School News

Glenalmond Launches Innovative Drive-through Visits

Glenalmond College is introducing a "drive-through" tour of its grounds and facilities as a novel, COVID-safe alternative to the traditional school visit. The safari-style tour will see visitors remain inside their own vehicles throughout the visit, during which they will be led through the school's 300 acres of grounds in convoy and provided with either pre-recorded information or a running commentary via mobile phone from a member of the school’s admissions team on board the lead vehicle.

Pupils Inspired About RAF Careers

Our Fourth Form pupils were introduced to the Royal Air Force section of our CCF this week, as part of a series in which they will also hear about the Navy and Army sections. During the session the pupils enjoyed hearing from our Fifth Form pupil, Jonty M, a Senior RAF Cadet who this week has enjoyed a virtual presentation from the RAF Red Arrows. The pupils were also fascinated to hear about the history of the RAF from our Head of Maths and Computer Science Mike Jeffers, who has taken up the role of Officer Commanding (OC) of our RAF section.

Countdown to Glenalmond Open Day - Sept 19

The countdown to our Virtual Open Day on September 19th is on! We are delighted to extend a very warm welcome to families interested in a Glenalmond education to join us. The event will offer an online opportunity to explore our stunning campus, set in 300 acres of the beautiful Perthshire countryside, as well as meeting key staff. Our aim is to give an insight into our school's vibrant, close-knit community, our values and our commitment to academic and pastoral excellence.

First Sunday Chapel Service for Second and Third Form Pupils

Our Second and Third Form pupils have enjoyed their first Sunday Chapel service. The service was also Father Stephen’s debut Sunday service as our new Chaplain. Our pupils all looked extremely smart and are pictured here in their year group bubbles. Well done to Arran, Flint-Pheonix and Ellis for your excellent reading and prayers. The whole school also enjoyed an afternoon of activities, carefully in their year group bubbles, with a Highland Games theme, in the afternoon.

Country Life Names Glenalmond as Top School

Glenalmond has been named as one of the country’s top schools for outdoor space, activity and all round education by Country Life Magazine. Outdoor space has never been more important to families considering the best education options and Glenalmond is listed among a small number of British schools where “enviable rural locations complement excellent all-round education, providing plenty of fresh air, freedom and easily-accessible outdoor activity.”

Glenalmond College Welcomes New Chaplain

We are delighted to welcome the Reverend Stephen Graham who has joined Glenalmond as our new College Chaplain. He is looking forward to serving as Chaplain at the heart of the College as well as teaching Classics and being involved in service to the wider community. Fr Stephen takes over the reins from Father Charles Sherlock, who recently completed an 18 months term as Interim Chaplain. Sincere thanks to Father Charles and a very warm welcome to Fr Stephen from all at Glenalmond.

Glenalmond Earns Place in Tatler Top Schools Guide

Glenalmond College has again earned a place in the Tatler Magazine Top Prep and Public Schools Guide! Captain of Coll, Louisa, is pictured with the 2021 publication, hot off the press, which describes Glenalmond as “exuding sprightly Scottish spirit from every one of its 320 magnificent acres.” It also commends our Warden, Dr Alderson, for being “new and exciting” and “embodying all the qualities a good Head should possess.”

Fond Farewell to Father Charles

Our sincere thanks to Father Charles Sherlock, who will this week complete an 18 month term as Interim Chaplain with Glenalmond College. Charles stepped out of retirement to fill this role, having held Episcopal Church posts in the local area and further afield, during a long and varied career as a priest. During the 1970s 1980s and 1990s he undertook charity work in Ethiopia, and he hopes to spend more time there in years to come.

Warm Welcome to Our New Families

A very warm welcome into our Glenalmond community to all the families of our new pupils, starting with us this week. Among them is a family who visited us last week for a tour and in the past hour have confirmed Glenalmond is the school of choice for their child, who will join us later this week for the start of term!

Glenalmond Pupils Congratulated on GCSE Success

Sixteen-year-old twins Honor and Arthur Reynolds are among pupils at Glenalmond College who have performed exceptionally well in this year’s GCSE exams - with 37% of results achieving 9 - 8 grades, equivalent to A*. The impressive results saw 56% of Glenalmond pupils achieving A*- A grades (or 9 - 7), with pupils performing particularly well in Science, Maths, English and Modern Languages. Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College, extended his congratulations to pupils and staff for all the hard work and commitment which went into achieving such strong results.

Community Access to Glenalmond College

As the College prepares to return to Term, access to school grounds will be restricted to members of the College only to ensure the safety and wellbeing of pupils, staff and the College's resident community. Use of the College golf course by members may continue but access to the tennis courts is suspended until further notice. Visits to the College will be strictly by appointment and all visitors are asked to report to Reception at Front Arch on arrival.

Return to School Guide

Over the course of the summer, a significant effort has gone into our preparations to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for pupils and staff when term begins in September. Our Return to School Guide outlines the key measures we have put in place. These will remain under continual review to ensure we adhere fully to guidelines from both the Scottish and UK governments, as well as other leading organisations including HMC, the Boarding Schools Association, and the Scottish Council of Independent Schools. While the actual risk of COVID-19 to children and young people remains extremely low in Scotland, and Glenalmond’s setting clearly offers distance from densely populated areas, the welfare of all within the Glenalmond community is the College’s first priority.

Glenalmond Pupils Delighted to Achieve First Choice Courses

Pupils at leading independent school, Glenalmond College, are today (August 13th, 2020) celebrating getting into their chosen course at university. After a very nervous wait for results given the exceptional circumstances this year, pupils at the Perthshire school are delighted and relieved to have their first choice places confirmed after receiving their results.

Perth Uniform Shop Affected by Flooding

The Perth store of our uniform suppliers Stevensons School Uniforms has re-opened (downstairs only) on a limited basis, after being affected by flooding due to the storm this week. The store was forced to close on August 12th due to flooding following the torrential conditions the previous night. It has now re-opened on a limited basis and we will keep parents updated via social media and our website. Uniform can also be bought online via and an appointment for our Preloved Uniform hop can be made by emailing:

Free Transport Available for Day Pupils

We are pleased to offer free transport for our day pupils. This means most of our day pupils who travel to Glenalmond each day from the surrounding area can be collected six days a week by our wonderful drivers. Our fleet of branded vehicles, managed by our Head of Transport David Antcliffe, covers a wide range of locations. Steps to ensure the safety of our pupils during transport are in place in line with our commitment to ensure all school activities are COVID-safe.

Glenalmond Pupils Achieve Excellent Higher Results

Pupils at Glenalmond College have achieved excellent results in the 2020 Highers, with a 100% pass rate in 12 subjects. According to the results published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) today, Glenalmond pupils have been awarded particularly good results in languages, with 78% of pupils achieving Grade A in Modern Languages - French, Spanish and German. Classical Studies and Latin also saw excellent results, with 100% of Glenalmond pupils receiving Grade A in these subjects. The 2020 results follow a consistently strong performance since Highers were reintroduced at Glenalmond in the 2017/18 academic year.

Glenalmond Sixth Form Information Evening - August 6 & 13

Glenalmond College warmly invites pupils interested in joining our Sixth Form in Sept 2020 to join us for an informal online information evening on August 6th, starting at 7pm. This will be repeated on August 13. ☑️Exceptional subject choice: 24 A-Level & 16 Higher subjects (2019/20) ☑️L6 students have the option of Language Higher in addition to A-Levels (beneficial for university & workplace) ☑️Around half of our students also complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - mini dissertation ☑️Exceptional leadership experience including Challenge led by Royal Marine Commandos ☑️Morrisby Career Guidance Program & dedicated careers' adviser ☑️Superb Sixth Form social, sport and extracurricular activities.More than 80 activities, clubs and societies to choose from

Celebrating our Partnership with London Scottish

Last summer Glenalmond College was unveiled as the new Official Schools Partner of London Scottish Rugby. We have been very proud to work with the club over the past 12 months and one of our highlights was the team's first visit to train with us. Former Scotland captain, Rob Wainwright, also a former Glenalmond pupil and London Scottish player, attended the training session and shared some of his fond memories of playing rugby here. Many thanks Rob!

Abandoned Annie Enjoying Life at Glenalmond

An abandoned Jack Russell cross Chihuahua is now enjoying spending her days in the beautiful grounds of one of the UK’s top schools, after being rescued from a dog pound in Ireland. Annie, named after the orphan star of the musical, has found a loving home with Ciara Donnelly, who is the Head of Finance at Glenalmond College in Perthshire. Tiny Annie is now a regular visitor to the school and has become a popular canine addition to the team at Glenalmond which has one of the most stunning settings in the world.

Tobermory Champions Importance of Sport and Study

A former Glenalmond College pupil from Perthshire is inspiring young people to make the most of combining sport and study opportunities in life. Tobermory Mackay-Champion, who is from Clathy, near Crieff, has this month achieved a First Class undergraduate master’s Degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) from the University of Oxford. As of this year, he is also the holder of eight all-time University of Oxford swimming records and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Men’s 200m LC breaststroke Champion (2020). On a visit back to his old school this week, Tobermory said his strong advice was for young people to make sure they continue to enjoy taking part in sport and other activities, like music and drama, as well as academic study.

Equestrian Opportunities at Glenalmond

We are fortunate to have a member of staff, Tanya Adamson who is an enthusiastic rider and coordinates our equestrian activities. Tanya, who is also a former pupil at Glenalmond, also has stables with livery immediately adjacent to Glenalmond College. As well as having lovely countryside to ride in, we are lucky to work with a number of other excellent local equestrian businesses, catering for a range of standards of ability. These include Mrs Sarah Houlden of Strathearn Eventing - Mrs Yvonne Campbell of Wester Dowald Equine Centre.

Pupils Around the World Join Glenalmond Celebration

Pupils and former pupils from around the world joined Glenalmond College’s Virtual Commemoration Day on Friday to mark the end of an exceptional year at the Perthshire school. The online event included a Chapel Service and addresses by Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College, Chairman, Mr Niall Booker, and the Captains of College, Susie Anderton and Tom Murray-Usher. The event was rounded off with a live online broadcast of one of the school’s of Upper Sixth Leavers, Ramsay Pagett from Crieff, who piped an atmospheric "Highland Cathedral" in the school’s stunning Front Quad and through the Front Arch before the doors were poignantly closed in the traditional ending to the “Commem” proceedings. Ramsay is pictured with his brother Harris, who also piped for our Commem video.

Virtual Commemoration Day Celebration

Our Virtual Commemoration Chapel Service to mark the end of our academic year, on Friday June 26th proved a huge success - our thanks to everyone in our Glenalmond community around the world who joined us. We were delighted to welcome current and former pupils and staff, and their families to our online event which included a Chapel Service, with addresses by our Warden, Dr Michael Alderson, our Chairman, Mr Niall Booker and our Chaplain, Rev Charles Sherlock. as well as our Captains of College, Susie Anderton and Tom Murray-Usher.

Announcing our New Prefects and Captains of Coll

We are delighted to announce our Captains of Coll and prefects for 2020/21. Our sincere thanks to our 2019/20 prefects who have worked hard during the past year and we look forward to welcoming back our new prefects in September.

Fond Farewell to Four Members of Staff

Glenalmond this week says a very fond farewell to four members of staff - Mr Jeremy Gardner, Dr Sue Colby, Mrs Lizzie Critchley and Dr Sarah Alexander. Our grateful thanks go to all four members of staff and send them our very best wishes for the future.

Invitation to Virtual Commem 2020

All members of our Glenalmond community - current and past pupils and families, our staff and all those who are friends of Glenalmond - are extended a very warm welcome to join us on Friday, June 26th at 3pm for our Virtual Commem - view here Our Virtual Commem will involve an online combination of our traditional service in Chapel which will be followed by members of our pipe band (meeting social distancing requirements) playing in our Front Quad, before the doors under Front Arch are swung closed in the traditional ending to our academic year. A link to the video content will be published on our website on Friday morning and also posted via our social media feeds: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

Plans for Glenalmond Virtual Commem

Please join us online for our academic year-end Virtual Commem event to reflect on the year gone by, to give thanks to all those who have helped and supported us in the past 12 months, particularly in recent weeks, and to wish our wonderful leavers every success in the future. The event, hosted on our website home page and via our social media feeds will round off with a solo piper playing Highland Cathedral live in our Front Quad via Facebook and Instagram, before the ceremonial closure of the doors under Front Arch. Masterchef finalist, and former Glenalmond pupil, Claire Fyfe will be sharing her top tips and recipes for the perfect picnic to enjoy after Commem and we hope that our Glenalmond community will send pictures for us to share on social media, of yourselves enjoying your post-Commem picnic celebrations.

Glenalmond Supports BSA Covid-Safe Charter

Glenalmond College is pleased to support the Boarding Schools Association COVID-SAFE Charter. We are working with the BSA and other organisations, to ensure we have the right steps in place to ensure the health and safety of our pupils and staff. This code aims to give confidence to everyone that schools which support it, like Glenalmond, are following all appropriate measures to ensure that boarding is a safe environment for pupils. These schools may then inform parents, pupils, guardians, and agents that they have adopted the Charter and may share it with those groups as appropriate.

Glenalmond Staff and Pupils #TakeTheKnee

Glenalmond staff and pupils, both near and far, took part in the #TakeTheKnee initiative to show our support for the anti-racism message and '#BlackLivesMatter. Among them were our house matrons who managed to gather, socially-distanced, in Perth to unite behind the initiative. Here are some pictures of those who got involved. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Pupils from Northumberland Make Virtual Trip to Glenalmond

Around 30 pupils from Mowden Hall School in Northumberland made a virtual visit to Glenalmond College today (Friday 5th June) to take part in a day of intrigue and adventure, as part of a brand new initiative. The visit, the school’s first ever Virtual Taster Day for junior school children, saw the pupils take part in a full day of challenges, including breaking secret codes and heading on a virtual adventure round the school’s 300 acre campus and the nearby “Sma Glen.”