Gordonstoun International Summer School





Gordonstoun International Summer School

“The immediate effect of the camp stays with the kids for a couple of months, but I have found that something deep down inside of their souls changes forever after such experiences.”

Where everyone smiles in the same language

2024 DATES


Course 1:

Friday 5th July – Monday 29th July


Course 2:

Friday 12th July – Monday 5th August




Courses are appropriate for both native English speakers and those who are learning English as a foreign language. In addition to the academic study options, there are also choices which are designed for those who are looking for more of a summer camp experience and who just want to learn new skills, make friends and have some fun.

Art, design, music making, sport, social events and excursions are integrated into the programme, along with an adventure phase in both three and a half week courses.

Many parents are astounded that over such a short time there can be so significant an improvement in their child’s confidence, maturity and skills learnt, combined with such strong friendships developed.

“not 3 weeks in a lifetime, but a lifetime in 3 weeks”

A welcome from the course director, Jo Shirriffs


Summer 2023 was another successful summer with staff and students making the most of all that Gordonstoun and Scotland has to offer. Our new sailing boat (Pelican of London), our refreshed courses, club choices, and activities were hugely popular and 2024 will again see our programme further developed with some new and exciting additions.

Feedback from parents regularly highlights the high standards of pastoral care and the importance we place on getting to know and supporting each child individually. Our staff are carefully selected and usually have some connection to Gordonstoun and are choosing to spend their summers at Gordonstoun teaching and inspiring young people through a wide array of experiences and activities. Our rich and inspiring programme means students leave Summer School having formed solid friendships and increased confidence in their own abilities.

Regardless of whether you are from the UK or further afield, there is such a diverse range of activities and experiences on offer, we feel confident you will have a summer of learning, challenge, friendship and a lot of fun!

Please do let us know if we can help with any queries and we look forward to welcoming you to Gordonstoun!

Read what past students think about the courses

It was fun and going to the adventure centre and jumping from the rocks was so exciting and it was the best experience. The drama lessons were so fun. Sports lessons were fun too. Everyone here was so nice.

Lila, from Turkey

It was an amazing time and I enjoyed every minute and met amazing people. I would recommend it.

Alisa, from the UK

It is extreme fun, we even live in a yacht!

Wilfred, from Hong Kong

Great experience, you should come here. I made a huge improvement in English.

Henri, from France

GISS is such a good place to go in the summer and it is such a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Rachel, from China

I have done activities I never would have thought I could do, learnt a great deal not only about myself, but about other people and their cultures, and overall had a ball.

Ava, from Australia

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