Glenalmond in the Community

Although a particular strength of Glenalmond is offering education in a rural environment, the College plays a significant part in raising awareness of wider community issues. Pupils and staff raise funds, and become actively involved in community-based projects.

Community service plays an important part in the life of Glenalmond College pupils.

A Community Service programme operates on Wednesday afternoons, encouraging pupils to engage with the wider community, whilst gaining valuable life experience. Recent projects are listed below.
Under the auspices of the Community Service programme, an annual Christmas tea party is organised for local elderly and disabled, including piping, a nativity play, community carol singing and musical entertainment, as well as a delicious spread of food.

There are a number of other ways in which we are able to engage with wider community issues. These include:

• Chapel Choir visits Fowlis Wester Parish Church to offer a Christmas Concert, raising a significant sum for Save the Children Fund.
• Pupils go Carol Singing in Perth City Centre to raise funds for good causes.
• Pupils take the lead in a major campaign of fundraising activities culminating in the annual fundraising week and charity review.
• Chapel is used by the local Glenalmond community for baptisms, weddings, funerals memorial services, etc.

Chapel is the regular place of worship for many members of the local community. Services are sometimes offered during the holidays (including Midnight Mass, Christmas Morning Eucharist and Easter Day Eucharist) as well as in term-time.



Primary School Links

Glenalmond pupils have built up strong links with many of the local primary schools, including Crieff, Methven and Logiealmond. Primary pupils are invited to Glenalmond to take part in events and activities, and our staff and students visit the primary schools.


Glenalmond's commitment to the wider community is also reflected in the fundraising activities of our pupils, who put a lot of effort, imagination and creativity into finding enjoyable ways to raise funds for local and national causes. Charities are nominated by House Chapel Representatives and the Chaplaincy team, and Chapel offertory collections are also donated to these charities.

Each year a group of Fifth Form pupils walk 100 miles to school from a remote location, to raise money for a charity selected by the walkers. This challenging walk, over five days, takes place directly after GCSE exams finish, and over the last five years more than £46,000 has been raised for the named charities.

Other recent fundraising beneficiaries are listed below.

  • Visiting residents at the BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association) Home in Crieff
  • Working with people with learning difficulties and mental health problems at Soughton Smallholding, Blackruthven Farm
  • Helping at a Music & Art Club at the Dalnaglar Residential Home for the Elderly, Crieff
  • Salvation Army Charity Shop, Perth
  • Shelter Charity Shop, Perth
  • Cancer Research Campaign Charity Shop, Perth
  • Re-cycling - pupils collect waste paper, re-cycle it into fuel blocks, and re-distribute the blocks to those who contribute the waste paper
  • Shelter Charity Shop, Crieff
  • Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Charity Shop, Crieff
  • Cancer Research Campaign Charity Shop, Crieff
  • Salvation Army Café, Perth
  • St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth
  • Wood-chopping Project - re-cycling wood for re-distribution as fuel in return for charitable donations
  • Branklyn (National Trust for Scotland) Gardens, Perth
  • St Columba's Church, Crieff
  • St Serf's Church Comrie
  • Sandpiper Trust
  • Amathuba Community Enrichment, Embo, South Africa
  • Breakthrough Breast Cancer
  • Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane
  • Earl Haig Fund Scotland
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • Water Aid, Pakistan
  • Neuroblastoma Society
  • Katie McKerracher Trust
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Arunima HIV/AIDS Hospice, Diocese of Calcutta
  • DeBRA
  • National Autistic Society