St Aloysius College is the only Jesuit School in Scotland. The Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, is a Roman Catholic religious order, which is particularly active in the area of education.
The College was founded in Glasgow in 1859 as a boys’ school. One hundred and twenty years later, in 1979, the first female pupils were admitted. St Aloysius College is now a co-educational day school for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years.
The formation and education of the whole child is at the centre of Jesuit teaching and therefore the ethos of St Aloysius College. Academic achievement and excellence are important but so is the role of the pupil in the wider community. The children are encouraged to reach out to each other, regardless of ethnicity and faith.
Entrance to the school is by means of assessment in the earlier years and meetings for the older pupils. St Aloysius College is keen to stress that these assessments are not simply a case of pass or fail, but a method of establishing if the school is the right place for the child to be. For Kindergarten and Primary 1 (Reception) children, assessment means play-based activities lasting approximately 45 minutes. These activities are designed to assess the child’s communication and language skills. Prospective pupils for the other primary school years must sit a written assessment. Up to and including Primary 6, this takes the form of three short tests in Language, Maths and Spelling. From Primary 7 to the second year of Senior school, children must sit two papers, one each in verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
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