Attaining academic excellence

Robert Gordon’s College prides itself on its tradition of academic excellence and the quality of learning and teaching available to pupils. Gordon’s has among the most impressive examination results in Scotland. The school aims to enable all its pupils to achieve the highest possible grades in public examinations, in order to empower them to follow the course of their choice at the next stage of their education. We have an outstanding record in enabling girls and boys to win places on their preferred University course.

Pupils in Senior School work towards the Scottish Qualification Authority’s National Qualifications. All Third Years take 8 subjects at National 5. These subjects are all taught over two years and in S5 almost all pupils sit 5 Highers, from a range of 24 subjects on offer. In Sixth Year, 24 subjects are on offer at Advanced Higher and 32 subjects at Higher. We have an open presentation policy in the belief that each individual pupil should be given the chance to show how well they can do.

In S4, 185 pupils recorded strong outcomes in Summer 2017 with 7 out of 10 examinations (71%) at A grade and 9 out of 10 grades (90%) at A or B grade. Fifth Year set new records at Higher with 181 S5 pupils producing the strongest A-B pass rate to date in the College (87%), with 97% of all Highers at A-C. For the 149 S6 pupils the Advanced Higher results saw just under half (49%) of all Advanced Higher examinations at A grade, and three quarters (76%) at an A or B grade.

Talking about the continued academic success at Gordon’s, Head of College, Simon Mills, said: “These exceptional outcomes underpin the high quality experiences for learners of all ages. Pupils at all levels have worked extremely hard, with the support of their teachers, allowing them to flourish and aim high."