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'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...

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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 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, and whence he will be returning in 2017). His wife, Michele, is French, the family bilingual. Two grown up young.

Enthusiastic about the Round Square ethos, Reid upbraided us when we spouted our usual mantra: please could we have results by subject by number of pupils by results… with a sharp, ‘for some pupils a B or a C in any subject is a triumph in itself.’...

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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 Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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