Glenalmond College

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Glenalmond College
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Motto Floreat Glenalmond
Established 1847
Type Independent
Day and boarding
Religion Scottish Episcopal Church
Warden Ms Elaine Logan
Sub-Warden Dr 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, Reid's, Skrine's
Former pupils Old Glenalmonds
Campus Rural; 300 acres
Glenalmond College, architect's original proposed design c. 1841

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).[1] 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.[2] 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]

The Edinburgh architect John Henderson worked on the project in 1841-51; later the firm were to be re-employed with his son George Henderson in charge on rebuilding work after a fire in 1893. In 1955 Basil Spence was engaged to alter the chapel.[3]

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 a spoof video that featured them "hunting" "chavs" (a derogatory term in use in the UK) on horseback and with rifles.[4][5][6] The school condemned the video.[7] 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.[8]

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]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Glenalmond's History". Glenalmond College. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Glenalmond College". Scottish Places. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Scotland’s archaeology website. "Archiltect references". Canmore. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Outrage at ‘Chav hunting’ videos". Metro. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Chav chasing' public schoolboys criticised". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pupils act out 'chav hunt' - hunting pinks on horseback, their prey in Burberry caps". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "School condemns 'chav-hunt' spoof". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pride and Privilege". BBC. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Who's Who". 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  10. ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 291. ISBN 9781908095442. 
  11. ^ "Eagles land Coll deal". Perthshire Advertiser. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Borgen’s Alastair Mackenzie on his TV comeback". The Scotsman. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "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
  • Alumni Montium, Sixty Years of Glenalmond and its People, by David Willington, published by Elliott & Thompson, 2008

External links[edit]

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