The boarding houses, for both boarders and day pupils, are at the centre of a pupil’s life at Glenalmond and they are where they learn to be part of this outstanding community.  

The House becomes home during term time and pupils remain members of the same House for the duration of their time at Glenalmond.

There are four boys' houses and three girls' houses at Glenalmond, providing a range of different styles of boarding house to suit different pupils.

For the boys, Matheson's and Patchell's are situated around Front Quad while Skrine's and Reid's are a short walk away. For the girls, Home and Lothian are situated beyond the Music School and Art School and the newest girls' house, Goodacre's, which opened in September 2017, is in the Front Quad.  

Good Schools Guide

The boarding houses form the focus of the social lives of the pupils, inspiring a sense of identity and loyalty that will stay with them throughout their lives. When former pupils (OGs) meet, they always ask each other which houses they were in!

If your child is sociable, they will probably form friendships to last a lifetime. Good Schools Guide

The Boarding Houses have a range of facilities including lounges, kitchens, games rooms and prep rooms with WIFI throughout. The Housemaster and Housemistress live alongside the boarding house, with their own family, creating that family atmosphere which is so important, particularly to boarders.  The houses have their own individual feel where pupils develop their independence whilst being supported by fellow pupils and experienced pastoral staff.

Glenalmond tries to accommodate preferences for a pupil to join a particular House however when a House becomes full, names will be added to a waiting list.  We strive to ensure each House has pupils with a mix of interests, nationalities and personalities so each young person builds an understanding of the diverse modern world.

Please have a look at the individual house pages on this website to find out more about each one and to see which might suit you best.  When prospective pupils and parents come to visit the school, we can arrange for them to visit some of the boarding houses and meet the Housestaff and pupils.