Admission to Glenalmond College is 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 through the website and complete the contact admissions form to request a prospectus.
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 Director of Admissions. They can guide families through the whole admissions procedure from requesting an 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 a member of the Admissions Team by telephone or email. The contact details are on the right.
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The best way to gain a real understanding of what Glenalmond College has to offer your child is to arrange a visit – if you can.
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.
When you arrive you will have a chance to meet with the Warden, and will be taken on a tour of the school in the company of pupils (in term time) when you should feel free to ask any questions. The pupils will take you to the key areas of Glenalmond College, including the science centre, the music school, the chapel and the library, and you will have time to talk to some of our teachers.
Your visit will also provide the opportunity to tour at least one boarding house in the company of its Housemaster or Housemistress.
During your visit you will also be able to talk to our Director of Admissions who can address any queries you might have about the application process or any other issues.
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If you wish to register for entry to Glenalmond College you need to complete a registration form. There is a small registration charge of £100 (non-refundable) which is paid at this point. 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and take a look at our International Pupils page for more information.