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Gordonstoun House

Gordonstoun is an international Scottish private school . It is located near Elgin in a 17th century building. It was founded in 1934 by the reform pedagogue Kurt Hahn , who fled Germany , and to whom the schools at Salem Castle , Birklehof and Louisenlund also go back.


The school started as a school for refugee children and for teachers who fled from Germany, comparable to the Beltane School in Wimbledon (London) or the Stoatley Rough School . For Feidel-Nertz, it is one of the 20 schools in exile that have tried to keep the progressive elements of German reform pedagogy from the time of the Weimar Republic alive in emigration.

Today Gordonstoun is perceived as an elite school. The student body is mixed internationally, with British students as well as those from Austria, Germany, America and Asian countries.

The school is part of the Round Square Association , an association of international schools. The association got its name from one of the main buildings on campus. Once a year the so-called Round Square Conference takes place, in which representatives of all schools of the Round Square Association take part, including the Schloss Salem School on Lake Constance and the Birklehof School. Gordonstoun is a boarding school that is spread over several buildings, including Gordonstoun Castle .

Known students


  • Hildegard Feidel-Mertz (translation: Andrea Hammel): Integration and Formation of Identity: Exile Schools in Great Britain , in: Shofar. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies , Volume 23, Number 1, Fall 2004, pp. 71–84.

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Individual evidence

  1. Hildegard Feidel-Mertz (translation: Andrea Hammel): Integration and Formation of Identity , p. 72
  2. Der Spiegel: Mohammed bin Zayed makes peace with Israel

Coordinates: 57 ° 42 ′ 15 "  N , 3 ° 22 ′ 18"  W.