Gordonstoun clarification on the Duke of York

21:00, 14 January 2022

Following inaccurate media reports, we hope it is helpful to provide the following clarification in relation to the Duke of York.

Although the Gordonstoun Association is listed as one of the Duke of York’s royal patronages, Prince Andrew holds no official role at Gordonstoun. Like all former pupils, he is a member of the Gordonstoun Association, the condition for which is having attended the school.

For further information, please contact: Eleanor Bradford

  • Email: bradforde@gordonstoun.org.uk
  • Tel: 01343 837763
  • Mobile: 07860 557682


Gordonstoun is an independent boarding school which was established in Moray in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn, a Jewish exile who fled Nazi Germany. He founded the school with the ideal of developing better world citizens equipped to contribute to society. Dr Kurt Hahn was the driving force behind the Outward Bound Movement and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Gordonstoun has been a pioneer of character education which, as well as academic subjects, includes outdoor activities, sailing and service to the community. Three generations of British Royalty were educated at Gordonstoun, including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Approximately one third of the pupils at the co-educational boarding school receive financial help in order to attend. The school was described as ‘outstanding’ and ‘sector-leading’ in its most recent inspection.