Gordonstoun A GSG School
- Head: Mr Simon H C Reid BA
- T 01343 837837
- F 01343 837808
- E admissions@gor…onstoun.org.uk
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- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 13 to 18 with a linked junior school
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Moray
- Pupils: 575
- Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
- Fees: Day £24,189 - £26,607; Boarding £32,361 - £35,922 pa
- Open days: Senior School - no set open days Junior School - November, March, May
- Review: View the Good Schools Guide Review
- Linked schools: Gordonstoun Junior School
What the Good Schools Guide says..
Academia is not what Gordonstoun is about - 'Students are here for the whole broad experience'; 'The balance is important'. Houses spread all over, some quite a hike from the main school. Minimal exeats - distances are huge, but pupils...
What the school says...
Set within a safe and beautiful 200-acre wooded campus Gordonstoun School, renowned for its outdoor education programme, is able to take full advantage its spectacular location. With its temperate climate, Moray and the Moray Firth offer the best of everything Scottish. The cities of Inverness and Aberdeen with their international airports are within easy reach.
Gordonstoun is a fully co-educational boarding school, approximately one third of students come from overseas, representing upwards of 30 nationalities, and this helps create an important mix of language and culture. We pride ourselves on being one of the few remaining full boarding schools in the UK.
We have a distinctive ethos based on the modern interpretation of the vision of the School's founder, Kurt Hahn, and what we call the Four Pillars - Challenge, Internationalism, Service and Responsibility. The School's motto, Plus est en vous (there is more in you) is at the heart of our unique education programme. It is our belief that education is primarily a preparation for life and that a schools success must be judged not solely on its academic successes but also on its students development as human beings.
It is perhaps the word Challenge which is most associated with Gordonstoun and is central to our ethos. Challenge comes in many guises just as it does in later life, whether it be academic work, sport, the performing arts, service to the community or any other aspect of School life and it plays a very important part in the personal development of all our students.
By combining a strong academic curriculum, a caring support network, a full programme of sporting and artistic activities, excellent facilities and highly committed and expert staff we are able to offer our students a unique education programme which offers them significant life-shaping opportunities and fulfilling experiences to enable them to leave us ready to make a real difference in the world. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide saysAcademia is not what Gordonstoun is about - 'Students are here for the whole broad experience'; 'The balance is important'. Houses spread all over, some quite a hike from the main school. Minimal exeats - distances are huge, but pupils often do not want to go home. Community service is important at Gordonstoun and many chose the school for just this reason. All children...
Since 2011, Mr Simon Reid BA (50s), a South African who read English at the University of Witwatersrand. Came to Britain in 1985 because he ‘wanted to teach English literature in the country where it was written’. Comes from Worksop College where he was deputy head, having started his UK teaching career at Brentwood School, thence Stowe, and Christ's Hospital (housemaster for six years). His wife, Michele, is French, the family bi-lingual.
Special Education Needs
Gordonstoun School provides learning support for students across the mainstream educational curriculum, within its dedicated Learning Support building, offering state of the art resources and ICT equipment. The department aims to build the confidence and self-esteem of all the students whilst meeting their specific learning challenges both in the Learning Support lessons and through collaborative approaches with mainstream colleagues. The school has over the years built upon its foundations in meeting the often diverse needs of its students by offering a diverse and unique curriculum, aiming to develop confident and competent young people for today's society.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)||Y|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|