Glenalmond College (formerly Trinity College, Glenalmond) is a co-educational independent boarding school in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, for children aged between 12 and 18 years. It is situated on the River Almond near the village of Methven, about 8 miles (13 km) west of the city of Perth.
Trinity College Glenalmond was founded as an independent school by William Gladstone and James Hope-Scott (later Hope-Scott of Abbotsford). The land for the school was given by George Patton, Lord Glenalmond who for the rest of his life, in company with his wife Margaret, took a keen interest in its development and success. It was established to provide teaching for young men destined for the ministry of the Scottish Episcopal Church and where young men could be brought up in the faith of that Church. It was originally known as the The Scottish Episcopal College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Glenalmond. The school opened its doors on 4 May 1847 to fourteen boys (though one boy, Lord Kerr, later Marquess of Lothian and Secretary for Scotland, arrived a day early.
Glenalmond College is a true boarding school. 80% of our pupils are boarders, placing us in the top few schools in the UK, and the boarding we offer is full boarding, not flexi-boarding or weekly boarding.
Glenalmond is a full boarding school with a seven day programme to educate, inspire and stretch young minds. The busy weekday schedule stretches over weekends that sees pupils busy in the classroom, on the playing fields and out on trips on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a full calendar of social events throughout the year.
There are eight boarding houses - five for boys and three for girls, all within the 330 acre Glenalmond campus. Boarding at Glenalmond allows pupils to benefit from all that the school has to offer, with the companionship and life skills that come from living with others. Of course, day pupils are part of, and share in, all the richness and diversity of experience only available in a full boarding school.
From September 2017 we will be opening a new girls boarding house, Goodacre's, and a Junior House for Second and Third Form boys at Cairnies.
Each house has a Housemaster or Housemistress, who lives alongside the boarding house with their own family. This means that there is a family atmosphere in the houses which we feel is important for children living away from home.
As well as socialising in the boarding houses, junior and senior pupils have social facilities in the main part of the school.
The junior lounge is in the theatre foyer, next to Aroma the Nero Roasting Coffee shop. Upstairs, the Moncrieff Centre is Glenalmond's Sixth Form club where those in the Lower and Upper Sixth gather throughout the day and evening to socialise.
All pupils in the Sixth Form have access to the centre outside lesson, prep and activity times during the day and in the evening up until 9.45pm, except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the period after prep is spent in Houses. Pupils pay a small membership fee which is used to renew disco equipment and games.
Social evenings are held on most Saturdays when other events such as formal balls and school plays are not being performed. There are three major formal balls each year in addition to the Leavers' Ball: St Andrew's Night, Burn's Night and St. Valentine's Night. A strictly monitored amount of alcohol is served with food to all Sixth formers on Saturday nights.
The Moncrieff Centre is a licensed club with a pupil-led social committee which liaises with Mr Patrick Erdal. Decisions are made as to expenditure and the shape of social events. A team of tutors also help with supervision and many other staff drop in on Saturdays to mix with the older pupils in an informal atmosphere.
The academic focus of the school is clear. All pupils study for GCSEs and A levels, with a curriculum spanning 25 subjects in the Sixth Form offering an excellent basis for entry to university and higher education.
Every year a good number of pupils achieve places at Oxford and Cambridge, a high proportion get places at Russell Group universities (the top 24 UK universities) and 98% of leavers go on to university or higher education. Throughout their school career every pupil is helped to recognise and develop their academic strengths.
Glenalmond pupils are encouraged to develop a spirit of academic enquiry and an interest in learning for its own sake as well as to secure good examination grades. The William Bright Society at Glenalmond identifies, promotes and develops academic excellence in all areas of the school. The school has a programme of visiting lecturers throughout the year, and regular cultural and academic trips outside the school are organised to supplement classroom teaching.
THE ACADEMIC STRUCTURE
Pupils receive an education tailored to their individual needs. Academic life is structured around the timetable of classes, but extends beyond the confines of the classroom. There are programmes to nurture the academically gifted and those with artistic or sporting talents.
Every pupil at Glenalmond is part of a House-based tutor group and sees their tutor three times each week. The academic tutor works closely with the pupil to support his or her progress, and has an overview of the pupil's academic performance across the subjects being studied.
THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Glenalmond curriculum aims to give pupils a wide choice of subjects at all levels in order to provide a broad and challenging education, taking them from a broad base to a more focused approach in later years.
From the Fourth Form pupils study for GCSEs, typically studying eight or nine subjects at this level. For Lower Sixth, they generally select four subjects to study to AS level, which they then narrow down to typically three A levels in Upper Sixth. This structure allows pupils to study a breadth of different subjects, but to also develop a depth of learning in later years to lead them on towards their university studies.
Our subject range is vast, with 25 different subjects available at A Level, many more than in most other independent schools. This recognises the fact that all pupils will have different strengths - by offering such a wide choice, all pupils are able to excel in their strongest subjects.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS
Glenalmond College pupils leave us at the end of Upper Sixth Form as independent young men and women who have been thoroughly prepared for the next stage of their lives. Almost all of ourleavers go on to university, with some of them opting to take a gap year before taking up their university place.
The decision about which university or career is best for a pupil is considered carefully by staff in collaboration with the pupil and his or her parents. In fact Glenalmond College assists pupils throughout their academic career, offering support and guidance on university applications and careers advice. Discussions about possible careers and suitable universities begin whenever the child joins Glenalmond whether that is in Third Form or in Sixth Form.
Careers advice is provided in the Third Form and Fourth Form through the tutor system. Pupils meet their tutors three times a week and from time to time these sessions are used to take the first steps in investigating career choice.
In the Michaelmas Term Fifth Form pupils undertake a set of psychometric tests to help compile a career profile and to initiate ideas about Sixth Form subject choices. Pupils who join in the Lower Sixth are also encouraged to take part in this. Results and interview notes are forwarded to parents before Lent half-term to allow for consultation between pupils, staff and parents at the Fifth Form meeting.
Lower Sixth pupils have a presentation in the Lent Term ( (pdf)) as an introduction to the UCAS university application process. In the Trinity Term, following exams, further work is done on institution and course choice and the preparation of their Personal Statement which constitutes part of their application. UCAS forms are completed in the Michaelmas Term of the Upper Sixth. If a pupil has left the school and requires help with their UCAS application they can contact Mr Sandy Norton who will assist them in the process.
Glenalmond pupils who do go to university study at a wide range of institutions including Bristol, Exeter, London, Durham, Newcastle and St Andrews as well as Oxford and Cambridge.
Advice is also given on what to do during a gap year and how to manage that time successfully. OG applicants are also offered full assistance with university applications after leaving Glenalmond.
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