Glenalmond College Public Benefit and Charitable Activity Report 2016-17

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. For 2016/17 the total value of means tested support was equivalent to 10% of gross income.

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 various exam boards:
• IGCSE CIE examiner
• International Baccalaureate senior examiner
• Public scrutineer for all International Baccalaureate economics examinations
• Expert marker and team leader (managing a team of expert markers) for Edexcel
• Examiner for Edexcel
• Moderator for Pearson GCSE Drama
• Visiting examiner for acting component of GCSE Drama
• Author of materials for Spanish International Baccalaureate

One of our teachers is the secretary of the Independent Schools’ Modern Language Association and committee member of atb8 (Northern Schools).

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, a member of staff is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and seven of our staff are Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Assessors.

Glenalmond College acts as an examination centre for private candidates sitting exams. Ten people were helped in this way in 2016-17. This enables external/private candidates to sit GCSE and A level (ie non-SQA) exams. Glenalmond makes no charge for this service involves lengthy and time-consuming work (approximately 50 hours of Glenalmond staff time) liaising with candidates and exam boards, managing candidates when they arrive for exams, invigilating, and managing results. This service is very highly valued; many schools do not provide such a service, or charge a fee if they do. This involves two Glenalmond teachers as the main providers, along with many invigilators.

As part of our Oxbridge preparation programme, we supported three state school candidates in 2016-17 through the Oxbridge application process. Three members of Glenalmond teaching staff worked with a local pupil on a weekly basis to help her with personal statement writing, the application process and interview preparation. This lasted for a whole term, for about one hour per week. The pupil was short-listed for interview. In addition, two pupils came to Glenalmond for trial interview practice. This took three hours and involved eight members of Glenalmond staff.

Our staff give lectures, public talks and presentations at conferences in specialist subjects and in 2016-17 we hosted the annual SCIS Classics conference and the Institute of Economic Affairs Sixth Form Economics Conference.


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.

A Glenalmond teacher and three Upper Sixth Form pupils lead a Scottish storytelling workshop at Viewlands PS (1.12.16)

A group of 29 P3 pupils from St John’s RC PS came to Glenalmond for a session in the outdoor classroom, led by our Head of Outdoor Learning, followed by a lacrosse and rugby session in the afternoon (3.5.17)

The Warden ran a poetry workshop for eight P4-P8 pupils at Logiealmond PS (4.11.16)

Two Glenalmond teachers and a science technician delivered a science programme as part of Science Week at Luncarty PS, with a planning visit in advance (16.1.17). The Biology sessions (20.3.17) were delivered to 30 P4 pupils, 21 P5 pupils, 22 P6 pupils, 19 P7 pupils, and the Physics session (22.3.17) was delivered to 21 P5 pupils.

The Warden and Chinese language Assistant ran a drama workshop at Rattray PS for 24 P5 pupils and 30 P7 pupils (9.3.17). The Warden also ran a drama workshop at St Dominic’s RC PS for 25 P5/P6 pupils (3.11.16). 42 P6 and P7 pupils from Kinnoull PS and 20 pupils from St Dominic’s RC PS attended our Junior Play, Animal Farm (Glenalmond College also provided the transport at no cost) (19.5.17) We also put on a matinee of our senior school show, Jesus Christ Superstar, for local schools (25.11.16)

Six Lower Sixth pupils helped at local primary schools through our Community Service programme. This was on a weekly basis at Logiealmond PS, Pitcairn PS and St Dominic’s RC PS.

Our Head of Lacrosse delivered a lacrosse coaching session at Ruthvenfield PS for 17 P4/P5 pupils and 19 P6/P7 pupils (3.11.16)

A group of our Fifth Form GCSE PE pupils, with our Head of Rugby, ran a Sports Leaders activity for pupils from number of local primary schools: 6 P5/P6 pupils from Logiealmond PS, 14 P6 pupils from Pitcairn PS, 19 P6/P7 pupils from Ruthvenfield PS (30.11.16)

One of our pupils, who was studying for an NVQ qualification in Sports Coaching, in partnership with Perth RFC, delivered a number of rugby coaching sessions with our Head of Rugby: 25 P7 pupils at Methven PS (31.1.17), 19 P6/P7 pupils from Ruthvenfield PS (27.2.17 and 1.3.17), pupils from Tulloch PS (16.1.17 and 31.1.17), and 15 P7 pupils from Viewlands PS (24.10.16, 31.10.16, 7.11.16, 14.11.16 and 21.11.16)

Our Chaplain and other staff regularly take assembly at local primary schools and attend their prizegiving ceremonies.

We held a Choral Day for 95 pupils from other schools from Perthshire, Edinburgh and the North of England.

nspiring Innovation Days were run for 100 pupils from Scottish schools (19.6.17 – 23.6.17). Our pupils also performed music concerts at schools in Scotland and England:
Music Scholars tour to Belhaven Hill, Aysgarth, Mowden Hall schools (26.9.16 – 27.9.16)
Music Scholars Concert at St Mary’s School, Melrose (2.2.17)

We loan musical instruments from our stock to local prep schools on request.

Our staff regularly provide and drive a Glenalmond vehicle to support Logiealmond Primary School by making off-site trips possible and affordable. This included a trip to Stanley Mills (15.9.16).

We provided transport to take pupils from Craigclowan School to Perth for their carol service (14.12.16(, and to Logiealmond PS to take nine pupils to the theatre (22.12.16)

We invited schools to a science “Buckyballs” workshop (25.4.17)

Our staff provide sports refereeing and coaching support to prep schools in Scotland and Northern England. We put on a cricket sixes tournament for school and club sides, welcoming 170 U11 and U13 players (14.5.17)
A Scottish dance and Ceilidh session was provided for 100 pupils from prep and primary schools (4.12.16).
Glenalmond staff helped organise a major outdoor challenge event for a local school, involving 120 pupils, which Glenalmond supports with catering, transport, staffing and equipment (20.5.17).


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 training for some of the Cub Scout badges. 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. We provide (free of charge) a meeting venue for the weekly local Cub Pack meetings, and occasionally the Beaver and Scout groups also make use of Glenalmond facilities for swimming, sports and other outdoor activities. During the warmer months the meetings are often taken outside to the woodland area or one of the many playing fields on campus.

A member of our medical staff is an officer in the Girls Brigade.


We have an extensive campus at Glenalmond College, with excellent sporting and educational facilities, and we regularly invite external groups to use these facilities.

We welcomed the Perthshire Society of Natural Science to use our grounds (12.4.17) . 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, Perth & Kinross Scouts Network, Aberfeldy Cubs, Phoenix Aquatics, Blairgowrie Football Club and Glenalmond squash team (a local area team, not a school team).

Glenalmond has hosted a charity golf day for Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukemia (TCCL), the Methven Arms Golf Day and a PTA Golf Evening for a local school. Our pool is also used for the annual swimming gala of a local school.

A partnership is in place with Perthshire Rugby Football Club, involving an exchange of coaching provision, and use of the Glenalmond sports facilities and pitches by the local club. Perthshire Hockey also use the Glenalmond astro-turf pitch for friendly matches.

A local prep school uses the Glenalmond all-weather pitches for its inter-school hockey matches throughout the Lent term.


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, and an average of 20+ local people attending the regular Sunday services). The Chaplain officiates at christenings (two), weddings (four) and funerals/memorials (two) in the Chapel. He is the official Chaplain (unpaid) at two local schools (holding six assemblies at Logiealmond PS for 12 pupils and six assemblies at Ardvreck school for 70 pupils) 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 (Winchester College; St Michael and All Angels, Elie; St John, Pittenweem; St Mary the Virgin, Newport-on-Tay; St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee; Dunblane Cathedral; Westminster Abbey; Holy Trinity, Dunfermline; St Peter, Kirkcaldy). 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. The Chaplain also hosted and led prayers at Methven Cubs’ Investiture in the Glenalmond Chapel for around 30 children.


Our pupils carry out a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, including a challenging 100-mile walk. 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 (5.11.16), Remembrance Service (13.11.16), Marines Band concert (26.2.17) and annual Art Exhibition (28.6.17) are open to the local community.

For over 13 years the College has provided its facilities during vacations to charitable organisations on a "cost plus" basis, rather than charging commercial rates. The Newman Trust (camps for severely disabled children in Scotland) benefited from such an arrangement in 2016-17.

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. He referees each week (August to April) for the SRU on a voluntary basis. In addition, he delivers the Level 1 SRU Referee training course at the local Perth RFC, giving teenagers (not from Glenalmond College) a recognised qualification in rugby refereeing which contributes to their coaching qualification. This is a 6-hour course, delivered to 6 people aged 15-16 (July 2017). Several of our teachers referee matches for various sports at prep schools around Scotland. Another teacher coaches for Perthshire Hockey (boys/mens 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams) weekly (September to May). Other teachers regularly umpired and delivered sports coaching (rugby, lacrosse, hockey) at other schools, including coaching clinics for teachers and pupils.

One of our teachers is Pipe Sergeant with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, training pipers for their three bands. We ran a training weekend at Glenalmond for children who learn with the band’s project that is partially funded by the Scottish Schools Piping and Drumming Trust.

A group of three Glenalmond staff volunteered to help run the Glencoe Marathon Gathering for around 1200 runners, as the race was threatened by a lack of volunteers. Duties in the 30-hour period ranged from manning the car park, transporting supplies (in a Glenalmond minibus provided free of charge), manning feeding stations during the race.

A member of staff organises a social-media based fundraising event each year (16.12.17) which raised £1250 in 2016-17 for animal charities.

One of our medical staff travelled to Tanzania for a fortnight on board the medical ship “The Jubilee Hope” (April 2017) through the Scottish Charity The Vine Trust. They were delivering basic health care including vaccinations, minor operations, HIV testing, treating intestinal and respiratory problems and malaria. She fundraised for the trip, with part of the money going towards buying medications and dressings for patients.

A group of Fifth Form pupils raised money to provide Kenyan children with breakfast before school by selling homemade crocheted hats (January 2017).

How our pupils help others

  • Ancaster House Care Home, Crieff 
  • Soughton Smallholding, Blackruthven Farm 
  • The Bike Station, Perth 
  • Giraffe Trading Shop and Café, Perth
  • Methven Primary School
  • Logiealmond Primary School
  • St Dominic’s Primary School, Crieff
  • Pitcairn Primary School

Helping the local community

  • The support of local drama groups and choirs through the provision of books and music 
  • Composing and compiling music for public events and publications 
  • Our pipe band, and individual pipers, played at a range of local events, including charity events, the Order of St John Charity Piping event at Scone Palace (18.9.16) and performing the CCF Beating Retreat at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (25.5.17)
  • We provided the musicians for the annual Save the Children concert in a local village (11.12.16)
  • Our musicians performed at St Ninian's Cathedral and St John's Kirk in Perth (6.11.16 and 5.3.17), St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth (4.2.17 and 17.6.17), St Fillans (28.2.17) and at a local care home. Our Director of Music accompanied a local chamber choir, and our pupils entertained residents at another local care home (December 2016). We put on a gala performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Perth Concert Hall (24.3.17), open to the public, with free tickets for children and low-cost tickets for adults.