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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. Consistently in the top 1% of schools in England and Wales for academic achievement, Gordon's offers a first-rate education coupled with the very best pastoral care and co-curricular activity programme. 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. Boarding is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Boarding Statement

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.

boarding aims

The Pastoral System

Pastoral care at Gordon’s is provided by a dedicated, highly skilled and experienced team of staff. Each student is allocated to a House – there are five Residential Houses and six Day Houses. Each Residential House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by a House Assistant, House Tutors and Graduate Tutors, whilst Day Houses are led by a Head of House, a House Assistant and a team of Tutors. Houseparents and Heads of Houses are responsible for safeguarding and promoting the 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 five separate Houses, each with its own individual family atmosphere. There are two boys' Houses, two girls' Houses, and one Year 7 only House to help younger students adapt to boarding and benefit from more age-appropriate pastoral care and support. Each House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by House Tutors. 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 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm – a resource which is invaluable in supporting students’ academic progress. 

Assembly Schedule autumn 2020 
Date Topic
7th September Welcome Back: Expectations, behaviour and returning to school post COVID - SMF/RJP
14th September PIE Academic Messages - APR
21st September Safeguarding - RJP
28th September Honours Programme & Character Wellbeing - AJH/NW
5th October Sports Psychology - IJ
12th October Black History Month - KF
19th October European Day of Languages - MFL
2nd November Remembrance Day - History Department
9th November Online Safety -PDK
16th November Anti-bullying week - SMF
23rd November Mental Health Awareness - stress and anxiety - KA
30th November World AIDS Day 2020 - JU
7th December Period 7 - CHO
14th December First Give Launch - KA / Healthy Eating - KR
chapel Schedule autumn 2020 
Date Topic
7th September Beginnings
14th September Spirituality in Art
21st September Jewish - Yom Kippur
28th September God made me - Intro to ADHD month
5th October People who made a difference - George Muller
12th October  People who made a difference - Mother Teresa
19th October Anti-Slavery
2nd November People who made a difference - Maximillian Kolbe (Remembrance)
9th November People who made a difference - Mahatma Ghandi (Diwali)
16th November People who made a difference - JRR Tolkein
23rd November People who made a difference - Guru Nanak's Birthday
30th November  Advent - Waiting
7th December People who made a difference - C S Lewis 
14th December Christmas