Gordonstoun School

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Formation1934
FounderKurt Hahn
HeadquartersMoray, Scotland
Boarding school in Scotland popular with the aristocracy

Gordonstoun School is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils in Moray, Scotland. It is named after the 150-acre (61 ha) estate owned by Sir Robert Gordon in the 17th century; the school now uses this estate as its campus.[1] Attendance is subject to an interview plus references and exam results. It is one of the last remaining full boarding schools in the United Kingdom.[2]

Founded in 1934 by German-Jewish educator Kurt Hahn, Gordonstoun has an enrolment of around 500 full boarders as well as about 100 day pupils between the ages of 6 and 18.[3] With the number of teaching staff exceeding 100; there is a low student-teacher ratio compared to the average in the United Kingdom.[4] There are eight boarding houses (formerly nine prior to the closure of Altyre house in summer 2016) including two 17th-century buildings that were part of the original estate. The other houses have been built or modified since the school was established.

Gordonstoun has some notable alumni.[5] Three generations of British royalty were educated at Gordonstoun, including Duke of Edinburgh, and his son Charles.[6] Rock musician David Bowie sent his son Duncan Jones to Gordonstoun, Luca Prodan, founder of legendary band Sumo (band) and Jason Connery, son of actor Sir Sean Connery, also attended.[7][8] Due to Hahn's influence, the school has had a strong connection with Germany. It is part of the Round Square Conference of Schools, a group of more than 80 schools across the globe based on the teaching of Hahn. Around 30% of students attending Gordonstoun come from abroad.[9]

In 2017, Gordonstoun was named as one of the schools being investigated in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry chaired by Lady Smith.[10] In 2021 Gordonstoun said at the inquiry that there had been 11 cases of pupil abuse and 82 claims of bullying between students, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1995 the school had started a child protection policy and in 2013 there had been "significant" abuse disclosures.[11]

In 2018, ex-teacher Andrew Keir was convicted of offences including indecent assault involving thirteen-year-old pupils at the school between 1988 and 1991. He was subsequently jailed for twelve months.[12]


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornDiedNationalitySummaryDescription
Alexander Karageorgevitch17 July 1945Serbia
UK
Pretender to Serbian Crown with close ties to British royal family and military
Charles Kennedy25 November 19591 June 2015PoliticianBritish Liberal Democrat politician leader and 2003 Iraq war opponent, pressured to resign for alcoholism in 2006.
Philip Mountbatten10 June 19219 April 2021UKRoyalty"I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus."
Charles Mountbatten-Windsor14 November 1948UKRoyaltyUK royal whose wife documented her anxiety, two years before she died in a car crash, that he would have her killed in a faked car crash.
Isabel Oakeshott12 June 1974Author
Journalist
Propagandist
Bill TaylorLawyerCounsel for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Lockerbie bombing convict
Andrew Windsor19 February 1960UKRoyaltyMember of the UK royal family who was close to Jeffrey Epstein and "provided zero cooperation" to US legal system in that regard.


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