A prestigious Moray boarding school with royal links is eyeing an expansion to Canada.
Gordonstoun is one of Scotland’s leading schools and attracts students from around the world due to its focus on outdoor learning and character building.
The school revealed earlier this year that it was looking to expand overseas, with China and India named as possible locations.
And now senior officials have revealed they have identified Nova Scotia as a potential spot for their first franchise outwith Moray.
Documents lodged with Companies House show a company named Gordonstoun International has been founded.
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Plans to build a campus in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia were discussed by officials in the Canadian province.
The prestigious school has historical links with Nova Scotia, as the land where the school is located in Scotland used to be owned by the Gordon clan.
Sir Robert Gordon was made a baronet for Nova Scotia in 1625, four years after Nova Scotia received its charter.
A Gordonstoun spokeswoman said that opportunities for the school to branch out overseas are still being discussed.
She said: “Over the last few years Gordonstoun has received a large number of requests from those around the world wishing to adopt our world leading approach to character education.
“Gordonstoun has always embraced an international outlook and it seems natural to us to explore ways in which we can, with the right partner, grow the international reach and impact of our unique educational ethos. We are excited about the opportunities currently under discussion.
“Discussions have taken place with a group in Nova Scotia, whose enthusiasm and commitment to our unique educational ethos have been encouraging. Matters are ongoing and we cannot comment further.”
Based near Elgin, Gordonstoun charges up to £38,000 a year and has been attended by Prince Charles, as well as his father Prince Phillip and his two younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.