Many of our children may be going on to schools further afield across the length and breadth of the UK, and so the chance to gain some experience of boarding in a cosier and well-known environment is important. Nonetheless, there will be other Cargilfield children who just want to try the experience, who are drawn in by the chance of joining in with the range of activities and who will benefit from the opportunity to develop a little more confidence and independence as part of the boarding community.
Mr Lindsay Kerr – Head of Boarding
Lindsay joined Cargilfield in 2022 with his wife Lizzie and their 3 children, Monty 10 (F5), Clemmie 6 (P!) and Barnaby 18 months. They live onsite and take care of all aspects of the children’s welfare and development. His focus is developing a family feel to boarding creating that home away from home for all the children. Lindsay previously worked as Head of Boarding/Houseparent at Lathallan School a Co-ed senior school in the NE Scotland for 2 years. Prior to this, he spent 15 years in Police Scotland gaining a range of relevant experience. He spent numerous years as a detective including working in the Domestic Abuse and Child Protection teams. He decided upon a career change having been involved in and witnessed the positive impact the right support, passion and dedication can have upon a child’s life when they really need it. He understands that excellent co-ordinated pastoral care is fundamental to the development of the whole child within education. He feels he just gets boarding, pastoral care and safeguarding and is now dedicated to helping Cargilfield evolve. Lindsay has oversight of all administration, management and development of boarding, his staff and most importantly the care of all the boarders. Lindsay is very proactive, with fun and energy at the heart of his outlook.
He also delivers the PSHE curriculum, is a Games teacher and sits on both the Pastoral Leadership and Child Protection teams. Out with work Lindsay is passionate about sports and the outdoors. With a passion for rugby, he is always cheering on Ireland, or can be seen playing golf (badly) or beach cricket in Elie as well as enjoying a range of water sports. If not at the beach, he can be found walking some of Scotland’s Munros.
Mrs Lizzie Kerr – Houseparent and Marketing.
Lizzie works alongside her husband Lindsay in boarding, and has a specific focus within the Girls wing. Before joining Cargilfield she was a Housemistress at Lathallan looking after a co-ed boarding house of 11-18 year olds. Prior to this she worked in Private Banking for 15 years, most recently in Edinburgh for Weatherbys as Senior Private Banker, was on the Board of Sick kids Friends Foundation for 9 years and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland. She held position of Chief Examiner of Wealth Management for them for many years, writing and marking exam papers, coaching and running revision courses from London to Aberdeen for many PLCs. She loves spending time with children of all ages, and her degree in Psychology is proving particularly insightful now! When not in the school, Lizzie loves heading ‘home’ to Elie with her 3 kids Monty, Clemmie and Barnaby to play on the beach.
We have a range of evening clubs and activities to suit every taste and our boarding community is supported by a team of experienced and committed staff who, along with the Headmaster and his wife, aim to create the sense of ‘a home away from home’.