£4 million of improvements at Glenalmond College

Glenalmond College.
Glenalmond College.

A top Perthshire school has announced a £4 million plan to improve its facilities.

Glenalmond College will use the cash to upgrade classrooms and improve the computer systems at the 167-year-old school.

Additionally the boarding accommodation will be improved, alongside an extensive development of Glenalmond’s sporting facilities.

The planned developments include a new international standard astro-turf pitch for hockey and a new first team rugby and lacrosse pitch with a 100-seat spectator stand and training facilities.

The school also plans a cardio-vascular fitness suite and dance and aerobics studio.

Half of the fund has been secured with the support of the Bank of Scotland, while the remaining £2 million will be generated through donations and fundraising.

In the last twelve months over half a million pounds has been raised.

Gordon Woods, the school’s out-going warden, said: “This is a very exciting time for Glenalmond which will be an important phase in the school’s development.

“The Teaching and Learning Project reinforces our commitment to academic improvement and this investment programme means that we will be able to underpin that academic development with upgraded facilities in the classrooms, on the sports pitches and in the boarding houses.”

Andy McKie, relationship director, SME banking Scotland at Bank of Scotland, added: “Glenalmond College is a renowned education institution recognised for its academic excellence worldwide.

“However, no organisation can rest on its laurels and through this significant investment in infrastructure and first-class facilities for its pupils, the school will continue to go from strength to strength as it enters a new phase in its evolution.”

Glenalmond was founded in 1847, as Trinity College, by future prime minister William Gladstone and James Hope-Scott. Glenalmond was an all-boys school until 1990, becoming fully co-educational in 1995.

It counts actor Robbie Coltrane and former Scotland rugby captain Rob Wainwright amongst its former pupils.