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 for seven years of Goodacre's when it was a boys' house. My wife Linda and I joined Glenalmond in 2010 and were very excited to be part of the Glenalmond community. The 41 junior boys this year are a great group of hard working and engaging personalities. As well as being a Housemaster, I teach Business 'A' Level; oversee golf; act as a member of our Chaplaincy team; and also co-ordinate the annual Brooks-Glenalmond Schools' Exchange. As part of my continued academic interest in Economics I am the IB Scrutineer for Economics exam papers world-wide, so any press stories over a bad exam question would come back to me!   I occasionally tutor PGCE students in Economics and Business 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, a second deputy and also coached cricket and hockey, and for short period ran their D of E programme. Pre-teaching I spent many years in corporate finance and accountancy.  In my holidays I enjoy sea kayaking, hill walking, and golf.

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The Cairnies Team

Assistant Housemistress: Fiona McGregor

Matron: Yvonne Deucars

Tutor: Andy Hughes (Head of Biology)

Tutor: Graham Smith (Director of Sport, Head of Rugby)

Tutor: Emma Grace (Drama and English)


Housemaster's email address:

Housemaster's number: 07895 096068

Matron's number: 01738 842163