West End, Woking, GU24 9PT, Surrey
State Boarding & Day School
|Head Teacher||Andrew Moss|
|Date Appointed||September 2010|
|Co-ed Age Range||11-18 years|
|Number of pupils||979|
|Number of boys||523|
|Number of girls||456|
|Number of sixth formers||353|
|Weekly Boarding fees per annum||£20,664 per annum|
|Boarding fees per annum||£22,050 per annum|
|Day Boarding||£9,807 per annum|
|Average Class Size||20|
Built by public subscription over a century ago at the insistence of Queen Victoria, Gordon's School is the national monument to General Charles Gordon of Khartoum, is listed as one of Britain's outstanding schools by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector and Tes Boarding School of the Year for 2022.
A non-selective, co-educational residential and day boarding school, while Gordon's School embraces modern ideas, General Gordon's legacy of traditional values remains. The school's ethos is that high performance without good character is not true success.
To this end, it's not just in the classrooms where students excel. Successes are achieved in drama and the arts; debating and public speaking; dance and sport. The school also boasts an enviable record in attaining Duke of Edinburgh awards.
While the individual is celebrated, the whole school unites for parades. Since its inception, students have marched and there has always been a Pipes and Drums band. Dressed in their Blues uniform, the students parade around eight times a year and the school is the only one permitted to march along Whitehall - an annual tradition in remembrance of General Gordon.
Set in over 50 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside within easy access of major airports and roads, the school is home to some 980 students and offers Day and Residential (weekly and termly) Boarding.
At the start of September 2020, Gordon's School entered one of the most exciting chapters in its 135 year history. A new sports hub and additional all-weather pitch was added to the already extensive facilities on the Surrey site and the school announced its partnership with Harlequins. As a result of the partnership, promising rugby players can now follow a pathway to a career in the game while receiving a first class education.
Each student is assigned to one of the ten Houses - four residential boarding and six day boarding. Recently opened has been a dedicated Year 7 bespoke Residential Boarding House for our youngest students. Inter-House competitions are fiercely contested.
Spiritual guidance and support is given through chapel services and informal worship. And Houseparents provide a 'home from home', lending special atmosphere to each Boarding House and ensuring that free time off for students is fun, with numerous activities.
There are three main admission points - at 11 years old; 13 years old and for Sixth Form.
Scholarships are offered for those coming into the Sixth Form. The scholarships enable those awarded to benefit from a programme to enhance their development and give them wider opportunities to progress in their field. Bursaries are also available.
The real judgement of Gordon's is the students. All who visit are struck by the friendliness, discipline and vibrancy throughout the school and by the family atmosphere, exemplified by the special rapport between staff and students. This is borne from a community that strives to live with integrity, to be courteous, enthusiastic and diligent, even in adversity.
Gordon's School is unique. Please book a visit and find out why.