Founded by the Society
of Jesus in September 1859, St Aloysius' College was formed with
the aim of educating Catholic boys in and around Glasgow.
Street, Bridgeton, was the College's first home, before the main
campus relocated to its present site at Garnethill seven years
later. The first roll shows just 25 pupils, increasing to 70 when
the College changed its location in 1866.
Identifying the West of Scotland as an important mission territory,
the Jesuits worked tirelessly to establish the College as the
educational institution of choice for Catholics in Glasgow.
Their efforts were rewarded in the late 1870s when numbers significantly
increased, largely thanks to the efforts of then Head Master,
Fr Francis Bacon SJ.
The dawn of the 20th century saw the arrival of Fr Eric Hanson
SJ and heralded a period of sustained growth in pupil numbers
and significant success in public examinations. Fr Hanson remained
at the College for 25 years, convincing parents of the value
of a higher education and establishing the College as one of
the foremost schools in the country.
By the end of Fr Hanson's tenure, the roll had risen to a remarkable
500 pupils. Interest in enrolment was at its peak, with many
parents unable to obtain places for their sons due to swelling
Following World War II, the College took steps to accommodate
more pupils, relocating the Junior School in 1954 to enable
the Head Master to double the roll of the Primary School, whilst
also increasing the numbers and improving facilities in the
The College continued to blossom in the final quarter of the
century, becoming a fully independent school and also taking
the decision to accept girls in 1979. These two critical decisions
were key to establishing the St Aloysius' College of today.
Since then, the principal changes have taken place on the Garnethill
campus, with the construction of a state-of-the-art Junior School
building, the Clavius building for Maths, Science and Technology,
as well as the acquisition of the Convent of Mercy on Hill Street.
The first lay Head Master, Mr John Stoer, was appointed in
2004 and today the College is home to some 1,250 boys and girls
from Kindergarten to S6 and over 200 teachers and support staff.
College exists to help parents raise and educate their children
and to support the life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
keeping with all Jesuit schools throughout the world, we seek
to promote “improvement in living and learning to the
greater glory of God and the common good”. (St Ignatius
In fulfilling this mission, our starting point
is to build a strong community which enables our young people,
as individuals, to learn how to use freedom in a responsible
manner. This should manifest itself in all aspects of the life
of our school.
We want every pupil to become a successful life-long
learner; to develop his or her God-given talents to the full
and, in so doing, appreciate that God can be found in all things.
We encourage everyone who is a member of our
community to develop a personal relationship with Christ and
make a contribution to the mission of the Church and the Society
We commit ourselves, as men and women of faith
who are also men and women for others, to promote justice in
all aspects of our lives and to put our ideals into practice
in our world.
Aloysius’ College is located in the historic Garnethill
area of central Glasgow with additional facilities in Millerston.
College's main Garnethill campus is made up of a number of school
buildings and is well-served by public transport. Within short
walking distance of Queen Street, Central and Charing Cross railway
stations, the Garnethill campus is also very close to Buchanan
Street Bus Station and Cowcaddens Underground station, both just
a short journey on foot from the College.
College campus is varied, providing examples of both award-winning
modern architecture and construction, as well as historic listed
buildings. The original Jesuit residence (above), now part of
the school, is a listed building, as is The Mount where Art,
Music and the Kindergarten are taught, and the magnificent St
Aloysius’ Church which the College uses regularly.
of the most recent additions to the St Aloysius’ College
campus, The Junior School (above) and The Clavius Building (left)
used for Maths, Science and Computing, have attracted widespread
critical acclaim. Not only have the buildings been subject of
great praise, but they have won many architectural awards, including
the Best New Building in Scotland, 2004.
In addition to the aforementioned buildings, the College acquired
the Convent of Mercy on Hill Street in 2009. Our playing fields
are located at Millerston, and provide an excellent range of
Please see St.
Aloysius website for actual dates and further information
• You and your child attend Open Evening
By late December
• Submit a completed Application Form together with a
completed Financial Assistance Form if you seek bursary funding
• You will receive sample test papers to allow your child
to familiarise themselves with the testing process.
• You and your child attend a meeting at the College with
a member of the Senior Management Team
• Your child sits the Entrance Exam
• Offers are made on the basis of the Admissions Criteria
as laid out in the Admissions Policy. Parents will be informed
End of February
• You accept the offer and return the admissions form
with the deposit sum.
• Your child attends the Orientation Day
• You and your child attend the appropriate New Parents’
Mid – Late
First day of term and your child starts at the College!