About The Glasgow Academy


The three 'E's – energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment

The Glasgow Academy is a dynamic, ambitious and forward-thinking HMC independent school, constantly seeking to improve. We have around 1440 girls and boys in our care, aged from 3 to 18, and we work hard to provide them all with the best possible education. We have a Senior School of about 700 pupils on the bank of the River Kelvin in Glasgow's cosmopolitan and vibrant West End, where our state-of-the-art new Prep School opened in 2008. We have integrated two other Prep Schools: one in the south and one in the north-west of Glasgow, giving us a city-wide presence, and we opened a new nursery in 2017. Part of our £26 million investment in improved facilities is the multiple award-winning Saunders Centre, "Best building in Scotland 2016", a large new state-of-the-art centre for science, food technology, hospitality, study and social space, with an auditorium equipped to professional theatre standards. The school also has new Dance, Drama, Fitness and Rowing studios and an international-standard water-based sports facility.

We are an open and very welcoming school, offering a supremely well-rounded education and a class-leading range of opportunities, from exciting Outdoor Education, 17 sports, 28 ensembles, numerous clubs and a popular CCF to hundreds of chances for children to take responsibility, exercise initiative and develop confidence and resilience.

We are the oldest continuously-independent school in the West of Scotland, being founded in 1846. Former pupils include James Barrie (creator of Peter Pan), Lord Reith (first Director General of the BBC), Sir William Ramsay (Nobel prize winner for Chemistry), Donald Dewar (the first First Minister of Scotland), Sir Jeremy Isaacs (founding Chief Executive of Channel 4 and General Director of the Royal Opera House), many Chairmen of major companies, top academics, eminent physicians, leaders in the cultural sector, diplomats, Olympic medallists and pop star Darius.

Opportunity and diversity

We are passionate about developing the talents and potential of young people. Academic excellence is central and we are highly successful academically, though our key target is continuous improvement resulting in even higher attainment. We have very high expectations of the children in our care: we believe in them and nurture them so that they develop a sense of can-do, will do, and come to share high expectations. Our aim is to create a very purposeful, civilised, warm and mutually supportive community which both challenges children and develops in them the confidence, self-knowledge and resilience to succeed. We want each boy or girl to discover and develop his or her talents and to strive for high standards.

It matters a great deal to us that we appoint the ablest teachers: dynamic, innovative, highly qualified and team-working. We seek professionals who motivate, inspire and communicate really well with children, and are extremely ambitious for the young people in their care.