Ages: 13-18 for Senior School; 6-12 for Junior School
Registration: No deadline
No. of Pupils: 450 (Senior School); 115 (Junior School)
Admissions: School’s own exam, plus interview and previous school reports.
Curriculum: GCSE and A-Levels. A Year 11 one-year GCSE programme launched in 2017, designed for students aged 15 or 16 who are not already in the English academic system. For those who wish to continue their education in the English system, this year will provide an excellent foundation for A-Levels in the Sixth Form.
Campus and facilities: Set within a safe and beautiful 80-hectare wooded campus, the school is within easy reach of international airports at Inverness and Aberdeen.
Noteworthy: This boarding school is known for its rigorously high standards and tough outdoor education programme. Prince Philip and Prince Charles were both educated here.
New: In 2017, Lisa Kerr became Gordonstoun’s first female principal and the first non- teacher to lead a Scottish independent school. Two new services—Combined Outdoor Service and Sports Service—have also been introduced. The former offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, summer and winter climbing, orienteering, indoor climbing, and year- round hillwalking and mountaineering. The latter aims to support younger students from the local community with a training programme to improve their skills and abilities.
Term fees: £4,787-9,455 (day); £7.786-12,785 (boarding)
Elgin, Moray, Scotland, gordonstoun.org.uk