Useful Information

Opening Hours

Arrival at School and Morning Cafe

The playground is supervised from 7.50am and children are welcome to come to the College and use the playground from this time before the start of the school day. Before this time, Robert Gordon's College cannot take responsibility of unsupervised children (with the exception of those attending Early Birds Club).

The Dining Hall is open from 7.50am - 8.20am for children to purchase breakfast. 

The School Day

Year Group Start End Break Lunch
Nursery
(all day)
7.15am 6.00pm   11.30am
Nursery (morning) 7.15am 1.45pm   11.30am
Nursery (afternoon) 11.30am 6.00pm   11.30am
P1-P2 8.30am
(soft start from 8.20am)
2.55pm* 10.25am-10.45am 12.10pm-1.10pm
P3-P7 8.30am
(soft start from 8.20am)
3.15pm** 10.25am-10.45am 12.10pm-1.10pm
S1-S6 8.30am 3.30pm

10am-10.20am
(Dining Hall open)

11.40-11.45pm
(Dining Hall closed)

1.10pm-2.10pm

S1-S2 pupils remain in school for lunch.

Families looking for additional care for children before and after the school day are invited to register for Out of Hours Care which provides support from 7.00am to 6.00pm.

*Sibling Wait is available for P1 and P2 children with other siblings in the Junior School to remain in their classroom until the end of the Junior School Day.

** Senior Wait is available for Junior School children with siblings in the Senior School to be supervised until the end of the Senior School Day.

Term Dates

Uniform

School uniform is an important aspect of life at Robert Gordon’s College.

For Junior and Senior School pupils, the full school uniform can be purchased at Stevensons School Uniform Outfitters, 429 Union St, Aberdeen AB11 6DA. All of the new PE and Sport kit will be available in store and online from Monday 8th July.
 
A smaller selection of uniform items are also available from John Lewis, Bon Accord Centre, George St, Aberdeen AB25 1BW where you can try on sample sizes in store and place an order online.

Nursery

Nursery children wear a white polo shirt and red sweatshirt with the Robert Gordon’s logo. These are available for purchase from the Junior School

Junior School

Senior School

Transport

Based in the heart of the city, Robert Gordon’s College educates 1600 pupils from 3 to 18 years of age daily at our Schoolhill site. Pupil safety and wellbeing is central to welcoming pupils onsite each day and families with children attending the College have a number of travel options available.

School Bus

School buses operate from a number of locations within the City and Shire. Each of our school buses have a member of staff or representative from First Group to accompany the children to and from school. These representatives are a friendly face and ensure the agreed drop off and pick up arrangements are in place between families and the school. Many children enjoy the daily commute with their friends which allows parents the comfort that their child is safe and well looked after.

The school runs three 'yellow buses' in the mornings, from Peterculter, Westhill and Ellon, for Junior and Senior pupils, arriving at approximately 8.15 am. Each bus is supervised by an adult in addition to the driver.

Two school buses run at the end of the day and are available for Junior School pupils only. End of day buses travel to Mannofield and Peterculter with various stops along the way.

Please note that Nursery children must be signed in and out of the Nursery on a daily basis and are therefore not able to use the School buses. P1-P4 children must be met at the bus stop by a parent, guardian or named representative, or walk with an older sibling (P5-P7) if consent is given. P5-7 pupils do not need to be met at the bus stop and may walk home on their own. 

Places on the school morning and afternoon buses can be reserved on a termly basis and are billed monthly in arrears.

Senior pupils are transported to Countesswells at 1.45pm on their games day and make their own way home. In addition buses are provided for teams travelling to Countesswells after school for training.

Public Transport

The campus is well served by public transport and is short walk from Aberdeen bus and train stations. Local service bus routes are also closely situated to the campus. 

  • Aberdeen Bus Station is situated within a 10 minute walk. Public buses travel through the City Centre with stops within a few minutes walking distance to the school. For more information and bus times visit First Group or Stagecoach.
  • Aberdeen Rail Station has frequent services from various areas through North East Scotland and the rest of the UK. For more information and train times visit ScotRail, LNER or National Rail.

Park and Ride

Park and Ride by bus and rail is available to provide access into the city centre. The drop off and pick up locations are at Craibstone, Kingswells and Bridge of Don within Aberdeen City, and Ellon in Aberdeenshire; as well as rail stations at Dyce, Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly. 

Park and Stride

Park and Stride is popular with families who utilise the on-street parking zones and public car parks located nearby. Pedestrians can access the campus from the front entrance gates from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and the rear entrance of the College at the junction of Blackfriars Street, Charlotte Street and St Andrews Street between 7:45 - 8:45 am and 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm.

Public car parking is also located within a short walking distance at:

The College has agreed with Bon Accord Centre management preferential parking rates for parents within the Loch Street and Harriet Street Car Parks. Parents are able to purchase a top-up card at a cost of £10 from the Information Desk on the Upper Mall of the Bon Accord Centre. Preferential parking tariffs are as follows: 

Duration Cost Discount
20 minutes Free £2.50
30 minutes £0.50 £2.00
1 hour £1.50 £1.00
2 hours £2.50 £1.00
3 hours £3.00 £1.00

Drop Off Zones

Aberdeen City Council have identified drop off zones for those families travelling to school by car. This information has been provided by Aberdeen City Council in accordance with the City Masterplan for the Schoolhill area. We would encourage families to use the drop off zones and accessible parking options around the campus to reduce congestion at the Schoolhill entrance.

Working with partner agencies across the city, our aim is to realise the goal of making Aberdeen an even better place to live, work and visit. The Robert Gordon's College Travel Plan outlines measure to reduce the College’s traffic impact and promote sustainable and healthier forms of transport. We encourage our school community to travel safely at all times, respect the local traffic requirements and consider the travel options that work best for your family. Inside the school gates controlled access is in operation to ensure there is a safe environment for pupils to play and move around the campus.

Access to our Schoolhill campus by car is only permitted for the following groups:

  • Nursery Drop Off/Pick Up (from August 2019)
  • Out of Hours Care Drop Off/Pick Up
  • Service Providers
  • Staff transferring between Schoolhill and Countesswells
  • Visitors with appointments at the College
  • Emergency Services

Catering

Meals are cooked on-site by our caterers, Inspire Catering, and served in Blackfriars Dining Hall. A cashless system operates where cards are provided for every pupil and parents/guardians top up accounts and view transaction history via an online portal. Children may bring packed lunches to school and pupils can sit with their friends to eat these in the Dining Hall. 

We are proud to cater to our international community and are able to offer vegetarian and Halal options as well as support specific dietary requirements/allergies. 

Following the launch of this catering service in August 2015, Inspire Catering has continued to achieve the HealthyLiving Award. The Award follows a rigorous audit process reviewing the menus and food production methods and means that your child will always be able to make healthy food choices at school.  Our food offer also meets the Scottish Government’s Better Eating, Better Learning initiative and the School Nutritional Guidelines.

We are fully committed to helping pupils make healthier eating choices by making fruit and vegetables clearly available and keeping the amount of fat, salt and sugar we use to a minimum 

The Dining Hall is open for Morning Cafe from 7.50 am - 8.20 am, during Senior School Break, and Nursery, Junior School and Senior School lunches. 

Out of Hours Care

Out of Hours Care is registered with the Care Inspectorate and provides support to families before and after the school day, in a safe, caring and welcoming environment. Children have the opportunity to play outdoors and indoors including board games, arts and crafts, read and role play.

The morning session starts at 7.00 am and end of day sessions run until 6.00 pm.

Breakfast Club, open to all Junior School children, is from 7.00 am - 8.20 am. The Breakfast Club is located in Blackfriars Conference Room and children are able to enjoy breakfast (cost is included in the session fee).

Out of Hours Care is also available during some holidays and in-service days. This is based at Countesswells and operates from 8.00 am - 6.00 pm.

Sessions can be booked on a regular or one-off basis as your needs require and are charged on a per-session use.

Session 2019-20 Cost
7.00 am - 8.20 am £6.45
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm £6.45
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm £6.45
5.30 pm - 6.00 pm £5.00

 

Holiday Camps

Holiday Camps are available to children in the Robert Gordon's College Junior School (P1-P7) from 8.00am - 6.00pm on In-Service Days and 5 weeks holiday cover. Holiday Camps are situated in the Pavillion at Countesswells.

Session Cost
8.00 am - 6.00 pm £34.00
8.00 am - 1.00 pm £19.50
1.00 pm - 6.00 pm £19.50

Additional sports sessions are offered at various Holiday Camps throughout the year which are led by the Out of Hours Care Sports Co-ordinator. These sessions include hockey, football and netball and are delivered by qualified coaches in each sport. There is an additional charge of £5.00 per sport.

Registration forms will be made available in June each year for the following August session.