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Gordonstoun School is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils in Moray, Scotland. It is named after the 150-acre (61 ha) estate originally owned by Sir Robert Gordon in the 17th century; the school now uses this estate as its campus. It is located in Duffus to the north-west of Elgin. It is a "public school" in the English usage of the term as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868. The top UK boarding school follows certain practices such as usage of the Common Entrance Exam for the 13+ entry age.

Founded in 1934 by German educator Kurt Hahn, Gordonstoun has an enrolment of around 400 full boarders as well as about 100 day pupils between the ages of 6 and 18. With the number of teaching staff exceeding 100, there is a low student-teacher ratio compared to the average in the United Kingdom. 


  • 7 days boarding: 12,918 per term

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 154 226 380
Day School: 55 77 132

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Year Of Foundation


About the school

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Famous People Who Attended This School

This top UK boarding school has a few notable alumni. Three generations of British royalty were educated at Gordonstoun, including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. 

Academic life

  • What we offer ?

    In the Junior Boarding School (ages 8–13), pupils study a range of courses and follow the Scottish education system. In the Senior School (ages 13+) the pupils complete a year's foundation course and then enter into the English education system by starting a two-year GCSE course followed by a two-year A Level course. This top UK boarding school  offers 21 GCSE courses, 27 AS Level courses and 21 A Level courses including specialised subjects such as Dance, Classical Studies and Further Mathematics.

    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.

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Sport and culture

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    Students have access to excellent facilities, including:

    George Welsh Sports Centre

    rugby, football and cricket pitches

    full-sized floodlit hockey Astroturf

    indoor climbing wall

    400-metre running track

    .22 rifle range

    indoor swimming pool

    4 squash courts

    5 hole par 3 golf course

    Golf practice green and chipping area

  • Sports what we offer:

    Gordonstoun's sporting facilities cater for all major team games.

    Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Netball, Tennis, Squash, Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country all have creditable reputations for producing competitive and successful teams.

    Students can also take part in volleyball, basketball, rounders, badminton, horse riding, golf, skiing, karate and aerobics.

Interests & Activities

  • Special needs catered for
    Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Summer Programs

Best Summer Camp UK
The Gordonstoun International Summer Boarding School started in 1976 and has catered to over 7,000 pupils since then.It opens for a four-week period every summer with the aim of giving a taste of the Gordonstoun ethos. Although for the most part the priority is adventure, sports and creative arts, the school also teaches courses in English. Around 250 children from all over the world between the ages of 8 and 16 attend each year.

Course 1: 6th July – 30th July 2018

Course 2: 13th July – 6th August 2018

Students will receive instruction in English as an Additional Language or, for those boys and girls who are fluent in English, they can choose one of the following: Information Technology or Literature and Creative Writing or Spanish Language.

Arts and Crafts, Technology, Confidence Building, Music Making, Drama, Sailing and Sport will be integrated into the programme and students will be helped further to develop self-reliance through Adventurous Activities and Ocean Cruising. Recreational and optional activities are also offered.

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Gordonstoun: Moray, Scotland, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Gordonstoun: Moray, Scotland, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Inverness (55km), Aberdeen (100km)


Gordonstoun Road , Moray IV30 5RF Scotland, Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom, Postcode - IV30 5RF

Phone - +44 20 30 269 440
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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