The Glasgow Academy

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The Glasgow Academy
Colebrooke Street

G12 8HE

TypeIndependent day school
MottoServa Fidem
(Keep Faith)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of Scotland
FoundersMembers of Free Church of Scotland
Local authorityGlasgow City Council
RectorMatthew Pearce
Age3 to 18
Houses     Arthur
Charity NumberSCO 15638
CampusesKelvinbridge, Milngavie & Newlands[1]

The Glasgow Academy is a coeducational independent day school for pupils aged 3–18 in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016, it was the third best secondary school in Scotland according to its Higher exam results.[2] Founded in 1845, it is the oldest continuously fully independent school[3] in Glasgow, Scotland.


In 1981 the school admitted girl pupils for the first time.[4]

In 1991, Glasgow Academy merged with Westbourne School for Girls,[5] adopting the distinctive purple of its uniform in the school badge and tartan. It is located in the Kelvinbridge area and has approximately 1350 pupils, split between three preparatory school sites and a senior school. The current rector is Matthew Pearce, who has held the position since 2019.

The Academy is part of a select number of schools in Scotland which are Stonewall School Champions, an LGBT initiative which provides training for staff and pupils against homophobic bullying.

HMIe last inspected the school in November 2008.[6]

House system[edit]

The school has a well established house system, which divides all pupils in the school into four different Houses, each represented by a School Colour:

  •      Arthur
  •      Fraser
  •      Morrison
  •      Temple

All of the houses are named after notable alumni or previous Rectors that have influenced the Academy greatly.

In the Senior School, House assemblies are normally held once a week and are run by two teachers, one male and one female, as Head of Houses.

Senior Pupils enter a wide range of activities competing in Houses. These activities include football, rugby, hockey, debating as well as an annual House singing competition and an annual Sports Day.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Westbourne School for Girls[edit]


MacLeod, Iain M., The Glasgow Academy 150 Years, (The Glasgow Academicals' War Memorial Trust, 1997)


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  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Athlete - The official website of the BEIJING 2008 Olympic Games". Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  10. ^ "BAFTA for Billy Campbell | UCA". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  11. ^ "George MacDonald Fraser". Telegraph. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  12. ^ DOUGLAS FRASER, Scottish Political Editor (11 September 2008). "Why Grossart's appointment is such a coup - Herald Scotland". Retrieved 26 June 2011.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Chambers, Don (1983). "Harper, Andrew (1844 - 1936)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 200–202. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
  14. ^ "Briton of the Year: Neil MacGregor". Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2016.

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Coordinates: 55°52′33″N 4°16′46″W / 55.87583°N 4.27944°W / 55.87583; -4.27944