Glenalmond College

Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom

Location: Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 12 - 18 years

About Glenalmond College

The College is built on the south bank of the Almond, from the north bank of which rise the Grampians. It is about 50 miles north of Edinburgh and 10 miles from both Perth and Crieff.

The College Buildings, grouped round a cloistered quadrangle, comprise the Chapel, Hall, Library, houserooms and studies, study bedrooms, classrooms and laboratories. A separate block houses additional laboratories and a modern Theatre. A few yards away are the Art School and the Design and Technology Centre. Next to these are the Music practice rooms and a Concert Hall.
The Sports Complex consists of squash courts, a gymnasium, an indoor sports hall and a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and an indoor .22 range.
The College also has a state-of-the-art Science Block and a brand new IT Resources Centre.

Houses. There are 5 houses for boys and 3 houses for girls. The organisation of all the Houses is the same, each having married accommodation for resident Housemaster or Housemistress. Senior boys and girls have study-bedrooms or studies of their own.

Religion. The College is an Episcopalian foundation and has a splendid Chapel. However all denominations are welcomed.

Admission. Boys and girls enter the College between the ages of 13 and 14 via the Common Entrance Examination or Entrance Scholarship papers. Pupils leaving Primary Schools may qualify by tests and examinations for junior entry at rising 12. Girls and boys may also qualify for entry into the Lower Sixth, or at other points during their school career.

Curriculum. In the first 3 years all pupils take a wide range of subjects up to the GCSE with English, History, Geography, French, Latin or General Classics, Mathematics and the 3 Sciences as basic subjects. Greek, Spanish, German, Statistics, Electronics, Art, Music and Design/Technology are optional subjects to GCSE and beyond. Each pupil is guided by a tutor. All pupils take computer and microelectronics courses in their first year.
The Sixth Form provides specialist courses in Arts and Sciences leading to GCE AS and A2 level. Lectures from outside speakers on social, economic and cultural subjects of topical interest take place regularly.
Economics, Business Studies, Theatre Studies, History of Art, Sports Studies and Politics are now fully established in the Sixth Form.

Careers. Over 90% of pupils qualify for entry to university; some go direct to professional careers, industry, the Services, etc. Great emphasis is placed on careers guidance: careers talks, visits and advice along with a well-stocked careers room assist pupils in their choice. Most pupils take careers aptitude tests at age 16.
The computer network with fibre optic cabling extends to all parts of the campus. ICT is available in libraries and all classrooms, and all pupils have access to e-mail and the internet within their Houses.

Art, Drama and Music. Music plays a central part in the life of the school: there is an Orchestra as well as smaller String, Woodwind and Brass Groups. A large Choir and Choral Society perform at the College, in Perth and in Edinburgh. A new Harrison and Harrison pipe organ has recently been installed. The Concert Society arranges recitals and concerts at the College; frequent visits are made to concerts in Perth and elsewhere. There are currently two Pipe Bands.
The Drama and Art departments flourish, in conjunction with the well-established Design and Technology Centre. Art, Music and Music Technology as well as Design/Technology form part of the normal curriculum and can be taken at GCSE and A level.

Games and Recreations. Rugby, Hockey and Lacrosse are played in the Michaelmas Term and there is a wide variety of activities to choose from in the Lent Term including Football. In Summer Term the sports are Cricket, Athletics, Shooting, Sailing, Tennis and Golf. Shooting on the Miniature Ranges takes place during the two winter terms. There is a large indoor heated Swimming Pool and pupils are trained in personal survival and Lifesaving. Instruction in Sub-aqua and Canoeing is given. There are also Squash Courts, Tennis Courts, a private Golf Course, and two full-size all-weather pitches for hockey, netball and tennis.
During the Summer, pupils have the opportunity to explore the hills and the neighbouring countryside. There is also a Sailing and Windsurfing Club which uses a neighbouring loch. Weekend camping expeditions are arranged to encourage self-reliance and initiative.
Glenshee is just over an hour away and there are opportunities for skiing in the Lent Term.

Clubs and Societies. Voluntary membership of Societies such as the Dramatic, Historical, Debating and Public Speaking, Electronics, Engineering, Chess, Photographic and Film Societies is encouraged. There are Music, Opera, Computer, Mountaineering, Badminton, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Fishing Clubs.

Combined Cadet Force. There is a contingent of the Combined Cadet Force which has strong links with the Armed Forces and the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Black Watch Battalion) in particular. The ceremonial dress, as worn by the Pipe Band for example, is the Highland dress with the Murray of Atholl tartan.
Army and Air sections, with a Pre-Service section for Junior Pupils, are organised on the basis of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Shooting and Adventure Training figure prominently; pupils may also be engaged on Conservation, Community Service Work or Mountain Awareness Group.
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Address: Glenalmond, Perth, Perthshire, PH1 3RY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1738 842056
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