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.

2018 has been a record year for S6 at both Advanced Higher and Higher. Half of all Advanced Higher Grades were at A (49%) and three quarters (76%) at A or B. This is a very encouraging performance with a record 62 pupils gaining 3 or more Advanced Higher grades at A in their final year at school. Pupils in S5 have done very well with eight out of 10 Higher grades being at A or B (81%), with a similar performance at National 5 (85% A-B grades).

In their final S6 Year it was excellent to note that three pupils gained all four of their Advanced Highers at A grade, with a record 59 pupils gaining all three Advanced Highers at A grade. Three S6 pupils secured their place at either Oxford or Cambridge, (Biochemistry at Oxford, Computer Science at Cambridge and Chemical Engineering at Cambridge), with a further eight pupils securing places across the UK to study Medicine. Three S6 pupils gained places at top Musical Theatre academies in London (American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Emil Dale.

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."