Senior (ages 11 – 18)

Thank you for your interest in the RGS.  We very much look forward to welcoming you through our doors to experience what makes the RGS such a vibrant, welcoming and inspiring environment.  In the meantime, please take a moment to look at the further information below about our admissions process.

For questions or queries about any aspect of the admissions process please contact Admissions on 01483 880 600 or by email at RGS-Admissions@rgsg.co.uk.

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Our Senior Admissions Process

1. Registration

All students must be registered to sit our entrance examination. Please complete the form here along with payment of the non-refundable registration fee by Thursday 17 October 2024. Registration deadlines apply for each academic year.

If your son is currently in Year 7 or 8 please contact the Head of Admissions, Mrs Kathryn Sweet, on 01483 880 600 or by email at RGS-admissions@rgsg.co.uk before registering your son.

2. Assessment

Our main entry points are:

  • 11+ (Year 7)
  • 16+ (Year 12)
  • Occasional places available in Years 8, 9 and 10.
  • Historically, we have had a 13+ intake; we continue to welcome applications for Year 9 although entry into Year 9 from September 2027 will be dependent upon the number of places available in that year group. However, we may offer a place to students for whom the RGS would clearly be the right environment.
  • A wait list is available for all year groups (except Fifth Form – Year 11 and Upper Sixth Form – Year 13).
  • In exceptional circumstances (such as current school closure) and on an individual basis, we may be able to consider intake into Years 11 and 13.

The assessments for 11+ include:

  • A confidential reference from their current headteacher.
  • The online ISEB Common Pre-Tests during the first term of Year 6. 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-quarter hours to complete. No special preparation is required for the Common Pre-Tests.
  • An individual interview by current members of staff. These are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere to gain insight into each students’ interests and to see how they respond to questions they will not have prepared for.
  • A short composition/English creative writing task.

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  • We invite some students back in January for a second interview; this allows us to give all the benefit of doubt.  The interview provides opportunity to reflect on inconsistency in performance; relative weakness in one area; disparity between performance in the assessments and their reference.  This allows us to identify those with the potential to thrive at the RGS but who have not performed consistently in the assessment.

3. Offers

Parents are notified of the outcome towards the middle of February, on a date agreed by all schools which are a member of the Trinity Group. Acceptances are required by early March.

4. What happens next?

If your son is offered a place, you will be invited to our Offer Holders’ Event in February. This allows parents and boys to meet more of the staff body and current students and ask any outstanding questions. For those who accept their places, they are invited to our New Students’ Reception Afternoon.

Find out how our First Form settled quickly into student life here:

Joining the First Form video

Key Admissions Dates
2024-25

11+ & Sixth Form Registration Deadline for September 2025 entry Thursday 17 October 2024
11+ Entrance Examinations Saturday 16 November 2024
Sixth Form Interviews & CAT4 Tests Wednesday 27 November 2024

Thursday 28 November 2024

11+ Second Interviews Mid January 2025
11+ Academic Scholarships Mid January 2025
11+ & 13+ Music Scholarships Mid January 2025
12+ Assessment Early February 2025
11+ Results Emailed Friday 14 February 2025
13+ Art Scholarship Mid February 2025
Deadline for accepting offers for 11+ Wednesday 5 March 2025
Feedback for unsuccessful candidates available from Mid March 2025
13+ Sports Scholarships End April 2025
13+ Academic Scholarships Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 May 2025

Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships (see key dates above for 2024/25). Learn more about them here

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.  Students 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.