Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years. Our uniquely broad curriculum provides challenge in the classroom, on the sea and on the mountain, on the stage and on the sports field, and enables students to discover the truth in our motto – Plus Est En Vous – there is more in you. Situated on the stunning Moray Firth, with its sunny microclimate, the school offers a superb quality of life for staff and their families.
The School Gordonstoun is located in an impressive and attractive 150 acre estate in the temperate climate of Moray. It is six miles from Elgin which has a British Rail main-line station. Inverness or Aberdeen, to which there are regular flights from most UK airports, are within one and two hours respectively, and there is straightforward access on good roads to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.
The Senior School has almost 500 students aged 13 to 18, most of whom are full boarders. The School has been fully co-educational for thirty seven years. Aberlour House, the Junior School situated on the same campus, has over 100 pupils aged 6 -13. Each year approximately 60 students join at Year 9 (13 plus) and 60 come into the Sixth Form. Approximately a third of the students are resident in Scotland, a third in other parts of the United Kingdom and a third in other parts of the world, reflecting our international ethos.
The School is also known for the wide range of activities, which it provides for its’ students throughout the School. It has first-class facilities for these activities which include all the usual subjects and sports as well as outdoor education, expeditions and seamanship and a wide variety of rescue and community services. The creative life of the School as a whole, including Music, Art, Drama and Dance, is vibrant, well-developed and central to both the life and ethos of Gordonstoun. The School has significant and advanced facilities in Information Technology. There are many opportunities to contribute beyond the classroom and involvement in school life in the broadest sense is expected from all members of staff. The successful applicant will have skills and ideally qualifications to contribute to the broader curriculum.
Gordonstoun is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative Teacher of History to join this excellent department. The ability to teach History from year 6 to year 9 (KS2 & KS3) is essential. You will be someone who can enthuse students and promote the importance of history to the young people of Gordonstoun, in order to help them to progress to formal qualifications in GCSE and aid them in taking their place as twenty-first century international citizens. All candidates should be registered or eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, as this is a condition of employment.
History is taught separately in the lower school alongside Geography in preparation for progression of the skills necessary for undertaking OCR GCSE Explaining the Modern World in Year 10. The Year 7 course looks at Medieval England from 1066 to the Peasants’ Revolt and in Year 8 we study religious, political and economic change in Europe with a case study in Scotland. The Year 9 course focusses on WWI; its causes and impact on British Society. Learning involves pupils being actively engaged, going out on field trips and investigating key individuals from their own family history or the war veterans from Gordonstoun.