We are happy to assess boys to join
the First and Second Forms at any time, provided we have space. Boys can join the Third Form or the Fourth
Form in September if we have a place. We
do not take boys into the Fifth Form or the Upper Sixth Form due to the linear
nature of the GCSE and A Level courses.
The RGS has a cut-off date for deciding into which year your son will go. This date is midnight on 31 August; therefore, a candidate cannot be older than the requested age of entry on 1 September of the year of entry. For example if your son was born on 1 May 2006 and your application was for 11+ for RGS, you would register him for entry for September 2017.
The School’s admissions procedure is based solely upon the aptitude of the candidate, rather than the school he is from; the RGS treats all applications equally. Boys join RGS from a wide variety of schools, both Preparatory and Primary. At the January 2016 entrance examination day, we had boys from 132 different schools.
Our entrance examinations are based on
Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum so that any boy who is at a Preparatory
or Primary school in England will have covered all the necessary material. We do not advise special preparation for
our examinations: the tests of literacy, numeracy and clear thinking are
designed to reveal potential rather than test achievement. In this light, the School would strongly
dissuade boys from being coached in advance of the assessment.
may enter the School between 8.00am and 8.15am to make use of the Mallison
Library and the Computer Room, or to have breakfast. There is no access to boys between 8.15am and
8.30am unless it is raining.
Registration is at 8.45am and lesson periods start at 9.15am, after
Tutor Period or Assembly. There are five
periods in the morning with a 20-minute break after the first two periods. Lunch is at 12.45pm. Lessons start again at 2.00pm and school
finishes at 4.00pm.
No. Our proximity to both Guildford Main Line and
London Road (Guildford) train stations enables large numbers of boys to come to
school by train or other means of public transport. Currently, boys travel in to the School from throughout
Surrey as well as from Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire and Sussex. The RGS is committed to supporting sustainable
means of transport and wherever possible encourages the boys to walk or cycle, use
public transport, or share lifts.
No. First Form boys have lunch between 12.05pm
and 12.30pm, when they go to their Period 5.
This lasts from 12.30pm until 1.10pm.
They then have a break until registration at 1.50pm.
boys will be set three or four homeworks on each day of the school week,
lasting 20 minutes per subject.
the First Form, boys can choose between French or Spanish as their core
language and everyone studies Latin. In
the Third Form, they choose an additional language from Ancient Greek, German
or the alternate language from the First Form choice, French or Spanish. Extra-curricular Arabic, Chinese, Japanese
and Russian are taught by freelance teachers at lunchtimes and after school.
We run over seventy different clubs
and societies which cater to all tastes and interests, either during lunch time
or after school. The Societies Fair takes
place during the first two weeks of the Autumn Term and the boys are able to
sign up for the clubs they would like to join.
The School’s philosophy of Sport for
All means that all boys have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of
sports, whether it be at A team level or just for fun. Boys in the First Form will have one Physical
Education session and three Games lessons per week as part of the curriculum.
In addition, training for the main sports runs after school. How much an
individual boy will be involved in will depend on his interest in sport as well
as his ability.
is no teaching but most of the sports fixtures are played on Saturday. The School expects those boys selected for
fixtures to represent the School and wholeheartedly welcomes the support of
parents at these matches.
boy will be allocated to a Tutor Group and the Form Tutor will have
responsibility for the welfare and academic progress of their tutees. The Form Tutor should be the first point of
contact and email is the most efficient means of contact. Further details are provided in the Parents section of the website.
RGS has a robust system for storing and redistribution of lost property. A list of all names items of lost property is
circulated electronically to parents on a weekly basis. The boys should then reclaim their kit from
the lost property store which is open every Friday. All items, including clothing must be clearly
and indelibly marked to enable this system to work.
RGS is within a 15 minute walk of Guildford High School and Tormead
School. Many of our boys have siblings
attending one of these schools. Music
and Drama are frequently run in collaboration with these schools and also with
St Catherine's School, Bramley. In the
Sixth Form, we run a joint General Studies programme in conjunction with
Guildford High School, with pupils being taught in mixed classes at either of
the two schools depending on the options they have chosen. In the last twelve months, GHS and
RGS students have participated together on a joint musical tour of Malta; a
drama production of Guys and Dolls;
the annual charity Fashion Show; and various concerts including the Carol Services.
In addition, the 1st XV RGS rugby team
traditionally play the first team GHS lacrosse team as part of their final year
celebrations, and the formal Leavers’ Ball held in the RGS’s historic Tudor
setting, perfectly encapsulates the strong community links on an evening where
boys from the RGS, girls from local girls schools and their parents come
together to celebrate their time at School.
RGS is a close-knit community which values the strong links between boys,
parents, staff and governors. Parents
are warmly invited to attend a range of school events, including concerts, play
and sports fixtures. The fortnightly
Parental Bulletin draws attention to those events which may be of particular
interest to parents. There is also an
active Parents’ Association which provides many opportunities for social