As one of the few remaining genuinely full boarding schools in Great Britain, we place particular importance on ensuring that all students at Gordonstoun have their wellbeing carefully and sensitively managed. Any student joining the school is well cared for, and monitored throughout his or her education.
Our systems are built around our pastoral aims, which closely reflect the Gordonstoun ethos and our aim of developing the whole person.
This is achieved by an exceptional pastoral team, who devote boundless time, energy and expertise to developing, encouraging, advising and leading students.
Spiritual Life comes under the general heading of pastoral care but is also a separate area of student life at Gordonstoun.
Our pastoral aims
- to provide, in our boarding houses, a family environment in which students feel comfortable, safe and secure in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect;
- to provide equal opportunities for all students, regardless of ability, religion, culture, gender, ethnic origin or class;
- to encourage tolerance, understanding and positive interaction between students, and to have regard for each other's privacy and possessions;
- to provide the conditions for students to develop their intellectual talents;
- to provide activities and projects, appropriate to age and maturity, that will encourage each student to develop spiritually, culturally, morally and socially; and
- to develop students' responsibility – for themselves, for others and for their environment – and, through this, to develop their leadership qualities.
Our pastoral team
The team comprises:
- Housemistresses and Housemasters
- Assistant Housemistresses and Housemasters
- Pastoral Sixth Form Co-ordinator
- Lower School Year Group Leaders
All are dedicated to house life and to supporting and nurturing students throughout their time at Gordonstoun.
Within each boarding house:
- The Housemistress or Housemaster has overall responsibility, with support from an Assistant. Housemistresses and Housemasters work closely together and with senior managers to foster Gordonstoun's pastoral aims.
- Matrons help students to follow a daily routine and are available to help at all times throughout the school day.
- Students are allocated tutors, who are present each evening. Their role is to follow the progress of their tutees' quest to fully experience the opportunities that student life at Gordonstoun offers.
In addition to this, the house staff are supported by a team of year leaders who provide whole school perspective both in providing social activities for their year group, and guidance, advice and discipline where needed.