Two of Glasgow’s leading independent schools have unveiled plans to collaborate in a landmark move to build on their rich histories. A newly-formed partnership, The Glasgow Schools Trust, will be responsible for the oversight and co-ordination of both Kelvinside Academy and Craigholme School.
The Glasgow Schools Trust’s board will be made up of governors from both schools, and will be chaired by Donald Wilson, who will continue as Chair of the Board of Governors at Kelvinside Academy.
Current Kelvinside Academy Rector Ian Munro will become Executive Headmaster of The Glasgow Schools Trust.
This is the latest development for Kelvinside Academy in what has been a transformative time for the school. In the two years since Ian Munro became Rector, the pupil roll has increased by 12% to more than 600. Under his leadership, plans are in place to develop Scotland’s first ‘Innovation School’, which will launch at Kelvinside Academy in 2020.
While both schools will maintain their separate identities, each will benefit from sharing facilities. Craigholme School’s pupils will soon be able to access Kelvinside Academy’s new wilderness campus in the Cairngorms and innovation studio in Glasgow, with Kelvinside pupils able to make a short trip south of the river to utilise Craigholme’s impressive modern sports complex in the grounds of Pollok Park.
Executive Headmaster Ian Munro said, “Together, we can breathe fresh life into the independent schools sector in the West of Scotland. This collaboration is representative of how an innovative approach to governance and leadership can improve the educational experience for young people.
“Kelvinside Academy and Craigholme School have a lot in common; a rich history, meaningful teacher-pupil relationships and a deeply caring ethos. This move will allow us to share knowledge and resources, while maintaining the identity and aspirations of both schools,” continued Ian.
“I have been very lucky to work with an incredibly dynamic executive team at Kelvinside to roll-out a number of innovative initiatives, such as a new library inspired by Silicon Valley, our Syrian refugee outreach programme and the development of a forest nursery. I believe The Glasgow Schools Trust will allow both schools to continue to innovate and deliver the best possible education for all our pupils.”
In what will be the first major change implemented under the partnership, Craigholme School’s existing junior school will go co-ed from August 2018, in line with their nursery school, with the senior school retaining its single sex status.
June Gilliland, Craigholme Principal, added, “This is an exciting new chapter for Craigholme. Parents have long requested that we bring boys into Craigholme Junior School. This initiative will allow our boys to transition seamlessly to Kelvinside for their senior years. Senior girls can continue their secondary education in a single-sex environment at Craigholme Senior School.”
The Glasgow Schools Trust will also oversee three Nursery Schools. Craigholme’s nursery in the heart of Pollokshields will now operate alongside Kelvinside Academy’s nurseries, which include a state-of-the-art facility in the West End.
The Glasgow Schools Trust will work to further develop and expand the existing community partnerships and charitable objectives of both schools.