Welcome to Gordon's School
Modern ideas, traditional values.
A non-selective state boarding school, Gordon’s School was established in 1885 at the behest of Queen Victoria and has since developed into one of the leading boarding schools in the UK. Situated in 50-acres of beautiful grounds with generous facilities, we seek to provide a world-class education that ensures all students learn how to be the best they can be.
Officially listed as one of Britain’s outstanding schools by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, we recognise that a good education is not just about outstanding examination results but a thorough preparation for life; it is about providing opportunities and experiences for all young people to find their talents and interests, develop good character, become accomplished and achieve across a range of disciplines and ultimately develop the confidence to go and make their mark in the world.
Like all good schools, great importance is placed on the quality of teaching in the classroom. Supported by talented, committed staff, as exacting as they are caring, we are one of the top performing schools in the country and have been for the last decade.
However, the real judgement of Gordon’s is the students. All who visit are struck by the friendliness, discipline and vibrancy throughout the school and by the family atmosphere, exemplified by the special rapport between staff and students. This is borne from a community that strives: to live with integrity, to be courteous, enthusiastic and disciplined, even in adversity.
As parents, we wish our children to grow up to lead fulfilled lives, enjoy healthy lifestyles and make a positive contribution to the wider world. At Gordon’s we want nothing less. We want Gordon’s to be recognised as one of the most respected and admired schools in the world, not just for our achievements but the calibre of young people we develop and the difference they make to the lives of others.
Andrew J. Moss MEd
At Gordon’s each individual is unique and encouraged to become the best version of themselves. We expect our students to take every opportunity to ensure they fulfil their academic potential and develop into confident, wellrounded young people, ready to take their place in the world.
Gordon’s Sixth Form offers an academically rigorous curriculum which provides students with respected qualifications and outstanding results. Students at Gordon’s Sixth Form benefit from excellent teaching from subject specialists. AS and A Level results over the last three years have resulted in the Sixth Form being ranked 5th in England and Wales in 2016.
Gordon’s Sixth Form also recognises the importance of students developing the wider competencies necessary to succeed in a competitive world. With this in mind, Period Seven and subject-based academic enrichment opportunities are available for all students to extend their learning and go beyond what is expected. Examples include a challenging Good to Great programme which stretches able students in the areas of sports, academia and the arts. In addition, a full range of extra-curricular activities such as sports and music, cooking for university, Duke of Edinburgh, First Aid qualification, debating, LAMDA and the Extended Project Qualification are designed to extend students beyond the curriculum and provide skills for life.
The Day and Residential boarding House system is at the heart of daily life. Private study rooms are provided for all Sixth Formers within Houses including internet access. The library and the Louvain Sixth Form Centre study room are both designed with Sixth Form private study in mind, where students are able to work during study periods both in the day and after school. Advanced study extends far beyond the classroom and students are expected to develop their interest in and understanding of their chosen subjects through wider reading and research in their spare time. Wider reading lists are issued by all subjects.
Gordon’s School strongly believesthat student success flourishes in an ethos built on courtesy, common sense and personal safety. Character education is an embedded part of school life promoting the five strands of courtesy, integrity, diligence, enthusiasm and resilience. Pastoral care at Gordon’s is exceptional; high quality relationships between staff and students are based on mutual respect. Gordon’s School isfaithful to itstraditions and ceremonial heritage. We are not a military school but put greatstock by our heritage, the marching and maintaining of our traditions, which we believe have a lasting impact both in and outside the classroom and in boarding House life.
We provide extensive guidance and support to students making higher education choices including: career industry talks, higher education visits, an extensive Oxbridge programme and structured tutor assistance with UCAS applications. All students receive access to our dedicated careers service with one-to–one meetings and free psychometric assessment.
Students are also encouraged to lead and contribute to school life by:
- Acting as Senior Prefects, including Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.
- Supporting students and staff in their Houses as Prefects, House Captains and Student Heads of House.
- Working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Participating in Debating and Model United Nations.
- Participating in competitive sport and assuming leadership roles in senior teams.
- Working with younger pupils as peer teachers.
- Joining the CCF and other activities, acting as coaches, assistants and officials.
- Representing the school on formal occasions.
- Working towards the Sports Leaders Award, including assisting and coaching younger students at Gordon’s and local primary schools.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.