Our Summer School will change your life! Here’s 10 reasons why

By Claire MacGillivray, Director of GISS

Is it just us or does it feel like the world went a bit crazy over the last two years?! What better antidote than to have a summer holiday like no other in the glorious Scottish countryside! At Gordonstoun International Summer School you will join other young people aged from 8 to 16 on a three-and-a-half week adventure.

1. You will make new friends for life from all over the world. Our summer school students return year after year. You’ll find friends who share your interests and passions and our busy programme ensures nobody is ever lonely.

2. You’ll meet people from different countries, cultures, ideas and lifestyles. We are careful to make sure that students come from as many different countries as possible and that no nationality dominates, so that everyone meets new people from new cultures.

3. Very few people are good at everything but everyone is good at something. We’ll find something you love, whether its sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, go-karting, bushcraft, or just sunset picnics on the clean, sandy beaches close to the school.

4. You’ll become a ninja in something you love – take the opportunity to brush up your English language skills, try our new “International Citizenship” course or learn a new language like Spanish and French. You could just let your imagination run wild with some creative writing or prepare to be the next Bill Gates with a computing and information technology course. When you get back to school you’ll wow your friends with your new-found skills.

5. We’re here to help. With one member of staff to two students, you’ll get individual support to help you enjoy everything on offer.

6. You’ll boost your confidence through new experiences, whether that is by taking to the stage, playing a sport or learning how to sail. You’ll understand not only who you are but also what you are capable of.

7. You’ll have a summer of amazing food. Cooked breakfasts and tasty dishes are prepared by our specialist staff but also nothing beats a sausage or marshmallow toasted in the Scottish wilderness over a fire you have built and lit yourself.

8. Harness your inner Harry Potter with a short taste of boarding school life. Experience the magic of spending weeks at a time doing what you love including choosing from one of our new exciting club options: Outdoor Adventure, Drama, Football or Photography

9. #Warning! You’ll have real experiences, not virtual ones. You’ll be so busy you won’t even miss your social media feeds, apps and games but when you do get the chance to go online, you’ll have the best Insta-grid around.

10. And….relax! Escape the pressures of daily life at our peaceful 200-acre woodland campus. Have a break, recharge and you’ll return a different person, knowing more about yourself and your talents.

The Gordonstoun International Summer School runs two courses:

  • Course I: Friday 8th July to Monday 1st August 2022
  • Course II: Friday 15th July to Monday 8th August 2022

On arrival and departure days we arrange all transfers from Aberdeen and Inverness airports. We limit the numbers of students from each country in order to maintain balance on the course so sign up quickly before your allocation sells out.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Gordonstoun International Summer School, “Where everyone smiles in the same language”