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.



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.

“These are outstanding results for what is a demanding and completely independent piece of A-Level research, entirely done in the pupils' own time over several months,” said Hugh Ouston, Head of Glenalmond.

“The pupils were highly enthusiastic and motivated and their projects were very varied – from animals to aliens - but equally fascinating and impressive.”

Mr Ouston also thanked the members of staff who acted as supervisors to the pupils during their EPQ studies. “Our staff did a magnificent job steering their charges through the rigours of independent research, and the results really speak for themselves. Well done to all involved,” added Mr Ouston.

Among those who achieved an A* grade EPQ was Ellie Marsh who has also received a conditional offer of a place at Oxford University to study Biomedical Engineering. Ellie achieved 13 A*s at GCSE and is currently studying A-Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Another Glenalmond pupil to be offered a conditional place at Oxford was Euan Moncreiffe who is set to study Biology, having secured 3A*'s, 3As and 3Bs at GCSE as well as A*, AA in A-Level Biology, Chemistry and History respectively. 

Glenalmond received further good news this week about former pupil, Karl Frey, who after graduating from Pembroke College in July has been accepted to St Catherine’s College Oxford to study medicine.

This latest academic success for Glenalmond comes in the wake of a very positive report from Education Scotland inspectors after their recent visit.

 Among the highlights, identified by the inspectors, is the clear commitment by Glenalmond to maximising the individual potential of young people.

The report pinpoints many strengths which set a Glenalmond education apart and commends the school for its “welcoming, friendly and supportive” ethos. This, the report states, promotes “a sense of respect and kindness across the school community. Almost all young people speak very proudly about their school and their many achievements.”

 Glenalmond’s effective tutoring system was also highlighted as a major strength, with a particular focus on enabling young people to become more resilient.  The Education Scotland report also highlighted the school’s pioneering “Learning Project” a whole-school approach focused on raising attainment, ambition and excellence in pupils and staff.