School News

Glenalmond College Raises £4000 for CHAS

The Glenalmond College community has raised over £4000 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in a 24-hour initiative which took place last weekend. The fundraising total of £4157, including Gift Aid, was the result of donations made by those who took part in a series of 10k runs during a 24 hour period from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday, and their supporters.

Glenalmond Community 24 Hour Charity Run

Starting at 12 noon on Saturday May 23rd, members of our Glenalmond community, including current and former pupils and staff and the wider Coll community, are invited to take part in a 10k run. For people living on site at Glenalmond, we will be running from Front Arch individually or in household groups (strictly meeting COVID requirements) over a 24 hour period. For everyone not living on site - we would love you to join us by running (or walking) 10k where-ever you are in the world. We will post a stream of pictures from both the on-site (socially distanced) runners and route through our lovely 300 acres of grounds, including our nine hole golf course.

Online Teaching Delivering Insight and Opportunity at Glenalmond

Five weeks after it started delivering lessons online, Glenalmond College is reporting the switch to distance teaching is delivering a range of unexpected benefits. Staff, pupils and parents have risen to the challenge of online learning and are finding the temporary move away from classroom-based lessons is inspiring innovation and insight which could generate long-term benefits.

Glenalmond Welcomes Long-eared Owl Chicks

We are delighted to have welcomed a clutch of seven Long Eared Owl chicks who are thriving in their home, hidden away in our grounds! We are very fortunate, and pleased, to share our spectacular 300 acres of grounds with a myriad of wildlife.

Glenalmond Set to Host Virtual Open Day

For the first time in its 173 year history, Glenalmond College is set to host a Virtual Open Day and looking forward to welcoming visitors online to meet staff and tour the school on Saturday, May 9th. Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College, said he is very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Virtual Open Day, which will offer an exciting new way to enjoy a visit to the school which has around 360 pupils, aged 12 to 18.

Remote Learning Delivering Long-term Benefits

A week after it started delivering lessons via the internet, a Perthshire school is reporting the switch to online learning is delivering a range of unexpected benefits. Staff, pupils and parents at Glenalmond College have risen to the challenge of online learning and are finding the temporary move away from classroom-based lessons is inspiring innovation and insight which could generate long-term benefits.

Kaleem Set to Run Marathon for NHS Heroes

Scotland 7s international rugby player, Kaleem Barreto, is set to attempt his first ever marathon tomorrow (Friday, 24th April) to raise funds for NHS CharitiesTogether. Kaleem, who is a former pupil of Glenalmond College in Perthshire and currently contracted to Stade Nicois in France, is at home for lockdown with his family in Dundee. His plan is to run the majority of his marathon length round his garden at home to comply with stay-home restrictions. The 21-year-old scrum-half player has never attempted a marathon, or even a half-marathon, before but is determined to run the 26.2 miles in tribute to those working in frontline medical roles at the moment.

A very warm welcome back to our pupils

A huge virtual welcome back has been extended to all our pupils today. At the start of a term like no other, our house and teaching staff are ready and waiting to support and encourage all our pupils. Our staff, led by our new Warden, Dr Alderson, have done a fantastic job of preparing for remote learning over the past few weeks and the results are shining through. Today we also welcomed two new Third Form pupils with Zac joining us from St Andrews and Frederic in Sydney, Australia. It has been brilliant to see remote learning being so well received by our pupils today, allowing everyone to stay safe at home and still benefit from an outstanding education. Conor Swaile, Housemaster of Patchell's, pictured, is one of many staff welcoming pupils back today.

Entries Invited for Glenalmond Virtual Bake-off

Our new Warden Dr Michael Alderson and his wife Emma have baked a fantastic-looking cake to launch our Glenalmond Virtual Bake-off comp. In the run-up to Easter we are inviting the Glenalmond community to get baking and submit entries - with a general theme of caring and sharing - for the Bake-off. Thanks to Michelle Maddox of Clootie McToot Dumplings who is providing three prizes of clootie dumpling kits which she will post to our winners.

Glenalmond Staff Produce Face Shields in School Workshop

Staff at Glenalmond College have been making protective face shields in a workshop at the leading Perthshire school, to assist with the supply of the protective equipment to front line workers. Gemma Crozier, a design and technology teacher at Glenalmond, has been leading on the production of the equipment which is much-needed as vital PPE for people working in medical and care roles across the country. Assisted by the school’s new Warden, Dr Michael Alderson, Mrs Crozier produced sixty of the protective face shields at Glenalmond on Friday. These are now destined for NHS pharmacies and care homes in Tayside.

Glenalmond Community Pipes Up for Key Workers

People from throughout Glenalmond's community - from pupils and their families to members of staff and former pupils - got behind the #pipeupforkeyworkers initiative this week. As well as piping "Scotland the Brave" our community, including some overseas former pupils, also played other musical instruments and clapped.

Glenalmond Celebrates Wildlife on Grounds

One of the sights we all love at Glenalmond is our bustling community of red squirrels & we are delighted to share our 300 lovely acres with them all. As a school we greatly value the range of wildlife we have living on our grounds and we actively seek ways to support them. This includes bat boxes, owl houses and leaving piles of leaves for our hedgehog population to use for hibernation. Our school eco-group also plants wildflowers to encourage a great environment for biodiversity.

Niall Records Original Song

Well done to Niall D, one of our Fifth Form pupils, who has recorded this amazing song - his own composition - playing acoustic guitar, harmonica and bass guitar, while also singing.

Letter from the Chairman

A letter from Niall Booker, Chairman of Council, Glenalmond College extends thoughts and good wishes to pupils, staff, parents, former pupils (OGs) and the wider Glenalmond community, in these challenging times. In the letter Niall also extends all our thanks to those in the frontline medical services and other essential roles in safety and the supply chain.

New Warden Welcomed to Glenalmond

Glenalmond College has this week welcomed Dr Michael Alderson, who has joined the leading Perthshire school as its new Warden. Dr Michael Alderson, who was most recently Deputy Head at Durham School, has taken over the leadership from Hugh Ouston, who stepped down this month after a 15 month interim role at the helm.

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.

Anti-Bullying Initiatives Inspire Award-winning Photography

A pupil from Glenalmond College has had his photography skills recognised with the top prize in the Young Photographer of the Year Competition, run by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull. Alvin Maina, a boarder at the Perthshire school, took his inspiration for the winning entry - a powerful trio of images - from one of the anti-bullying initiatives which Glenalmond is committed to throughout the year. Alvin, who enjoys studying art, said he very much pushed his creative boundaries to create the winning entry, which was selected from a very diverse entry of 73 pieces of work.

Coronavirus Response Update

Glenalmond College is closely monitoring and responding to official guidance to protect pupils, staff and our wider community, in response to Covid-19. Our absolute priority remains the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We have introduced a range of measures and these are being continuously reviewed and updated following the latest expert advice.

Perthshire Minis Proud to Receive New Glenalmond Shirts

Glenalmond College has proudly presented Perthshire Rugby Minis with brand new rugby strips featuring the logo of the Perthshire school, which is the new Official Partner of the Mini Section. Graham Smith, Director of Sport at Glenalmond College, presented the new shirts to Carol Ann Rose, Head of the Minis, joined by players and coaches at their training session last weekend.

Hagrid Returns to Glenalmond for World Book Day

Pupils and staff at Glenalmond College in Perthshire really entered into the spirit of World Book Day today (March 5th, 2020), even welcoming Harry Potter character “Hagrid” to the school. Mark Nichols (“Hagrid”), Glenalmond’s Head of Outdoor Learning, is pictured entering into the spirit of World Book Day with pupils in the school’s stunning quad.

Carly Booth Visits Glenalmond’s New Golf Hub

A decade after she left Glenalmond College, professional golfer Carly Booth returned to her old school this week to meet staff and pupils and hear about the school’s exciting future plans for golf. Carly, who won the Czech Ladies Open last year, spent time with pupils on the school’s stunning, snow-covered golf course before heading inside to view the brand new state-of-the-art golf hub. She said she was delighted to return to the Perthshire school, which will be showcasing its new golf facility to visitors at an Open Day on March 14th. The golf hub was developed as part of an ambitious, on-going programme of investment by Glenalmond, to ensure it continues to grow its reputation as a centre of excellence for learning and the exceptional range of activities, including golf, offered in its 300 acre campus.

Glenalmond Sends Wildlife Pouches to Australia

Staff at Glenalmond College in Perthshire have been getting behind an initiative to help wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires and creating pouches for joeys, wallabies and small marsupials, orphaned as a result of the devastating fires. Glenalmond art teacher, Margaret Willington, asked colleagues to bring spare cotton fabric to school which she, and fellow members of staff, then converted into the much-needed pouches. The pouches have now been shipped to Warriewood in New South Wales who will distribute them to animal aid centres in need.

Sunshine and snow at Glenalmond cross country

Pupils from schools around the country took part in an exceptional afternoon of running - combining sunshine and snowstorms - this week at Glenalmond's Invitational Cross Country. Schools including Ardvreck, Fettes, Dollar, ESMS and Strathallan joined us for an afternoon of great running, including a brand new cross country course.

World Record-Breaking Rower Returns to Glenalmond

A former Glenalmond College pupil, who recently set five world records while rowing across one of the most treacherous stretches of water on the planet, is set to share his incredible story at an open day at his old school next month. Jamie Douglas-Hamilton, who is also founder of ACTIPH Water, is set to inspire visitors with a talk about his adventures on the open sea at a Glenalmond Open Day on Saturday, March 14th. Jamie was a member of a team of six who conquered the notorious Drake Passage, a 750-mile stretch of ocean connecting Cape Horn in Chile with Antarctica. For the first time in history, they successfully navigated the world’s most dangerous ocean in just a rowing boat.

Glenalmond Pupils Back Rob's Epic Charity Cycle

Glenalmond pupils and staff gave former pupil, Rob Wainwright, a memorable send-off when he visited the school today this week ahead of his gruelling charity cycle. Not only are the pupils sending their best wishes and moral support to Rob, a former captain of Scotland’s rugby team and British and Irish Lions player, they will also be joining him “in spirit” via Glenalmond’s own 24-hour cycling fundraiser.

Glenalmond Pupils’ Celebrate Success in Investor Challenge

A team of pupils from Glenalmond College in Perthshire were this week delighted to receive the news that they are through to the semi-finals of a prestigious national investment competition. The pupils, Kyle Maddox, Hamza Ramsan and Djordje Bojanic, were selected as semi-finalists from 9215 teams who entered the “Student Investor Challenge” run by the London Institute of Banking and Finance. Glenalmond Business Management teacher, Lisa Greenwell, a former pupil of Glenalmond College, said they were over the moon to have been short-listed from such a large entry.

Glenalmond Celebrates Special Year with New Scholarships

Glenalmond College is offering two new scholarships as part of our celebrations of a very special year in our history. A new scholarship, named after former Warden Elaine Logan, Glenalmond’s first female head, is being offered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of having girls at Glenalmond. To mark this special year for the school, which traces its roots back to 1847, two “Elaine Logan Scholarships” will be offered to boys and girls to assist them to benefit from a Glenalmond education. A new Golf Scholarship will also be offered in 2020 to mark the centenary of our school’s nine-hole golf course, located in Glenalmond’s 320 acres of grounds. The course was designed by James Braid, who was behind many famous courses around the world.

Glenalmond Celebrates Raft of Academic Achievements

Staff and pupils at Glenalmond College in Perthshire are celebrating the start of 2020 with a raft of exceptional academic achievements. During the past week two pupils have been offered conditional places at Oxford University and an outstanding 78% of final year pupils have received A*- B grades in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results. An unprecedented 30% of the year group participated in the EPQ, of which 78% received A*-B grades, including six who received A* grades.

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.

Mobile Ban is Delivering Major Benefits to Glenalmond Pupils

A ban on mobile phones, and other devices, introduced by Glenalmond College just over a year ago, is delivering a raft of major benefits. Pupils at the leading independent school in Perthshire, have benefitted from increased social interaction and improved ability to focus on school work, during their first year in a phone-free learning environment. These benefits are underpinned by the findings of a new Education Scotland report on Glenalmond, published this month following a visit by HMI inspectors to the school in November. The outstandingly positive report highlights the good manners and courteous behaviour of pupils and their clearly-articulated pride in their school, as well as their exceptional academic performance.