St Aloysius' College, Glasgow

St Aloysius' College is a selective fee-paying, independent, Jesuit day school in Glasgow, Scotland. It was founded in 1859 by the Jesuits, who previously staffed the college, and named after Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. St Aloysius' College is a co-educational school with a kindergarten, junior school, and senior school.

St Aloysius' College
MottoAd majora natus sum (Latin)
Motto in English
I am born for greater things
TypePrivate, Catholic, selective, fee-charging, Day School coeducational basic education institution
Established12 September 1859; 164 years ago (12 September 1859)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
ChairmanIsabelle Cullen
HeadmasterPatrick Doyle (appointed)
Students250 (Junior School)
550 (Senior School)
800 Total
45 Hill Street
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55°52′00″N 4°15′49″W / 55.8667°N 4.2635°W / 55.8667; -4.2635
Alma Mater song"Carmen Aloisianum"
PublicationThe Gonzaga Eagle
Colours Myrtle  and  Gold 

History edit

Foundation edit

The school was established on 12 September 1859 at Charlotte Street, near Glasgow Green, in the East End of Glasgow. Here lived the city's largely migrant Catholic community from Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, both of which groups the school was intended to serve. Since 1866 the College's main campus has been situated in Garnethill on the north side of Glasgow city centre, adjacent to the Glasgow School of Art. Originally, the school was for boys only. In 1979 the admission policy was changed by the Governors during the tenure of Headmaster Fr. Henry Anthony Richmond SJ and girls were admitted.[1] Girls now make up half of the school population.

Buildings edit

Buildings include the original category-B listed Italianate Chandlery Building, including the administration block, library, and refectory. Its 1908 and 1926 extensions are known collectively as The Hanson Building, which accommodates classrooms for languages and the humanities as well as the school chapel and gymnasium.[2]

The Mount Building, which originally housed the city's first Royal Hospital for Sick Children from 1882, which previously housed the junior school (whose patron is St John Ogilvie) as well as music, art and drama and the kindergarten.[2] As of August 2023, The Mount Building is no longer being used by the school and Music, Art and Drama facilities have all been moved to the convent building, referred to by the school as the Performing Arts Centre, or PAC, while the kindergarten is now its own building.

More modern additions include the Clavius Building housing the Mathematics, Science, and Technology faculty and the Junior School Building, both of which have won RIBA architectural awards,[3] and have been identified as amongst the best modern Scottish buildings.

In 2011, the number of buildings and the size of the campus increased with the acquisition of the Mercy Convent site and buildings. The building houses the schools music and art classrooms, as well as a drama and recording studio.

St Aloysius Church next door, associated with the college

The school has a close relationship with the Jesuit parish church of St Aloysius next door. The church is regularly used by the college and Masses offered for both the junior and senior schools.[4] The building is listed category A, designed by C. J. Menart in the baroque revival style and modelled on the Church of the Gesú, original Jesuit headquarters in Rome.[5]

A new Sports Hall was recently constructed on the College campus, and open for use from August 2017.[6] The school's main sports grounds are on the north-eastern outskirts of the city at Millerston.

Headmasters edit

  • Father William Forrester, SJ – ( -1977)
  • Father Henry Anthony Richmond, SJ – (1977–1991)
  • Rev. Dr. James Hanvey SJ (1991–1995)
  • Father Adrian Porter, SJ – (1995–2004)
  • Mr John E Stoer – (2004–2013)
  • Mr John Browne – (2013–2016)
  • Mr Matthew Bartlett – (2016–2022)
  • Mr Patrick Doyle - (2023-)

Junior School and Kindergarten edit

St Aloysius' College Kindergarten and Junior School in Glasgow support children from the ages of 3 to 12 years old. The kindergarten is situated in the Mount Building, while the Junior school is in a modern building along Hill Street. As well as attending lessons in the Junior school, the pupils will also receive preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion as part of the school's three-fold tuition for their academic, social and spiritual lives.[7][8]

Houses edit

There are four houses: Aloysius Gonzaga, Ignatius of Loyola, John Ogilvie and Francis Xavier, named after Jesuit saints. Previously pupils were divided into 'Romans' and 'Carthaginians' with 'victories' being awarded to pupils for good work. These were totalled at the end of the academic year and overall awarded to the house with the most victories. As of 2016, Campion House became Gonzaga, named after the patron saint of the school.

The College motto is Ad majora natus sum, which means "I am born for greater things". As in many Jesuit schools, pupils are instructed to inscribe AMDG (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – "To the greater glory of God") on all work. The school emblem is an eagle, and the College hymn is the Carmen Aloisianum.

Sport edit

Aloysius' rugby team won the Scottish Rugby U16 Schools' Cup Final in 2016,[9] and in 2022, the U18 1st XV won the schools’ shield final.[10]

Notable former pupils (Old Aloysians or O.A.) edit

Arts and Media
A.J. Cronin, alumnus of the college

Academia and medicine

Politics and law

  • James Marley (1893–1954) – politician
  • Seamus O'Donovan (1896-1979) - IRA's top emissary to Nazi Germany
  • John Thomas Wheatley (1908–1988) – Baron Wheatley, politician and judge
  • Patrick Kavanagh CBE (1923–2013), senior police officer
  • Joseph Beltrami (1932–2015) – Glasgow defence lawyer
  • James Stuart Gordon (1936-2020) – Lord Gordon of Strathblane, CBE
  • The Rt Hon Lord Gill (born 1942) – former Lord President of the Court of Session
  • Michael Scanlan (1946–2015) – Former President of the Law Society of Scotland[11]
  • Gerald Malone (born 1950) – former MP
  • Paul McBride (1964–2012) – QC, lawyer
  • Austin Lafferty, (born 1959) former President of the Law Society of Scotland[12]
  • Polly Higgins (1968–2019) – barrister, author and international environmental lawyer, founder of the ECOCIDE initiative, advocate for the recognition of Ecocide as a criminal offence



Buildings edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "The people's college | Tes Magazine". Retrieved 25 September 2023.
  2. ^ a b John V. McCabe, A History of St Aloysius’ College 1859 to 1999, St Aloysius’ College, 2000.
  3. ^ "St Aloysius Maths Building, Glasgow, Elder & Cannon Architects",, URL Retrieved 27 September 2006
  4. ^ Religious Life, St Aloysius College site Retrieved 24 January 2013
  5. ^ British Listed Buildings Retrieved 24 January 2013
  6. ^ "Our New Sports Facility – St Aloysius' College". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  7. ^ Junior School, St Aloysius College Junior School Glasgow Retrieved 24 January 2013
  8. ^ Kindergarten, St Aloysius College Kindergarten Glasgow Retrieved 21 February 2019
  9. ^ "St Aloysius' overcome Strathallan in U16 Cup Final showcase | Scottish Rugby Union". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  10. ^ National Schools Cup Final 2022/23 Match Reports,, 7 December 2022, retrieved 11 December 2022
  11. ^ "Michael Scanlan". HeraldScotland. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  12. ^ McCabe, John V. (2000). A History of St Aloysius' College 1859–1999. St Aloysius' College. p. 215. ISBN 0-9538287-0-0.
  13. ^ "Obituary: Charlie Church". Retrieved 21 October 2016.

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