is non-selective insofar as there are no entrance examinations for potential pupils. Lathallan School feels it is appropriate for the school to consider a prospective pupil’s overall individual skills and achievements, and potential, when considering them for a place, and is in keeping with the Lathallan School ethos.

The admissions process is conducted through the means of a ‘taster day’ where a child attends Lathallan School for the day with their peers. We also request a copy of the child’s most recent report card. Where taster days are not possible, a letter of recommendation from a child’s current Head and a video call interview will be requested.

Lathallan School welcomes prospective families to visit throughout the school year. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Tests for Scholarships, for entry into S1 are held in January and for S5 in March.

Scholarships Awards are available in recognition of a number of abilities i.e. Academic, Sports, Rugby 7s, Netball, Music, Art, Drama, Bagpipes and Marching Drums, and All Rounder. Awards are made after assessment of academic papers. Interviews take place during the pupil’s visit to the school.

Additional references are always encouraged when applying for a Scholarship (from choirmaster, sports coach etc.). Awards can be worth up to 100% of the tuition element of the school fee. Parents may also apply for further financial assistance in the form of a bursary award. Scholarships remain with a pupil throughout their time at Lathallan, provided the criteria continue to be met. (Music scholars, for example, will be expected to maintain tuition and perform in school concerts).  This will be re-assessed annually.

Lathallan’s ethos is centred round being inclusive. We wish to offer our brand of education to as many children as possible. To this end, we have a number of assisted places available to families who many not be able to meet the full fee. These assisted places range in value up to 100% and can be offered from Junior 1 (P1) through to S6.

Boarding fees per term£6,972 - £7,649
Day fees per term£3,230 - £5,579
Registration fee£35