Queen Victoria School
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Queen Victoria School
Queen Victoria School
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TypeMOD boarding school
MottoIn Defens
Religious affiliation(s)Church of Scotland services every Sunday (compulsory attendance)
Local authorityStirling Council
HeadDonald J. Shaw
PatronPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Age10 to 18
Former pupilsOld Victorians
School Business ManagerNigel Cunningham

Queen Victoria School (QVS) is a non-selective, co-educational, boarding school predominantly for children of Scottish Servicemen/women (but see full admissions criteria, below) aged 10/11 to 18. It occupies a Scottish Baronial-style building on a rural campus just outside Dunblane, a short distance away from the city of Stirling, Scotland. It is the only school in the United Kingdom managed and funded by the Ministry of Defence (Duke of York's Royal Military School in Kent is now managed by the DfE).[1]


The idea of the school was originally proposed to Queen Victoria as a memorial to the Scottish dead of the Boer Wars, and after her death it was thought fit to name it in her memory. With the support of former politician Robert Cranston, money was raised from Scottish servicemen and the people of Scotland to complete the project. Queen Victoria School was opened on 28 September 1908 by King Edward VII. The Chapel was completed in 1910 and is Scotland's memorial to Queen Victoria. Girls were admitted in the 1996-97 academic year into all years and the first female senior monitor, Victoria Harris, was elected in 1999.[2]


Originally only sons (and subsequently daughters) of Scottish Service personnel were eligible to apply for entry to QVS. Today the school is not only open to applications from children of regular UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, but also those who have served in Scotland or are/have been part of a Scottish Regiment. Individuals without a formal Scottish link may also apply.


QVS uses the Scottish curriculum for excellence and pupils are prepared for National Qualifications (Nat 4-5), Highers and Advanced Highers.


Queen Victoria School at the 2008 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Traditionally the school provided an austere but continuous education for Scottish war orphans, with a good deal of military training and sports. Since the Second World War, the school has provided an education to children whose parents or guardians have been travelling the world in the Armed Forces.

A strong military ethos is still maintained by a competing pipe band and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) section. The school has its own "colours" which are paraded nearly every Sunday during term times in the school chapel, its own cap badge, and pupils wear the Clan Stewart hunting tartan. The school pipe band used to play at every rugby home international at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.


The house system is based on the boarding programme as all pupils are boarders. Boarding is available to pupils aged 10 (Primary 7) and above. There are four houses:[3]

House Gender Years
Cunningham Boys S1-S6
Haig Boys S1-S6
Wavell Girls S2-S6
Trenchard Co-ed P7-S2

Notable alumni

Former students of Queen Victoria School are referred to as Old Victorians. See also Category:People educated at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane.


  1. ^ House of Commons Defence Committee (2006). Educating Service Children: Eleventh Report of Session 2005-06; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence. The Stationery Office. p. 34. ISBN 9780215030627.
  2. ^ History & Ethos Archived 25 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Boarding Life
  • May, Tom (2008). Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: 100 Years of Queen Victoria School. Gresham Books. ISBN 9780946095537.

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