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Glenalmond College's core objective and purpose is the provision of a high quality education, in the widest possible sense, to benefit our pupils and our wider society.
The College is committed to widening the access to the education it provides. Applications from all sections of the community are encouraged, and the College offers financial support through its bursary scheme to pupils who, owing to financial constraints, would otherwise be unable to benefit from attendance at the school.
Assistance is available up to 100% to pupils based on financial need and within available funding. An assessment of the financial position of the applicant is undertaken through completion of a means tested form. The form is comprehensive and all income and capital assets are assessed. Given limited resources, a range of factors are considered in deciding on the successful applicants, in addition to financial need. These include academic ability, sibling already at the school as well as other exceptional family circumstances. The cut-off for awards is determined by the point at which budgeted fee assistance funds are exhausted. The level of award is reviewed annually. The funding for means tested fee assistance comes from a wide variety of sources including Educational and Charitable Trusts, Annual Giving, Philanthropic Giving, Fellows, Endowment Trust and Glenalmond College Enterprises Limited.
Aligned with Glenalmond's educational activities are such factors as the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture, sport, religion, science, citizenship and community involvement. The College is dedicated to playing a full role in the life of the local community.
This report outlines the range of activities undertaken by the College and its staff to support the local and wider community.
As well as providing the highest level of education within the school, Glenalmond staff regularly share their expertise beyond the school. Every year a number of Glenalmond teachers are markers, examiners or senior/expert examiners for SQA, IB, GCSE, A level and Associated Board (Music and Jazz Music) examinations, and have authored examination materials. One of our teachers is visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham IPGCE. Our staff regularly act as judges and adjudicators at music competitions at senior schools around the country and for the local music festival, Perform in Perth. A member of staff is a PDQB (Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board) Assessor on behalf of the Army Cadet Force, and two of our staff are Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Assessors. Each year Glenalmond serves as an examination centre for external candidates taking GCSE or A level exams, providing both the facility and the candidate management service at no charge, and occasionally as an examination centre for external music candidates. As part of our Oxbridge preparation programme, we offered considerable support to a pupil from a local state school who applied to Oxford to read History and Economics and interview practice to other state school pupils.
Our staff give lectures, public talks and presentations at conferences in specialist subjects and we have hosted the annual SCIS Classics conference, an inter-school German/Spanish immersion day and the Craigclowan School French weekend.
We have strong links with a number of local primary schools, and are pleased to be able to provide specialist help and support for these schools in a number of areas.
Our staff give talks and in-school teaching to various primary schools in Perth & Kinross on creative writing, drama and science. Local schools attended our junior play and took part in our creative writing competition. Pupils from Kinnoull PS came on a bushcraft and orienteering day at Glenalmond, run by our staff and a group from another school have been provided with bushcraft sessions by Glenalmond on two occasions. We ran an Exploring Nature day for a local primary school. A group of 6 pupils from Forteviot PS visited Glenalmond for a Classics lesson as part of a Harry Potter project. Our Warden delivered Drama and English workshops at Kinnoull PS (25 pupils) and Logiealmond PS (8 pupils). Our Chaplain and other staff regularly take assembly at local primary schools and attend their prizegiving ceremonies.
We hold an annual Choral Day for up to 200 pupils from other schools from Perth, Edinburgh and often the North of England. Inspiring Innovation Days are run for up to 100 pupils from Scottish schools. Our pupils also perform at schools in Scotland and England.
Our staff regularly drive a Glenalmond vehicle to support Logiealmond Primary School by making off-site trips possible and affordable and we also support this small local school’s fundraising efforts.
Our staff provide sports refereeing and coaching support to prep schools in Scotland and Northern England. We invite local primary and prep schools to Glenalmond for coaching sessions led by our pupils.
A Scottish dance and Ceilidh session was provided for local prep schools. Specialist bushcraft sessions for younger pupils were also provided at Glenalmond.
Glenalmond staff also regularly preach and take assembly at prep schools and our Chaplain presides over services such as Harvest Festival and carol services at local schools.
Glenalmond staff helped organise a major outdoor challenge event for a local school, involving 110 pupils, which Glenalmond supports with catering, transport, staffing and equipment.
We continue to support our local Scout group with free use of a wide range of our facilities. We provide staff and equipment to complete First Aid training, use of the swimming pool to work towards Swimming, Kayaking and Canoeing badges, while also providing qualified lifeguard cover from our staff and pupil base. The group uses our climbing wall, orienteering courses, archery and team building equipment, and they regularly use our outdoor classroom facilities where fire lighting, den building and traditional Scouting survival skills are taught. The Cub Scouts held an investiture ceremony in the Glenalmond Chapel recently which was attended by our School Chaplain, parents and the District Commissioner of Scouting. The Cub football team regularly train and play matches on Glenalmond pitches, using school facilities for changing and post-match refreshments. Our more adventurous facilities are also used by other sections in the district, namely the Explorers who are 14-18 years old and from a larger geographical area. We also host district events which involve the whole of Perth & Kinross, reaching out to potentially 1400 young District members. In 2015-16 we hosted Cub Football tournaments and various Camps, providing use of both the outdoor classroom and boarding houses during school holidays. Finally, we accommodate the Cub Pack on a weekly basis and the Scout Troop on a fortnightly basis for their regular meetings, providing use of the gymnasium and Gannochy sports hall. During the warmer months the meetings are often taken outside to the woodland area or one of the many playing fields on campus.
A local Brownie group also uses our grounds and facilities for various activities, and held an exercise session at the school conducted by one of our teachers. A member of our medical staff is an officer in the Girls Brigade.
We provide both a safe venue and expert staff to individual primary schools for orienteering, and host around 280 primary school visitors for the annual Perthshire Primary Schools Orienteering championships. In addition, Glenalmond hosted the Tayside Orienteers Christmas orienteering event for 107 participants.
We have an extensive campus at Glenalmond College, with excellent sporting and educational facilities, and we regularly invite external groups to use these facilities.
On Perth and Kinross Open Doors Days we provide guided tours of Glenalmond, with particular reference to the school's architectural heritage. We also frequently provide archive information (at no cost) in response to enquiries from members of the public.
Sheppard Swim School, a swimming coaching organisation, uses our pool throughout the year, fulfilling a crucial need in the local area. Over 200 community members use our 9-hole golf course for a minimal contribution. The following groups have regularly used our sports pitches and facilities: Perth Dive Club, Perth Canoe Club, Methven Cubs, Methven Scouts, Aberfeldy Cubs, Perth & Kinross Scouts, Cadets, Sheppard Swim School, Phoenix Aquatics and Glenalmond squash team (a local area team, not a school team).
Glenalmond has hosted two charity golf days and a PTA Golf Evening for a local school, as well as a major swimming gala for children from across Scotland. Our pool is also used for the annual swimming gala of a local school.
A member of staff works with a local residential school for young people with special therapeutic and emotional needs, and Glenalmond provides the swimming pool and outdoor facilities for a group of their pupils to do kayaking and outdoor education.
A partnership was formed with Perthshire Rugby Football Club, involving an exchange of coaching provision, and use of the Glenalmond sports facilities and pitches by the local club.
A local prep school uses the Glenalmond all-weather pitches for its inter-school hockey matches throughout the Lent term, and we also host the IAPS Scottish Qualifying Hockey Tournament.
The Glenalmond Chapel is the de facto Episcopal Church for the local area providing a location for public worship during term time and during the vacation (with 250 worshippers in the Chapel at Christmas, for example). The Chaplain officiates at christenings, weddings and funerals in the Chapel. He is the official Chaplain (unpaid) at two local schools and preaches at other schools as a guest, preaches and conducts weddings at other churches and chapels in the UK and is Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey and a number of local churches during the school holidays. Local residents are invited to Glenalmond's Remembrance Day Service and carol services. The midnight mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eucharist on Christmas morning are open to the local community. Glenalmond hosted the Scottish Episcopal Church Historians’ Group meeting.
Our pupils carry out a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, including a challenging 100-mile walk, and over £18,000 was donated to over 20 local, national and international charities each year. In addition, Glenalmond pupils provide the central performance in an annual Christmas fundraising concert at Fowlis Wester which raises around £2000 each year.
Glenalmond occupies an important position in the local area, and as well as opening our Chapel doors to local residents, we welcome our neighbours to our firework display in November, with fireworks and barbecue provided free-of-charge. We also provide a drinking water supply to 24 local residents - the water is supplied and treated at no cost to the residents.Events such as the annual fireworks display are open to the local community.
For over 12 years the College has provided its facilities during vacations to charitable organisations on a "cost plus" basis, rather than charging commercial rates. Organisations to have benefited include The Newman Trust (camps for severely disabled children in Scotland), Scottish Episcopal Youth Camps, Christians in Sport, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Great Britain, Triathlon Scotland, Tayview Activities, Sheppard Swim School, the SUL English Language School for primary aged French children and the Scottish Hockey Development Camp.
One of our teachers is on the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) National Panel of rugby referees, visiting clubs around Scotland and refereeing league and cup matches, as well as refereeing at local schools and delivering courses to train referees. Another teacher coaches for Perthshire Hockey and another is Pipe Sergeant with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, training pipers for their three bands. Other staff are on the organising committee for the Scottish Schools Snowsports Association.