Robert Gordon College, Key Information for Parents

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Robert Gordon’s College, located in Abserdeen is a school for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Originally founded in 1750 as a ‘boys’ hospital’, funded by a wealthy merchant’s bequest, it transformed into a boys’ independent day school in 1881. Just over a century later, in 1989, with the admittance of the first female pupils, Robert Gordon’s College became a fully co-educational school.

Robert Gordon’s College is located in the heart of the Scottish city of Aberdeen. This means that the school can benefit from the facilities which its city centre location provides as well as being easily accessible for its pupils.

Admission to Robert Gordon’s College is by interview or entrance examination. Prospective pupils for P1, or Reception Class, are invited to the school for an interview. The next usual point of entry to the school is at P6, or Year 5. These 10-year-old pupils must sit an entrance examination, composed of papers in Mathematics, Reading Skills, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spelling and English Composition.

Pupil Age Range 3 to 18
Boys or Girls Co-Educational
Number of Pupils 1678
Day Fees Per Year £12,075
Boarding Fees Per Year n/a
6th Form Yes
Year Founded 1750
Nearest Airport Aberdeen
Religious Ethos None
Nearby School: St Margaret’s (Girls)
Nearby School: Albyn
Area: All Aberdeen Independent Schools

Senior school admission is dependent on entrance examination results. In S1, pupils are assessed in English (reading and writing), Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning. From S3 (13-year-old pupils) onwards, entrance is determined by interviews with heads of department in specific subjects and written tests in Mathematics and English.

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