our values

Our History

1850s

  • Founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus to educate Catholic boys from in and around Glasgow
  • Original school campus was at Charlotte Street, Bridgeton
  • First school roll was just 25 pupils

1860s

  • Relocated main campus to Garnethill in 1866 with a roll of 70 and rising
  • Jesuits focused on enhancing the College’s reputation as the educational institution of choice for Catholics in Glasgow

1870s

  • Numbers increased significantly in the late 1870s, largely thanks to Head Master Fr Francis Bacon SJ

Early 1900s

  • Fr Eric Hanson SJ arrived as Head Master, heralding a period of sustained growth in pupil numbers
  • The College also achieved significant success in public examinations
  • Fr Hanson SJ’s tenure spanned a quarter of a century, during which he worked to assure parents of the value of higher education, establishing the College as one of the foremost schools in the country
  • By the end of his time at the College, the roll had reached 500 pupils
  • Parents were unable to obtain places due to swelling school numbers

Post WWII

  • College took steps to accommodate more pupils
  • Relocated Junior School in 1954, allowing for double the Primary School numbers whilst increasing numbers and improving facilities in the Senior School

1970s

  • College became a fully independent school in the final quarter of the century
  • The College took the decision to accept girls in 1979, key to establishing the St Aloysius’ College of today

Early 2000s

  • With the 21st century came a sustained period of growth for the College and its campus
  • Construction of a state of the art Junior School Building
  • Addition of the Clavius Building for Maths, Science and Technology
  • Acquired the Convent of Mercy on Hill Street
  • Mr John Stoer was appointed in 2004 as the College’s first lay Head and pupil numbers reached 1,250 boys and girls from KG to S6. He retired in 2013

And now…

  • Head Master John Browne was appointed with a strategic vision for the College
  • Included in this vision was the set up of an Independent Safeguarding Commission, the Schola Foundation and the provision of a new Sports Facility, which is due for completion in 2016