Global Academy

We aim for our pupils to be the best prepared to thrive and contribute to a rapidly developing modern world and to do that we must ensure they leave The Academy with a socially conscious, innovative and global outlook.

Through development of our local, national and global partnerships, we aim to have a greater impact on lives within and out with The Academy community.

Royal Scottish Geographical Society Lectures

We are delighted to announce that The Glasgow Academy will be hosting the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) Inspiring People lectures this year. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for members of The Academy community, but most importantly the pupils, to enrich their education. 

The RSGS will be holding six evening lectures and six afternoon lectures which will take place in the Watson Auditorium of the Saunders Centre.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a well-respected and famous society working with us and we hope the lectures will inspire the Geographers, Social Scientists and Scientists of the future. 

This is not the first time we have had a link with the RSGS.  Former Academy pupil Sir James Mann Wordie (Class of 1906) joined nine polar expeditions, including as a geologist and chief of scientific staff for Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

He would later go on to help plan Sir Edmund Hillary's ascent of Everest and was later awarded the Scottish Geographical Medal which is 'the highest accolade, for conspicuous merit and a performance of world-wide repute'.

Sir James Wordie’s photograph hangs in the alumni gallery of the Saunders Centre.

If you are a parent of The Academy or non-member of the RSGS and you would like to attend a lecture please see the Inspiring People lecture programme on the RSGS website.

Dates, speakers and topics can be found below...

Afternoon Lectures

  • 3 Oct 19 Colin Stafford-Johnson My Wild Atlantic Way
  • 7 Nov 19 Lizzie Daly Adventures in Wildlife Conservation
  • 5 Dec 19 Sean Conway Endurance Adventures: First, Furthest and Fastest
  • 9 Jan 20 Catherine Gemmell FRSGS STOP The Plastic Tide
  • 6 Feb 20 Mollie Hughes Tales from the Top of the World and Beyond
  • 5 Mar 20 Jonny Keeling The Making of Seven Worlds, One Planet

Evening Lectures

  • 18 Sep 19 Alice Morrison Walking Morocco’s Draa River
  • 16 Oct 19 Prof Doug Benn FRSGS A World Without Ice? Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change
  • 20 Nov 19 Colin Prior Photographing Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains
  • 22 Jan 20 Justine Gosling Tales From the Northwest Passage
  • 18 Feb 20 Selina Hales FRSGS A Rare and Unexpected Act of Humanity
  • 18 Mar 20 Prof Iain Stewart Tomorrow’s Cities: Reshaping the Future of Urban Disaster Risk

Indian Partnership

We are delighted to announce a new international partnership which will see the opening of a pre-school in India for children aged 3-6 years.

This will be a high specification facility with a capacity for up to 250 children serving the area of Noida, a fast-growing satellite city of Delhi, with direct metro links and a hub for software, telecommunications and financial services companies.

Our contribution to this partnership is an investment of our experience and expertise in early years education.

We already have an excellent and longstanding relationship with our Indian partner who is dynamic, easy to work with and, most importantly, shares our educational vision and values. 

This is an exciting opportunity for The Academy to develop a global profile, share our expertise and enhance the quality of our educational provision at home through learning and collaborating with others around the world.

During a visit to India this summer, we agreed terms that have been a year in the planning and are founded on a 10-year association with our partner.

Our Rector, Mr Pearce, and Head of Prep, Mr Mathewson, were also afforded the opportunity to speak at a prestigious national conference on the benefits of international partnerships. Mr Pearce and Mr Mathewson share their thoughts on education for sustainability and how we can encourage creativity in learning.

You can view a selection of photos in our gallery below and a video from the organisers of the conference here

Global Youth Ambassador Awards

Our Global Youth Ambassadors collected their Gold Awards at the Mycro-Tyco and Wildhearts’ Global Youth Ambassador Awards Ceremony at the House of Commons in July 2019.

The Academy was also awarded Gold Accreditation for its contribution to the programme.


Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Junior Summit

The Glasgow Academy was proud to host the world’s first WildHearts Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Junior Summit on Tuesday 11 June.  

Over 400 primary school pupils from schools across Scotland were joined by students from South Africa, India, Switzerland and Afghanistan.

They came together to learn how business can be a force for good and how young people can use their entrepreneurial skills to make a difference, locally and globally.

Students enjoyed inspiring speeches from leading social entrepreneurs from the UK to Silicon Valley and even watched a special welcome video delivered by Cheryl Kiser from Babson College, the world’s top school for entrepreneurship.

The event was organised by WildHearts, a world-leading social business in partnership with The Academy.

WildHearts Global Youth Ambassadors from S5 and S6 did a fantastic job inspiring the younger pupils with interactive workshops and helped ensure the day was a huge success.

WildHearts Multi-Award-Winning Schools Programme

WildHearts Multi-Award-Winning Schools Programme empowers young people to use entrepreneurial thinking to create positive change.

Find out more about the inspirational work in this short video.

Our Rector, Mr Matthew Pearce, talks about the benefits of being a WildHearts School Partner in this testimonial