Boarding & day

Gordonstoun is one of the last few remaining full boarding schools in Great Britain.

Boarding and day students

Here tradition meets a forward-thinking broader curriculum to create a balanced learning experience. Being a full boarding school allows us to focus on providing students with a stimulating, challenging and exciting range of lessons and activities seven days a week.

Although primarily a boarding school, around 15% of our senior school students are day pupils. They are encouraged and expected to take part in the broad range of curricular activities we provide for all our students.

Each student – whether day or boarding – joins one of the School’s eight boarding houses. There are seven 'through-houses' (Years 9-13), four for boys, three for girls plus a small sixth form boys’ house (Years 12-13). Although each house is distinctive, all have exceptional pastoral teams who devote boundless time, energy and expertise to developing, encouraging, advising and supporting the students in their care.

The pastoral teams

Each student’s personal development and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do here at Gordonstoun. The Housemistress or Housemaster has overall responsibility for the happiness and safety of the students in their care and they live within the boarding house with their families (and even their pets). Assistant Housemasters and Assistant Housemistresses and Matrons help to provide the highest level of support and care. Whether the worry is a sore throat or anxiety about exams, help is always close at hand.

Interested in more information about our Senior School?