Life in the Sixth Form at Gordonstoun aims to bring out the most in its students, in line with our motto: Plus est en vous - There is more in you.
The role of the sixth form co-ordinator is to provide an environment that can help and prepare students for life beyond school, whether at university or beyond.
As students move into the sixth form they are joined by new students from all corners of the globe. The rich cultural mix creates a unique experience for all and teaches students to celebrate and learn from their differences.
Friendships made at Gordonstoun last a lifetime, as many former students will testify.
Studying in the Sixth Form
Gordonstoun aims to prepare sixth form students for life beyond formal education.
Many activities on offer are designed to develop our founder, Dr Kurt Hahn's, ideal of the whole person, fit and willing to face the challenges of real life.
Sixth form students study the English A level curriculum. These are two-year courses, assessed in twice-yearly examinations.
The academic regime is designed to provide students with a balance of guidance and freedom. Students must do two hours of prep each evening, but may spend study lessons and other study periods in a place of study of their choice: library, study bedroom or subject area.
In many ways sixth form echoes life on a university campus – community living, but with a fair degree of privacy and independence.
The sixth form social centre opens twice a week when students from different houses can get together listen to music, dance and generally relax and have fun.
Trips into Elgin are also organised regularly.
Sixth form boarding opportunities at Gordonstoun go well beyond those provided in other schools.
- All sixth formers belong to a Gordonstoun Service: an opportunity to give something back to the wider community.
- All sixth formers take part in at least one expedition in one of the wild and remote areas of Scotland – many opt for more than one.
- All sixth formers spend a week sail training on the ocean-going yacht, Ocean Spirit on the west coast of Scotland, or sometimes travelling further afield.
- Many sixth formers choose to take their silver and/or gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
- Many take part in international projects. These are service and adventure trips – often, but not always, run in conjunction with Round Square – to such places such as Thailand, Tanzania, eastern Europe and Sinai.
- Every Saturday during autumn and spring terms a rich and varied lecture programme aims to broaden, extend and challenge sixth form students' minds.
One of the most important aspects of sixth form life centres on responsibility . Most students will, during their time at Gordonstoun, be assigned to a position of responsibility, such as a colour bearer (prefect) house captain, or one of many school or house-based positions.