The Gordonstone School, founded by Kurt Hahn, a famous German pedagogue, was named after Robert Gordon, in honor of the Scottish manor with the knightly status, which became the base of the campus. Today the main building of Gordonstoun School is Elgin's landmark. The 17th century manor allows you to maintain a special atmosphere on the campus.
The school was originally oriented towards coeducation. Today, representatives of more than 40 nationalities are educated in its walls. The foreign contingent is more than a third of the total number of students.
The institution is proud of its outstanding graduates. Three generations of the royal family studied here. Secondary education in the walls of the school received the Duke Philip, Elizabeth II's husband, the son of Queen Charles, the grandsons Peter and Zara Phillips. A lot of world celebrities graduated from this school. Here studied Una Chaplin (actress, granddaughter Chaplin), Peter Zinoviev (founder of the concern EMS), Charles Kennedy (famous economist of the twentieth century), Stuart Agnew (member of the European Parliament), Khizar Stanning (Olympic rowing champion, 2012), Duncan Jones ).
Gordonstoun School is a special atmosphere and atmosphere. What just is the location of the prestigious school! It is located in Moray (Scotland) near the village of Duffus. This region is known for its ancient history. The school is surrounded by many sights. One of the most famous are the ruins of castles built in the XII - XIV centuries. A few minutes walk separate the campus from the North Sea Bay. The picturesque Mori Fet is the main natural landmark of the area. Only 13 kilometers from the school there is a historical place called Elgin. An hour's drive separates the campus from the well-known in Scotland resort area of Aviemore in the Cairngorm Mountains.
A distinctive feature of the school is the system of student development adopted here. SDS due to the complexity of the educational process. It ensures the participation of each student in all 7 blocks provided for by the school curriculum. Children study, are engaged in creativity, sports, participate in the programs "Education in the open air", "International relations", "Service to society", perform school and household duties. Within the framework of the project, each child maintains a personal blog. The latter allows you to record achievements in all areas of the SDS. The completion of the scheme is under the supervision of the mentor. At any time, the parents of the student Gordonstoun School can familiarize themselves with the information provided in the SDS.
Gordonstone School is an open, democratic school. It accepts for students of any nationality, religion, origin. Admission to junior school is carried out on the basis of an appropriately issued application and confirmation of English. Students are accepted for any year of study (4 - 8).
Applicants with outstanding achievements in the subject area or art can count on scholarship support.
The transition from one step to the next in the school is smooth. But at the same time students pass the traditional Common Entrance Examination.
High school applicants require a study testimonial (recommendation), confirmation of English proficiency, GCSE certificate or Common Entrance Examination. They also have to pass an interview.
The school offers classical education with a focus on mathematics and languages. All students of the school study at least two foreign languages. Additionally available in Latin and Greek. In mathematics, at the eleventh year of schooling, children take an exam, which results in 2 GCSEs. The project is a pilot, tested in many British schools. At A-level, students are given the opportunity to take objects in the AS program and the A-level itself.
Academic results of graduates are high. A quarter of students take the exam for A * -A. Half of the children receive points A * -B. The enrollment ratio is 96%. 5% of graduates of Gordonstoun School study in Oxbridge.
The school offers special programs for foreigners. Students experiencing difficulties with the development of subject programs, can attend the so-called "supportive" classes. For those who wish to take IELTS, additional English lessons are provided, with an emphasis on the methods and strategy of passing the exam.
The school year is divided into terms. In each, a minimum of one week vacation is provided. Study begins on September 1, ends on June 27.
Education is based on the following principles:
The first is realized through Outdoor Education. The program is compulsory for students of all educational levels. Education in the open air provides for the acquisition of important skills during the practice of extreme sports, development of the marine business, participation in expeditions.
Service and responsibility are also realized in the learning process. Students of the 6th form once a week work in the school services to choose from. Senior students can be involved in coastal protection, rescue service (canoe), environmental society, the club "Young Firefighter". They also help disabled people, the elderly, children. Provides for the principle of service and mine rescue work, participation in a ski patrol, first aid in different conditions and situations. In addition, every senior student can try himself as a mentoring colleague. Most jobs require specialized training. Specialized courses and classes usually end with a certain qualification. The certificate and practical knowledge can later be used by the student in adulthood.
The principle of internationalism is inscribed in the history of the school. The educational institution accepts students without regard for nationality. In addition, here the curriculum provides the subject of ISC, which contributes to the formation of students in the international and spiritual civic position. It includes consideration of issues of social science, law, psychology, ecology, and health education.
In the Junior School (4-8 years of study), the curricula meet the standards of national (Scottish and British) educational programs. At this stage students study mathematics, English, integrated course of natural sciences, geography, history, French. On the 7-8th year of the program, drama, religious studies, ISC, music, art, design technology, information computer technologies are added to the program. At the 8th year students also study Latin and Greek. The obligatory subject at the Junior School stage is physical culture.
As part of Outdoor Education, children master mountaineering, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing (classes are held in the center of Lecht). The summer program includes a 3 - 5 day expedition. For graduates of the Junior School, maritime trips are organized at the Ocean Spirit yacht owned by the school.
Tuition fee: 7143 pounds per trimester.
The 9th year of study provides for the study of English, mathematics, a foreign language (a choice of Spanish and French), natural sciences, geography, history, the second foreign language (Latin, French, Spanish, German), design, art, computer technology, drama , Dance, ISC, music. On an individual basis, students can attend additional classes at a music school. Foreigners are given the opportunity to learn English as part of the EAL program.
Outdoor Education for the 9th year of study is a three-week course, providing full immersion in a particular type of activity. Students are engaged in rowing, climbing, orienteering, participating in team building, mastering sailing, skiing and cycling. Also, their attention is offered lessons in the school of survival, the basics of first aid.
10-11 years of training students are actively preparing for the GCSE. The natural sciences, English and literature, a foreign language (Spanish, French - for choice), mathematics are compulsorily studied. Also included in the program is the ISC course (unaccounted).
Students choose three subjects to choose from. One priority is allocated from each category:
Within the framework of the special program of additional study of English (EAL), foreign students can apply Cambrige exam at the end of the course.
Tuition fees: £ 10,550 per trimester.
Sixth Form (the last 2 years of study at Gordonstoun School) students study under the A-level program. Most often in the 12th grade they study 4 disciplines, in 13 they reduce their number to 3. Acquiring academic knowledge and confirming their level in the exam can be in art and design, biology, business basics, chemistry, classical civilizations, classical Greek, design and technology, Drama and theater studies, economics, English, English literature, geography, history, computer technology, Latin, mathematics, higher mathematics, pure mathematics, mass communication, French, German, Spanish, m Language, physical education, physics, as well as dance, the basics of digital photography and visual media, music technologies, psychology (surrendered within AS), mathematics, English (surrendered to GCSE).
The school provides an opportunity to obtain professional qualification in the field of sports (VTES). It is equivalent to one exam within the A-level. Getting VTES allows entering the university for a sports profile program. Also, the qualification provides for the possibility of starting a career as an employee of a sports institution. According to WTES the exam does not give up. The number of points is calculated based on the results of two-year training on the Sixth Form.
Tuition fees: 11,720 pounds per term
Students are offered accommodation in the residence. On the campus there are 9 dormitories, 3 of them live girls, in the rest - boys. Part of the buildings was built in the XVII century. All residences have modern renovation and equipment.
Junior students are accommodated in dormitories in rooms for 4 - 7 people. Senior students are available single and double apartments. In general, there are rest rooms, TV screening rooms, computer classes, libraries. The equipment of the residences also includes snack machines, kitchens, laundries, drying rooms.
In dormitories, a 24-hour adult control is implemented. The teacher and his family live in the residence. In the daytime he works in a team with a housekeeper, service personnel, on-duty teachers.
Boarding meals are available at the school. Served breakfasts, lunches, dinners in the common dining room; Snacks, drinks - in the dining rooms of residences.
The school offers many opportunities for creative development. Several dozen circles and studios work at the boarding school. There are own orchestras (wind, string), ensembles (flute, guitar), a chapel, a group of games on bagpipes. Also, children are offered clubs of art, web design, jazz dance, cooking, electronics, drama, digital art. Work in the school and profile dance studios: salsa, modern dance, ballet, break dance. Editorial and chess clubs are popular. Also, many students choose language electives. The study in the club format offers Spanish, French.
The sports facilities of a private boarding school are extensive. The program is mostly in the game format. For sports, a minimum of 4 hours a week is required. Additional schedule for children can be made independently. Priority sports are determined taking into account the seasonal factor and the gender of children. For boys, cricket, hockey and rugby are special. For girls - lapta, hockey and netball. Additionally, the attention of schoolchildren is offered skiing, badminton, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, yoga, cycling, squash, shooting, horse riding, karate, judo, athletics, tennis, cross-country, football. Also, golf is available in the school. Extreme sports can also be chosen.
Sailing is compulsory for mastering from the 9th year of training. Students go on the sea on small yachts and Devon and SB20 boats, as well as an 80-foot ship belonging to the school. At the end of the 10th year of schooling, students go on a 5-day independent journey. Students of the 6th form are given the opportunity to make 2 mountaineering expeditions to the mountains of Northern Scotland. The program also includes an independent sea voyage on a large ship.
The school entertainment program is also extensive. It includes parties, sports, contests, visits to theaters, movies, concerts, trips to bowling and the beach, and interesting excursions.
An important part of school life is social international projects. They give students the opportunity to visit Oceania, India, America, Africa, Europe. Gordonstoun School students help solve humanitarian problems in different countries, including Romania, Ethiopia, Thailand.
In addition, children are given the opportunity to participate in various conferences and debates on the themes of European, world politics, the development of society, social life. For success in this area, students can receive an award from the Duke of Edinburgh. The latter is presented in three categories: gold, silver, bronze.
The school has an extensive classroom. Classes are equipped with interactive whiteboards, multimedia teaching aids, DVD players and TVs. In the academic buildings there are also computer classes, laboratories. The school has its own library with a rich collection of profile books, a bookstore.
To implement the curricula are equipped with: an information technology center, a technology and design center, engraving and textile studios, sculpture, painting, theater, sound recording. There is also a music school on the campus.
The sports infrastructure is represented by a new gymnasium, a swimming indoor pool with 25-meter tracks, 4 squash courts, a treadmill, covered shooting range, an all-weather playing field, lighted tennis and non-court courts, 3 golf courses. Also at school all conditions for climbing, football, rugby, and cricket are created.
There is a multidisciplinary medical center at Gordonstone School. Reception in it conducts doctors - pediatricians, physiotherapists, stomatologists, oculists. Five nurses are on duty at the center.
The campus also has its own fire station. It is provided with two modern machines, all the necessary special equipment.
The school year is divided into terms. In each, a minimum of one week vacation is provided. The study begins on September 1, ends on June 27.
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