The Glasgow Academy
Colebrooke Street

G12 8HE

TypePublic School
Private day school
MottoServa Fidem
(Keep Faith)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of Scotland
Established1845; 179 years ago (1845)
FoundersMembers of Free Church of Scotland
Local authorityGlasgow City Council
ChairJane Gotts
RectorMatthew Pearce
Age3 to 18
Houses  Arthur
Charity NumberSCO 15638
CampusesKelvinbridge, Milngavie & Newlands[1]

The Glasgow Academy is a coeducational private day school for pupils aged 3–18 in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016, it had the third-best Higher level exam results in Scotland.[2] Founded in 1845, it is the oldest continuously fully private school[3] in Glasgow.


In May 1845, William Campbell of Tullichewan convened a meeting in the Star Hotel in George Square with Free Church ministers to discuss establishing "an Academic Institution in the City". As a result of this meeting, The Glasgow Academy was formed.[4]

The school war memorial was designed by former pupil Alexander Nisbet Paterson in 1922.[5]

In 1981 the school admitted girl pupils for the first time.[6]

In 1991, Glasgow Academy merged with Westbourne School for Girls,[7] adopting the distinctive purple of its uniform in the school badge and tartan. It is located in the Kelvinbridge area and has approximately 1350 pupils, split between three preparatory school sites and a senior school. The current rector is Matthew Pearce, who has held the position since 2019.

The Academy is one of the schools in Scotland which are Stonewall School Champions, an LGBT initiative which provides training for staff and pupils against homophobic bullying.[citation needed]

The Glasgow Academy's preparatory school is the first school in the UK to have been awarded the Diana Gold Award for Anti-Bullying.

HMIe last inspected the school in November 2008.[8]

House system

The school has a well established house system, which divides all pupils in the school into four different Houses, each represented by a School Colour:

All of the houses are named after notable alumni or previous Rectors that have influenced the Academy greatly.

In the Senior School, House assemblies are normally held once a week and are run by two teachers, one male and one female, as Head of Houses.

Senior Pupils enter a wide range of activities competing in Houses. These activities include football, rugby, hockey, debating, Netball as well as an annual House singing competition and an annual Sports Day.

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (December 2013)

See also: Category:People educated at the Glasgow Academy

Notable alumnae of Westbourne School for Girls

See also: Category:People educated at Westbourne School for Girls


MacLeod, Iain M., The Glasgow Academy 150 Years, (The Glasgow Academicals' War Memorial Trust, 1997)


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  4. ^ MacLeod, Iain (1997). The Glasgow Academy : 150 years. Glasgow Academicals' War Memorial Trust. Glasgow: Glasgow Academicals' War Memorial Trust. ISBN 0-9530515-0-1. OCLC 37560336.
  5. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects – DSA Architect Biography Report (September 7, 2022, 3:57 am)".
  6. ^ Shields, Tom (25 May 1981). "Glasgow Academy to take in girl pupils for the first time". p. 14. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ Luckhurst, Tim (12 January 2001). "Till the End of Their Days". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Laura Bartlett. "Laura Bartlett". Great Britain Hockey. Retrieved 26 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Athlete – The official website of the BEIJING 2008 Olympic Games". Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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  12. ^ "BAFTA for Billy Campbell | UCA". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  13. ^ "George MacDonald Fraser". The Telegraph. London. 3 January 2008. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  14. ^ Fraser, Douglas (11 September 2008). "Why Grossart's appointment is such a coup". Herald Scotland. Glasgow. Archived from the original on 22 July 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  15. ^ Chambers, Don (1983). "Harper, Andrew (1844–1936)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 200–202. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
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