The Glasgow Academy

This article is about the school. For the concert venue sometimes known by the same name, see O2 Academy Glasgow.
The Glasgow Academy
Motto Serva Fidem
(Keep [the] Faith)
Established 1845
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of Scotland
Rector Peter Brodie
Founders Members of Free Church of Scotland
Location Colebrooke Street
G12 8HE
Local authority Glasgow City Council
Students 1350 approx
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–18
Houses      Arthur
Charity Number SCO 15638
Campuses Kelvinbridge, Milngavie & Newlands

The Glasgow Academy is a coeducational independent day school for pupils aged 3–18 in Glasgow, Scotland. It is the third best secondary school in Scotland according to its Higher exam results.[1] Founded in 1845, it is the oldest continuously fully independent school[2] in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1991, Glasgow Academy merged with Westbourne School for Girls,[3] 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 Peter Brodie, who has held the position since 2005.

The Academy is part of a select number of schools in Scotland which are Stonewall School Champions, an LGBT initiative which provides training for staff and pupils against homophobic bullying.

HMIe last inspected the school in November 2008.[4]

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 as well as an annual House singing competition and an annual Sports Day.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Westbourne School for Girls


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


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Coordinates: 55°52′33″N 4°16′46″W / 55.87583°N 4.27944°W / 55.87583; -4.27944

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