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Lower School (13+)

At Gordonstoun we take pride in our holistic approach to the education of our students. All students are stretched by the combination of academic, outdoor, cultural and sporting challenges offered as a fully integrated curriculum. Gordonstoun, therefore, welcomes applications for Lower School Scholarships from candidates with skills in any one or more of these categories.

We operate a policy of open access, committed to educating young people regardless of nationality, background or financial resources. We encourage applications from any young person who is capable of benefiting from a Gordonstoun education and who is committed to enhancing the life of the community.

In this context the School has a long-standing record of providing places to boys and girls who would not otherwise be able to enjoy the benefits of an independent school. To achieve this Gordonstoun uses its own resources, draws on designated Scholarship funds held by the Gordonstoun Foundation and, in some circumstances, is successful in attracting funding from external trusts.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The following are offered for boys and girls born after 1 September 2004 for entry to Gordonstoun in the Autumn Term 2018:

Students from any educational background may apply and allowance is made for those applicants whose present school makes no provision to prepare candidates for this examination. Whilst at Gordonstoun candidates will also have the opportunity to experience other aspects of life at Gordonstoun.

Value of Scholarships

Several Scholarships are available; their value is 10% of the fees, with the possibility of this amount being increased, by a bursary award, in cases of financial need. The Scholarships are for the duration of a School career subject to review each year in the light of progress in all aspects of School life. “Financial need” is assessed by means testing of income, expenditure, assets and liabilities, for which evidence is required.

Means-tested Awards

Parents or guardians who need to apply for a means-tested bursary should request the appropriate form from the Fees Administrator by emailing or by telephoning 01343 837914. The deadline for returning means-testing forms is Monday 26 March 2018. Later applications will not be considered.

Academic Scholarship

The School subscribes to the Common Academic Scholarship Examination. The papers are set centrally but are sat and marked at Gordonstoun. The competition is designed for the selection of boys and girls who are currently doing very well at school. Candidates are normally required to take all papers (except Latin, Greek, German and Spanish, which are optional); a time-table is given below. Outstanding performance and potential in one or two areas or the demonstration of a high level of ability in a range of subjects will equally be considered when awards are made. Considerable emphasis is placed on the report on a candidate from his or her present school. 

All-Round Scholarships

All Round Scholarships are awarded to boys and girls who possess and develop clear all round strengths. Successful applicants will demonstrate high levels of academic competence combined with strengths in other areas such as art, sport, music/drama or design. By way of qualification, candidates will take our own examinations based very closely on the Common Entrance syllabus.

The written papers will be taken at Gordonstoun on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February 2018. 

Music Scholarships

In offering Music Scholarships, the School is looking for candidates who show both potential as instrumentalists and a genuine enthusiasm for music. Candidates are required to qualify for admission for the School through the Scholarship procedure, the Common Entrance Examination or the Gordonstoun Examination for candidates who have not attended prep schools. The award will be reviewed at the end of the two year GCSE Course.

Intending applicants, or their parents, are encouraged to contact the School's Music Department, before submitting an entry form - the telephone number is (01343) 837894. 

Art Scholarships

The School awards Art Scholarships to boys and girls who can demonstrate outstanding artistic potential through presentation of a portfolio and interview. Candidates are required to qualify for admission for the School through the Scholarship procedure, the Common Entrance Examination or the Gordonstoun Examination for candidates who have not attended prep schools. The award will be reviewed at the end of the two year GCSE Course. 

Specific Funds

We have access to funds which provide financial assistance to successful scholarship candidates in the following categories:

A copy of this information is available to download here.

How to Apply

The scholarship application form is available from:

The Admissions Administrator
IV30 5RF

Or you can download it here shortly. (You will need Adobe Reader which can be downloaded from the Adobe website).

The final date for returning application forms for All-round and other Scholarships is Monday 5 February 2018.

Each candidate or their parents should inform the candidate's present Headteacher before proceeding with an application.

Further information is available from the Director of Admissions or the Admissions Administrator:

Telephone: 01343 837829
Fax: 01343 837808

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