United Kingdom / Greater London / Surrey / Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Grammar School Review

Reigate Grammar School is an academically selective co-ed senior school in Surrey with a nurturing approach to education, a broad extra-curricular offering, and a flexible curriculum that includes an extended three-year GCSE programme.
At a glance
School type
Private
School phase
Secondary
Inspection rating
Excellent
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
GBP 20,500
Annual fees
GBP 20,425 - 20,425
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1675
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Mr Shaun Fenton
Community
Does your child attend this school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO
favorite favorite_border Save
Reigate Grammar School
School type
Private
School phase
Secondary
Inspection rating
Excellent
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
GBP 20,500
Annual fees
GBP 20,425 - 20,425
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1675
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Mr Shaun Fenton
Community
MORE arrow_drop_down
Updated:
Thursday 30 September, 2021

Reigate Grammar School is an academically selective co-ed senior school in Surrey with a nurturing approach to education, a broad extra-curricular offering, and a flexible curriculum that includes an extended three-year GCSE programme.

Reigate Grammar School is a co-ed senior school with a flexible curriculum and an ethos that supports and nurtures girls and boys with a wide range of talents. Located in leafy Surrey, this large day school enrols 950 students from Year 7 through to Sixth Form. It's a happy, welcoming school where children are challenged while having the choice to explore subjects that feel relevant to them; learning is further enriched with a broad education that extends far beyond the formal curriculum.

The school motto is Happy Kids, Great Results, which appears to ring true. Parents frequently describe it as friendly and supportive school with a focus on pastoral care, and national league tables highlight its academic achievements. 

RGS is a selective school that still holds onto the grammar school approach of its founding roots as an-all boys free school in 1675. But while it may be a very academic school, it is not a hothouse; this is a school that expects its students to be hardworking and independent learners, but in a far more relaxed learning environment that some other top UK independent schools.

It's a school with a very nurturing side, particularly in the younger years – and it has been recognised nationally for its outstanding wellbeing programmes. All First Form students have a Sixth Form mentor and a a Second Form buddy to support them throughout their first year. It was one of the first UK schools to launch its own wellbeing festival. And it has a dedicated wellbeing centre, complete with beanbags, were students can find a sense of calm.

RGS has embraced change over the years by becoming co-ed from 1976 and merging with Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School in 2003 and Chinthurst School (Tadworth) in 2017. Together the three schools educate around 1,500 students aged three to 18. RGS has also branched out internationally with the opening of campuses in China and Morocco, and most recently RGS Vietnam.

Long-serving headteacher Shaun Fenton has been Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School since September 2012, having previously led Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham and Sir John Lawes School, Hertfordshire. He was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School and Keble College, Oxford.

Curriculum

RGS offers a flexible curriculum that can adapt to the needs of students with varying learning styles and interests. 

Students are given increasing autonomy over their subject choices as they move up the school. In Year 7, they can choose to study three different languages from a strong choice of French, Spanish, German, Latin and Mandarin.

When choosing GCSE options, students are not restricted to selecting a choice of subjects from ‘blocks’ (an approach taken by many UK schools). GCSEs are completed over three years, rather than the traditional two, and this extra year gives Year 9 and 10 students time off every week to participate in an Elective Programme; this offers the opportunities to explore less-traditional subjects such as stop frame animation, photography; learn a new language; or complete some charity work. It may not suit every student to start GCSE-level study in Year 9, but the higher level of ability of RGS students appear to cope well.

The RGS curriculum is diverse enough to offer students a wide breadth of study. From Year 7 it includes creative subjects such as DT, drama, music, art, food & nutrition and computing. Year 8 students complete an extended independent project called ‘Six Degrees of Separation’, an opportunity to explore their interests beyond the classroom through a wealth of experiences ranging from trips to podcasts and plays. And at GCSE and A Level, students have a wide choice of traditional and some less traditional subjects (A Level options include music technology, product design and psychology).

Class sizes remain fairly small, generally under 20, which helps teachers to deliver a more personalised approach to learning. There can be as few as eight students in some A Level classes.

Sport and the arts

Sporty students proudly represent Team Reigate across a range of competitive sports, and there is a wide enough choice of sports clubs too. It may not be the UK's sportiest school, but it fully recognises the importance of sport and fitness to student wellbeing and success.

The school is well-equipped for sport on campus with a 25m indoor swimming pool, dance studio, netball and tennis courts, two fitness suites, multi use games area and a sports hall. Sports fixtures are also played at the nearby RGS Hartswood Sports Ground, which has 32 acres of playing fields including include two all-weather pitches for hockey and tennis.

The arts are widely celebrated. As well as offering art and drama at GCSE and A Level, RGS stages three or four large-scale productions each year, and there are regular theatre trips, drama and dance clubs. Students showcase their talent off-campus in annual events including the National Student Drama Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival (with a touring puppet show) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Music takes centre stage here, and there is an orchestra, a string ensemble, a swing band, six choirs, two concert bands, wind ensembles, a guitar group, a percussion ensemble, a brass ensemble, rock bands and many chamber groups. Plenty of choice for the most musical of students. There are also weekly music lessons in RGS Saturday Music College, and the chance to join the prestigious RGS Godfrey Searle Choir with choristers from RGS and Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School.

Beyond the classroom

Students can explore a myriad of interests outside of their weekly timetable, from bands, drama productions, choirs and orchestras to sports teams, Duke of Edinburgh treks, Combined Cadet Force activities and overseas trips.

Academic results

RGS is a selective and high-achieving school.

In 2021, a very high 99% of A Level entries were graded A*, A or B; 89% of grades were A*-A. Students go onto Russell Group universities, and there are several Oxbridge and medical school offers every year. In 2020 (the last year that students sat exams), 66% of A Level grades were A*-A.

The most popular universities in 2021 were Bristol, Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge and medical school with the most popular courses being Engineering, Science, Law and Medicine.

In the 2021 GCSE results, over 47% of grades were 9 (A*) and over 80% of grades were at 9-8 (A*); in 2019, 64% were 9-8 (A*).

Campus and facilties

Close to Reigate town centre (and a short walk to the train station into London), RGS has developed its 17th Century campus over the years with several modern buildings. Investment over the past 15 years has seen the addition of an indoor swimming pool, Sixth Form Centre, drama studio, and a music school.

Admission and fees

The main points of entry are 11, 13 or 16 years, and several students join Year 7 from Reigate St. Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School or Chinthurst School, Tadworth. About half the students are from state schools and half from prep schools.

All students must sit an entrance exam, and sample papers can be viewed on the school's website. 

There are academic, sport, music and headmaster’s scholarships, as well as bursary places available. For all other students, annual tuition fees are £20,425.

If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any inaccuracies, or would like to update data, you can now open an account with us. You will also be able to add admissions availability per year group, and advertise current job vacancies. This is a free service. Please help us keep prospective parents up to date with your latest information.

Are you looking for a place for your child, and want help from our school consultants? If so, click on the link below, and we will forward your request for information to the school or schools of the same type that we are confident have availability. This is a free service for our readers. Request Information

Comments
Latest UK articles
New Schools

Uppingham School to Open Vietnam Campus

Uppingham School will open a day and boarding school in Vietnam in 2023, which will …

Interviews

Kent College Canterbury: Focusing on the Individual

Our team were delighted to interview David Lamper, Executive Head of Kent College Canter…

International Boarding

International Students: Preparing for UK Boarding

You’re on board with the idea of a boarding education – but what happens when…

International Boarding

UK Boarding Schools: Qs for Open Days!

Taunton School is one of more than 500 boarding schools across the UK As parent…

University

UK or US University: When to Apply?

Are you applying to university for an undergraduate degree in the UK or the US? Applicati…

Choosing A School

Online Schools: Getting a Primary Education

King's InterHigh offers an online primary education from Year 3 After the sudde…

International Boarding

Weekly & Flexi Boarding: Best of Both Worlds?

Traditionally, boarding meant waving goodbye to your child at the beginning of term and n…

Choosing A School

Why Pick an Independent School in Scotland?

Independent schools in Scotland offer a quality and diversity of education that attracts …

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All