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Gordonstoun, Scotland

School Details
School Crest
Elgin, Moray,
United Kingdom,
IV30 5RF

Tel: +44 1343 837837
Fax: +44 1343 837808

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Lisa Kerr

Director of Admissions:
Sabine Richards

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome, Non-denominational
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
4 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Report from previous school, Visit school, Interview, GCSE results, Assessment, Entry test or exam, Please apply to school, References, Scholarship exam, Taster days

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Other bursaries, Drama, Academic, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Art, Junior school entry, Music, Senior school entry, CDT, Means tested bursaries, Financial need, Sport, All-rounder, 6th Form

What we offer

  • Photography
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Media/Film studies
  • French
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • English
  • Latin
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Fitness training
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Table tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Shooting
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • First aid/life savers
  • Rock climbing
  • Chess
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Sailing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Adventure training
  • Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Ballet
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Corps of drums
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

School Video

Head PhotoAs 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. They 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.
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