School News




Glenalmond College Open Week - June 19 - 26

Glenalmond College is preparing to extend a warm welcome to visitors to its Open Week later this month. During the week from June 19 to June 26, families interested in finding out more about a Glenalmond education will be able to arrange an in-person visit to our school.

OGs 3 Peaks Challenge for Charity

We are extremely proud of four of our OGs for undertaking a six-day 3 Peaks Challenge for charity. Thomas Godfrey-Faussett, Jock Stodart, Robert Leader and Harri Rowley have embarked on the challenge in an effort to raise money for Maggies Centres and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Well Done to Glenalmond Golfers

Congratulations to all in the Glenalmond A and B Golf teams for their success in reaching the finals in their respective competitions. Glenalmond A competed in the ISGA National Finals and Glenalmond B in the ISGA Area Finals.

Abigail Awarded Distinction in ARSM Singing

Congratulations to Abigail S in Lower Sixth who has been awarded a distinction in her Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM) Singing exam. To achieve this Diploma - well beyond Grade 8 - is a "superb achievement" according to our Director of Music, Dr Tim Ridley. Abigail is the first Lower Sixth pupil to have achieved this at Glenalmond and now now has letters after her name and is even entitled to wear academic dress! Well done Abigail!

Junior International Tetrathlon Success

We are thrilled for Fifth Form pupil, Susie R, who performed brilliantly at the Junior International Tetrathlon in Warwickshire. Competing for Scotland, she was Best Overall Individual 15yrs Girl.

Welcome back to Former Teacher Dr Pleasance

One of the greatest joys of life at Glenalmond is the passion and enthusiasm former pupils and teachers maintain for the school. It was lovely to welcome Dr Tony Pleasance back to Coll when he visited to collect his Grandson, Benno, for half term. Dr Pleasance was a member of staff at Glenalmond from 1973 to 1989.

Glenalmond College Set to Host Debut Farmers' Market

Glenalmond College in Perthshire is preparing to host a two-day celebration of quality Scottish food and drink this summer. The Glenalmond Farmers’ Market will be held at the acclaimed school on the weekend of August 21st and 22nd when over 40 stalls will be set up in the Quad at the heart of its stunning buildings.

HRH Princess Royal Extends Patronage of London Scottish

We are delighted to hear the wonderful news that HRH The Princess Royal has extended her Royal Patronage of London Scottish Rugby for a fourth consecutive three-year term. Glenalmond College is proud to be the official school partner of the acclaimed Club and we are looking forward to working with them on some exciting activities in the months to come.

Former Pupil is Ambassador for Pioneering Marine Project

Former pupil Dougie Wainwright is delighted to be an ambassador for an innovative marine conservation non-profit, Cyan Planet, which is developing a virtual reality game called “How is the Water?” This new educational tool allows you to explore the sea as a dolphin, with the aim of spreading awareness of marine issues and bringing the ocean to people, particularly children. All the animals featured in the VR game are exact 3D replicates of their real-life counterparts in the wild.

Outdoor Fun Morning for 11 and 12 year olds

Glenalmond College is holding an Outdoor Fun Morning for 11 and 12 year olds on Saturday, June 26th, as part of our Open Week activities. The event, aimed those interested in finding out more about what life is like here at Glenalmond, will include sports, an orienteering treasure hunt; Hogwarts Hoots (a squirrel safari) and wildlife fun in our eco-garden.

Eco Garden

Our Eco Group, led by Mrs Roberts, has been hard at work creating an Eco Garden in Glenalmond's grounds. As part of the project the group has been brilliantly recycling unused items such as old planks, pipes and guttering. These have been used to create a raised bed and bug hotels. The eco garden looks set to be a haven for all sorts of wildlife, including red squirrels and birds. Well done to all in the Eco Team.

Birnam Lights

We are extremely lucky to have been gifted a fantastic donation to our theatre of halogen stage lights from Birnam Arts. Having received funding for new energy saving LED lights, the kind people at Birnam Arts decided to recycle and re-use their lights which remain in impressive condition.

175 Brochure

As Glenalmond College approaches its 175th anniversary on 4th May 2022, we are pleased to launch Glenalmond175, our appeal for support from the entire Glenalmond community. The projects we will be supporting include capital projects, which will enhance the lives of all our pupils, and for life-changing, fully funded transformational bursaries.

Upper Sixth Prize Winners

We would like to congratulate all of our Upper Sixth prize winners of the year. Our winners were lucky enough to be photographed in the sunshine before half-term, as seen below. Our prizes include accolades for individual subjects, distinctions, star prizes and citizenship prizes. We were pleased to have 30 different prize winners this year.

Pony Club Success

We are pleased to report some more riding success for Glenalmond pupils. Third Form pupils Carmen M (and younger brother Lochlan), Oli R and Kirsty H, along with fellow team member, Tom, won the Prince Philip Cup area seniors competition recently in Brechin.

Ruth Shackleton's Fundraising Trek

Former Glenalmond pupil Ruth M Shackleton has just completed an incredible nine-day walking challenge - of almost 500,000 steps - for our #Challenge175 bursary fund. Ruth was one of the first girls to attend Glenalmond three decades ago - and our first female CCF cadet - and has enjoyed a career including managing the RAF Red Arrows, since leaving Coll. Last weekend she embarked on a walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire - a distance of over 175 miles.

Summer 2021 Camps at Glenalmond

Our Summer 2021 Camps offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to enjoy sport and activities while enjoying Glenalmond's beautiful location and excellent facilities. This summer our camps will cater for a wide range of ages and sporting abilities allowing children to improve their skills, make new friends and spend time outdoors away from their screens.

Glenalmond Bids a Fond Farewell to Rachael

Glenalmond today bids a very fond farewell to Rachael McGuire, Matron of Matheson's House, who is this week retiring after a remarkable 27 years of loyal service. In a heartfelt tribute to Rachael, Ed Phillips, Housemaster of Matheson's, paid tribute to Rachael's loyalty and compassion, saying she would be sorely missed.

A Special Dinner for Upper Sixth Leavers

Our Upper Sixth made the most of a very special Leavers’ Dinner in Hall at the weekend. While it is not possible to hold our traditional Leavers’ Ball in 2021, spirits on Saturday evening were high, dress was dapper and our catering team pulled out all the stops to make sure the night will be long remembered. Our Captains of Coll, Louisa and Leon, are pictured in full flow delivering a brilliant poem which featured a line for every leaver. Well done to all involved!

Top Tips for UCAS Personal Statements

Our Head of Sixth Form, Steve Smith, gives some excellent advice in this blog on how to draft a really strong personal statement. In four years as Head of Sixth Form he has proof-read over 300 personal statements, always the greatest hurdle when it comes to submitting UCAS applications in a timely fashion.

Lower Sixth Girls' Chapel Talk on Mental Health

Three of our Lower Sixth girls Emma, Freyha and Georgie gave an excellent Chapel talk today on the very important subject of mental health. As part of their talk they included the poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann, giving a very poignant reminder that each and every person has value and of the need to focus on our strengths and potential and not dwell on our perceived shortcomings.

Congratulations to Glenalmond Golf Team

Congratulations to the Glenalmond College Golf team which has made it to the Independent Schools Golf Association National Finals in Manchester in June! Well done to Violette M, Tara B, and Zac G, all in Fourth Form, & our Head of Golf, Tim Mitchell.

OG Charity Walk to Ardnamurchan Distillery

Good luck to OG Alex Bruce (Reid's, 1984-89), Managing Director of Adelphi Selection, and four team members who are embarking on an ambitious charity walk later this month. The five plan to walk from their Fife offices to their Ardnamurchan Distillery at the end of the month to raise money for a great cause -

Glenalmond Summer Golf Camps

We are delighted to be able to offer three Summer Golf Camps. Leading our camps will be PGA Level III coach Tim Mitchell, our Head of Golf here at Glenalmond Golf School. “Our golf camps will offer young golfers a taste of what Glenalmond Golf School has to offer – from the beautiful nine-hole course to the state-of-the-art golf facility and various practice areas such as the driving range, chipping areas and putting greens,” explains Tim Mitchell.

Penny Farthing 175km Challenge Success

Glenalmond pupils and staff welcomed parent and Council member, David Fox-Pitt MBE, safely back after an epic 14 hour Penny Farthing trip on Sunday. Darkness was starting to fall as David arrived back to the Glenalmond College grounds to be met with cheering pupils and bagpipe playing.

Glenalmond Supports Scottish Boarding Schools Event

The Scottish Boarding Schools event on Saturday, 22 May 2021 represents a historic first, with 14 of Scotland's leading senior boarding schools coming together to showcase the range of exceptional education opportunities in Scotland, all under one virtual roof. Glenalmond College is pleased to be supporting the Scottish Boarding Schools event which highlights why Scotland is such a wonderful place to attend senior boarding school. Proudly supported by BSA, IAPS and SCIS,

Happy birthday to Glenalmond College

Glenalmond College tomorrow (May 4, 2021) celebrates its 174th birthday and we start the countdown to our special 175th anniversary year. Glenalmond librarian and archivist, Elaine Mundill, has kindly delved into the archives and found a picture of the very first pupil to attend Glenalmond - a young man who arrived a day early!

Glenalmond Penny Farthing Fund-raising Adventure

A kilted Perthshire cyclist is in training to complete 175 kilometres in one day on a Penny Farthing in support of a challenge led by Glenalmond College to raise funding for bursaries to attend the school. Glenalmond is gearing up to celebrate its 175th anniversary next year and is currently undertaking a #Challenge175 to raise funds to support places for children who would not otherwise be able to attend the school.