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.
Dr Alderson began his teaching career in 2000, after reading Modern Languages at the University of Durham and completing a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge. He also has a Master’s degree in historical narratives and a doctorate from Durham University in Church History of the Reformation.
As well as a strong academic background, Dr Alderson has considerable experience of a modern teaching environment, including roles as Head of Boarding, Housemaster and Head of Modern Languages.
“I am delighted to have taken over the role of Warden of Glenalmond formally this week, following a valuable transition period working alongside my predecessor, Hugh Ouston,” said Dr Alderson, who has moved to Glenalmond with his wife, Emma.
“My thanks go to the staff, pupils, parents and the wider Glenalmond community who have all made us both very welcome.”
He added: “Our pupils and staff have admirably risen to the challenges of recent weeks, responding with great flexibility and adapting to what has been an unprecedented period for everyone.
“I have been particularly impressed by the commitment and positive attitude shown in preparation for next term, to ensure that we are strongly-placed to continue to deliver an education both on-line and in the classroom, as circumstances require. This is testimony to the ethos which makes Glenalmond such an exceptional place to learn.”
Niall Booker, Chairman of Council at Glenalmond College, extended sincere thanks to Hugh Ouston and a very warm welcome to Dr Alderson, on behalf of the council and staff.
““Michael joins us at a very challenging time for everyone and his laser-like focus, calm demeanor and analytic approach will ensure our pupils continue to get the best possible Glenalmond education whatever the circumstances.
“He also brings a passion and zeal for all that Glenalmond stands for, and we are confident that under his leadership the school will continue to thrive and respond very well to changing education requirements.
“Importantly, he will also ensure the values which underpin a Glenalmond education continue to resonate strongly in every aspect of the exceptional learning environment we offer.”