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.

Drive2The 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.

During the school holidays when pupils are not present, the drive-through experience may also include a unique opportunity to drive under Front Arch and through the school's beautiful Quad at the heart of its buildings.

According to Kitty Lindsay, Director of Admissions at Glenalmond, the idea emerged after the school’s recent successful Virtual Open Day.

“Families considering senior schools will spend a lot of time researching the best options for their children via websites and online visits. However, parents who register their pupils with Glenalmond often tell us that it was only when they actually visited us in person that they really got the ‘feel’ of the school and what sets it apart. So we were looking at what we could offer which would be COVID-safe and still allow families to see the school first-hand,” said Mrs Lindsay.

“We have a stunning driveway - our Front Avenue - which leads up to the main school buildings and our drive-through visitors will still be able to experience the “wow factor” of the first glimpse of the buildings through the trees on the way in.

“They will also get a sense of the sheer scale of our grounds, including a nine-hole golf course and our new golf hub and a chance to view our superb facilities from their cars. We are confident that the new drive-through experience will allow them to leave with a keen sense of spirit of our school.”

Visitors will remain inside their own vehicle throughout the tour which will also allow them to view the school’s magnificent buildings, including the Quad with its Hogwarts-style Dining Hall and beautiful Library and Chapel. They will also have a chance to view the school’s popular Outdoor Classroom where pupils learn bushcraft and other skills - and enjoy lots of hot chocolate in the winter months!

Throughout the visit, a running commentary will be provided by a member of staff who will also be able to answer any questions about the school, which was recently named as one of the country’s top independent schools. 

One of the school’s major selling points is its setting which provides a natural, unpolluted environment in which the pupils thrive. It also provides a home for a myriad of wildlife - including a thriving population of Red Squirrels, which visitors will also be able to enjoy on their drive-through tour of the school.

To arrange a drive-through visit, or to find out more about a Glenalmond education, please email: registrar@glenalmondcollege.co.uk or call 01738 842144.