Cairnies Junior House

Cairnies Junior House

Cairnies is the new Junior House at Glenalmond College.  It is an ideal base for Second and Third Form boys (ages 12+ and 13+) before they move on to the senior houses in Fourth Form.

More information about the new Junior House can be found in our Cairnies leaflet.

Close to the outdoor classroom, Cairnies Woods, Glenalmond’s golf course and its own playing fields, Cairnies is an excellent base for younger pupils.  The accommodation is in rooms of two to four and the boarding house has a large common room and kitchen as well as plenty of outdoor space.

Bringing all junior pupils together will enable them to live as a cohesive group and settle into the school with more specialised pastoral care before moving on to the senior houses from Fourth Form (age 14+). 

Clearly the links with the senior houses that the boys will move on to are very important.  Senior boys and girls will have leadership responsibilities in the Junior House.  Social activities will involve all Second, Third and Fourth Form boys, and from the point at which senior house decisions are made, the Cairnies boys will be able to compete in inter-house competitions for their future senior boarding house.

The junior boys will spend their whole day in the main school and will have access to all of the same facilities for music, sport, drama and activities as the senior boys.  There will be minibus transport between Cairnies and the main part of the school at key times of the day.  All the pupils will share the same classrooms and teachers, and will continue to eat together in the Dining Hall.

We want to ensure that all our pupils get the best possible start to their time at Glenalmond College, and the balance of the Cairnies environment, with its specialised pastoral care and outdoor lifestyle, and full integration with College life in the working day will do this.   

Peter Golden - Housemaster

Cairnies Junior House is run by Mr Peter Golden, previously the housemaster of Goodacre's when it was a boys' house.  Peter, his wife Linda and golden labrador Wendy are resident in Cairnies, along with the assistant Mr Richard Myers and his wife Merideth and two boys. Mr and Mrs Hughes are also living on site with their little girl.  As they are all living up at Cairnies this ensures that there is a great family atmosphere, which is characteristic of all Glenalmond boarding houses.    

My wife Linda and I joined Glenalmond in 2010 and were very excited to be part of the Glenalmond community. As well as being a housemaster  I teach business studies and I am also the Director of Golf at the College. As part of continued interest in Economics I am a senior examiner for IB economics, and an IB scrutineer for economics exam papers.  I tutor PGCE students in Economics and Business Studies for the University of Buckingham and have co-written an IB business management textbook. Previously I had worked for ten years at a large English boarding school, as Head of Economics, second deputy and coached cricket, hockey, golf and ran the DofE. Pre-teaching I spent many years in corporate finance in London.  In my holidays I enjoy walking with our dog Wendy, reading, golf and spending time with family and friends.

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The Cairnies Team

Assistant Housemaster: Richard Myers

Matron: Yvonne Deucars

Tutor: Andy Hughs (Head of Biology)

Tutor: Graham Smith (Head of rugby)

Tutor: Jeremy Robinson (Head of Economics)


Housemaster's email address:

Housemaster's Study number: 01738 842165

Matron's number: 01738 842167

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