Covid19 Update - 2020 Courses
It is with great sadness that we have decided, because of the global situation regarding Covid19, that it is not possible for the Gordonstoun International Summer School to take place this summer.
Our priority is the health and welfare of our students and staff from over 40 countries worldwide. We do not know whether it will be possible for staff and students to travel to GISS when countries are in various stages of emerging from Covid19 and, even if it is, we understand many families will not want to prioritise attending a summer school early in the summer in light of the social, medical and economic effects of the pandemic. Although this has been a very painful decision, we have done it in order to give certainty to our families, partners, staff and suppliers.
For 45 years our beautiful campus has come alive to the buzz of our lovely international summer school students and of course our fabulous staff, for whom it is also the way that they most prefer to spend their summer holidays. Therefore, we know that there will be huge collective disappointment which is of course shared by Alison, Duncan and I here in the GISS Office. We will really miss you all this summer!
We are already looking forward to Summer 2021 and to welcoming back our returning students and seeing their familiar faces, as well meeting all the new students and sharing with them the excitement, fun and friendships that are always to be found on GISS. For 2021 applications please contact the GISS office as usual on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 1343 837821.
Director Gordonstoun International Summer School
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. My favourite quote from the 2019 courses was “I really want to come back, but I’m 16 and turning 17 in September, so I can’t. But Gordonstoun will be in my heart forever”
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.
2021 COURSE DATES
9th July –
2nd August 2021
16th July –
9th August 2021
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 French Language or Film and Photography.
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.
A chance for you to see for yourself…
Whilst Claire loves travelling to different countries and meeting with families interested in GISS and saying hello to those who have been to GISS in past years, for the moment this has understandably been put on hold. However as the trips get scheduled again (hopefully!), the dates will be published below and she looks forward to returning to many of the locations she has been to over the past few years as well as some new ones. In the meantime we hope all our families and friends are staying safe across the 40+ countries that our students usually come from.
If you would like her to visit your school or you would like arrange a meeting to talk about the Summer School during any of these future trips please contact email@example.com
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.
A chance to learn new lifetime skills, have fun & make new friends…
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.
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.
It is extreme fun, we even live in a yacht!
Great experience, you should come here. I made a huge improvement in English.
It was an amazing time and I enjoyed every minute and met amazing people. I would recommend it.
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.