Emma Seith

Sailing into uncharted waters with non-teacher at the helm

Gordonstoun appoints first female principal who vows to build on its ethos of instilling character

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Students at Gordonstoun, Scotland’s most expensive independent school, go on term-time voyages aboard the school’s 80ft yacht, Ocean Spirit of Moray.

And from Year 11 (the equivalent of S4), pupils at the world-famous boarding school dedicate at least three hours a week to one of the school’s 12 services, including the coast guard and fire service.

This broad curriculum is what the newly appointed principal, Lisa Kerr – the first non-teacher to be appointed to lead a Scottish independent school and the first woman to lead Gordonstoun – most values about the school.

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