RGS Senior (Ages 11-18)

Our Virtual Open Day allows you to ‘visit’ the RGS from the comfort of your own homes at a time to suit to you and your family.  A range of videos provide an honest insight into the RGS: our 500 years of history, our ethos and our values, our daily life.  In addition, we provide regular live online Q&A Forums where you can address questions to our panel of senior staff.

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Our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as our publications provide further insight into daily life and the rich diversity of opportunity at the RGS.

There is, however, no substitute for visiting the RGS and spending time with our students and staff who will willingly share their own experiences as well as the values and ethos which underpin our community.  We hope our online experience provides a genuine feel for the RGS; however, we also hope to welcome visitors to the School during the Michaelmas and Trinity Terms.  These small group visits, which last up to one hour, include an introductory talk from the Headmaster, followed by a tour given by a boy, a former student of your son’s school if possible.  The visit ends with a discussion with the Head of Admissions (Registrar and Marketing).

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Admissions Information 11+ 13+

Admissions Information 11+ 13+

STEP 1: REGISTRATION

All boys must be registered to sit our entrance examination.  To register your son, please complete our online registration form, along with the non-returnable registration fee, by Monday 1 November 2021, at the very latest for those boys in Year 6.  Late applications will be considered at the Headmaster’s discretion.

STEP 2: ASSESSMENT

Boys are assessed for their suitability via the assessments outlined below, an interview and a confidential reference from their current headteacher.

All boys sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests tests during the first term of Year 6; a well-respected, widely-used, age-standardised assessment for pupils applying for selective independent senior schools. The adaptive, age-standardised tests comprise English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning; they are in a multiple-choice format and take approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. No special preparation is required for the Common Pre-Tests, which are designed to identify potential as well as attainment. Click here for further details, including a link to some helpful familiarisation questions.

All boys are interviewed individually by current members of staff.  The aim of the interview is, within a relaxed atmosphere, to get an insight each boys’ interests and to see how the boys think and how they react to questions which they will not have prepared for.  Among other things, we want boys who will engage in the learning process, who have an inquisitive mind, who will challenge and question, who are flexible in their thought process and who are able to develop their answers.  In addition, a short composition/English creative writing task is included in this part of the assessment process.

In addition, we shall invite some boys back in January 2022 for a second interview; this allows us to give all boys the benefit of doubt.  The interview may provide an opportunity to reflect on inconsistency in performance; relative weakness in one area; disparity between performance in the assessments and their reference.  This process allows us to identify those boys with the potential to thrive at the RGS but who, for whatever reason, have not performed consistently in the assessment.

STEP 3: OFFERS

Letters to the parents of candidates to whom the School will and, regrettably, will not be offering a place are sent out towards the middle of February, on a date agreed by all schools which are members of the Trinity Group.  Acceptances are required by early March.

Please note that it is not possible to sit for both 11+ and 13+ entry.  All boys are assessed in the November of Year 6 and offers for both the 11+ and 13+ entry points are made in the February of Year 6.

Admissions Information Sixth Form

Admissions Information Sixth Form

RGS welcomes applications from boys wishing to join the Sixth Form and we are pleased to meet and discuss opportunities with boys during their Fifth Form (Year 11).

Entry to the Sixth Form is via a personal statement, Headteacher’s report including mock GCSE predictions and a series of academic interviews.

Offers of places are conditional upon specified grades to be achieved at GCSE. Candidates are expected to gain a grade 7 – 9 at GCSE in each subject to be studied at A Level, plus a strong list of other academic GCSEs, with at least six grades 7 – 9 including English and Mathematics.  Candidates also need to demonstrate at the interview that they are capable conceptually of studying the subject at an advanced level and that they have the appropriate work ethic to be able to work independently, consistently and industriously at a demanding academic level. Entrants to the Sixth Form are also expected to contribute fully to the School’s co-curricular programme.

A high level of fluency in both written and spoken English is required as all subjects are taught in English and no teaching or support in English as a Foreign Language is offered.

REGISTRATION

Admission to the RGS Sixth Form for September 2022 is subject to the availability of places and academic criteria.  To be considered for a place, please complete our online registration form and pay the non-returnable registration fee by 30 November 2021.

In January 2022, candidates will be asked to complete an online A Level Choices Form providing details of their choice of A levels, hobbies and interests. They will also be asked to write a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying to RGS along with their university and career aspirations and how they will contribute to the wider RGS community.

A confidential report including predicted GCSE grades will then be requested from the candidate’s current school.

ASSESSMENT

The candidate will then be invited to the RGS for a series of interviews in early March. Candidates will be interviewed by subject specialists of each of the subjects they are considering taking in the Sixth Form (recognising that they may not have reached a final decision at this stage) and an interview with a member of the Senior Management Team and one of the Heads of Sixth Form.

Candidates from outside the British education system who are not able to take GCSEs will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of their chosen subjects to be able to follow the courses provided in the RGS Sixth Form and may be asked to take examinations in the appropriate subjects.

RESULTS

If a candidate is considered suitable and has already met the academic criteria, the Headmaster may offer an unconditional place.  If, as is more likely, the candidate has not yet taken GCSEs, he may be offered a conditional offer to be confirmed when results are published in August.

Key Dates

Key Dates

11+ Entrance ExaminationsSunday 21 November

(If relevant covid restrictions are in place, extra dates of Saturday 27/Sunday 28 November may be utilised)

11+ Second InterviewsTuesday 11 January
11+ Academic ScholarshipsTuesday 18  January
11+ and 13+ Music ScholarshipsMonday 24/Tuesday 25 January
12+ AssessmentTuesday 1 February
13+ Art ScholarshipTuesday 22 February
Sixth Form InterviewsWednesday 2/Thursday 3 March
13+ Sports ScholarshipsFriday 29 April
13+ Academic ScholarshipsTuesday 3 – Thursday 5 May

 

Admissions Information 11+ 13+

STEP 1: REGISTRATION

All boys must be registered to sit our entrance examination.  To register your son, please complete our online registration form, along with the non-returnable registration fee, by Monday 1 November 2021, at the very latest for those boys in Year 6.  Late applications will be considered at the Headmaster’s discretion.

STEP 2: ASSESSMENT

Boys are assessed for their suitability via the assessments outlined below, an interview and a confidential reference from their current headteacher.

All boys sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests tests during the first term of Year 6; a well-respected, widely-used, age-standardised assessment for pupils applying for selective independent senior schools. The adaptive, age-standardised tests comprise English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning; they are in a multiple-choice format and take approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. No special preparation is required for the Common Pre-Tests, which are designed to identify potential as well as attainment. Click here for further details, including a link to some helpful familiarisation questions.

All boys are interviewed individually by current members of staff.  The aim of the interview is, within a relaxed atmosphere, to get an insight each boys’ interests and to see how the boys think and how they react to questions which they will not have prepared for.  Among other things, we want boys who will engage in the learning process, who have an inquisitive mind, who will challenge and question, who are flexible in their thought process and who are able to develop their answers.  In addition, a short composition/English creative writing task is included in this part of the assessment process.

In addition, we shall invite some boys back in January 2022 for a second interview; this allows us to give all boys the benefit of doubt.  The interview may provide an opportunity to reflect on inconsistency in performance; relative weakness in one area; disparity between performance in the assessments and their reference.  This process allows us to identify those boys with the potential to thrive at the RGS but who, for whatever reason, have not performed consistently in the assessment.

STEP 3: OFFERS

Letters to the parents of candidates to whom the School will and, regrettably, will not be offering a place are sent out towards the middle of February, on a date agreed by all schools which are members of the Trinity Group.  Acceptances are required by early March.

Please note that it is not possible to sit for both 11+ and 13+ entry.  All boys are assessed in the November of Year 6 and offers for both the 11+ and 13+ entry points are made in the February of Year 6.

Admissions Information Sixth Form

RGS welcomes applications from boys wishing to join the Sixth Form and we are pleased to meet and discuss opportunities with boys during their Fifth Form (Year 11).

Entry to the Sixth Form is via a personal statement, Headteacher’s report including mock GCSE predictions and a series of academic interviews.

Offers of places are conditional upon specified grades to be achieved at GCSE. Candidates are expected to gain a grade 7 – 9 at GCSE in each subject to be studied at A Level, plus a strong list of other academic GCSEs, with at least six grades 7 – 9 including English and Mathematics.  Candidates also need to demonstrate at the interview that they are capable conceptually of studying the subject at an advanced level and that they have the appropriate work ethic to be able to work independently, consistently and industriously at a demanding academic level. Entrants to the Sixth Form are also expected to contribute fully to the School’s co-curricular programme.

A high level of fluency in both written and spoken English is required as all subjects are taught in English and no teaching or support in English as a Foreign Language is offered.

REGISTRATION

Admission to the RGS Sixth Form for September 2022 is subject to the availability of places and academic criteria.  To be considered for a place, please complete our online registration form and pay the non-returnable registration fee by 30 November 2021.

In January 2022, candidates will be asked to complete an online A Level Choices Form providing details of their choice of A levels, hobbies and interests. They will also be asked to write a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying to RGS along with their university and career aspirations and how they will contribute to the wider RGS community.

A confidential report including predicted GCSE grades will then be requested from the candidate’s current school.

ASSESSMENT

The candidate will then be invited to the RGS for a series of interviews in early March. Candidates will be interviewed by subject specialists of each of the subjects they are considering taking in the Sixth Form (recognising that they may not have reached a final decision at this stage) and an interview with a member of the Senior Management Team and one of the Heads of Sixth Form.

Candidates from outside the British education system who are not able to take GCSEs will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of their chosen subjects to be able to follow the courses provided in the RGS Sixth Form and may be asked to take examinations in the appropriate subjects.

RESULTS

If a candidate is considered suitable and has already met the academic criteria, the Headmaster may offer an unconditional place.  If, as is more likely, the candidate has not yet taken GCSEs, he may be offered a conditional offer to be confirmed when results are published in August.

Key Dates

11+ Entrance ExaminationsSunday 21 November

(If relevant covid restrictions are in place, extra dates of Saturday 27/Sunday 28 November may be utilised)

11+ Second InterviewsTuesday 11 January
11+ Academic ScholarshipsTuesday 18  January
11+ and 13+ Music ScholarshipsMonday 24/Tuesday 25 January
12+ AssessmentTuesday 1 February
13+ Art ScholarshipTuesday 22 February
Sixth Form InterviewsWednesday 2/Thursday 3 March
13+ Sports ScholarshipsFriday 29 April
13+ Academic ScholarshipsTuesday 3 – Thursday 5 May

 

Fees

Fees

First to Sixth Forms£6,520 per term
Lunches (compulsory for First and Second Forms)£296 per term

 

The fees are payable in advance on, or before, the first day of term and include the cost of most stationery and textbooks, games and school societies, but exclude a small number of items, for example public examination and UCAS entry fees.

Any fees paid after the first day of term will be subject to late charges as specified in the Acceptance Form.

Individual music tuition is provided at an extra charge.

There are no sibling discounts.

The Governors reserve the right to review or alter fees at any time and at half-a-term’s notice.

The acceptance of a place is subject to the School’s Terms and Conditions, returning the signed Acceptance Form and paying the Acceptance Deposit, which equates to 25% of the first term’s fees.  The deposit is non-refundable until the boy leaves the School, unless the offer of a place is withdrawn by the Governors in which case it will be refunded in full.  Should the boy not take up the place offered for any other reason, the Acceptance Deposit will be forfeited.

A full term’s notice in writing is required before the removal or withdrawal of a boy prior to starting at the RGS, otherwise a full term’s fees will be payable.

Scholarships

Scholarships

AVAILABLE AT 11+

The School offers both Academic and Music Scholarships at 11+ ranging in value from 5% to 10% remission of fees.  One King’s Scholarship, representing 10% remission, is available in each category to outstanding candidates.  A number of Honorary Scholarships are also available.

11+ ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Candidates who have performed exceptionally well in the 11+ Entrance Examinations will be invited to sit the RGS 11+ Academic Scholarship papers in the middle of January.

The day will comprise:

  • An English paper (1 hour):  this will be similar to the 11+ Entrance Examination but more rigorous and demanding and not a multiple-choice format.
  • A Mathematics paper (1 hour): this is not a multiple-choice format, but requires the showing of working and is more rigorous and demanding than the 11+ Entrance Examination.  It consists of a mixture of different types of problems, some involving multiple steps in order to arrive at a solution;
  • An interview with the Head of Admissions (Academic) or the Senior Master.

Please note that 11+ Scholarship papers are not available outside the RGS.

11+ MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Application forms must be returned to the School by Friday 7 January 2022.  Auditions for both age groups are usually held at the end of January.  These last about half an hour.  Applicants should bring to the Scholarship audition evidence of all their musical activities, including compositions.

At 11+ a boy should be able to offer:

  • A principal instrument at a standard of about Grade V;
  • Singing or a second instrument at a standard of about Grade III (if the principal instrument is piano, a higher grade would be expected on a second instrument).

Aural tests and sight reading on a principal instrument will both be at a standard of about Grade IV.  There will be a short interview to assess a candidate’s musical interest and promise.

11+ SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS

Following the 11+ Academic and Music Scholarships, the decisions are sent out with the main 11+ results on the Trinity Group posting date in mid-February.

AVAILABLE AT 13+

The School offers Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships at 13+ ranging in value from 5% to 10% remission of fees. One King’s Scholarship, representing 10% remission, is available in both the Academic and Music categories to outstanding candidates. There is one Art and one Sports Scholarship which are both worth 5% remission of fees. A number of Honorary Scholarships are also available.

13+ ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

This option is open to boys who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form following either the 11+ Entrance Examinations or the 12+ Assessment. The decision as to whether it is more appropriate for a boy to sit RGS Scholarship papers or Common Entrance is made by the Head of the boy’s current Preparatory School and his parents.

Boys entered for the 13+ Academic Scholarship examinations will now be asked to sit the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship examinations (CASE). The subjects that will be assessed are English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), French, Geography and History. There will be an optional Latin paper for those boys studying Latin.  The CASE examinations will take place at the RGS on the summer dates set by the ISEB. The deadline for entries will be Friday 1 April 2022.

All Scholarship candidates are interviewed by the Head of Admissions (Academic) or the Senior Master over one of these examination days at the RGS. The papers will be marked internally by RGS staff.

13+ MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Auditions are usually held at the end of January in Year 8. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 7 January 2022. These last about half an hour. Applicants should bring to the Scholarship audition evidence of all their musical activities, including compositions.

At 13+ a boy should be able to offer:

  • A principal instrument at a standard of about Grade VI – VII;
  • A second instrument at a standard of about Grade V (if the principal instrument is piano, a higher grade would be expected in the second instrument).

Singing may be offered as additional evidence of musicianship. Aural tests and sight reading on a principal instrument will both be at a standard of about Grade VI. There will be a short interview about a candidate’s musical interests and general musical knowledge.

13+ SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

This option is open to boys in Year 8 who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form and to current RGS Second Form boys who joined the School at 11. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 4 March 2022. The assessment for the Sports Scholarship takes place at the beginning of the Summer Term at the RGS. The boys will be assessed not only on their sporting ability but also they need to be able to demonstrate that they have the qualities of coachability, leadership, teamwork and communication. In addition, the boys will be interviewed by the Director of Sport.

13+ ART SCHOLARSHIP

This option is open to boys in Year 8 who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form and to current RGS Second Form boys who joined the School at 11. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 7 January 2022. The Art Scholarship takes place at the RGS in late February. The boys are assessed during an observational drawing session and they also have an interview with the Headmaster and the Head of Art. Boys must bring with them a portfolio comprising no more than ten pieces including working drawings or sketchbooks and finished works of which at least two should be in colour. Any three-dimensional pieces should be presented in photographic form.

13+ SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS

Following the 13+ Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships, the decisions are sent out within two weeks of the scholarships taking place.

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

The RGS adopts an inclusive policy and students with Special Educational Needs are offered the opportunity to join the School if they satisfy the School’s selection procedures.  Parents may be asked to contribute to any special resources.  Pupils with Special Educational Needs will have access to the whole school curriculum and be fully integrated into the School.  Exceptional circumstances, which may affect such access, will be dealt with on an individual basis in consultation with the Head of Learning Support, Head of Year, Deputy Heads, parents and the student himself.

Parents are asked to send in a copy of the Educational Psychologist’s report (dated within the last two years) by the registration deadline of 1 November.  Please note we adhere to the current JCQ regulations when determining access arrangements for the entrance exams and will inform parents of any concessions after reviewing their son’s Educational Psychologist’s report.

View our Entrance Examinations Concessions Policy here.

Fees

First to Sixth Forms£6,520 per term
Lunches (compulsory for First and Second Forms)£296 per term

 

The fees are payable in advance on, or before, the first day of term and include the cost of most stationery and textbooks, games and school societies, but exclude a small number of items, for example public examination and UCAS entry fees.

Any fees paid after the first day of term will be subject to late charges as specified in the Acceptance Form.

Individual music tuition is provided at an extra charge.

There are no sibling discounts.

The Governors reserve the right to review or alter fees at any time and at half-a-term’s notice.

The acceptance of a place is subject to the School’s Terms and Conditions, returning the signed Acceptance Form and paying the Acceptance Deposit, which equates to 25% of the first term’s fees.  The deposit is non-refundable until the boy leaves the School, unless the offer of a place is withdrawn by the Governors in which case it will be refunded in full.  Should the boy not take up the place offered for any other reason, the Acceptance Deposit will be forfeited.

A full term’s notice in writing is required before the removal or withdrawal of a boy prior to starting at the RGS, otherwise a full term’s fees will be payable.

Scholarships

AVAILABLE AT 11+

The School offers both Academic and Music Scholarships at 11+ ranging in value from 5% to 10% remission of fees.  One King’s Scholarship, representing 10% remission, is available in each category to outstanding candidates.  A number of Honorary Scholarships are also available.

11+ ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Candidates who have performed exceptionally well in the 11+ Entrance Examinations will be invited to sit the RGS 11+ Academic Scholarship papers in the middle of January.

The day will comprise:

  • An English paper (1 hour):  this will be similar to the 11+ Entrance Examination but more rigorous and demanding and not a multiple-choice format.
  • A Mathematics paper (1 hour): this is not a multiple-choice format, but requires the showing of working and is more rigorous and demanding than the 11+ Entrance Examination.  It consists of a mixture of different types of problems, some involving multiple steps in order to arrive at a solution;
  • An interview with the Head of Admissions (Academic) or the Senior Master.

Please note that 11+ Scholarship papers are not available outside the RGS.

11+ MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Application forms must be returned to the School by Friday 7 January 2022.  Auditions for both age groups are usually held at the end of January.  These last about half an hour.  Applicants should bring to the Scholarship audition evidence of all their musical activities, including compositions.

At 11+ a boy should be able to offer:

  • A principal instrument at a standard of about Grade V;
  • Singing or a second instrument at a standard of about Grade III (if the principal instrument is piano, a higher grade would be expected on a second instrument).

Aural tests and sight reading on a principal instrument will both be at a standard of about Grade IV.  There will be a short interview to assess a candidate’s musical interest and promise.

11+ SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS

Following the 11+ Academic and Music Scholarships, the decisions are sent out with the main 11+ results on the Trinity Group posting date in mid-February.

AVAILABLE AT 13+

The School offers Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships at 13+ ranging in value from 5% to 10% remission of fees. One King’s Scholarship, representing 10% remission, is available in both the Academic and Music categories to outstanding candidates. There is one Art and one Sports Scholarship which are both worth 5% remission of fees. A number of Honorary Scholarships are also available.

13+ ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

This option is open to boys who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form following either the 11+ Entrance Examinations or the 12+ Assessment. The decision as to whether it is more appropriate for a boy to sit RGS Scholarship papers or Common Entrance is made by the Head of the boy’s current Preparatory School and his parents.

Boys entered for the 13+ Academic Scholarship examinations will now be asked to sit the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship examinations (CASE). The subjects that will be assessed are English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), French, Geography and History. There will be an optional Latin paper for those boys studying Latin.  The CASE examinations will take place at the RGS on the summer dates set by the ISEB. The deadline for entries will be Friday 1 April 2022.

All Scholarship candidates are interviewed by the Head of Admissions (Academic) or the Senior Master over one of these examination days at the RGS. The papers will be marked internally by RGS staff.

13+ MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Auditions are usually held at the end of January in Year 8. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 7 January 2022. These last about half an hour. Applicants should bring to the Scholarship audition evidence of all their musical activities, including compositions.

At 13+ a boy should be able to offer:

  • A principal instrument at a standard of about Grade VI – VII;
  • A second instrument at a standard of about Grade V (if the principal instrument is piano, a higher grade would be expected in the second instrument).

Singing may be offered as additional evidence of musicianship. Aural tests and sight reading on a principal instrument will both be at a standard of about Grade VI. There will be a short interview about a candidate’s musical interests and general musical knowledge.

13+ SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

This option is open to boys in Year 8 who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form and to current RGS Second Form boys who joined the School at 11. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 4 March 2022. The assessment for the Sports Scholarship takes place at the beginning of the Summer Term at the RGS. The boys will be assessed not only on their sporting ability but also they need to be able to demonstrate that they have the qualities of coachability, leadership, teamwork and communication. In addition, the boys will be interviewed by the Director of Sport.

13+ ART SCHOLARSHIP

This option is open to boys in Year 8 who have been offered deferred unconditional places for the RGS Third Form and to current RGS Second Form boys who joined the School at 11. The deadline for submitting the online application form is Friday 7 January 2022. The Art Scholarship takes place at the RGS in late February. The boys are assessed during an observational drawing session and they also have an interview with the Headmaster and the Head of Art. Boys must bring with them a portfolio comprising no more than ten pieces including working drawings or sketchbooks and finished works of which at least two should be in colour. Any three-dimensional pieces should be presented in photographic form.

13+ SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS

Following the 13+ Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships, the decisions are sent out within two weeks of the scholarships taking place.

Special Educational Needs

The RGS adopts an inclusive policy and students with Special Educational Needs are offered the opportunity to join the School if they satisfy the School’s selection procedures.  Parents may be asked to contribute to any special resources.  Pupils with Special Educational Needs will have access to the whole school curriculum and be fully integrated into the School.  Exceptional circumstances, which may affect such access, will be dealt with on an individual basis in consultation with the Head of Learning Support, Head of Year, Deputy Heads, parents and the student himself.

Parents are asked to send in a copy of the Educational Psychologist’s report (dated within the last two years) by the registration deadline of 1 November.  Please note we adhere to the current JCQ regulations when determining access arrangements for the entrance exams and will inform parents of any concessions after reviewing their son’s Educational Psychologist’s report.

View our Entrance Examinations Concessions Policy here.

Assistance with Fees

Assistance with Fees

A bursary at the RGS offers a life-changing experience, providing students with the knowledge, the values and the skills to flourish at school and beyond. With our exceptional pastoral care and mentoring schemes, and our culture of mutual support and respect, we are proud of our commitment to provide a secure and nurturing environment for boys from all walks of life. Our vision is to realise the talent of future generations by providing an excellent education to boys of all backgrounds as widely available as possible. As a result, although entry is competitive, any parent who would like their son to come to the RGS should not be deterred from applying for financial reasons as bursary funding is offered to successful applicants on a means-tested basis as well as on the basis of academic merit.

After the School’s foundation in 1509, King Edward VI ordered in 1552 that there was to be “one Grammar School in Guildford… for the education, institution and instruction of boys and youths in Grammar at all future times for ever to endure.”  The RGS is an unusual independent school in that for periods of its 500-year history the education offered has been fully inclusive, without financial implication. As part of the state-maintained system from 1945 – 79 all boys at the RGS received their education free of charge. To this day the School continues to be inclusive with currently 368 boys from state primary schools and boys who come from over 174 different schools in the local area. This results in a social and cultural diversity which enriches our community and offers unique opportunities as we strive to realise each individual’s potential.

Today, many of our boys receive means-tested financial assistance of whom nearly three-quarters were offered 50% fee support or more. The Headmaster’s long-term ambition is for full merit-based open access where every single student who earns his place, irrespective of his financial circumstances, can become an RGS student. Currently financial support ranges between 5% and 100% assistance. Families on very low incomes may also be assisted with the cost of lunches, travel, trips and various other financial aspects.

Bursaries are available for those boys applying to join the School at 11 and 13. There is no set number of bursary awards that may be made; the funds available will determine the number of awards granted. The value of bursaries is set by strict criteria and is based upon financial need; these are rigorously means tested and reviewed each year to take into account the continuing financial need of parents and the satisfactory overall performance, at the RGS, of the recipient. Applications for bursaries should be made when applying for a place at the School. All information is kept strictly confidential.

The bursary forms can be accessed here and need to be submitted no later than Friday 7 January 2022.

The bursaries are administered by the Bursar and should you require any further information or help, please do not hesitate to contact the Bursary Department by emailing jar@rgsg.co.uk.

Assistance with Fees

A bursary at the RGS offers a life-changing experience, providing students with the knowledge, the values and the skills to flourish at school and beyond. With our exceptional pastoral care and mentoring schemes, and our culture of mutual support and respect, we are proud of our commitment to provide a secure and nurturing environment for boys from all walks of life. Our vision is to realise the talent of future generations by providing an excellent education to boys of all backgrounds as widely available as possible. As a result, although entry is competitive, any parent who would like their son to come to the RGS should not be deterred from applying for financial reasons as bursary funding is offered to successful applicants on a means-tested basis as well as on the basis of academic merit.

After the School’s foundation in 1509, King Edward VI ordered in 1552 that there was to be “one Grammar School in Guildford… for the education, institution and instruction of boys and youths in Grammar at all future times for ever to endure.”  The RGS is an unusual independent school in that for periods of its 500-year history the education offered has been fully inclusive, without financial implication. As part of the state-maintained system from 1945 – 79 all boys at the RGS received their education free of charge. To this day the School continues to be inclusive with currently 368 boys from state primary schools and boys who come from over 174 different schools in the local area. This results in a social and cultural diversity which enriches our community and offers unique opportunities as we strive to realise each individual’s potential.

Today, many of our boys receive means-tested financial assistance of whom nearly three-quarters were offered 50% fee support or more. The Headmaster’s long-term ambition is for full merit-based open access where every single student who earns his place, irrespective of his financial circumstances, can become an RGS student. Currently financial support ranges between 5% and 100% assistance. Families on very low incomes may also be assisted with the cost of lunches, travel, trips and various other financial aspects.

Bursaries are available for those boys applying to join the School at 11 and 13. There is no set number of bursary awards that may be made; the funds available will determine the number of awards granted. The value of bursaries is set by strict criteria and is based upon financial need; these are rigorously means tested and reviewed each year to take into account the continuing financial need of parents and the satisfactory overall performance, at the RGS, of the recipient. Applications for bursaries should be made when applying for a place at the School. All information is kept strictly confidential.

The bursary forms can be accessed here and need to be submitted no later than Friday 7 January 2022.

The bursaries are administered by the Bursar and should you require any further information or help, please do not hesitate to contact the Bursary Department by emailing jar@rgsg.co.uk.

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