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Academic Pursuits

IN addition to a wealth of academic enriching activities within the school's extra curricular programme, we have a number of identified ACademic teams who compete on a local, regional and national level.

Our three main competitive teams are shown below:.

model united nations (MUN) 

Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation activity in which participants assume the role of national ambassadors to debate and seek to solve global issues. To be successful, delegates must have a precise attention to detail when constructing and analysing resolutions, a secure grasp of rhetoric to ensure their country's views are heard and an ability to work collaboratively.

Gordon's is one of only  a handful of  state schools in England to participate in MUN conferences and has a strong record of success at national level having been awarded numerous 'Outstanding Delegate' prizes.

If you  wish to become involved, please contact Mrs R Mitchell who leads our MUN programme.


The ability to argue one’s point is an essential life skill.  The ability to resolutely argue one’s point against a meticulous and well-prepared defence is an indispensable skill if students are to achieve true greatness.  Debating at Gordon’s offers students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, effective communication, independent research and teamwork.   As well as “debating the Gordon’s way” in lessons, students at Gordon’s School have the opportunity to take part in Inter-House Debating competitions (Key Stage 3, 4, and 5), the “Debating Matters” Competition, Oxford Union School Debate and English Speaking Union.

If you  wish to become involved, please contact Mr Paul Schofield who leads our Debating team.

Mock trial 

Mock Trial is a simulation of legal practice and argument, which builds students’ confidence, articulation, self-motivation, resilience and perceptive skills. Team members, many of whom aspire towards a career in law, gain a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. The Mock Trial team were runners up in the 2016-17 KS3 regional competition and achieved an outstanding individual award at KS5. They hope to build on this success in 2017-18 at all levels of the competition.

If you  wish to become involved, please contact Ms A Daniels who leads our Mock Trial team.

OTHER Academic Enriching Period Seven options include:

  • Extended Project (EPQ) – see curriculum section
  • Career-Industry Talks
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • Chess
  • Latin
  • Presentation skills
  • Award in Personal Finance, two-day course (by application, free to all Y12)
  • TEFL Level 2 Qualification, two-day course (by application, free to all Y12)
  • LAMDA lessons (by application, free to all Y12)
  • Psychology for Beginners
  • Science Club