The curriculum at the RGS is designed to enable boys joining the School at either 11 or 13 to experience the full breadth of academic opportunity and challenge before making key decisions when selecting their GCSE and A Level options.
In the first three years, boys study at least two languages, science and the full range of humanities and aesthetic subjects, in addition to core English and Mathematics. At GCSE, boys continue to study all three separate Sciences, a Modern Language, Mathematics and both English Language and Literature. This rigorous core element ensures that no long-term university or career plans are closed at this early stage. In addition, boys select a further three subjects, including at least one from the humanities, and with strong encouragement to retain breadth wherever possible. The majority of subjects follow IGCSE specifications. With the exception of Mathematics (for which some boys take GCSE a year early and then study for an Additional Mathematics qualification), boys are not set. At Sixth Form Level, the School remains firmly committed to traditional A Levels. Boys choose four subjects to study in the Lower Sixth and will then continue with three or four subjects depending on their own specific university plans. Although mindful of the demands of formal examinations, the emphasis is on stretching gifted students and encouragement to explore beyond the formal curriculum.
The School also places great emphasis on the broader curriculum. All boys follow an extensive PSHME programme and participate in an extensive games and outdoor education programme designed to provide opportunity for all boys at an appropriate level. In addition, the curriculum offers to develop skills in IT and critical thinking and, in the Sixth Form, to attend a number of General Studies courses and lecture series.
Junior School Curriculum
Middle School Curriculum
Sixth Form Curriculum