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Glenalmond College

Glenalmond, Perthshire, Scotland

Glenalmond College, Glenalmond, Perthshire, Scotland | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Glenalmond College

Glenalmond, Perthshire, Scotland


Glenalmond College, Glenalmond, Perthshire, Scotland | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Founded in 1847 by British Prime Minister William Gladstone Glenalmond College is set in 330 acres on the River Almond near the city of Perth, only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. A true '7-day-a-week' boarding school known as the 'Eton of the North', Glenalmond boasts flourishing academic achievements and superb pastoral care. The School's vision is to help every pupil use their character and intellect to meet their academic expectations and to have the confidence to respond to challenges.

At a glance

Age range: 12 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 360 / Boys: 200 / Girls: 160
Percentage of boarders: 83%
Percentage of International pupils: 22%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 160
Average class size: Senior school: 12 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £13,715
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Golf, Football
Girls: Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming, Horse Riding, Tennis
Linked prep/junior school: No
Nearest major airports: Edinburgh (80km), Glasgow (120km)


A diverse 26 subjects and the EPQ are offered at A Level, class sizes are small and all full-time teachers live on site, are ambitious for their pupils and focused on academic excellence. As house tutors, they meet their tutees 3 times a week, developing learning skills,and monitoring progress and pastoral needs. Facilities include a purpose-built science centre with 3 floors of labs opened in 2001. 62% of A Level results were A*/B in 2018 and, generally, half of leavers go to Russell Group universities.


80% of pupils are full-boarders and each of the 8 boarding houses is home to a 'house family' of older and younger pupils led by a resident housemaster/housemistress. Together with house tutors they really get to know the pupils in their care, supporting them academically and pastorally. The houses offer twin or single rooms, with some dormitory-style accommodation for younger pupils. All have lounges, games rooms, kitchens and prep rooms, and the food has received a Healthy Eating Plus Award.


Sport is encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle and to develop leadership and team-building skills. There are many weekend fixtures in the major sports whilst the range of sports on offer includes cross-country running, skiing and sailing. Facilities include a golf course, a 25m swimming pool, an Olympic standard all-weather hockey pitch, 18 all-weather tennis courts, a new rugby/lacrosse pitch, indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, a climbing wall, a fitness suite and a dance studio.

Creative arts

The refurbished theatre stages 2 major productions a year along with interhouse festivals, whilst chamber groups, ensembles, choirs and the orchestra perform across a range of venues. The music school hosts 275 individual lessons a week, and boasts a recital room with a Yamaha concert grand, a sound-proofed live room and a music technology classroom. Art & design has facilities for a wide-range of disciplines in fine art, textiles and 3D design, as well as masterclasses from prominent artists.

Did you know?

  • Exciting outdoor activities unlock the fantastic Scottish countryside, including canoeing/kayaking, climbing/mountaineering, canyoning, skiing, sailing and Munro-bagging!
  • There's even a river, the Almond, flowing through the College grounds where you can fish for salmon.