Leading Independent school Glenalmond College has announced a significant £4 million development programme which will include a range of projects to enhance the School’s facilities, infrastructure and heritage.
The £4 million investment includes £2 million secured with the support of the Bank of Scotland. The remaining £2 million will be generated through donations and fundraising. In the last twelve months over half a million pounds has been raised towards the School’s development goals.
The environment for teaching and learning fully supports the School’s improvement targets on academic rigour and teaching quality in the years ahead. The investment will focus on a programme of upgrading classrooms, developing ICT infrastructure and will create a multi-use lecture and seminar facility, all of which will tie in to the School’s Teaching & Learning Project.
In parallel with academic improvements, the investment plans also include substantial upgrading of the boarding accommodation and 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. Alongside these developments a new cardio-vascular fitness suite and dance and aerobics studio will further enhance the sports provision at the School.
Glenalmond recently announced the appointment of a new Warden (Head Teacher), Elaine Logan to succeed Gordon Woods, who will be retiring in July 2015. Mr Woods commented, “This is a very exciting time for Glenalmond which will be an important phase in the School’s development.
“The Teaching & 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.”
Elaine Logan added, “This forward-looking approach is one of the things which most attracted me to Glenalmond and I am delighted to be able to make this announcement with Gordon Woods regarding the School’s future plans which will enhance the School’s outstanding reputation.
Andy McKie, Relationship Director, SME Banking Scotland at Bank of Scotland said, “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 and its 300-acre Perthshire campus boasts one of the most inspiring learning environments in Scotland. The investment programme announced today ensures that the school will continue to provide sector-leading facilities for its 400 boarding and day pupils.