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Elgin, IV30 5RF, Moray

01343 837829



School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1934
Principal Ms Lisa Kerr
Date Appointed 2017
Co-ed Age Range 4.5-18
Number of pupils 542
Number of boys 313
Number of girls 229
Number of boarders 392
Number of sixth formers 189
Number of Senior 420
Number of Junior 113
Day fees per annum £5,350 - £9,950 per term
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £8,650 per term
Boarding fees per annum £8,650 - £13,750 per term
Average Class Size 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7

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.

Although Gordonstoun is within striking distance of two international airports, the school's remarkable location on a 200 acre woodland estate by the Moray Coast 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. Their outlook is broadened, their ability to consider the needs of others developed, and they gain resilience – life skills which can only complement the school’s commitment to, and realisation of, academic excellence.

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. From Year 11 each student commits to one of the school's twelve services. These range from the Fire Service and Coastguards to Community Service and Technical support.

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 –from Oxford and Cambridge, to Central St Martins, MIT or the Northern School of Music - to study a diverse range of subjects, from Latin to aeronautical engineering, from physics to drama and performance.

The students at Gordonstoun inhabit a community which is both balanced and internationally dynamic. Pupils aged 7-18 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 include 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.

In the words of a current parent:

"I send my children to Gordonstoun because I want them to have an excellent academic education. But I want them to have more than that. I want them to enter the ever changing world with a sense of possibility and optimism about themselves and their options. Gordonstoun's uniquely broad curriculum gives them the best possible chance of achieving that."