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Sunday, November 14, 1999 Published at 17:36 GMT

UK: Scotland

Royal school's exam results questioned

Gordonstoun has a royal pedigree

The school which the Queen's three sons attended has come bottom of an exam league table of independent boarding schools in Scotland, it has emerged.

Prince Charles, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex all went to Gordonstoun near Elgin in the north of the country.

But a survey of independent boarding schools published in the Sunday Times, which ranked schools according to GCSE and A-level results, showed Gordonstoun lagging behind.

[ image: Prince Charles was educated at Gordonstoun]
Prince Charles was educated at Gordonstoun
Fettes College in Edinburgh, where Prime Minister Tony Blair was educated, topped the table.

At Fettes 63.3% of exam candidates gained an A grade or better in GCSEs while at Gordonstoun only 35.2% achieved similar grades.

St Leonard's in St Andrew's topped Fettes on this measure with a score of 64.4% but the Edinburgh school performed better at A-level with 71.9% of candidates getting A or B grades compared to St Leonard's 61.4%.

But Gordonstoun headmaster Mark Pyper told the paper the table was weighted against his school because it was the only one in Scotland where every pupil completed GCSE and A-levels.

He said: "The highest marks are not the only important aspect of a school. We have to prepare the pupil for the outside world."

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