Glasgow is a distinctive city full of character and history with a big personality – much like the people who live here. Glaswegians have a legendary sense of humour, are well educated, cultured, articulate and very friendly. The official mantra of the city is ‘People Make Glasgow’.
Kelvinside Academy is very proud of its city.
Right from the moment you arrive at Glasgow’s International Airport or step off the train at Central Station, there is a feeling of warmth and friendliness emanating from our city and its people. Visitors from across the world comment on the legendary friendliness of Glaswegians.
The city grew from shipping and trade origins to embrace its role in the engineering and manufacturing post-industrial period. Subsequently, Glasgow also became a major player in the Scottish Enlightenment movement, producing impressive art, music and architecture. This evolution has produced a city of contrasts, carefully combining beauty and rugged functionality.
Glasgow niftily combines high culture – noble Victorian museums, stately theatres, Mackintosh chairs – with a constant feeling of innovation and dynamic new trends brewing. From the ancient splendour of its cathedral to the latest off-beat exhibition at Tramway, the city offers so much in the cultural stakes.
Glasgow’s Victorian architectural legacy is now swamped with stylish bars, great restaurants for every budget, and a diverse music culture. Music is part of Glasgow’s soul and its pounding live-music scene is one of the best in Britain. First-rate museums and galleries abound, and the city’s proud industrial and artistic heritage is innovatively displayed. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s sublime works dot the town, while the River Clyde, traditionally associated with Glasgow’s industrial side, is now a symbol of the city’s renaissance thanks to a large-scale waterfront regeneration. There are so many memorable museums in Glasgow - many of which offer free admission.
Kelvingrove, a grand Victorian cathedral of culture, is a fascinating and unusual museum: you’ll find fine art alongside stuffed animals, and Micronesian shark-tooth swords alongside a Spitfire plane. Here and at the Hunterian Art Gallery, you can appreciate the bold work of the Glasgow Boys, who shook up the misty glens obsessed painting establishment in the late 19th century. Across the river, the Burrell Collection is an idiosyncratic collection of treasure including everything from Chinese porcelain and medieval furniture to paintings by Degas and Cézanne. On the Clyde are the brilliantly interactive Glasgow Science Centre and the Riverside Museum, a stunning modern building devoted to transport.
Glasgow is incredibly green and remains aptly named ‘Dear Green Place’ with over 80 parks and open spaces such as Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens, as well as Pollok Country Park that comes complete with Highland cows. Then there is a beautiful walkway along the River Kelvin, where you can sit in the overgrown ruins of the old flint mill and feel 100 miles from the city. If that’s still not enough, Loch Lomond is a 20-minute train ride. The School is situated in Glasgow’s safe and friendly West End, right next door to the beautiful Botanic Gardens which our pupils regularly explore and enjoy.
Glasgow has been named as one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities, following the massive success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The city often hosts high-profile sporting events and boasts a superb range of world-class sports facilities for taking part in, and watching, outstanding sporting events. From the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Athletics Arena, the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green and the national football stadium, Hampden Park, to an indoor snowboard and ski slope (with real snow) and ice arena. Glasgow is also home to the Glasgow Warriors Rugby team and Scotland Hockey Squad.
Boasting the UK’s largest retail offering outside London, Glasgow is a shopaholic’s paradise. The ‘Style Mile’ around Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Merchant City is a fashion hub, while the West End has quirkier, more bohemian shopping options: Byres Road is great for vintage clothing.
The city is a world re-known centre for academic learning, research and invention; boasting two world leading universities – University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde.
- Glasgow people have always been at the forefront of innovation
- James Watt gave power to the industrial revolution
- Adam Smith laid the foundations of modern economics
- Ian Donald showed us the first ultrasound image of a foetus
- Joseph Lister gave us antiseptic in surgery
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars