Glenalmond College

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Glenalmond College
Glenalmondlogo.png
Motto Floreat Glenalmond
Established 1847
Type Independent
Day and boarding
Religion Scottish Episcopal Church
Warden Gordon Woods
Sub-Warden Craig Henderson
Location Glenalmond
Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH1 3RY
Scotland
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.

History[edit]

Glenalmond College

Trinity College Glenalmond was founded as an independent school by William Gladstone and James Hope-Scott (later Hope-Scott of Abbotsford).[1] 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.[1] It was originally known as the The Scottish Episcopal College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Glenalmond.[2] 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).[1] The first Warden (headmaster) was Charles Wordsworth.[1]

Until 1990 Glenalmond was an all-boys school. Girls were then initially accepted into the sixth form only, and the school became fully co-educational in 1995.[1]

In 2007 the school was at the centre of a national media row after pupils reportedly created an offensive spoof video that featured them "hunting" "chavs" (a derogatory term in use in the UK for working class people) on horseback and with rifles.[3][4][5] The school condemned the video.[6]

The school 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.[7]

Boarding houses[edit]

There are eight boarding houses: Cairnies, Goodacre's, Home, Lothian, Matheson's, Patchell's, Reid's and Skrine's.[2]

Former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Glenalmond's History". Glenalmond College. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Glenalmond College". Scottish Places. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Outrage at ‘Chav hunting’ videos". Metro. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Chav chasing' public schoolboys criticised". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pupils act out 'chav hunt' - hunting pinks on horseback, their prey in Burberry caps". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "School condemns 'chav-hunt' spoof". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pride and Privilege". BBC. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 291. ISBN 9781908095442. 
  9. ^ "Eagles land Coll deal". Perthshire Advertiser. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Personal Information: Richard Simpson". Scottish Parliament website. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Glenalmond Register 1950–1985 and Supplement 1900–1949, published by Hunter & Foulis Ltd. 1986

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°26′31″N 3°39′36″W / 56.4419°N 3.6600°W / 56.4419; -3.6600