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Duffus, Elgin, Moray, Scotland IV30 5RF

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 4 - 18 Years Boarding (Full, Weekly)

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. The school's uniquely broad curriculum encourages every individual to fulfil their...

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From Lisa Kerr, Principal

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. 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.

Open Days, Visits & Events

17-05-2024 - Junior School Taster Day (Year 1-8)

Children will join our current students for a day, taking part in lessons and activites and finishing with our end of the week Chapel service. Parents are invited for the morning when you will have a tour of the Junior School and campus, an opportunity to speak with senior staff and finish with lunch. We advise you to book in advance as places for our Taster Days fill quickly

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing
  • SATs (US) - Stanford Achievement Tests
  • Trinity College Music Exams
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Drama
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Non-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range4 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£14361 to £28365
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£23358 to £23358
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£23358 to £38295
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    245Full Boarding142
    3Weekly Boarding1
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 70
    Part-time: 40

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Craig Ferguson: Year 13

    When I arrived at Gordonstoun, I was a classic academic. I fully intended to spend the next 5 years avoiding the outside world as much as possible to focus on my exams. However, in my time here, I have managed to achieve the academic targets I set out to achieve; I was awarded 10 A*s at GCSE,...  

    Jordi B: Year 12

    I do believe that I have been indelibly marked by my experiences at the school. To live in G-House (one of the boy’s boarding houses) is a unique take on the boarding paradigm – something only a handful of boys experience each year, and the bonds that we’ve formed as a small but tight-knit house...  

    Olivia W: Year 12

    I have learnt so much from spending time on expedition in the mountains, living with 60 other girls in my boarding house, on the sports field, in the dance studio in the lifeguard service and sailing. Not only have I learnt maths and science but about the importance of grasping every opportunity...  

    Callum W: Year 10

    When I came to Gordonstoun, I was a shy, under-confident boy who would rarely do any sport. My parents felt Gordonstoun would help me grow in to a stronger and more independent student, whilst massively broadening my horizons and giving me amazing opportunities I could only have dreamed of....  

    Rosie B: Year 9

    One thing I enjoy about Gordonstoun is the House Spirit. I love participating in all the inter-House competitions including hockey, table tennis and even tug of war as it helps me to feel part of a family.