Glenalmond College appoints new head

Dr Michael Alderson will become warden of the Perthshire school in April 2020

Dr Michael Alderson, deputy head at Durham School, has been appointed warden at Glenalmond College. He will take over leadership of the Perthshire independent boarding and day school from interim warden, Hugh Ouston, in April 2020.

Dr Alderson began his teaching career in 2000, after reading modern languages at the University of Durham and completing a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge. He also has a Master’s degree on historical narratives, and a doctorate on church history of the reformation from Durham University.

My ambition is for every Glenalmond pupil to leave the college with a clear set of values which demand high standards of effort, achievement, and integrity.

Niall Booker, chairman of council at Glenalmond College, said: “We had the privilege of meeting some remarkably strong candidates for the role, which is a reflection on the enduring good reputation of Glenalmond. We were impressed by Michael’s personal integrity and obvious enthusiasm for the college, and his clear focus on ensuring the best possible all-round educational outcomes for pupils.”


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Dr Alderson said: “Building on the excellent work of my predecessors, my ambition is for every Glenalmond pupil to leave the college with a clear set of values which demand high standards of effort, achievement, and integrity. Opportunities for personal growth and leadership are the hallmark of thriving communities such as this, and all pupils should leave with a confidence borne of competence and ready to face life’s challenges with agility and courage.”