Glenalmond College provides an inspirational setting for learning in the heart of Scotland
School combines a clear focus on academic excellence with participation in a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities such as music, art and drama
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For almost 170 years, Glenalmond College has been one of the best-known names in British education, delivering first-rate academic results and preparing students as they move into adulthood.
Located on a 121-hectare countryside campus in the heart of Scotland, with its own golf course and away from city distractions, Glenalmond provides an inspirational setting for learning. The school combines a clear focus on academic excellence with participation in a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities. Music, art and drama are also highlights. This wide-ranging education gives students the confidence and self-reliance to forge successful careers.
Many of the world’s top leaders and creative trailblazers, such as Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, Hong Kong’s 27th governor and penultimate commander-in-chief, went to Glenalmond and testify to the value of the school’s well-rounded approach.
Home to almost 400 boys and girls aged 12 to 18, most of the school’s pupils are full boarders in its eight boarding houses enjoying a busy programme throughout the week. A thriving academic community, Glenalmond also attracts the best teachers across Britain from pre-eminent institutions such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. All teaching staff live on campus with their families.
“Pastoral care is the bedrock of good education,” says Elaine Logan, warden and head teacher. “If you don’t start with good pastoral care, the academics won’t follow. Our housemasters and housemistresses are exceptional, and student care is paramount.”
Ensuring cultural diversity, Glenalmond is expanding its Asian links by connecting with alumni in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, and meeting with agents for exchange set-ups. It hosted a Scottish-Chinese education network conference in October to attract more students from Asia as it develops its international markets.
“Glenalmond is rich in heritage, but our eyes are firmly set on the future,” Logan says. “I’m interested in making sure that our international students and our British students learn all they can from each other.”