The School recognises that all RGS boys are able, gifted and talented
(AGT): for some, this may be across the curriculum; for others, it will be in
specific subject areas.
This definition extends to broader school life,
from activities which range from sport and outdoor pursuits through music, art
and drama to leadership and support or mentoring of others. The opportunity to
extend learning, both academic and personal, beyond the boundaries of the
curriculum is something which enables boys to stand out in the increasingly
competitive market of university application and graduate employment. The
School’s aim is to encourage the growth of intellectual curiosity, creativity
and passion for learning within a scholarly community.
Central to these aims is the emphasis placed on independent
learning. Each boy is nurtured to find his own academic voice and draw
out his innate ability in such a way as to engender academic confidence and
self-esteem. Boys achieve notable
success in a wide range of external competitions: whether it is in university
essay competitions, mathematics and science Olympiads, student investor
challenges or engineering and design trade fairs, RGS students are regularly
amongst the leading entries. Within school,
the Independent Learning Assignment, the School’s own bespoke version of the Extended
Project Qualification, allows Sixth Form students to develop the types of
learning which undergraduate study demands. A Scholars’ group exists to provide additional
opportunities for our most able boys but its activities are open to all.
On a wider scale, there is equal emphasis and success in areas that
include Associated Board Music Exams, Army Scholarships, Duke of Edinburgh
Award Scheme, regional, national and international success in a diverse range
of sports, Model United Nations and Young Enterprise. Each boy at the RGS will find at least one
area of school life in which he will truly excel.