Community Involvement and Public Benefit
Charity work is an important focus where the school supports a wide range of local, national and international charities.
Our staff and pupils enjoy participating in charitable events throughout the year. In addition to fundraising through school productions many of our pupils volunteer their personal time to organisations throughout the City and Shire and continue this through their further education and careers.
The Robert Gordon’s College Charities Committee has been long established and includes both pupils and staff who help co-ordinate fundraising activities throughout the school. In recent years events have ranged from bake sales to staged productions where we have seen not only our pupils but also staff get up on stage.
Simon Mills, Head of College said: “Gordon’s is a school with a strong tradition of service both within and beyond its own community. Our pupils put in thousands of hours a year helping in the area and raising funds for various charities.”
Charity and care for others are in the minds of our pupils from an early age. There are many thousand of hours of volunteering each year through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, along with very enthusiastic involvement in local charities through the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
Pupil Maxine comments: “I enjoy volunteering as a Young Leader. I help organise activities for our Guide Unit and am currently working towards gaining my Adult Leadership Qualification.”
Use of facilities
Our facilities are available for public use by prior arrangement with the Director of Finance. With respect to our approach on public benefit we are continually reviewing our policy towards charging a nominal amount on a not for profit making basis.
Countesswells Sports Field plays host to many community and external groups, including schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who are invited to cross country and athletics events.
Each year, our Schoolhill campus in the city centre welcomes many children and teachers across the country who attend science events, lectures, swimming lessons, language workshops, debating competitions and more. In addition to these events Robert Gordon’s College also provides support for local pupils for Oxbridge University applications and is an open centre for B.M.A.T examinations.
Many of our teachers are recognised by their subject professional bodies and as such are involved in teaching others outwith our school. For example our Head of Physics is Chair of the Institute of Physics in Scotland and several teachers share ideas and deliver teacher CPD sessions both locally and nationally.
Free places and help with fees
Robert Gordon's College offers free places and reduced fee places to pupils every year for entry in to Secondary 1 awarding 24 S1 bursaries to pupils joining the College in August 2017.
In 2016-17 approximately £1.5m was available for our Senior School Bursary Programme supporting pupils across S1 to S6.
This extensive programme is possible with the support of the Aberdeen Endowments Trust; other trusts and funds; and the College’s own endowments. Our bursary support aligns with the Charitable purpose of the College and our belief that a Gordon’s education should be available to any child regardless of family income.
Governors Report 2014
Highlights from the Board of Governors Report can be viewed here. Robert Gordon's College is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC000123.