School News


Glenalmond Pupil Wins Young Sportsperson Award

A pupil at Glenalmond College has won the 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year Award, run by Auchterarder and District Rotary Club. Katherine Bailey, who is in Lower Sixth at the Perthshire School, is delighted to have received the award which recognises her hard work and outstanding performance in swimming and her inspiration as a sporting role model for other young people.


Glenalmond Christmas Card Available to Order

A tranquil, snow-covered Front Quad drawn by Arthur M is the scene depicted on our Glenalmond College Christmas card this year. The magical image was the choice from a selection of artwork put forward by pupils for consideration for us on our 2020 Christmas card. A beautiful painting of holly, produced by Imogen L, will appear on the inside of the card. Well done to both pupils!


Glenalmond Welcomes New Director of Development

Glenalmond College has welcomed Ed Schneider as its new Director of Development. Mr Schneider was born and educated in the US and has made the UK his home for the past 30 years. A former teacher, he has spent the past 20 years working in development and fundraising for independent schools, including Radley and Wellington College.


Initiative Inspires Young People to Get Closer to Nature

A national photography competition, run by Glenalmond College with support from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is set to encourage young people and their families to get close to nature this winter. The aim of the “Go Wild this Winter” competition is to inspire youngsters, aged five to 18, to get a better understanding of the wildlife around them and encourage them to enjoy being outdoors and away from their screens during the winter months.


Invitation to Glenalmond Remembrance Service

Glenalmond’s Remembrance Sunday Service is traditionally extremely well supported by current pupils and families and former pupils too. This year we are not able to have our usual service with congregation so we are inviting you to join us online. We are also sharing content via social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Linkedin - and we'd be delighted to see you there too. You can also watch our live feed of our Pipe Major Duncan K playing in the run up to the two minute silence at 11am on our main Glenalmond College Facebook and Instagram feeds. We hope you are able to join us.


Preparing Pupils for 21st Century Life

A feature by our Warden is published in the latest Boarding Schools' Association Guide. In the article Dr Alderson highlights the importance of values and the development of character as a key aspect of education, explaining that outstanding results are a by-product of pupils who develop the courage to stand by what they believe.


Glenalmond Sculpture Shortlisted for National Award

A stunning fish sculpture created by a Glenalmond-based artist from an old cattle feeder and other scrap metal, has been shortlisted for a national award. he work was installed at the Web Walk Education Centre at Friarton Recycling Centre in Perth last summer where it has been helping to educate young people about the importance of looking after the environment. The Friarton Fish was commissioned by the charity Beautiful Perth with Perth and Kinross Council as part of the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition entry and was funded by Zero Waste, Perth. Local farmer Willie Simpson donated the aged cattle ringfeeder which formed the base of the sculpture which has been shortlisted for the Gaga Galvanising Construction Industry Awards 2020.


Cameron Makes Front Page of British Education Hong Kong

This picture of Cameron M in our Upper Sixth is the stunning cover shot for British Education’s Hong Kong edition, out this month. The picture was chosen by the Artistic Director of the magazine and we are delighted! It brilliantly captures Cameron’s pride in Glenalmond as he strides under Front Arch from our Front Quad. Cameron’s love of the sport of hockey is also captured in the shot.


RSABI Welcomes Glenalmond as Supporters' Scheme Member

RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has this week welcomed Glenalmond College as the first ever school member of its Supporters’ Scheme. The Perthshire school with 360 boys and girls, both day pupils and boarders, welcomed RSABI vice-chairman David Leggat and Highland bull Donald to mark the occasion. The Highland Cattle Society is also a great supporter of RSABI and Donald was accompanied by his owner Grace Noble of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef who took the opportunity to speak with pupils and staff about her experiences as a farmer and rural entrepreneur.


Pupils Trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Thirty of our Sixth Form pupils received Anti-Bullying Ambassador training yesterday from The Diana Award. The online training session highlighted that in life bullying can come in many different forms and can happen anytime, anyplace and anywhere. The importance of taking action was highlighted as was the huge value of listening to anyone who has concerns. Well done to all the pupils who took part - we know you will be brilliant ambassadors.


Join us online for our Thursday Lunchtime Concert

Glenalmond College invites you to join us live via Facebook and Instagram for our first Thursday Lunchtime Concert of the academic year. Our Thursday concerts are designed as informal opportunities for children to experience performing in front of an audience. To ensure we have a COVID-safe event, the performers are all from the same year group bubbles and all Fifth Form Music Scholars. Fellow Fifth Formers in the same bubble will be able to attend. Our performers this week are Meredith K (clarsach), Arthur M (violin) and Ben B (piano). You are most welcome to join us via live stream on Instagram and Facebook from 1.30pm.


Glenalmond Initiative Offers Free LinkedIn Training

Glenalmond College is offering an exciting opportunity to all sixteen and seventeen-year-olds, as part of an online initiative this month. Glenalmond is offering every young person who takes part in the event on November 17th free training to create a polished, career-enhancing Linkedin profile. Every pupil who signs up for the Sixth Form online event will be invited to join a training session delivered by one of the UK’s leading experts on Linkedin - the professional networking platform which now has around 700 million global users.


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 www.stevensons.co.uk and an appointment for our Preloved Uniform hop can be made by emailing: preloved@glenalmmondcollege.co.uk.


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.