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  • Gordonstoun
    Elgin
    Moray
    IV30 5RF
  • Head: Lisa Kerr
  • T 01343 837837
  • F 01343 837808
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.gordonstoun.org.uk
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 6 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Moray
  • Pupils: 531; 350 full boarders ; sixth formers: 220
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £14.361 - £28,365; Boarding £23,358 - £38,295 pa
  • Open days: Senior School - no set open days Junior School - November, March, May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

'Students are here for the whole broad experience'; 'The balance is important'. Houses spread all over, some quite a hike from the main school (you would never guess they were originally army huts). Minimal exeats – distances are huge, but pupils often do not want to go home. Community service is important at Gordonstoun. All do service training aged 16 and choose which discipline to follow. School has its own 80 foot sail-training yacht…

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What the school says...

As well as preparing students for exams, Gordonstoun prepares them for life.
The school’s uniquely broad curriculum encourages every individual to fulfil their potential academically, but it does more than that. It encourages students to fulfil their potential as human beings. The school motto is ‘Plus est en vous’ – There is more in you. At Gordonstoun, this sense of possibility is presented to its students, every single day.
‘It wasn’t until we saw the curriculum and the schedule of what they would be doing each day that we truly understood the difference between Gordonstoun and other schools.’ Current parent.
Gordonstoun’s remarkable location on a 200 acre woodland estate in the North of Scotland provides the background for its world beating outdoor education programme. Gordonstoun was the birth place of both the Outward Bound Movement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and expeditions to the Scottish Highlands or sail training on the School’s 80ft Sailboat are an integral part of the school’s day to day life. Students gain invaluable experience in being both leaders and team players and in having compassion and understanding for their fellows - and of themselves.
Active engagement in service to the local community also comprises a core part of Gordonstoun’s ‘working week’, further expanding the students’ sense of personal and social responsibility and building self-esteem.
Gordonstoun follows the English GCSE and A-Level curriculum. With a staff/pupil ratio of 1:7 and every student’s progress carefully overseen by their tutor, they go on Universities, Colleges and Art Schools all over the world.
The students at Gordonstoun inhabit a community which is both balanced and internationally dynamic. Pupils live and learn alongside fellow students from across the social, cultural and geographical board. And because Gordonstoun is one of the few remaining full boarding schools, it has a seven day programme which ensures that students are happily integrated and engaged. It also affords the opportunity to make full use of the comprehensive facilities on offer - which includes an expansive sports centre, a drama and dance centre and music studios.
The uniquely all-round education on offer at Gordonstoun provides its students with the chance to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually because Gordonstoun understands that the broader the experience the broader the mind.
'I send my children to Gordonstoun because I want them to have an excellent academic education. But I want them to have more than that. I want them to enter the ever changing world with a sense of possibility and optimism about themselves and their options. It seems to me that the Gordonstoun’s uniquely broad curriculum gives them the best possible chance of achieving that.' Current parent (and former pupil)
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Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.

Sports

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since September 2017, Lisa Kerr, previously a strategy and PR consultant to a range of businesses. Music degree from York; has worked as a radio producer and director and ran a group of local radio stations before going on to represent the sector, latterly as director of strategy at RadioCentre, the industry body for UK commercial radio. Set up her own PR agency. She has been a governor at Gordonstoun 2006, and is its first female principal, as well as, unusually, coming from a business rather than education background.

Titus Edge, previously deputy head, is headmaster. A history teacher, he also has senior leadership experience at Dulwich College. He has three children at the school and comes from a family where three generations have attended Gordonstoun.

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
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

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