Catholic Church Kilsyth



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.

Charlotte 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 school numbers.

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 Senior School.

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.

St Aloysius’ College exists to help parents raise and educate their children and to support the life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

In 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 Loyola)

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 of Jesus.

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.

St Aloysius’ College is located in the historic Garnethill area of central Glasgow with additional facilities in Millerston.

The 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.

The 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.

Two 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 outdoor facilities.

How to Apply

Admissions Process - Timeline.

Please see St. Aloysius website for actual dates and further information

Mid November

• 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

Mid January

• 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

Late January

• Your child sits the Entrance Exam

Mid February

• Offers are made on the basis of the Admissions Criteria as laid out in the Admissions Policy. Parents will be informed by letter.

End of February

• You accept the offer and return the admissions form with the deposit sum.

Early June

• Your child attends the Orientation Day

• You and your child attend the appropriate New Parents’ Meeting

Mid – Late August

First day of term and your child starts at the College

God BlessYou!