Scottish Charity No. SC000123

Scottish Charity No. SC010507

S1 Application to Robert Gordon’s College

We are delighted that you are interested in applying for a place in Secondary 1 for your daughter/son at Robert Gordon’s College. Entrance to Secondary 1 is determined by an examination which consists of assessments in English, Mathematics and Non-verbal Reasoning. These assessments are designed to establish the ability of candidates to benefit from the academic curriculum offered by the College.

Applications for August 2022 entry must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Bursary Applications (Financial assistance): Friday 3 December 2021 Full fee-paying: Tuesday 11 January 2022


  • Friday 3 December 2021 at 4.00pm – Bursary application deadline
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 – Full fee paying application deadline
  • Saturday 22 January 2022 – S1 Entrance Assessment
  • January/February 2022 – Bursary applicant interviews
  • Friday 4 March 2022 – Offer of places
  • Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 March 2022 – Post offer tours
  • Friday 11 March 2022 – Reply deadline


When completing the following application you will be asked to indicate if you wish for your child to be considered for a full-fee paying place and/or for financial assistance via a Bursary Award. Please note that it is permissible to apply for both a Bursary award and a full-fee paying place.

Full fee-paying place: This is the normal method of entry to the College where the fees are paid in full by the pupil’s family.

Financial assistance: Financial assistance (a Bursary Award) is available from Robert Gordon’s College (RGC) and Aberdeen Endowments Trust (AET). Applications for financial assistance are means-tested, and if you wish to apply for financial support, you will be asked to provide information and supporting evidence regarding your household (and/or families’) household income(s). Please note that families with an annual total income in excess of £80,000 are unlikely to receive support. Families that have recently experienced a significant reduction in total household income are encouraged to apply. Robert Gordon’s College and AET work together to ensure that families are allocated the maximum assistance for which they are eligible. If you are eligible for financial assistance, support will be provided by only one organisation.

Robert Gordon’s College and AET Bursary Awards

Bursary Awards are based on both good performance in the Entrance Assessment and the financial circumstances of the family. Robert Gordon’s College Bursary Awards are for six years. Awards from AET are for five years and will normally be extended for a sixth year. If awarded a Bursary from either organisation, the family’s financial circumstances will be reviewed throughout the duration of the award, and these reviews may result in a change in the proportion of the fees met by RGC and/or AET, if a significant change in family financial situation has occurred. Information on household income from all sources and assets is used to determine the financial assistance offered towards fees.

Bursary applicants may be invited to attend an interview by the College or by AET.

Financial assistance of up to 100% tuition fee reduction is available. Families will usually be responsible for ancillary costs (e.g. uniform, iPad, compulsory residential trips etc.) which are estimated to be £2,500 – £3,000 annually.

For further information please contact:

Tarah Gillespie
Admissions Manager
Robert Gordon’s College
Tel: +44 (0)1224 646 346
Andrew Lowden
Director of Finance
Robert Gordon’s College
Tel: +44 (0)1224 646346
Gail Gordon
Aberdeen Endowments Trust
Tel: +44(0)7429015679

Please read the guidance note prior to starting your application. If you require assistance completing the application form please contact the Admissions Team at