Low-carbon classrooms constructed at Gordonstoun

14 April 2022

Work has begun at Gordonstoun on construction of a new low-carbon classroom village. The first ‘classroom hub’ will have UPV roof panels and ground source heating, along with outdoor learning spaces. Each classroom opens directly onto the outdoors, in keeping with Gordonstoun’s architectural language of being a school without corridors.

Principal Lisa Kerr said:

“Our new classroom hub, which will open next year, represents more than £2.5m of investment in our academic learning facilities. These classrooms fit beautifully into the landscape of our woodland campus and will offer flexible, future-proof learning spaces. They are the first building in our new ‘classroom village’ is part of a range of new buildings which amount to the most ambitious construction programme at Gordonstoun since World War II. The project will transform our campus in time for our centenary in 2034.”

The classrooms were designed by award-winning architects, Rivington Street Studio, who are also managing the project.

Architect’s impression of the new Classroom Village

The classroom village will be funded by parents, donors and reinvestment. With further support from the Gordonstoun community, the next buildings to be constructed will be a new sixth form and summer school centre, new boarding house and new STEM classrooms, alongside increased access to the Grade A listed buildings on campus.

Ms Kerr added:

“With construction work underway on the first new classroom hub, we are excited that within this academic year we will have taken big strides towards our goals. With the continued support of our community, we will see facilities in which we can stretch, challenge and inspire our students.”

For further information please contact Eleanor Bradford

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


Gordonstoun is a not-for-profit 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.