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Gordonstoun old boy hits back at The Crown portrayal

Gordonstoun was founded in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn

Dr Hahn had fled Germany in 1933 and initially started a school with three pupils 

The next year pupil numbers increased and he signed a lease with the Gordon-Cumming family for the Gordonstoun estate.

In 1936 Hahn founded Aberloun, the preparatory school for Gordonstoun to cater for children from the age of seven. The two sites merged in 2004.

In the 1970s children were subjected to freezing cold dormitories with no central heating and were often left shivering with windows left open. 

Historically it was known for its cold showers and early morning runs, as well as punishments where pupils were forced to run around their houses. Challenging outdoor activities are still practised.  

Today the school sits in 200 acres in Scotland and has primary and secondary facilities

It is one of the last remaining full boarding schools, and houses 600 male and female pupils 

Prince Charles was a pupil at the school in the 1960s 

Other royal alumni include Prince Edward, who was head boy in 1982, and Zara Phillips 

Prince Andrew went to the school in the 1970s and became known for his hockey skills 

Prince Philip also went to Gordonstoun in the 1930s. 

Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter went to the school, along with the sons of Sean Connery and David Bowie.  


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