In 2010, the RGS began its international partnership with two schools in Besisahar, Nepal.
The connection with the two schools, BhuPu Sainik Secondary School and Janabikas Government Secondary School, was formed through a connection with Old Guildfordian Alex Ewart. Alex worked in Besisahar during his gap year in 2004, before tragically losing his life in a white-water-rafting accident. The Alex Ewart Fund has since raised over £150,000 for the two schools helping them more than double in size, and changing the lives of many children in Besisahar. The aim of this mutual partnership is to offer both the Nepali and the RGS students an insight into another culture and become more globally aware. It gives the students an opportunity to complete joint projects on topics such as arranged marriages and water sustainability. Over the last three years, nine different RGS staff and two Nepali staff have visited the other school to establish further the partnership schools and explore how best to develop cross-cultural links and understanding between the schools.
The RGS and the Nepali schools have been awarded the British Council International School Award (ISA). This accreditation celebrates the international focus of the partnership and the efforts made to offer the students a more varied and global view of the world. Some of the activities which enabled the RGS to achieve this award were: joint planning with our partner schools; joint projects for the Second, Third and Fifth Forms; the introduction of House Kabaddi hosted both at the RGS and in Nepal; the establishment of the Nepal Society; PSHME global citizenship lessons and the successful continuation of Nepal Day. In addition, the partnership enables RGS boys to teach in the schools during their Gap Year and the School had its first three Old Guildfordians complete this three-month placement in 2012.