Senior Academic

Learning Habits

Learning Habits

Central to a life-long love of learning, and interwoven throughout each student’s curricular and co-curricular experiences, the RGS Learning Habits are the characteristic behaviours and attributes which students develop in order to thrive as they progress through school, university and beyond.

  1. Organisation: As an RGS learner, I am punctual and well prepared so that I can make the most out of every opportunity.  I manage time effectively and meet deadlines.  My work is clearly and systematically ordered.
  2. Engagement: As an RGS learner, I work in partnership with others, test their ideas, demonstrate empathy and look towards their wellbeing. I am an active listener who is well engaged in learning; I notice and learn from what others do well. I fulfil my role within a team or group to the best of my ability.
  3. Imagination: As an RGS learner, I combine my existing knowledge and skills with intellectual curiosity and creativity to successfully plan and achieve things in unfamiliar situations, of which I am proud.
  4. Perseverance: As an RGS learner, I am tenacious when facing adversity or suffering setbacks.  I will understand and learn from both my mistakes and those of others, and resolve to try again.
  5. Aspiration: As an RGS learner, I aim to go beyond my current successes.  I enjoy making the most of the opportunities presented to me, both inside and outside of the classroom, irrespective of the outcome.
  6. Reflection: I recognise and celebrate my achievements and those of others.  I look back at the progress I have made and seek feedback so that I can refine and improve targets for my future development.  I have a sense of perspective, rationally test claims of truth and take responsibility for my own wellbeing.

Scholarship for All

Scholarship for All

Academic excellence is at the heart of our philosophy; we believe that the potential of all students is realised by nurturing a love of learning, by cultivating in each individual the School’s bespoke set of Learning Habits, and by fostering a scholarly mindset.

Sam Herman-Wilson, Head of Scholarship

The RGS is an academically selective school and we are proud that all our students are able, gifted and talented in at least one area of educational endeavour.

Our philosophy for fostering a scholarly mindset includes:

  • being fiercely curious and intellectually inquisitive;
  • looking for opportunities beyond the curriculum and making connections between individual subjects;
  • encouraging creativity and a free-thinking approach which is willing to challenge conventional opinion;
  • providing opportunities for research and presentation skills;
  • mental resilience and flexibility to identify and offer creative solutions to challenges and not be daunted by initial failure and setback, rather seeing it as a constructive and necessary part of development;
  • being ambassadors of excellence and celebrating aspiration and achievement while always remaining humble;
  • enriching and benefiting others within the School and those in the community;
  • developing a lifelong love of learning and a lasting thirst for knowledge and self-improvement.

These qualities are not just reserved for academic scholars, but rather are a description of the culture at the RGS and what characterises the ethos of the School.  They are the qualities to which every student should aspire and, as such, regular opportunities are provided which are open to all students for enrichment, stretch and challenge as part of our Programme for Scholarship.

The Journal and The Annual

The Journal consists of the top Independent Learning Assignments, our internal extended research project, undertaken by all members of the Lower Sixth Form.

The Journal 2018

The Journal 2019

The Journal 2020

The Journal 2021

In recent years topics have included everything from Democratic Confederalism in Northern Syria, to Pericles as a Tyrant, from Using religion to decipher Oliver Messiaen’s music to Biomimicry in Engineering and How to build a Jet Engine in your own shed.

The Annual is a compendium of scholarly works undertaken by students of all ages at the RGS. The Annual was designed to exhibit and celebrate intellectual curiosity, and the extraordinary depth and breadth of study conducted by a broad range of our students.

Annual 2017

Annual 2018

Annual 2019

Single-Sex Education

Single-Sex Education

RGS Guildford enjoys a unique reputation educationally, with some of the leading single-sex schools in the country which co-exist harmoniously and yet also independently to provide an inspiring, dynamic experience and co-educational feel appropriate for the 21st century.

Jimmy Pressley, Senior Master

The RGS has a long-standing tradition of providing the very best education for boys and the School’s educational philosophy is geared towards achieving this aim.

RGS students enjoy regular interaction and develop lasting friendships with their peers from local girls’ schools: travelling to and from school together, co-performing in drama productions and music concerts, enjoying joint trips and expeditions, learning together through the General Studies programme in the Sixth Form, and enjoying both organised social events and also meeting informally in town.

At the RGS, our ethos encourages each individual to fulfil his potential in academic, sporting, artistic and co-curricular pursuits; boys are able to express and challenge themselves irrespective of their chosen field.   Boys are given the space and opportunity to mature and develop at their own pace and, most importantly, they enjoy a happy and challenging education in a supportive, positive environment.  Although a single-sex school, we pride ourselves on avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to education.

Our school provides a safe and nurturing space for students to develop their individuality, personality and talents.  Within the classroom environment, accomplished members of staff tailor their teaching to provide a stimulating, inspiring education which fulfils a need for pace, variety and healthy competition.  Our students emerge from the School as modest yet confident individuals, cultured and respectful young men who have been influenced by male and female role models alike and who have had the chance to challenge misconception and preconception, stereotype and societal prejudice in a balanced, reflective fashion.

Learning Habits

Central to a life-long love of learning, and interwoven throughout each student’s curricular and co-curricular experiences, the RGS Learning Habits are the characteristic behaviours and attributes which students develop in order to thrive as they progress through school, university and beyond.

  1. Organisation: As an RGS learner, I am punctual and well prepared so that I can make the most out of every opportunity.  I manage time effectively and meet deadlines.  My work is clearly and systematically ordered.
  2. Engagement: As an RGS learner, I work in partnership with others, test their ideas, demonstrate empathy and look towards their wellbeing. I am an active listener who is well engaged in learning; I notice and learn from what others do well. I fulfil my role within a team or group to the best of my ability.
  3. Imagination: As an RGS learner, I combine my existing knowledge and skills with intellectual curiosity and creativity to successfully plan and achieve things in unfamiliar situations, of which I am proud.
  4. Perseverance: As an RGS learner, I am tenacious when facing adversity or suffering setbacks.  I will understand and learn from both my mistakes and those of others, and resolve to try again.
  5. Aspiration: As an RGS learner, I aim to go beyond my current successes.  I enjoy making the most of the opportunities presented to me, both inside and outside of the classroom, irrespective of the outcome.
  6. Reflection: I recognise and celebrate my achievements and those of others.  I look back at the progress I have made and seek feedback so that I can refine and improve targets for my future development.  I have a sense of perspective, rationally test claims of truth and take responsibility for my own wellbeing.

Scholarship for All

Academic excellence is at the heart of our philosophy; we believe that the potential of all students is realised by nurturing a love of learning, by cultivating in each individual the School’s bespoke set of Learning Habits, and by fostering a scholarly mindset.

Sam Herman-Wilson, Head of Scholarship

The RGS is an academically selective school and we are proud that all our students are able, gifted and talented in at least one area of educational endeavour.

Our philosophy for fostering a scholarly mindset includes:

  • being fiercely curious and intellectually inquisitive;
  • looking for opportunities beyond the curriculum and making connections between individual subjects;
  • encouraging creativity and a free-thinking approach which is willing to challenge conventional opinion;
  • providing opportunities for research and presentation skills;
  • mental resilience and flexibility to identify and offer creative solutions to challenges and not be daunted by initial failure and setback, rather seeing it as a constructive and necessary part of development;
  • being ambassadors of excellence and celebrating aspiration and achievement while always remaining humble;
  • enriching and benefiting others within the School and those in the community;
  • developing a lifelong love of learning and a lasting thirst for knowledge and self-improvement.

These qualities are not just reserved for academic scholars, but rather are a description of the culture at the RGS and what characterises the ethos of the School.  They are the qualities to which every student should aspire and, as such, regular opportunities are provided which are open to all students for enrichment, stretch and challenge as part of our Programme for Scholarship.

The Journal and The Annual

The Journal consists of the top Independent Learning Assignments, our internal extended research project, undertaken by all members of the Lower Sixth Form.

The Journal 2018

The Journal 2019

The Journal 2020

The Journal 2021

In recent years topics have included everything from Democratic Confederalism in Northern Syria, to Pericles as a Tyrant, from Using religion to decipher Oliver Messiaen’s music to Biomimicry in Engineering and How to build a Jet Engine in your own shed.

The Annual is a compendium of scholarly works undertaken by students of all ages at the RGS. The Annual was designed to exhibit and celebrate intellectual curiosity, and the extraordinary depth and breadth of study conducted by a broad range of our students.

Annual 2017

Annual 2018

Annual 2019

Single-Sex Education

RGS Guildford enjoys a unique reputation educationally, with some of the leading single-sex schools in the country which co-exist harmoniously and yet also independently to provide an inspiring, dynamic experience and co-educational feel appropriate for the 21st century.

Jimmy Pressley, Senior Master

The RGS has a long-standing tradition of providing the very best education for boys and the School’s educational philosophy is geared towards achieving this aim.

RGS students enjoy regular interaction and develop lasting friendships with their peers from local girls’ schools: travelling to and from school together, co-performing in drama productions and music concerts, enjoying joint trips and expeditions, learning together through the General Studies programme in the Sixth Form, and enjoying both organised social events and also meeting informally in town.

At the RGS, our ethos encourages each individual to fulfil his potential in academic, sporting, artistic and co-curricular pursuits; boys are able to express and challenge themselves irrespective of their chosen field.   Boys are given the space and opportunity to mature and develop at their own pace and, most importantly, they enjoy a happy and challenging education in a supportive, positive environment.  Although a single-sex school, we pride ourselves on avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to education.

Our school provides a safe and nurturing space for students to develop their individuality, personality and talents.  Within the classroom environment, accomplished members of staff tailor their teaching to provide a stimulating, inspiring education which fulfils a need for pace, variety and healthy competition.  Our students emerge from the School as modest yet confident individuals, cultured and respectful young men who have been influenced by male and female role models alike and who have had the chance to challenge misconception and preconception, stereotype and societal prejudice in a balanced, reflective fashion.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The combination of genuine breadth and depth is at the heart of the School’s philosophy.  Our curriculum offers access to all the aesthetic, human and social, linguistic, mathematical, creative and literary, scientific and technological, physical and moral and spiritual areas of learning.  By studying a range of subjects, our boys are able to find their own voice, make informed option choices and forge a bespoke path which plays to their individual strengths and passions.

SubjectFirst FormThird Form
English4 Periods4 Periods
Mathematics4 Periods4 Periods
Integrated Science6 Periods
Biology2 Periods
Chemistry2 Periods
Physics2 Periods
Core Language (French/Spanish)3 Periods3 Periods
Option Pool A
Second Language

(French, Spanish, German or Greek)

2½ Periods
Latin3 Periods2½ Periods
Geography3 Periods2½ Periods
History3 Periods2½ Periods
Religious Studies2 Periods2½ Periods
Option Pool B
Art2 Periods2½ Periods
Design and Technology2 Periods2½ Periods
Music1 Period2½ Periods
Drama1 Period2½ Periods
Digital Learning1 Period
Computational Thinking1 Period
Tutor Period1 Period2 Periods
PE1 Period1 Period
Games3 Periods3 Periods
ExAd1 Period

All boys in the Third Form and above take part in the ExAd programme, an outdoor and expedition training programme which takes place in a single period each week.  The training covers a variety of practical skills and provide the opportunity to gain numerous accredited awards. It will also cover the requirements of the expedition section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Third Form curriculum introduces a degree of optionality, allowing students to begin to narrow their focus on fewer subjects. Students choose 6 subjects from the two Options Pools, including a minimum of 3 subjects from Option Pool A and a minimum of 2 subjects from Option Pool B.

RGS Sixth Form Curriculum 2021

RGS Middle School Curriculum 2021

Results

Results

The RGS is consistently one of the top boys’ schools in the country at both A Level and GCSE according to the national league tables.

In 2020 at GCSE, 53% of all grades were grade 9 and 79% of grades were grade 8 – 9.  In total, 12 boys achieved grade 9 in 10 or more of their subjects and 39% of the year group achieved all results at grades 8 or 9.  At A Level 323 A*/A grades were secured in traditionally rigorous, robust subjects.  16 students gained a perfect set of A* grades with a further 75 achieving a clean set of A* and A grades.

The School is also extremely proud of its Oxbridge record; in the last ten years 325 offers have been achieved at Oxford and Cambridge.  In addition, the School is equally proud of all those boys achieving first-choice offers on the most competitive course from Russell Group and other leading UK and international universities.

GCSE Results 

A Level Results 

Oxbridge Statistics 

Leavers’ Destinations 

University Courses

Curriculum

The combination of genuine breadth and depth is at the heart of the School’s philosophy.  Our curriculum offers access to all the aesthetic, human and social, linguistic, mathematical, creative and literary, scientific and technological, physical and moral and spiritual areas of learning.  By studying a range of subjects, our boys are able to find their own voice, make informed option choices and forge a bespoke path which plays to their individual strengths and passions.

SubjectFirst FormThird Form
English4 Periods4 Periods
Mathematics4 Periods4 Periods
Integrated Science6 Periods
Biology2 Periods
Chemistry2 Periods
Physics2 Periods
Core Language (French/Spanish)3 Periods3 Periods
Option Pool A
Second Language

(French, Spanish, German or Greek)

2½ Periods
Latin3 Periods2½ Periods
Geography3 Periods2½ Periods
History3 Periods2½ Periods
Religious Studies2 Periods2½ Periods
Option Pool B
Art2 Periods2½ Periods
Design and Technology2 Periods2½ Periods
Music1 Period2½ Periods
Drama1 Period2½ Periods
Digital Learning1 Period
Computational Thinking1 Period
Tutor Period1 Period2 Periods
PE1 Period1 Period
Games3 Periods3 Periods
ExAd1 Period

All boys in the Third Form and above take part in the ExAd programme, an outdoor and expedition training programme which takes place in a single period each week.  The training covers a variety of practical skills and provide the opportunity to gain numerous accredited awards. It will also cover the requirements of the expedition section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Third Form curriculum introduces a degree of optionality, allowing students to begin to narrow their focus on fewer subjects. Students choose 6 subjects from the two Options Pools, including a minimum of 3 subjects from Option Pool A and a minimum of 2 subjects from Option Pool B.

RGS Sixth Form Curriculum 2021

RGS Middle School Curriculum 2021

Results

The RGS is consistently one of the top boys’ schools in the country at both A Level and GCSE according to the national league tables.

In 2020 at GCSE, 53% of all grades were grade 9 and 79% of grades were grade 8 – 9.  In total, 12 boys achieved grade 9 in 10 or more of their subjects and 39% of the year group achieved all results at grades 8 or 9.  At A Level 323 A*/A grades were secured in traditionally rigorous, robust subjects.  16 students gained a perfect set of A* grades with a further 75 achieving a clean set of A* and A grades.

The School is also extremely proud of its Oxbridge record; in the last ten years 325 offers have been achieved at Oxford and Cambridge.  In addition, the School is equally proud of all those boys achieving first-choice offers on the most competitive course from Russell Group and other leading UK and international universities.

GCSE Results 

A Level Results 

Oxbridge Statistics 

Leavers’ Destinations 

University Courses

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