What makes us truly unique is our lasting tradition of ceremony. Not only does it instil pride, discipline and belonging in all our students, but we are also the only school permitted to march through Whitehall in London once a year behind our 50 strong Pipes and Drums Band.
Gordon's School was first established as 'Gordon Boys' Home' in 1885. In those days regular drills, marches and parades, strongly influenced by military lines, instilled a discipline in the boys. Signalled by bugle calls, the same as those used in the army, the boys would be called to meals, marches, post collection points and parades. The early full dress consisted of tartan trousers, a dark blue jersey embroidered with G.B.H. and a Glengarry cap with plaid band and Gordon badge; whilst the undress evolved into green cord clothing with brass buttons. A ranking system was also enforced within the Home, again similar to that of the army.
Today we continue to uphold this proud tradition of ceremony and parade. Students take part in school parades eight times a year including Annual Parade and Prize Giving each June (see video below from Annual 2022) and Whitehall Parade through London (see video below from Whitehall 2023). Gordon's also attend a number of Memorial Services in memory of General Gordon.
Annual Parade 2022
Whitehall Parade 2023
Commonwealth Day, Westminster Abbey - March 2014
Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums Band (and dancers) performed at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day 2014. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attended the service accompanied by other members of the Royal Family.
Congratulations go to all the staff and students involved who did a truly wonderful job in representing the school.
You can view the recording of the event here.