THE MOST UNIQUE SCHOOL IN ENGLAND
BUILT BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION over a century ago at the insistence of Queen Victoria, Gordon’s School is the national monument to General Charles Gordon and is listed as one of Britain’s outstanding schools by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector.
A co-educational residential and day boarding school, the school boasts a 100 per cent success rate at A-level with 95 per cent of entries graded A* to C, putting Gordon’s in the top one per cent of schools nationally at A-levels.
But while embracing modern ideas, General Gordon’s legacy of traditional values remains. The school’s ethos is that high performance without good character is not true success.
To this end, it’s not just the classrooms where students excel. Successes are achieved in drama, the arts, debating, public speaking, dance and sport. The school also boasts an enviable record in Duke of Edinburgh awards – 21 students received their gold awards at Buckingham Palace last summer.
While the individual is celebrated, the whole school unites for parades. Since its inception, students have marched and there has always been Pipes and Drums. Dressed in their Blues the students parade around eight times a year and the school is the only one in the country permitted to march along Whitehall – an annual tradition in remembrance of General Gordon.
Set in over 50 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside within easy access of major airports and roads, Gordon’s is home to some 800 students offering day boarding (from £2,665 per term) and residential (weekly and termly) boarding from only £5,615 per term.
Around half of the school’s residential boarders are from diplomatic and service families. For many of these children, Gordon’s has been their first ‘constant’ after a life of moving schools and homes in line with their parents’ postings around the world.
Students are assigned to one of ten boarding houses – four residential and six day – with House Parents providing a ‘home from home’ and lending a special atmosphere to each House. Residential boarders coming into the school in Year 7 will be housed in their own accommodation to allow them to settle into the school in a smaller, bespoke environment. Inter-House competitions in sport and the arts are fiercely contested.
There are three main admission points: at 11, 13-years-old and sixth form.
Sport and Creative Arts Scholarships are offered for those coming into the sixth form. These allow students to benefit from a programme to enhance their development and provide opportunities to progress in their field. Bursaries are also available.
The real judgement of Gordon’s is the students. Visitors are struck by the friendliness, discipline and vibrancy throughout the school and the family atmosphere, exemplified by the rapport between staff and students. This is borne from a community striving to live with integrity, courtesy, enthusiasm and diligence, even in adversity.
Gordon’s School is unique. Book a visit and find out why.
Gordon’s School, West End, Woking, Surrey GU24 9PT
Telephone: 01276 858084