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Life at Glenalmond is always busy, and this is where you will find all the latest news, galleries and notification of forthcoming events.

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Celebrating our 175th Anniversary in 2022

Glenalmond College is very much looking forward to celebrating the 175th anniverary of our extraordinary school with a year of celebration from May 4, 2022. We look forward to welcoming you back to school - via an online or in person event - during our year of celebration.


Meet the Staff: George Pounder

In the latest in our Meet the Staff series we interviewed Mr George Pounder, our Head of Classics, who is also very involved a whole range of aspects of school life.


Brilliant Staff v Pupils Hockey Match

Our end-of-term staff v pupils hockey match proved a sporting event of "fun, community and celebration" according to our Head of Hockey, Mr Will Murray, who compiled this match report.


Tribute to Dave Jeffers

This tribute to former Reid’s Housemaster, Dave Jeffers, has been written by Mike Jeffers (no relation) our current Head of Maths. Dave Jeffers, former Head of Mathematics and Reid's Housemaster, died suddenly this month, aged 64. This picture of Mr Jeffers with his wife Helen is on display in the Dining Hall of Reid's House.


Meet the Staff - Tanya Adamson

This week is Scottish Careers Week and, in the latest of our Meet the Staff series, we spoke with Mrs Tanya Adamson, Glenalmond's Careers Assistant. Mrs Adamson works with Mr Steve Smith, our Head of Sixth Form, and helps our pupils find the right careers.


Respects Paid to Greg Deakin OG

Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of our former pupil, Greg Deakin, whose funeral was held at Glenalmond College Chapel earlier today. Greg (Matheson’s, 1984-90) embraced all that Glenalmond had to offer and forged many long-standing friendships here. An early flair for design and technology during his school days underpinned his success in many businesses, including running over 30 holiday properties and a hotel near Loch Tay.


Charlie Sandison Inspires Young Athletes

A former pupil who was placed 24th in the mass start in the Virgin London Marathon last weekend - and produced his best personal time of 2 hours 25 minutes - returned to Glenalmond this week. Charlie Sandison (Skrine's, 2008-13), went for a run around the Glenalmond Golf Course with some of our pupils before addressing our pupils and staff as part of our Athelete Development Programme. Among his key messages during an inspirational talk to pupils was that it is the way you respond when you fail to meet your goals, as much as when you do, which shapes who you are.


Glenalmond Prepares for World Space Week

This Thursday (October 4th) our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form Physics classes will be taking part in World Space Week, including an online event hosted by TV presenter Dallas Campbell, a former pupil of Glenalmond. As part of World Space Week (4-10 October), the event aims to encourage and engage as many young people as possible in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to help them consider a career in this field when they are older.


Appointment of Director of Development and Alumni Relations Officer

Glenalmond College has recently appointed a Director of Development and an Alumni Relations Officer to form their new Development team. Dr Michael Alderson, Warden of Glenalmond College, extended a warm welcome to Nalini and Amber. “These appointments strengthen our team further and mean we are now well-positioned to take our engagement with our global community of former pupils to a new level.


Glenalmond College Announces Council Update

Glenalmond College has announced that Niall Booker will continue for a second, three-year term as Chairman of its Governing Council. Two new members of the Council have also been announced, with the appointment of David Fox-Pitt MBE and Christopher Reynolds.


Glenalmond Minibus Driver Congratulated for 20 Years of Service

A Glenalmond College minibus driver has this week stepped down from behind the wheel, after two decades of transporting pupils to and from the leading Perthshire independent school. Willie Simpson, who is also a well-known local farmer and breeder of prize-winning Highland ponies, is retiring from his driving duties. However, he still intends to keep playing at events, including Glenalmond ceilidhs, with his renowned Scottish country dance band. Glenalmond College has a fleet of liveried vehicles which provide a free transport service for families with children attending the school. The routes covered by Willie and his fellow drivers range from as far afield as Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Rait, Bridge of Earn, Dunning and Crieff. New bus routes to meet local demand, including Burrelton and Glenfarg, are planned for next year.


Glenalmond Pupils Complete Officer Training Course

Two former Glenalmond College pupils have recently passed out at Sandhurst, having completed an eight-week officer training course, after being selected for a much-sought after Gap Year Commission. Ben Humphries and Gregor Cochrane, who both left Glenalmond this summer, were selected, while they were still at school, from around 500 applicants. The Glenalmond pair were among only ten to be selected for the Commissions, following a rigorous selection process. They are now doing a further short course before joining their respective regiments this month.


Candlelit Service is Glenalmond Highlight

One of the highlights of the year at Glenalmond College is the Candlelit Service which is traditionally held at the end of term. It is incredibly hard to put into words what makes our end of term Candlelit Service so special. These photographs, taken at Chapel this evening, go some way to conveying the ethereal atmosphere which makes this service one of the standout events in our school calendar for pupils, parents and staff. Thanks to all involved - what a way to end our term.