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Archive: May 2012

  • 30May

    Visiting Gordonstoun School

    Despite the very hot weather in Hackney this weekend I actually found myself somewhere warmer – the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness. Amazingly it was 28°C and I had no need for a jumper or my waterproof.

    The Urswick School has a long term partnership with Gordonstoun School, famous for being the boarding school Prince Charles and the children of the Princess Royal attended. Three of our former students are currently studying  for their ‘A’ Levels at Gordonstoun. If it is good enough for the Royal family then it is good enough for Hackney.

    Caleb Quilley (Class of 2010) is just completing his A Levels and hopes to study Mathematics at Warwick University. Hannah Oladugba is currently studying ‘A’ Levels in Chemistry, Physics, Sociology and Psychology whilst Tony Le is also studying the Sciences and History with the ambition of doing Engineering at Imperial College.

    Tony and Hannah are members of the 32 club – the group of 32 students in the class of 2011 who achieved 3 or more A/A* grades in their GCSEs at this school.

    Following meetings with the Principal of the Gordonstoun School, Simon Reid, and the Director of Admissions, Chris Barton, I hope many future students of The Urswick School will be able to study for their ‘A’ Levels on Scholarships at Gordonstoun. We also intend to develop a partnership with The Urswick Sixth Form Academy which will give some of our students the chance to go on study visits to Gordonstoun and the staff of both schools the chance to share ideas about effective Sixth Form teaching.

    There are many differences between our two schools. We could not be much further away from each other geographically yet there are so many things which unite us – a passionate commitment to young people, a strong sense of community and a sense of mission linked to our founders were all apparent to me during my visit.

    If you wish to read more about Gordonstoun School, I have placed a history of the School ‘An Enduring Vision’, kindly given by Mr Barton, in The Harriet Wade Library.

    Posted by Richard Brown @ 09:45