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  • Gordon's School
    West End
    GU24 9PT
  • Head: Mr A Moss
  • T 01276 858084
  • F 01276 855335
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 841; 181 full, 51 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 240
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £7,356 - £16,653 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th November 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Among the very best state offerings in the country, with an academically rigorous curriculum. Generally not much allowance for anyone stepping out of line, but for those obedient souls happy to stay within the set boundaries there are plenty of rewards and responsibilities on offer. After what would be the end of the school day at most state schools, the extended day here begins with ‘period 7’ – anything from sport to cooking, bagpipe lessons to equestrian team training or ICT coding [Period 6 now Period 7 and some of the extra curricular activities have changed]. It’s compulsory, and costs some…

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What the school says...

Officially listed as one of Britains outstanding schools by Her Majestys Chief Inspector, Gordons is a unique non-selective state boarding school that recognises that a good education is not just about outstanding examination results but a thorough preparation for life; it is about developing character and confidence through great teaching and abundant opportunities to strive, do, make, perform and learn.

Founded on academic rigour, excellent pastoral care, ceremony and an enviable activity programme we insist on hard work, exemplary behaviour and relentless courtesy, at all times.

As one of Britains most academically successful state schools, we have a proud record of commitment to the highest standards. We put great store in the widest possible recognition, celebration of achievement and intelligence to nurture individual talents and promote the understanding in every student that we are all equally different.

However, the real judgement of Gordons is the students. All who visit are struck by the friendly, purposeful calm that pervades the school. This is no accident and is borne from self-disciplined, focused and appreciative young people. Young people who are ambitious to be the best they can be, able to think for themselves, with a firmly-held moral code based on personal responsibility, respect for others and the desire to serve the wider community.
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Head teacher

Since 2010, Mr Andrew Moss BA MEd NPQH (40s). Started teaching in 1992 and has worked in a variety of boarding and day schools, including most recently a headship in a Cognita independent school. Before that he was a deputy head in Hampshire, and deputy, director of studies and housemaster at Wymondham College (also a state boarding school). ‘He’s a breath of fresh air,’ said one in the know, ‘bringing the school forward, without losing the best parts.’

He’s less of a father figure than his predecessor, who transformed Gordon’s from plodding to premier league, but is equally enthusiastic about this rather unusual school. ‘I’m in the best of both worlds,’ he says. ‘We have the sort of heritage and behaviour you’ll typically see in an independent, but with...

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