His Royal Highness The Duke of York, a former student at the school, recently returned for a visit. He had lunch with Junior School pupils, and met members of staff, before heading up to the newly opened boys’ boarding house, Duffus House, for a tour of the facilities and a chat with Year 11 and 12 Business Studies students about their entrepreneurial activities. He then went to Ogstoun Theatre where he saw excerpts from the Junior School production of The Lion King and the Year 9 & 10 production of Macbeth. Before departing, he spoke about his time at Gordonstoun and the range of experiences he received at the school which have impacted so positively on every aspect of his life since leaving.
Principal, Lisa Kerr, said; ‘It was a great pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness back to his old school. From the buzz of the Junior School dining room to the opening act of Macbeth, our new boarding house and the entrepreneurial efforts of our business studies students, I think we managed to give him a real taste of Gordonstoun today. It was wonderful that he was able to meet so many people here today including our students from years 2-13 and his former PE teacher George Welsh; and I was so pleased that he was able to spend time with matrons, housemasters, teachers and even Moira in our refectory, who used to serve him his lunch and who has worked here for 42 years.
The students enjoyed hearing how His Royal Highness’ time at Gordonstoun has been such a major influence on his life, and I hope they will heed his advice to make the most of all the opportunities offered to them!’