Glenalmond College in Perthshire has been praised by school inspectors for outstanding achievements both academically and in the pastoral care it provides for its pupils. The HMI report published today (24 November 2009) highlights the Warden’s (headmaster’s) leadership of learning and the pupils’ high levels of attainment and achievement as key strengths of the school. It draws particular attention to staff ability to meet young people’s needs as individuals.
Commenting on the report Glenalmond College Warden Gordon Woods said;
“This is an extremely positive report that recognises the achievements of a strongly motivated community that cares and has respect for each other in everything that we do. These shared values are reflected not only in high levels academic achievement but in each individual’s relationships with others and their contribution not only to school life but to the wider community. I am very proud of the range and quality of achievement by all of our pupils and we encourage them always to play to their particular strengths as they participate, learn and develop. We are especially pleased to have received a top grading for ‘improvements in performance’ of the school as a whole and we feel this reflects the enormous progress we have made over the last few years.”
As well as focusing on learning progress, the report also praised the pupils’ high expectations of themselves and each other, their strong leadership qualities and their success in taking on remarkable levels of responsibility. The contribution made by the prefects to the life of the school was also singled out as a key strength.
Glenalmond College is an independent boarding school for 12 to 18 year olds. There are currently 395 pupils on a full school roll, including 55 day pupils. A number of pupils receive financial assistance towards fees. There is a strong ethos of volunteering among pupils and staff at the school, many of whom contribute to time and effort to local organisations and charities.
The school’s sporting facilities and 150 year old chapel are used extensively by the wider community and teaching staff lend their expertise, in science, music, drama and English to local schools.