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Boarding 4.5-18yrs
Type: Pre-Prep, Prep, Senior
Pupil Numbers: 522
Entrance Procedure:

Interview with the headmaster and report and references from current school.
For sixth form entry: Five Grade 4s or above passes at GCSE, two of which should be English and Maths.

Fees per term: Junior School: Boarding £8,650, Weekly £8,650, Day £5,350 | Senior School: Years 9-12 entry before Year 12: Boarding: £12,750, Day: £9,050 | Year 12-13, direct entry: Boarding £13,750, Day £9,950

Head's Up

“As well as preparing students for exams, Gordonstoun prepares them for life. Our school was described as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Sector leading’ by HM Inspectors in 2019. Our unique curriculum builds resilience, compassion and responsibility in our students, helping .”

Principal – Lisa Kerr

SNTV interview with Principal - Lisa Kerr, Headmaster - Titus Edge

The inside track from a current parent

I loved the location of the school, the chance for my children to grow up in a such a beautiful environment and so close to the sea, after early childhood in London. I was very keen on them having as many experiences as possible at school and was thrilled with the idea of expeditions and sail training, with them having experiences I could not provide them, of them climbing mountains and also being expected to help other people.

The element of service in the community is really valuable. Considering the wellbeing of others is not necessarily the top priority of a teenager but it is definitely good for them for that reason! The result in both my daughters – who are very different – was immediate, they have more of a sense of what they are capable of now. Neither enjoyed camping or walking with a full backpack through the Scottish highlands at first, but both now know that they are capable of it, that is is actually quite fun – and they’re not frightened to try new things as a result. So they have a much clearer sense of what they are capable of.

They have also, through trying new things, discovered new talents – one daughter is a drummer in the Pipe Band, the other can now play three musical instruments, they have competed in different sports all over Scotland, they have taken the stage and they have both held positions of responsibility. I do not believe they would have achieved the breadth of these experiences anywhere else. And all in a nurturing and good humoured environment. I also think there is a correlation between these experiences and their successes in the classroom, which have been consistent. They do well because they understand that they can.

They have also made good friends from all over the world. The school also runs an excellent international exchange programme which gives children the chance to spend a term or a few weeks studying all over the world. My youngest daughter is very excited to be going to South Africa next year in Year 10.

As parents we love...

  • The breadth of opportunities available to every student and the way that these experiences inform how they work in the classroom.
  • The nurturing environment in which they live, the care that the pastoral team show, ensuring they feel safe, secure and happy.
  • The nature of the student body. It is both international and also comprised of students from a mixed social and economic background because of the school’s scholarship and bursary programme, which keeps the community my children are being educated in, dynamic and diverse.

As pupils we love...

  • Their friends – and that those friends are both boys and girls. They very much like being in a coeducational environment.
  • The Saturday night socials which are always fun and might be a dance or a trip to the cinema or a quiz night or a barbecue at the beach
  • Being members of a boarding house and being part of a larger family of peers and also older students who look out for them and after them.

What makes us different

  • We have a prize winning Concert Band and Pipe Band.
  • Every student has the opportunity to earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s silver and gold awards (Gordonstoun is the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award).
  • As part of the school curriculum, students regularly win places at the National Youth Theatre.
  • Our Sail training vessel Ocean Spirit won the Tall Ships Race overall in 2017.
  • We recently achieved 40 team medals in the north of Scotland school’s cross country race and we play all major sports at national Scottish school competition level.


We organise private visits instead of general open days, as well as taster weekends. Based on current restrictions during the Covid pandemic, all our tasters and scholarship assessments take place virtually. Please contact admissions@gordonstoun.org.uk or 01343837829 or visit our website for more information: https://gordonstoun.org.uk/admissions
Gordonstoun, Elgin, Moray, IV30 5RF
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