School News

Here you will find a round-up of some of the highlights of activities which take place at Glenalmond College. You can also follow our social media feeds via - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram - to stay up-to-date with our latest news.




Join the One-Night-Only Stream of Spamalot - Dec 10

The countdown is underway to our Main Show 2021...... Spamalot! Our Director of Theatre, Liz Moss, and our Drama and Music staff and pupils have been working hard behind the scenes with preparations and rehearsals are now full steam ahead. We can't wait! Our eagerly-awaited return to staging big, brash productions is a right medieval riot. Chosen equally for its silliness and its brilliant va-va-voom, this truly is the show to remind us to always look on the bright side of life.

Invitation to our Autumn Concert 2021

Glenalmond College extends a very warm invitation to you to join us on November 28th at 7.30pm for our Autumn Concert. This year’s concert will be online as unfortunately, due to restrictions, it is not yet possible to welcome our parents and guests into school to join us for events.

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.

Invitation to Our Parents' Social Evening

Current Glenalmond parents are invited to a social evening with drinks and nibbles very kindly hosted by Jamie and Miranda Landale. The evening is being very kindly hosted by the Landales at their family home, Clathic House, near Comrie, PH7 4JY. The event will start at 6.30pm and run until 9pm and offer an opportunity for current parents to relax and catch up with old friends as well as kindling new friendships in our body of parents.

Glenalmond Burns Supper 2022

**Save the Date** Our Annual Friends of Glenalmond Burns Supper will take place on Thursday, January 27th 2022. It will follow the successful format of previous years, starting with reception drinks and canapes in the Recital Hall, followed by our Burns Supper in the Dining Hall. The evening will be accompanied by a range of performances by our pupils. More information & booking details will be announced shortly.

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.

CCF Field Day - RAF Section

The RAF Section of our Combined Cadet Force enjoyed an excellent visit to The Museum of Flight this week as part of the Fourth Form Field Day exercise.

Well Done Susie and Seamus

Susie R and her horse Storms Ransom (Seamus) put in a terrific performance at The 2021 Scottish Tetrathlon Championships at the weekend, to win the Open Girls Trophy. Tetrathlon involves a cross country ride, a 10m turning target shoot, a cross country run followed by a swim. The event took place over four hours which saw Susie and Seamus go clear on the crosscountry ride with a superb shoot and a strong run and swim to win the Open Girls category at the championships.

CCF Field Day - Army Section

Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Army Section Field Day activities this week featured an introduction to a range of skills, including shelter building and survival skills. All pupils in Fourth Form take part in our CCF programme and through the year they experience a range of excellent team-building and leadership skills as part of this as well as an introduction to the career opportunities in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

CCF Field Day - Navy Section

The Royal Navy section of our Combined Cadet Force in Fourth Form went on a fleet tender to Rothesay from Greenock this week. Our cadets took the opportunity to steer the boat themselves and use charts and other equipment to navigate. They also had an in-depth workshop on a variety of knots which they really enjoyed! Well done all.

Week of Sporting Success at Glenalmond

The past week has seen lots of the hard work of our pupils and coaches coming to fruition with some great performances by our runners and our rugby, hockey and basketball teams.

Former Pupils' London Marathon Success

Former pupil Jamie Sandison (Skrine's, 1978-82) and his two Old Glenalmond sons, Rory (Skrine's, 2012-17) and Charlie (Skrine's, 2008-13) are pictured here after successfully completing the London Marathon at the weekend. Charlie put an in outstanding performance and was placed 24th in the mass start in the Virgin London Marathon producing a personal best time of 2 hours 25 minutes.

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.

Independent School of the Year Awards - Invitation

Glenalmond College is delighted to be a finalist in the Performing Arts category of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards and we are looking forward to the Online Awards Ceremony this Thursday (Oct 7th) at 3pm. We are thrilled with this fantastic recognition of our outstanding Theatre, Drama and Music provision at Glenalmond and the exceptional work of Mrs Moss (our Director of Theatre), Miss Hynd (our Head of Drama) and Dr Ridley (our Director of Music), and the many other staff who have gone the extra mile to support them over the past year – from music and sets to make-up and props.

Glenalmond Reaches Finals of National Schools Award

We are delighted to announce that Glenalmond has made ito the finals of the Performing Arts category of the Independent School of the Year Awards 2021.We are thrilled with this fantastic recognition of our outstanding Theatre, Drama and Music provision at Glenalmond and the exceptional work of Mrs Moss (our Director of Theatre), Miss Hynd (our Head of Drama) and Dr Ridley (our Director of Music), and the many other staff who have gone the extra mile to support them over the past year – from music and sets to make-up and props.

Fantastic Glenalmond Review in Tatler Schools Guide 2022

The Tatler Schools Guide 2022, hot off the press, features the top prep and public schools in the UK. “There could be no finer place to spend one’s school days than amid the 300 acres of countryside at the gateway to the Highlands. “The atmosphere here is warm, vibrant and busy.... "Glenalmond sets pupils up for life…leavers depart their beloved Coll fuelled with the ambition and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to the world.” We are delighted with the review and extremely proud of our staff, our pupils and our school.

Double Success in Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators

Glenalmond has enjoyed a double success in a prestigious competition run by The Queen’s College, Oxford University and this week our pupils were delighted to receive their award certificates. James SF (French) and Ellie A (Spanish) emerged as the top entries from Scotland in the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators.

Pupil's Success in National Hero Competition

Many congratulations to Ally L in our Third Form who has reached the Regional Finals stage of the Royal Mail's Heroes Stamp Design Competition. An incredible 606,049 entries were received from children across the UK, with an amazing 7,479 schools taking part. The Royal Mail has sent congratulations to all the children who entered, as their designs contributed towards a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest postage stamp design competition. Well done to Ally, who previously attended St Mary's School Melrose, and good luck for the next round!

New Sponsor for Glenalmond First Team Kit

Our First XV Rugby Captain and Vice-captain, Rory S and Rory F, and First XI Hockey Captain and Vice-captain, Catherine G and Ariel M, are delighted with their brand new kit. Huge thanks from us all to our new sponsor, Dog, an award-winning Glasgow and London-based digital agency and great supporter of Glenalmond. Both teams are proud to be wearing the brand and looking forward to their first home fixtures this weekend against Fettes. Our pupils and staff are very much looking forward to being able to welcome families back as spectators.

Glenalmond College to Attend Scottish Game Fair 2021

We are very much looking forward to welcoming current, former and future Glenalmond families to our stands at the Scottish Game Fair next weekend. Glenalmond is the only school with an official presence at the event at Scone Palace on September 24, 25 and 26. We will have two locations - you'll find us at stand O3A in the Stag and Osprey area and at A9A in the Activity Area. We are also sponsoring the junior angling competition.

Former Pupil Wins Royal Geographical Society Prize

Congratulations to former pupil Jamie Arnaud (Reid's, 2012-17) who has just been announced as joint winner of the Historical Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, run by the Royal Geographical Society. Jamie recently graduated from University of Cambridge with First Class Honours with Distinction (double-starred first).

International Travel Information Update

As we approach Half Term, we know that many parents will be keen to have the latest information on travel restrictions. While we continue to await specific guidance from the Scottish Government relating to the travel and return of pupils from overseas to boarding schools in Scotland, the general arrangements are looking positive from October 4.

A Weekend Full of Fun Activities

We are looking forward to a jam-packed weekend full of activities this weekend, including our traditional Sunday Funday. Our weekend will include a range of activities, all encouraging pupils to get into the house spirit, and will end with a BBQ supper on Sunday evening. Day pupils have been invited to stay overnight on Saturday to get involved in all the fun.

Exciting Times Ahead For Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is an extra-curricular activity offered at Glenalmond which encourages pupils to go the extra mile. We are delighted that DofE at Glenalmond will now be run by Dr Sean Wilkinson, our Head of Chemistry.

New Head of Golf

A very warm welcome to Ian Muir, the new Head of Golf at Glenalmond College. Mr Muir has been a PGA professional for over 25 years and has worked with National Squads through to the Men’s and Ladies’ European Tour. Mr Muir takes over from Tim Mitchell - and our very best wishes go to Mr Mitchell for every success with his exciting new venture in Wales.

A Warm Welcome to Jed

A very warm welcome to Jed Case who has this week joined our Design and Technology Department. Originally from Edinburgh, Jed attended George Heriot’s before spending a gap year playing cricket in Australia. He studied for a BDes in Interior Architecture at Edinburgh Napier University where he gained a first. Having gained an MSc in Creative Advertising, Jed worked in advertising in Edinburgh for a few years before changing direction. He then completed his PGDE in Design & Technology at Moray House. Since then, he has had teaching roles.

Friendly Glenalmond Bus Drivers

Our friendly minibus drivers are delighted to be getting out on the road again this week. This includes David Millar who shares why he loves his job in a short interview now on our YouTube channel.

Tasty Welcome Back Menu for Pupils

Our catering team put on a lovely welcome back lunch menu for pupils today, including fish and chips! Today’s menu features fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, and pea risotto.