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  • Gordonstoun
    IV30 5RF
  • Head: Lisa Kerr
  • T 01343 837837
  • F 01343 837808
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Moray
  • Pupils: 531; 350 full boarders ; sixth formers: 220
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £13,842 - £27,339; Boarding £22,515 - £36,909 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...

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.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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