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a non-selective Boarding School

Gordon’s combines 'outstanding' boarding provision alongside some of the very best education in the country. Each year, boarding schools like Gordon’s regularly out-perform other non-selective schools with many topping academic league tables around the country. At Gordon's the combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable, nurturing and caring boarding community enables students to make the most of their talents and abilities. See below for the findings of our 2017 Ofsted "Outstanding" boarding inspection.

Boarding Statement & AIMS

Our aim is to develop world class, world citizens: students with the confidence, character and capabilities to become the best they can be. To help and inspire all students to discover and develop their talents and interests to the highest standard possible and go on to lead fulfilled lives, enjoy healthy lifestyles and make a positive contribution to the lives of others. Such students lead happier lives.
We strive for every Gordon’s student to...
  1. Succeed with courtesy, integrity, diligence, enthusiasm and resilience;
  2. Benefit from being a member of a school that puts them first and engages them as active participants in the school, local and wider community;
  3. Be taught and supported well in departments and Houses which are exceptionally well-led and organised;
  4. Be globally aware, confident and prepared for life in an international environment;
  5. Be highly literate: socially, morally, spiritually, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, technologically and lead a healthy lifestyle;
  6. Be an excellent learner, dedicated to their studies;
  7. Consistently out-perform and contribute more than students from similar schools.

The Pastoral System

Pastoral care at Gordon’s is led by Mr R Pavis, Deputy Head (Pastoral), who is also responsible for residential boarding. Each student is allocated to a House – there are four Residential Houses and six Day Houses. Each House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by House Tutors and Graduate Pastoral Tutors. Houseparents are responsible for the safeguarding and welfare of their students and for monitoring their academic and personal development. The Houses are the centre of a student’s life within the school and are instrumental in fostering a sense of community at Gordon’s. Students tell us that they enjoy socialising and participating in House activities, particularly the annual Inter-House competitions. Parents are encouraged to maintain close links with their child’s Houseparents and can contact them directly at any time.

Residential Boarders

Accommodation for residential boarders is provided in four separate Houses, each with its own individual family atmosphere. Each House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by House Tutors. The Boarding Houses comprise of a mixture of common rooms, study areas and sleeping accommodation with all meals eaten in the main dining room. Extensive recreational activities contribute to creating a thriving, caring and friendly atmosphere and there are always a wide range of activities on offer in the evenings and at weekends including theatre trips, outings and a great deal of sport.

Day Boarders

At Gordon’s, the lives of day boarders and residential boarders are inextricably linked. All students take part in our extended day which comprises an activities programme which runs from 3.55pm to 4.55pm and Saturday morning activities. Day boarders can eat their evening meal in school followed by supervised prep in Houses from 6.00pm to 7.30pm – a resource which is invaluable in supporting students’ academic progress. 

Ofsted Boarding Inspection 2017

Please click here to view the full report.

Gordon’s has once again been judged outstanding in all categories.

  • Residential boarders flourish and make exceptional academic, social and emotional progress. Residential boarding brings added value to the school and makes a vital contribution in assisting residential boarders fulfil their potential and make the most of their unique abilities. Residential boarding enhances academic achievement.

  • Aspirational senior leaders convey their vision, passion and enthusiasm for continuous improvement to a dedicated residential boarding staff team. High expectations and new initiatives are positively influencing residential boarders who strive to achieve. 

  • Residential boarding staff are exceptionally caring, generous with their time and responsive to individual needs. Positive, warm and encouraging relationships are at the heart of the community. 

  • Safeguarding residential boarders is at the centre of practice, with a strong commitment to protecting them from harm. Staff understand the pressures faced by young people. E-safety and the appropriate use of social media have high importance. Supporting residential boarders to develop emotional resilience is a new initiative to promote their well-being. 

  • Respect, courtesy and consideration for others are embedded in the culture and evident throughout the school. Behaviour is excellent. 

  • Residential boarders acquire self-confidence, maturity, independence and the skills to live and work with others in preparation for a fulfilling adult life.