Open main menu

Kelvinside Academy is an independent school in Glasgow, Scotland, founded in 1878. It has a capacity of over 600 pupils and spans two years of Nursery, six years of Junior School (primary school), a transition year of Senior Preparatory, and six years of Senior School (secondary school), comprising fifteen years in all. Kelvinside was founded as a private Public School and remained so until the late 1940s when, like many similar schools, it became 'grant-aided' until 1985 when it reverted to its fully independent roots once more. Formerly for boys only, the school became fully co-educational in 1998.

Kelvinside Academy
33 Kirklee Road

G12 0SW

Coordinates55°52′59″N 4°17′41″W / 55.88293°N 4.29464°W / 55.88293; -4.29464Coordinates: 55°52′59″N 4°17′41″W / 55.88293°N 4.29464°W / 55.88293; -4.29464
TypeIndependent School
MottoEver To Be The Best
Religious affiliation(s)Non-denominational Christian
Academic DeputyLouise Thrippleton
RectorIan H Munro
Deputy RectorDan Wyatt
Age3 to 18
Colour(s)Navy Blue and Silver

The SchoolEdit

Kelvinside Academy is in the Kelvinside area of the north of Glasgow, near the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. It has a large main building, which is category A listed and was designed by James Sellars, with some modern additions. The original building was opened on 2 September 1878 and cost £21,698 11s; this included the construction of both roads and sewers.

The School crest shows Minerva with the motto ΑΙΕΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΕΥΕΙΝ which translates as "Ever To Be The Best". This has also been given a "modern" translation of "The Best You Can Be". Minerva appears prominently in carved stone above the main entrance, and in a bronze medallion set in the perimeter wall. Unlike many of the surrounding buildings, the School retains much of its original cast iron fences despite the metal shortages during the Second World War.

There is a well-established house system, which divides all the pupils into four different houses, each represented by a colour: red for Stewart House, yellow for Buchanan House, green for MacGregor House and blue for Colquhoun.

The School opened a new Nursery at its Balgray Campus in August 2013.

Notable alumni and staffEdit

Related publicationsEdit

  • Kelvinside Academy, 1878–1978 by Colin Mackay
  • Kelvinside Academy, 1878–1923 by William Brodie
  • Kelvinside Academy, 1878–1928 by David Morrice Low
  • Minerva, termly newsletter


  1. ^ "~crumey/john_joy_bell". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "OBITUARY : Professor Robert Browning | Obituaries | News | The Independent". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Summary Guide: CHARTERIS". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Kelvinside | Junior and Senior Mixed Independent School | Scotland | Guide to Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. ^ Alastair Pearson
  6. ^ "A V R Johnstone". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Lord Livingston of Parkhead - UK Parliament". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ Russell, James. "LES GRANDS NUMISMATES: George Macdonald (1862-1940; Kt 1927)" (PDF). Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Donald MacDougall". Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Janus: The Papers of Sir Donald MacDougall". 26 October 1912. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (From Herald Scotland)". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Alan Rodger [Lord Rodger of Earlsferry], 1944-2011". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "The Hon Lord Kinclaven (Alexander F. Wylie) - Judicial Office Holders - About the Judiciary - Judiciary of Scotland". Retrieved 28 July 2016.

External linksEdit