Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.
We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.
Gordonstoun is one of the UK’s top independent schools for boarding and day pupils. Founded in 1934, Gordonstoun offers a uniquely broad educational model. Set in the Scottish Highlands on a 200-acre woodland campus, Gordonstoun is ideally located to deliver a broad curriculum of both indoor and outdoor learning.
Gordonstoun is best known for its ‘character education’ approach, which combines classroom learning alongside exciting outdoor learning experiences. As part of their education at Gordonstoun, all students take part in outdoor education activities, sail training, team and individual sports, performing arts and participate in services to the community. The aim is to equip students with skills which are essential for later life. The north of Scotland location and 200-acre woodland campus provide a unique setting, allowing students to thrive and learn through outdoor education. With Prince Philip and his son, King Charles III, featuring as notable alumni, Gordonstoun is the birthplace of and inspiration for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which millions of young people across the globe have participated in.
We offer honest advice to help you find the best UK school for your child.
Our team provides exactly the kind of support for your child that we would want if we were sending our children overseas, and in fact, all of our staff have direct, personal experience with boarding schools.
We visit schools regularly and know them inside and out – the atmosphere they offer, the academic and social environment your child will be in - so we know where your child will fit in best.
Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.
Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.
Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.
From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.
In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.
Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.
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