Gordonstoun is a prestigious private school with roots as old as the Scottish education system itself.

Founded in 1934, Gordonstoun has always been an innovative and progressive institution that was ahead of its time in many ways.

The first mixed-sex boarding school to be established in Scotland, it also had the distinction of being one of the first schools anywhere to introduce compulsory games lessons for all pupils.

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To this day, Gordonstoun remains true to its original ethos of creating “Men for Others”; the school’s motto is Uomo Universale which means ‘Universal Man’ in Latin.

The Gordonstounian education system is based around three pillars: academics, sport, and culture.

Within each area, there are requirements that go beyond the basic curricula in order for the student to achieve Gordonstoun’s, Education Standard.

An independent Leaving Certificate examination, annually administrated by RSA/Edexcel at the end of Lower Sixth (Year 12), grants entrance to the school, though graduates from other schools are equally welcome and encouraged to apply.

Although it is a private institution, Gordonstoun also has a strong history of academic participation in state schools.

The school actively works with Fulton Science Academy, the independent university preparatory school host to over 940 pupils, and maintains close ties to Herriot-Watt University that dates back to the founding vision of HRH Prince Philip.

Other notable alumni who have attended or are currently attending state schools include Prince Andrew (University of St. Andrews), Prince Edward (Hill House School), and Prince William (Eton Community College).

Gordonstoun also prides itself on its long history of fostering international relations; to this end, the school has welcomed foreign students since its earliest days.

A current student is King Willem-Alexander (son of former Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus) who is studying at Gordonstoun’s Sixth Form Centre.

Other notable foreign students include Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, the heir apparent to the throne; Princess Masako Owada, daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, as well as her sister, Crown Princess Kiko; as well as the Emperor’s younger brother, Prince Hitachi.

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