How to Apply

Applications for admission to Glenalmond College are welcomed at any time for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

To find out more about Glenamond, please take a look at this website, and request a prospectus and a copy of the Glenalmond DVD.

The best way to gain a real understanding of what Glenalmond College has to offer your child is to arrange a visit – we can arrange for you to meet the Warden (Headteacher), have a look round the boarding houses, meet some of our teachers and talk to our pupils.

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We try to make our school admissions procedure as helpful and informative as possible. Your main point of contact for all school admissions is our Head of Admissions, Mike Jeffers. Mr Jeffers can guide families through the whole admissions procedure from requesting a prospectus to organising a visit and sitting entrance exams.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Admissions process in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact Mr Jeffers - please see the box on the right.

You may also be interested to read the independent review of Glenalmond from the highly-respected Good Schools Guide, published in Spring 2017.

Visiting Glenalmond

You and your family are welcome to visit Glenalmond at any time in the academic year.  A visit to the school allows you and your child to actually experience what Glenalmond is all about.  Visits are relaxed and involve meeting both the Warden (Headteacher) and pupils. For more information, take a look at the Come and Visit page.

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Open Day

We hold an Open Day in the Autumn and a Day Pupil Open Day in the Spring, when prospective pupils and their parents are invited to visit Glenalmond to find out more about the school on an informal, relaxed day. The Open Days are held on a normal school day, so this is an excellent opportunity to meet our teachers and our pupils, and experience Glenalmond's outstanding environment for learning. To find out more, look at our Open Day page.

Other Events

We will let you know about other events during the school year, which you may want to come along to.  The Glenalmond community is a very welcoming one, and parents who are considering Glenalmond are welcome to see the school in action at school plays, concerts and sporting events.  These often offer an excellent opportunity for you to talk to current parents, who will always be happy to tell you more about Glenalmond.

Registering your Child

If you then wish to register for entry to Glenalmond College you need to complete a registration form and send it to the Head of Admissions. There is a small registration charge of £50 (non-refundable) which is paid at the point of registration.  This is not a guarantee of a place, as all places are subject to the pupil meeting the minimum reference and academic entry requirements.  Once registered, we will keep you informed about entry examinations and any other updates regarding the admissions procedure.

The Registration Form (PDF, 1.24MB) is available to download.

Choosing a House

We always try to accommodate parents' wishes regarding the Houses they would like to see, and following a visit your son's or daughter's name will be placed on the list for any one preferred House. When that list reaches capacity, names will be added to another House list and also put on the waiting list for that of first choice.  A transfer will be made if space becomes available.

Entrance Requirements

Our admissions criteria are set in accordance with the College's founding principles and traditions.

Pupils sit examinations or the school's own entrance tests relative to their age.  Children can join the school at any stage from the age of 12 although the main entry points tend to be at 12+ years, 13+ years and 16+ years.  Boarders and day pupils are welcome throughout the school.

Listed below are the various age-related entry requirements.

 

A number of pupils are admitted each year into Second Form (age 12+). This intake is designed to bridge the gap between the final year of the Scottish primary system (P7) and the early years of independent senior school.  We would not normally expect pupils from preparatory schools to enter Glenalmond at this point.  A Junior boarding/day fee applies for this year.

Entry to the Second Form is subject to our own academic assessment, which involves basic tests in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.  These tests are taken in Feburary, although they can be offered at other times by arrangement with the Registrar.

Pupils wishing to enter Second Form should be 11 years old by 30 April preceeding the year of entry. Please apply to the Registrar for an application form for Second Form.

At 13+, prospective pupils at preparatory schools will sit either the Common Entrance Examination set externally but marked at Glenalmond, or the Academic Scholarship examination which is both set and marked by Glenalmond.

Prospective pupils coming from other schools take our own assessment tests in basic English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.  Additionally, a reference is required from the applicant's current school.

At 14+, pupils enter immediately into the two-year GCSE course and are assessed through our own basic tests and by recommendation from their current school.

Entry directly into the Fifth Form (halfway through the GCSE courses) can pose problems with preparation for these examinations, but applications at this stage are considered on merit.

For entry into the two-year A Level course, the minimum entry requirement is five GCSE grades at B or above, or equivalent Standard Grade / Intermediate 2 scores.  In certain subjects (eg Maths) an A grade at GCSE would normally be expected.

In addition, Sixth Form Entrance Tests in the subjects proposed for the Sixth Form are taken in November (or later in the year by arrangement with the Registrar).  Prospective pupils also attend an academic interview.

For those whose first language is not English, we expect, as a minimum, an Intermediate standard (IELTS Grade 4 or equivalent) of written and spoken English in order for pupils to be able to meet the requirements of academic courses.  Please contact the Head of Admissions (registrar@glenalmondcollege.co.uk) and take a look at our International Pupils page for more information.