School Exchanges and Trips

Glenalmond offers a full programme of cultural, artistic, sporting and educational school trips and exchanges.

Glenalmond College has links with a number of schools abroad and one of the biggest highlights is our international exchange with Brooks School in Massachusetts, USA. This really engages our Lower Sixth Form as they vie for the right to be the girl and boy chosen to take part in this prestigious exchange.

There are many other trips: Italy to experience the historical and linguistic delights of cities like Rome; the Alps and beyond for ski camps which help pupils to improve their skiing or take it to a more competitive level; and theatre trips to the likes of Stratford upon Avon.

Our Friends of Glenalmond travel awards also allow members of the Upper Sixth Form to fund trips abroad which may be connected with their examination subjects or a charitable cause they want to support. Further details are available below.

The English Department Stratford Trip

This annual event is designed as a two-fold trip that will stimulate our Lower Sixth students before they study the bard in the Upper Sixth as well as offering a break away from Glenalmond after the rigours of the summer examinations. The trip offers a visit to two RSC productions and tours of all Shakespeare properties from the birthplace to Mary Arden's farm where there is an authentic Elizabethan farm complete with live farmers and white carrots! The delights of Stratford are also on offer with the chance to shop in the local farmer's market as well as see Shakespeare's grave, go rowing and lounging in the sun at the park. Possibly the greatest highlight is in meeting with the actors in The Dirty Duck and having the chance to quiz them on their art. The trip runs for three days just after the close of AS examinations in early June.

"Glenalmond Italia"

Every second year a group of pupils spends an intensive nine day period in late March visiting Rome, Ostia, Tivoli, Pompeii and Paestum. Our travellers enjoy the very best of Italian culture and stay for six nights in Rome on the Aventine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and for two nights in Paestum, arguably the "jewel of Campania". A "must" for classicists and historians, the trip is always hugely popular and enjoys a generous financial support from the Andrew Innes Trust. Andrew Innes, who was a Captain of Coll, died in a tragic accident in his early twenties.

Contact: Mr George Pounder or 01738 842030

Viva España

Each year a trip is organised for Fifth and Sixth Formers to visit Spain for a week. In the last two years, this trip has been to Granada and Valencia.

Contact: Mrs Jenny Davey 

Ski trips

In recent years our skiing trips have taken us to Canada, France and Andorra. These trips have proved very popular with both the seasoned skier and the beginner. We always go to large, well-established resorts and stay in good hotels and, wherever possible, ski-in/ski-out .The trips are a great adventure within a safe and careful atmosphere.

For more information see our skiing page in the Sports section.

Geography Field Trips

Geography is a popular A level subject at Glenalmond and in recent years field trips have taken place on a regular basis to Europe and further afield; most recently to Morocco to study Arid Landscapes and the nearest LEDC country (Less Economically Developed Country).

Glenalmond College invites Sixth Form students to apply for travel awards of up to £500 each. There are two separate but similar awards available, namely; The Friends of Glenalmond Travel Award and The Duncan Garrett Travel Award

The awards are granted on merit and encourage service to others. Past award winners have travelled to Europe, North Africa, India and Latin America on expeditions, fact-finding trips and to undertake charitable work.

Pupils submit a written application giving an outline of the intended project and a financial breakdown.

This is followed by an interview with a committee. It is a condition of the awards that the project actually takes place within an agreed time frame, and recipients are required to give both a written and verbal report on their project to the Committee and/or the College on their return.

Contact: Mr David Smith

Since 2000, Glenalmond has enjoyed a fruitful "twinning" with Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Both schools are boarding and day schools in glorious countryside settings and educate boys and girls up to the age of 18, in an inclusive community environment where every individual is valued and encouraged and nurtured and enabled to develop his or her interests and talents in the classroom and beyond.

Each year a "junior" or Lower Sixth boy and girl from Glenalmond and Brooks "exchange" for a month during February and March. Often, teachers too have spent a week in their "sister" school as part of the swop. Those who take part in the exchange programme enjoy a special educational and cultural relationship .

Pupils are chosen for their qualities of "ambassadorship" and have the chance to enjoy the very best of Scottish and New England hospitality respectively.

We are proud of our unique and special link with Massachusetts which has flourished and strengthened over the years; we bring out the very best in each other.

John D Wright Brooks faculty 1972-75 and visitor to Brooks 1999 and 2004 and "Founding Father " of the Glenalmond /Brooks exchange programme

Contact: Mr James Lugton

The Headmistress of Southern Oxford School in northern Chile visited us to establish an exchange programme. She has hosted several of our pupils and her son was in Matheson's. Chilean students visit Glenalmond in the autumn and our return group generally travel there in July/August. Knowledge of Spanish language is not an essential but of course is highly recommended.

An exchange takes place each year with two schools in Queensland, Australia. One of our girls goes to St Hilda's School, while one of our boys goes to the Southport School, and in turn we host two of their pupils.

Other exchanges and trips are organised from time to time to Spain, Germany and France, under the auspices of the Modern Foreign Languages department.