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Education Scotland inspectors praise Gordonstoun boarding school in Moray

By Alistair Whitfield

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Gordonstoun School has been described as "outstanding" in a report published today by Education Scotland.


The Moray school was praised for having a "positive, caring, family ethos" which "promotes a sense of trust, respect and kindness for all".

Following their three-day visit, the inspectors stated that pupils at Gordonstoun were were "motivated, eager to learn and very proud of their school".

They added in their report that the school performed very well at both GCSE and A level.

The inspectors also praised initiatives led by the school such as the recent ‘Learning to Listen’ event which was prompted by the poor example set by politicians during Brexit.

Children from all over Britain were invited to the school to learn negotiating and listening skills.

Commenting on the report, Principal Lisa Kerr said: "We could scarcely have hoped for a better endorsement of the unique way we support young people to succeed and continue to be at the forefront of educational innovation.

"I would like to thank both pupils and staff for showing the inspectors everything we love about our school."

Gordonstoun was established in Moray in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn, a Jewish exile from Nazi Germany, who was the driving force behind the Outward Bound Movement.

The school's connections to the Royal Family date back to Prince Philip, who was educated there.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew are also former pupils.

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