Reigate Grammar School is a co-educational day school with 1000 pupils. Founded in 1675, it is academically selective, with a large Sixth Form. The school also enjoys a reputation for strong pastoral care and a very wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Awarded School of the Year 2019 by the TES for our pastoral care and ISP School of the Year.
"Priorities one, two and three for this selective school are pastoral care and this – coupled with fabulous teaching, students’ almost uniquely acute awareness of their own approach to learning and a heavy dose of extra-curricular – makes for happy kids and great results." Good Schools Guide
About the school
Pupils are normally admitted to Reigate Grammar School at the ages of 11, 13 or 16, although vacancies may occasionally occur at other ages. New pupils normally enter the school in September.
The majority of our pupils enter at age 11 (Year 7). They will come from a mixture of local primary and preparatory schools. RGS usually take about 120 pupils at age 11. A small number of pupils enter the school at age 13 (Year 9), usually from prep schools, or because they have moved into the area. Reigate Grammar also accept pupils into the Sixth Form (Year 12). There is no set number of places.
Scholarships at RGS are awarded for academic excellence and for outstanding ability and potential in music, sport and other extra-curricular activities such as art, drama, dance and chess.
Bursaries are intended to enable gifted children to attend the school irrespective of family income. Bursaries are only available to those who are successful in our Entrance Examination and interview and assistance is not guaranteed if a place is offered. The level of fee remission will be determined on a sliding scale which may offer up to 100 per cent reduction in fees. Assistance towards the cost of school uniform, school meals and travel may also be available in cases of particular need.
As a result of the global economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Reigate Grammar School governors agreed not to increase school fees for the Autumn Term of the Academic Year 2020/21.The fees from September 2020 therefore remain unchanged at £6,380 per term for the First and Second Forms and £6,450 per term for the Third to Sixth Forms. Fees will increase from 1 January 2021 to £6,580 per term for the First and Second Forms and £6,660 per term for the Third to Sixth Forms.
Reigate Grammar School shortlisted in the UK Social Mobility Awards
Reigate Grammar has been shortlisted in the UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs) of 2021. The winners will be announced on the 14th October. The awards recognise organisations that have created initiatives to advance social mobility.
16th July 2021 — Reigate Grammar has been shortlisted in the UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs) of 2021.
These awards provide the opportunity to recognise organisations that have created initiatives to advance social mobility within their establishments.
RGS has always been embedded in the heart of the community and the school’s belief to improve social mobility underpins its ethos: to provide world-class education to children from all backgrounds.
The SOMOs were the first national awards introduced to acknowledge organisations who were raising awareness and making a difference within their community.
RGS’s Changing Lives fundraising campaign is an award-winning initiative that provides bursaries to talented children whose families may not be able to pay RGS fees.
Headmaster, Mr Shaun Fenton said: "We currently have over 170 children in the school on means-tested bursary support as we strive to support access and social mobility."
The school raises and spends millions on fee reduction every year, including through events, philanthropy clubs, will bequests and personal donations.
The Nightingale Fund was established in 2020 to provide bursaries to talented children of essential, lower-paid key workers.
Sixth Form bursaries were also established for those students wishing to study A Level courses to access Medicine and related studies at university – nurturing the next generation of NHS Heroes.
Mr Fenton commented: "Our school recognises the outstanding contribution that NHS key workers make to the health of the British people, particularly during the Covid crisis.
"We are eternally grateful for their continued bravery and aim to educate the next generation of these incredible people."
He continued: "The pandemic has redefined our values and re-embedded our school’s commitment to making a difference, it has changed us for the better."
The winners will be announced on 14th October 2021.
Most Outstanding Service Personnel Award for Reigate Grammar CCF
Reigate Grammar CCF have been named as the winner for the Most Outstanding Service Personnel in Lockdown in the Armed Forces Community Lockdown Awards. RGS was honoured to be the only CCF and overall Cadet unit shortlisted in these awards.
8th June 2021 — Reigate Grammar School have announced that their Combined Cadet Force have been named as the winner for the Most Outstanding Service Personnel in Lockdown, in association with the Invictus Games Foundation in the Armed Forces Community Lockdown Awards hosted by Pathfinder International.
The CCF Unit has had an incredible year despite dealing with the constraints of Covid.
Activities have included a Field Day at Tilgate Park in October, a Poppy Run which raised over £500 and involvement in Operation Bletchley which also raised another £500 for the ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity.
Led by Contingent Commander, Lieutenant Andy Pruvost, the RGS CCF has seen an increase in numbers over the year.
The CCF offers young people a broad range of challenging, exciting and adventurous activities; personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline are the core values.
With a recent affiliation secured with the Grenadier Guards, RGS CCF will offer new levels of opportunity including field trips to Buckingham Palace and regimental workshops.
RGS was honoured to be the only CCF and overall Cadet unit shortlisted in these awards.
Lieutenant Pruvost commented: "I’m incredibly proud of our contingent. They are a pleasure to work with and they deserve this nomination."
Headmaster, Mr Fenton said: "Mr Pruvost continues to make an excellent contribution to the school and his dedication to our CCF is impressive. I have no doubt the CCF will continue to go from strength to strength."
Reigate Grammar School has been shortlisted for two community categories in the 2021 AMCIS Awards.
Reigate Grammar School has been shortlisted in two community categories in the annual AMCIS Awards. These awards recognise campaigns which have made a significant impacts on the school and the community.
25th May 2021 — Reigate Grammar School is thrilled to have been shortlisted in two categories in the Admissions, Marketing and Communications in Independent Schools Awards (AMCIS). These awards recognise and celebrate campaigns that made a significant impact on a school and its community in 2020.
Shortlisted for the Partnership/Outreach Impact Award, the submission focused on the #RGSWeCare Campaign. The heart of this campaign concentrated on reaching out to vulnerable people in the community. Drive-through food banks were established, letters were written to the self-isolating people and prescriptions and shopping were delivered. Hundreds of RGS volunteers including our existing students were mobilised into action to raise thousands of pounds for charity
Also shortlisted for the Branding Impact Award, RGS concentrated on offering hope and guidance in the community. It wasn’t a time to promote exam results, it was a time to provide optimism and sustain people through remembering the good times.
Headmaster, Mr Shaun Fenton said, ‘I was delighted with the way the whole school community created an unstoppable momentum during such difficult times. The community spirit and one of resilience were so evident. Looking back makes me continue to be incredibly proud to be a part of the Reigatian community. These awards genuinely represent who we are and more importantly, what we do.
Mr Fenton added, ‘One of the positive impacts of Covid was the establishment of the means-tested NHS bursaries which provided 100% free school places to children of lowly paid NHS workers. These have been established due to the generosity of hundreds of community donations. It is lovely to be shortlisted for awards and in this case, I believe them to be well deserved.’
The winners will be announced via a virtual awards ceremony in June.
Reigate Grammar School's Virtual Carols by Candlelight
Reigate Grammar School has come up with an innovative way to deliver their first ever virtual Carols by Candelight, which is always a very special event for the whole school and the local community.
15th December 2020 — Reigate Grammar School's first ever virtual Carols by Candlelight will premiere on the school's Youtube channel, rgs.to/videos, on Wednesday 16 December at 7:00pm. RGS has come up with an innovative way to deliver what is a very special event for the whole school and the local community.
The service tells the Christmas story through readings delivered by Reigate Grammar School students and staff and includes some wonderful carols performed by an array of RGS Choirs and Ensembles.
If you would like to watch, the service will be streamed 'as live' on rgs.to/videos at 7:00pm on Wednesday 16 December, or will be available to watch at a later date. During these difficult times, this is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to come together as one and enjoy a festive evening.
Reigate Grammar School's Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, is awarded the OBE for Services to Education.
14th October 2020 — Over the weekend, it was announced that Reigate Grammar School's Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, is awarded the OBE for Services to Education. This is a great honour for him and something for the whole Reigatian community to celebrate. Mr Fenton immediately pointed out that the award can only be a testament to the talented students, hardworking staff and supportive parents of RGS.
Mr Fenton’s career has seen him work in schools serving disadvantaged communities and he was also part of a local authority team that was sent in to help failing schools. He is the only person in the country to have been Headteacher of a state comprehensive school, a state grammar school, an academy and now a leading independent school. His last headship at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham saw that school named school of the year; he has been a National Leader of Education, Chair of the Grammar Schools Heads’ Association, Chair of HMC and he is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.
At Reigate Grammar School, Shaun has led the schools to multiple awards; integrated Chinthurst into the family of schools; pushed hard to develop bursaries and local community partnerships; and had the vision to pioneer RGS's international schools programme that now sees the school with partners in China, Morocco and Vietnam.
About his award, Mr Fenton said: “The important thing is the positive experience of children in our care every day and the impact of our partnership work on the local community. It is a privilege to be a teacher. I will remember forever the moment I was able to share the news of my award with my children.”
Reigate Grammar School wins School of the Year, awarded by Tatler
Reigate Grammar School has been announced as School of the Year in the prestigious Tatler Schools Awards 2020.
7th October 2020 — Reigate Grammar School has been announced as School of the Year in the prestigious Tatler Schools Awards 2020. The announcement was made at a special online event on Tuesday 6th October, hosted on Tatler Schools's IGTV.
The Tatler Schools Guide is one of the most prestigious school reviewers operating across the sector and Reigate Grammar School has been listed in their 2020 Schools Guide and named as the top school in the country.
The review, in this month’s magazine, is testament to both the hard work, dedication and talent of RGS staff and students and to the support of RGS parents. It says Reigate Grammar is a “caring and inclusive school… producing down-to-earth yet high-achieving all-rounders”. Adding that RGS has a sense of “community at its heart”.
Headmaster Shaun Fenton said: “I am delighted that Reigate Grammar School has been announced as School of the Year by this prestigious school reviewer and magazine. Of course, it is the experience of our students and staff on a daily basis that trumps any award but it does help to see how the school is held in high regard by external and respectable sources. I see these nominations as testament to the quality of our teachers, the support of our parent body and to the credit of the fine young Reigatians in our care.”
Reigate Grammar School has also recently been awarded ‘School of the Year – Pastoral Care and Wellbeing’ by the Times Education Supplement and is shortlisted for 'School of the Year' in the Independent Schools of the Year 2020 awards programme.