The Royal Hospital School was founded in 1712 by Royal Charter with a focus on discovery, exploration and challenge. These remain at the heart of its educational values today as pupils are encouraged to discover their passions and strengths and to be ambitious in the classroom and beyond. The School is a centre of excellence for sailing, has a wealth of leadership and personal development opportunities and is renowned for its exceptional music, both choral and instrumental.
The School combines the best of academic tradition and rigor with progressive teaching and learning strategies. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technologies and small class sizes, dedicated teachers and supportive personal tutors help to empower young people to learn and develop in an ever-changing world.
94% of the Year 13 who have applied to university have secured a place at university (2016). Particularly pleasing is that 65% are going to their first choice university and 22% to their insurance place.
There is a large and happy boarding community and the strong house structure provides exceptional pastoral care. There are two junior houses for 11 to 12 year olds, three girls’ and three boys’ boarding houses as well as a coeducational house for those in their final year, providing a stepping-stone to more independent living. Each has its own distinct identity but all provide comfortable study bedrooms and have superb communal areas for relaxing and socialising.
The 200 acre grounds offer expansive games fields for all the main team sports, all-weather hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts, field and track athletics facilities, cross-country courses and a golf course. There is a large indoor swimming pool, squash courts, a newly-refurbished multi-purpose sports centre with climbing wall and a fitness suites. The Sailing Academy is an RYA Training Centre with a fleet of more than 60 dinghies and horse riding is provided through a neighbouring equestrian centre.
Music plays an important part of school life. This is reflected in the busy state-of-the-art Music School and the full and varied musical performance programme. Drama forms part of the curriculum but pupils can also take LAMDA examinations and get involved in plays, musicals and drama competitions. The Art and Design centre is another hub of creativity and originality where pupils can experiment in a wide range of media and have access to well-equipped workshops.
At the Royal Hospital School, we believe in nurturing the talents and abilities of each individual. We provide an exciting learning environment in which pupils are motivated to fulfil their academic potential and achieve their ambitions. Our pupils are taught study skills, how to learn independently, how to think imaginatively and how to reason critically. They learn to be confident, to be proud of their academic achievements and to believe in their own ambition.