School News


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.


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.


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.


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 Get Into Spirit of Squirrel Survey

The Friends of Glenalmond committee warmly invites parents and staff, OGs and all members of the extended Glenalmond family to join us for a fabulous night to celebrate the Bard. The format will be very similar to last year's very successful event, starting at 6.45pm in the Recital Hall, with drinks and canapes, followed by a traditional Burns Supper accompanied by an exceptional line-up of entertainment. This will be followed by reeling in the Recital Hall, rounding off at midnight with Auld Lang Syne. The ticket price of £45 per person represents great value for money, and wine, welcome cocktails, dancing, food and entertainment are all included along with drinks during the reels after dinner. Dress code - A Touch of Tartan or National Dress (no heels for reeling)


Glenalmond Welcomes Outstanding Inspection Report

Glenalmond College has welcomed a glowing report from Education Scotland inspectors following their recent visit. Among the highlights of the education which Glenalmond provides, the inspectors praised the “high-performing school” with excellent academic results and a clear commitment to maximising the individual potential of young people. Hugh Ouston, Head of Glenalmond College, described the report as “overwhelmingly positive”, saying this was a reflection of the excellent standard of learning and teaching and the 100% commitment of all staff at the school. “The report pinpoints many strengths which we believe set a Glenalmond education apart,” said Mr Ouston. “Everyone in our close school community will be delighted to see this endorsement of our school’s commitment to an exceptional learning experience, academically and beyond the classroom, and of our dedication to consistent self-improvement.”


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.


Wildlife Calendar - 2020

A Perthshire school is celebrating the exceptional range of wildlife to be found on its grounds in the pages of a 2020 calendar, being sold in aid of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The calendar features a dozen stunning wildlife images taken by local photographer, Rosanna Forbes. All of the profits from sales of the calendar will be donated to the Scottish Wildlife Trust.


Glenalmond College Invests Two Million Pounds in Facilities

The construction of a range of new, state-of-the-art sports facilities at Glenalmond College is one of the highlights of a recent multi-million pound programme of investment at the school. Almost £2 million pounds of investment has been undertaken over the past two years, as part of an ambitious, on-going programme to grow the leading Perthshire school, which combines academic excellence with an all-round education.


Cast of Glenalmond Musical Welcomes Canine Co-Star

A West Highland Terrier named Lottie has been offering support to Glenalmond College pupils and joining in with rehearsals for the school’s senior musical “Anything Goes” which will be staged at the end of this month. The friendly terrier has been enjoying accompanying her owner, Glenalmond’s Musical Director Tim Ridley, and the 34-strong cast during rehearsals and appears keen to be considered for the canine role of “Cheeky” in the fast-paced musical production. The musical, which features Classic Cole Porter songs such as "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," and "I Get a Kick Out of You", will be performed in the theatre at Glenalmond over four nights from November 28th to December 1, at 7.30pm.


Glenalmond College Invitation to Annual Choral Day Service

Around 100 pupils from junior schools around Scotland and the north of England will be uniting at Glenalmond College for its annual Choral Day celebration of song next Sunday, October 13th. The pupils from schools including Mowden Hall (Northumberland), Ardvreck (Crieff), Cargilfield (Edinburgh) and Belhaven Hill (Dunbar) will be gathering at Glenalmond for a day of singing as well as a range of fun activities. The day culminates with a Choral Day Service in Glenalmond Chapel, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, to which the families and friends of pupils, along with members of the local community, are invited.


Fifty Pupils Successfully Tackle 1847 Challenge at Glenalmond

Fifty primary school children this week united in Perthshire to take part in the inaugural Glenalmond 1847 challenge, successfully tackling 18 activities in 47 hours. The wide-ranging activities the pupils were challenged with on the grounds at Glenalmond, ranged from kayak polo and making pots in a fire pit to building bug hotels and playing different musical instruments. One major highlight, however, was the opportunity to abseil down the flag tower located over the Front Arch which forms the main entrance to Glenalmond.


Glenalmond Grounds Team Makes Final Preparations for Open Day

Staff in the grounds team at Glenalmond College are making their final preparations for the school’s Open Day next week, which looks set to host a record number of visitors. The team, which looks after the school’s extensive grounds totalling more than 300 acres, is determined to ensure the school looks its very best for what promises to be one of the best-attended Open Days it has hosted for many years.