Welcome to Gordonstoun International Summer School…
where everyone smiles in the same language


Gordonstoun International Summer School has been operating for over 40 years and each year we welcome boys and girls from over 35 nationalities and between the age 8-16 to enjoy a fabulous Scottish summer of learning, fun and friendship. Many of the children come back for multiple years and each year we get wonderful feedback. My favourite quote from the 2015 courses was “Not 3 weeks in a lifetime, but a lifetime in 3 weeks”.

I hope our website provides the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we enjoy hearing from you!

We look forward to welcoming you to Gordonstoun.



The course for 2016 has now finished and both students and staff have had a wonderful 3 weeks.

We will communicate the 2017 course dates shortly.

Thank you for the positive comments we continue to get on facebook, it is lovely to get feedback and know that you are enjoying the photos and comments.

2016 has been a wonderful Summer School and on behalf of the staff I can say that we have loved spending time with your super children.


Students will receive instruction in English as an Additional Language or, for those boys and girls who are fluent in English, they can choose one of the following: Information Technology or Literature and Creative Writing or Spanish Language.

Arts and Crafts, Technology, Confidence Building, Music Making, Drama, Sailing and Sport will be integrated into the programme and students will be helped further to develop self-reliance through Adventurous Activities and Ocean Cruising. Recreational and optional activities are also offered.

Course Details

A chance for you to see for yourself…

Course Overview

Students Video 2015

News and Updates

Asia January 2016

My recent trip to Asia was very successful and it was a pleasure to meet former students of the Summer School, Old Boys and Girls of Gordonstoun, as well as prospective Summer School parents.

Atlanta USA February 2016

The Atlanta trip in February provided an exciting opportunity to spread the word about the International Summer School to prospective parents and new school contacts.  I particularly enjoyed my visits to Pace Academy and Atlanta International School, two schools I had not visited before, and we very much hope to be able to welcome students from both Schools to Gordonstoun in the Summer.

Middle East March 2016

I very much enjoyed my visit to the Middle East and appreciated the great hospitality in Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.  It was a pleasure to visit the British International School and the New Cairo British International School and to meet the very engaged and interested parents.  We have a lovely little group coming from Egypt and we are very much looking forward to having the children join us at Gordonstoun this summer.  Across the other countries, I met some old and new friends of GISS and really enjoyed meeting people and hearing about past times!

Monaco April 2016

Thanks to former GISS and Gordonstoun School students for your hospitality and welcome.  It was great to meet and re-meet you all.  I also really enjoyed my visit to the International School of Nice, again my thanks and I hope to welcome some ISN students soon.

If you would like me to visit your school or you would like arrange a meeting to talk about the Summer School during any of these trips please contact me at giss@gordonstoun.org.uk

2016 Updates

  • Please visit our updated Facebook page and Like Us! FB-f-Logo__blue_57 GordonstounSummerSchool
  • Summer School places are filling up fast so register early to avoid disappointment.  If you are still unsure whether it is right for your child then call us and let’s talk about it.
  • We have off-road mini-tanks as a new fun and muddy activity this year – they are great fun!!

1. What age and nationality are the children?
From age 8 to 16 (inclusive) and students come from around 40 different countries each year. The course is suitable for both fluent English speakers as well as those learning English as a foreign language. We mix up nationalities, ages, boys & girls in activity groups to have a good international mix and to encourage English as the common language.

2. What is the timetable / what does a typical day look like?
At registration students choose a study subject, all other activities will be made into a group programme. A typical day includes study, sport, drama, music making, creative arts and confidence building skills. Students may choose ‘options’, perhaps 3 times during the course – ride a go-kart, quad bike or horse, go ice-skating, etc., All students take part in the sail/adventure part for 6 days.

3. Can we come for part of the course?
Students should attend for the full course, otherwise they will miss out on key parts of the programme and several of the classes & activities culminate in either performance or competition in the final weekend.

4. Who are the staff?
The staff is hand-picked by the director. The majority of our staff return for multiple summers (similar to the students!). Some are from Gordonstoun or have strong links with the main School over the years. All our staff are well qualified and have good experience of dealing with multi-cultural environments.

5. What does the course fee include?
No extra costs as the fee includes everything, apart from the flight cost to arrive at Aberdeen or Inverness airports and pocket money, at parents’ discretion. House parents will look after pocket money during the course.

6. What is the accommodation?
All our houses are different. Most rooms are single, but there are a few which can be shared by 2 and some by up to 4. If you have a special request, we will do our best. Washing facilities are not en-suite.

7. What clothing should we bring?
Most of the time casual sporty type clothing is perfect. For the course photograph and final presentation dinner, we ask students to be well dressed – trousers, shirt & tie for boys; dress, skirt & top or smart trousers for girls. A suggested list of clothing to pack is enclosed with the administrative forms after registration. We provide all specialist sports equipment.

8. What food/meal service is provided?
Our dining room serves a wide range of nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all self-service. We can cater for most special dietary requirements – please advise in advance.

9. Do you have on-site medical facilities?
Yes, our Healthcare Centre on campus is staffed 24/7. A doctor is on call. Any medical treatment is done under the UK National Health service – school insurance will cover all except repatriation. We have an excellent local hospital 15 minutes from school. We advise normal travel insurance in case of any flight problems or lost luggage.

10. What is the technology policy?
Students may bring mobile phones with them but we will not issue WiFi codes for personal devices. Our recreation room has laptops with WiFi where students may Skype, etc., with parents. Mobile phone signal is not good in parts of the campus. Please do not bring tablets or laptops. We will issue contact telephone numbers for accommodation houses and house staff before arrival

11. What will the weather be like?
I wish we knew! There is no pattern to the weather in Scotland and we can experience several different conditions in one day. We hope for temperatures between 18ºC and 25ºC, without much rain.

To receive a full information pack please complete the form at the link below:

 Enquire Here…

Or if you would like more general information about the Summer School please feel free to call us on:

+44 (0)1343 837 821

or email: giss@gordonstoun.org.uk

Summer School 2016

This area will be updated with information for parents over the full duration of Summer School.

Parents Portal

For more information on local accommodation see the link below:

 Local Accommodation

A chance to learn new lifetime skills, have fun & make new friends

Read what past students think about the courses…

My name is Fares and I have been to GISS year 2013 and 2014. I am writing to thank the faculty and everyone at GISS for making these two summers (2013-2014) some of the best in my life.

Fares, from the Lebanon

2013/4 - Course 1

My experience at Gordonstoun was one that will stay with me my whole life.  I made life-long friends with people all over the globe.  From Ireland to Russia, I met amazing people that I am thrilled to call my friends.

Alex, from the USA

2015 - Course 1

Gordonstoun is awesome; you do things you never thought you could actually do and most important, that you can make friends for life! I just love it!

Alessandro, from Italy

2015 - Course 2

It didn’t think you could fit so much into 3 weeks – it is fantastic!

Daniel, from the UK

2015 - Course 2

You can be yourself and no-one will care

Hana, from Germany

2014 - Course 2

You can’t enjoy time more than here!

Maria, from Russia

2015 - Course 2