About The Glasgow Academy

The Glasgow Academy

The Academy is the oldest continuously independent school in Glasgow. It is also a dynamic, forward-thinking, modern and friendly school which looks after the needs of around 1,530 young people aged 3-18, and employs around 250 staff. The Academy has occupied its Great Western Road site on the banks of the River Kelvin for well over a century. Its catchment area, however, extends well beyond the boundaries of the city, helped by the excellent transport links which the school enjoys. Kelvinbridge underground station and bus stops are within a few moments’ walk and the M8 motorway is only a quarter of a mile away.

We are passionate about developing the talents and potential of young people, and we seek to be constantly improving in the ways in which we do so. Central to this are academic and co-curricular excellence, and staff and pupils having a 'can do, will do' approach. We have high expectations of the children in our care, and we nurture them and believe in them so that they rise to those expectations. Our aim is to create a very purposeful, civilised, welcoming and mutually supportive community which both challenges children and develops in them the confidence and self-knowledge to succeed. We want each boy or girl to discover and develop his or her talents and to strive for high standards.

We encourage our young people to make the most of the outstanding opportunities on offer at The Glasgow Academy, be they in scholarship, music, drama, sport, public speaking, outdoor activities, serving the community or clubs and societies. The Glasgow Academy is a happily busy, ordered and hard-working community, where we strive to put achievement, respect for each other and integrity at the centre of our life. We encourage our pupils to strive to succeed and to enjoy helping others and giving to the wider world.

We want our young people to be focused, well-rounded and above all happy individuals. We aim to develop in them the love of learning and the ability to think for themselves and to go on learning which will prepare them for the fast-changing world of their adult lives. We are concerned not with turning out types, but with enabling individuals to fulfil their individuality and with giving them the best possible start in life.

We very much value our partnerships with parents and the family feel of our school. The Academy is big enough to offer opportunities to all and to challenge even the exceptionally gifted, but small enough to be a very friendly community.

The school has invested over £25 million in new or improved facilities over about a decade: these include a Prep School building at Kelvinbridge opened in 2008, the new Saunders Centre Technology Building opened in 2015 (which won a series of architectural awards, including Best building in Scotland 2016), and hockey and rugby facilities used by Commonwealth Games teams. Our ambition is to be the very best we can be.



We are passionate about developing the talents and potential of young people. 

We have very high expectations of the children in our care: we believe in them and nurture them so they develop a sense of can-do, will-do, and come to share our high expectations. 

It matters a great deal to us that we appoint the most able staff who motivate and communicate really well with children.

We want staff who are inspirational, dynamic, highly qualified, innovative, good team workers, well-organised and extremely ambitious for the young people in their care. 

Working at The Academy is challenging and demanding but deeply rewarding. 

We value greatly the commitment our staff make and are delighted this is reflected in our Investors in People Platinum status.

If you are interested in any of our advertised vacancies, we would be delighted to hear from you.