Glenalmond College

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Glenalmond College
Motto Floreat Glenalmond
Established 1847
Type Independent
Day and boarding
Religion Scottish Episcopal Church
Warden Gordon Woods
Sub-Warden Craig Henderson
Location Glenalmond
Perth and Kinross
Staff 52.3 FTE
Students 400+
Gender Coeducational
Ages 12–18
Houses Cairnies, Goodacre's, Home, Lothian, Matheson's, Patchell's, Skrine's, Reid's
Former pupils Old Glenalmonds
Campus Rural; 300 acres
Website Glenalmond College

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. The school's motto is Floreat Glenalmond ('Let Glenalmond Flourish'). The school is affectionately known as "Coll" by pupils and staff.

It is sometimes referred to as a public school, although this is the term that is traditionally used in Scotland for state schools. It follows many practices of an English public school; GCSEs and A Levels are taught instead of Standard Grade and Advanced Highers and year groups are known as "forms" rather than "secondary".


Trinity College Glenalmond was founded as an independent school by William Gladstone and James Hope-Scott (later Hope-Scott of Abbotsford). It was to be "north of the Firth of Forth, and removed from the vicinity of any large town, a College to be called The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Glenalmond, which may receive and board a large number of youths to eighteen years of age, and also afford a sound Clerical Education to young men destined for the priesthood". Gladstone and his father (Sir John Gladstone) inspected several sites before deciding on a site proposed by the landowner of Cairnies. Once the site was decided upon, John Henderson was commissioned as architect. 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). The first Warden (headmaster) was Charles Wordsworth.

Until 1990 Glenalmond was an all-boys school. Girls were then initially accepted into the sixth form only, and the school is now fully co-educational.

A history of the College to 1947, written by Guy St Quintin, is available from the school. In 2008 David Willington, a retired teacher, brought the history up to date, publishing 'Alumni Montium'.

Boarding houses[edit]

The pupils are allocated into one of seven houses, some named after staff who participated in the development of the school. There are instances of four or even five generations of pupils having been members of the same house.[citation needed] The boys' houses are Reid's, Skrine's, Matheson's, Patchell's, and Goodacre's. The girls' houses are Home and Lothian. Until 1992 there was another boys' house called The Cairnies which was reopened in the summer of 2006 as a girls' form house but is now home to all fifth form girls. Skrine's has been upgraded with a brand new boarding house behind the trees on the western side of Front Avenue.

Pride and Privilege[edit]

Glenalmond College was the subject of a documentary broadcast on BBC 2 in Autumn 2008. Pride and Privilege chronicled a year in the life of Glenalmond and followed a number of pupils and teachers. Directed by Stephen Bennet, it detailed the first full scholar in the history of the school through his first year as he settled in. Its broadcast dates were 18 and 25 November, and December.


The school has a strong rugby union tradition. Notable former players include Scotland and Lions players Rob Wainwright and David Sole, as well as current Scotland international Dougie Hall and Canadian fly half Ander Monro. The influential coach Jim Greenwood taught and coached rugby at Glenalmond in the 1950s and 60's.

Former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 291. ISBN 9781908095442. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eagles land Coll deal". Perthshire Advertiser. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Personal Information: Richard Simpson". Scottish Parliament website. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  • The Glenalmond Register 1950–1985 and Supplement 1900–1949, published by Hunter & Foulis Ltd. 1986

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