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Gordonstoun School

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Description of Gordonstoun School

  • Location Gordonstoun School: Scotland, Elgin;
  • Age: 8-18 years;
  • Programs: Primary, Secondary School, GCSE, A-level, BTEC;
  • The number of students: 700;
  • The year of foundation Gordonstoun School: 1382;
  • Type of study: separate, joint education.

The Gordonstone School, founded by Kurt Hahn, a famous German teacher, was named after Robert Gordon, in honour 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 feel 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 sudents is more than a third of the total number of schoolchilds.

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 has a special 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 ensures the participation of each student in all 7 blocks provided for by the school curriculum. Educational process includes children's engagement in creativity, sports, participation in the programs "Education in the open air", "International relations", "Service to society", performing 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.

Admission requirements

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.

Academic Programs

The school offers classical education with a focus on mathematics and languages. All international students of the school study at least two foreign languages. Additionally lesseons are 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, international 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 foreign students. Students experiencing difficulties with the development of subject programs, can attend the so-called "supportive" classes. For those who wish to take IELTS exam, 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:

  • call;
  • responsibility;
  • service to society;
  • internationalism.

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? which they can choose. 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 studying. 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 international 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.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Gordonstoun School

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Students are offered accommodation in the residence. On the campus there are 9 dormitories, in 3 of them girls live, 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 are in the common dining room; Snacks, drinks - in the dining rooms of residences.

Subjects and sports

Activities Gordonstoun School

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, international 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.


  • Gordonstoun School is a unique opportunity for learning, comprehensive development of the child, upbringing. It has great academic resources, is located in the region with sandy beaches, rocky mountains, picturesque forests and hills.
  • Gordonstone School is not just a school. This is a close-knit community with its history, traditions, customs. Its goal is the development of international thinking in children. The latter is the basis for acquiring important social skills necessary for a comfortable life in the 21st century.
  • Like Winchester, Harrow, Eaton, the school provides an exclusive education. The school is taught according to a unique program, which differs from the generally accepted one.
  • The school is the only one in Scotland where the dance is taught as one of the main subjects. In general, the school provides its pupils with great opportunities for developing creative abilities.
  • Education is based on the principles laid down by its founder. The focus is internationalism, service, responsibility and challenge, requiring the maximum amount of effort to achieve the goal.
  • All educational processes at the boarding school are aimed at developing students' academic, social skills and personal qualities. The student has an active life position, high motivation, is creative, confident, diligent, can quickly make decisions and effectively conduct a dialogue.
  • The school is sure: everyone is capable of more. Under this motto it is actively teaching, organized extra-curricular activities. Students are taught that there is no limit to perfection. Children are encouraged to set ambitious goals and achieve them using the acquired knowledge and skills.
  • Each student of the boarding school receives the necessary amount of pedagogical attention. This is realized through mentoring, studying in small classes of 10 to 12 people.
  • Students do not just get a classical secondary education. They can choose the priority direction for future activities. Consultations in the center of career counseling are provided free of charge. Also here you can take a test to determine the inclination to the profession, take a SAT test before entering the American university.
  • Schooling is almost unlimited opportunities for participation in international exchange programs. First of all, this concerns cooperation with educational institutions from the "Round Square" Association, which was initiated in 1996 by Gordonstoun School.
  • Parents can monitor the academic achievements of the child and his life at school. They receive regular detailed reports. In addition, all the necessary information about school life is presented on the special parent portal of the school.

Facilities and equipment at Gordonstoun School

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 are created for climbing, football, rugby, and cricket.

There is a multidisciplinary medical center at Gordonstone School. Reception in school  doctors conduct - namely,  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.

Admission dates and extra charges

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.

Additional fees:

  • consular fees;
  • the cost of the exams;
  • additional classes and activities;
  • school uniform;
  • pocket money;
  • insurance (optional);
  • air transport, etc.


  • Registration fee (for a programme/course)

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  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

Review about Gordonstoun School

Sergey O.
Yes, this pleasure is very expensive - specifically Gordonstone is expensive, and not everyone can afford it. But we do not regret at all that we chose this option: money is still earned, but youth and the opportunity to shackle their careers in a child may not be later.
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