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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, please see bottom of page for the latest Ofsted Boarding Inspection Report.

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. 

CHAPEL Schedule AUTUMN 2021 
Date Topic
6 September New School Year / New Chaplain
13 September Why do we have chapel?
20September General Gordon - Inspirational & Intriguing
27 September Fruit of the Spirit - Love 
4 October Fruit of the Spirit - Joy (start of Black History Month)
11 October Fruit of the Spirit - Peace (World Mental Health Day)
18 October Fruit of the Spirit - Patience 
1 November Charity Focus
8 November  The value of remembering (Armistice)
15 November Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness (Anti-Bullying week)
22 November Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness
29 November Advent
6 December 

Christmas - The Reason for the Season I

13 December  Christmas - The Reason for the Season II
ASSEMBLY Schedule AUTUMN 2021 
6 September Behaviour and Academic Expectations
13 September Safeguarding
20 September Sexual Harassment
27 September  European Day of Languages
4 October  Careers / Work Experience
11 October Black History Month
18 October ADHD Awareness Month
1 November ADHD Awareness Month
8 November  E-Safety
15 November  Anti-Bullying Week
22 November Asthma & Respiratory Hygiene
29 November Boarding Aims & Mental Health
6 December Co-Curricular
13 December Sports & Nutrition