Reigate Grammar School is a co-educational day school with 870 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.
The Reigate Grammar School family delights in a hat trick of award nominations.
Reigate Grammar School and its two preps, Reigate St Mary’s and Chinthurst, have each received an Independent School of the Year award nomination, a feat unrivalled by any other school group in the country.
6th July 2020 — The Reigate Grammar School family consists of three schools, all sharing the same ethos and values but each with its own distinctive style. Together they educate more than 1600 pupils, from 2 to 18 years old, across Surrey. With over 3000 independent schools in the UK, it is remarkable that all three schools have been shortlisted for the prominent Independent School of the Year awards 2020.
Reigate Grammar is nominated for Senior School of the Year in recognition of the school’s outstanding daily provision for each child in their care and reflecting a passion for innovation, wellbeing and reaching out to the community. Recently, RGS students have helped over a thousand vulnerable local residents as part of the RGS WeCare campaign and have launched new bursaries to help educate children of NHS workers.
Chinthurst School in Tadworth is nominated for Independent School of the Year for Wellbeing in acknowledgement of their exceptional Wellbeing at Heart programme. This whole school pastoral approach prioritises kindness and the building of strong relationships with the children above all else. The school’s selection is particularly impressive as Chinthurst is one of the only preps shortlisted in a category dominated by senior schools.
Reigate St Mary’s is delighted to be nominated for Independent Prep School of the Year. This category looks for all round excellence and a holistic approach to education which reflects RSM’s belief that happy and healthy children go on to be high achievers. Their outstanding integration of technology into the learning of even their youngest children and their award winning robotics team sets them apart from other prep schools in the area.
All three schools have provided a full online curriculum of learning for their students during the recent lockdown and the preps were pleased to welcome back all their pupils full time in June.
Reigate Grammar Headmaster, Shaun Fenton is proud of the group’s achievement. ‘The daily experience of each child entrusted to the care of the RGS family is much more important than any awards but it is wonderful that our approach to education is recognised by leading figures in the sector. It has been a challenging term but the school community has pulled together and looked after each other, evolving and adapting where necessary to ensure the continued delivery of an excellent education’.
Reigate Grammar School hosts General Election hustings
The Upper Sixth Form student body and Politics students from the Lower Sixth Form at Reigate Grammar School organised and attended a General Election hustings at the school on Monday 18 November.
28th November 2019 — The Upper Sixth Form student body and Politics students from the Lower Sixth Form at Reigate Grammar School organised and attended a General Election hustings at the school on Monday 18 November.
Moderated by A Level Politics students Isabel A and Katie H, candidates from four of the five major parties gave a three-minute pitch before taking questions from the floor.
As Reigate’s current MP, Crispin Blunt opened proceedings for the Conservatives, giving his opinion that the 2019 General Election is the country’s most important since 1983. He also talked about the threat to a school such as Reigate Grammar School in the case of what he described as extreme left-wing politics coming to power.
Representing the Liberal Democrats, John Vincent reiterated that his position on Brexit has not changed since he was last at the school in 2016 during the Referendum; his opinion being that the country is stronger within the EU. He told the audience of 16 to 18 year olds that “this election will shape your working lives” and encouraged the young people to be politically aware, active and well-informed. Jonathan concluded with “Vote Lib Dem and stop Brexit now”.
From the Green Party, Jonathan Essex opened with his opinion that Brexit sums up how politics is failing the nation. On the subject of climate change, he told students that they need to “call out the politicians’ inability to do anything or to follow through on their promises, stating that while the media tell us that it’s up to us to make a change, actually we need politicians to take action. Summing up, he clarified that his position on Brexit is identical to that of the Lib Dems.
Labour’s candidate Suzanne Gregory opened with a greeting from Old Reigatian Sir Keir Starmer. She went on to say plainly that she feels it’s time for a change, with Crispin Blunt having been Reigate’s MP for a long time. Suzanne outlined Labour’s progressive, transformative policies – much needed, according to her, as change is long overdue. For Suzanne, the biggest issue on the table should not be Brexit, but climate change. Closing, Suzanne encouraged the audience to vote for a second referendum by voting Labour.
All four candidates then answered questions from Reigate Grammar School students on thorny electoral issues including the viability of the four-day week proposed by Labour, whether or not a vote for any party other than the Conservatives is a wasted vote in this constituency, and university tuition fees.
Speaking after the event, RGS Head of Politics John Haskey commented “We would like to thank all the candidates for coming to our debate and supporting our students. With over half of our Upper Sixth having the vote for the first time, it was a great opportunity to help them make an informed decision. All agreed that the 2019 General Election will be hugely important for setting the direction of the country. The debate was organised and run by the students themselves and there was little doubt that they rigorously interrogated all the candidates.”
Reigate Grammar School's First Form hosts Live at Home elderly for tea and songs
All members of Reigate Grammar School’s First Form (Year 7) hosted afternoon tea at the school for 19 members of the Reigate & Redhill Live at Home scheme earlier this month.
28th November 2019 — On Tuesday 12 November, all members of Reigate Grammar School’s First Form (Year 7) hosted afternoon tea at the school for 19 members of the Reigate & Redhill Live at Home scheme.
The scheme offers support and friendship to older people living in their own homes; helping to maintain independent living, improve wellbeing and reduce isolation.
Reigate Grammar School students treated their visitors to homemade cakes and shortbread, and sang a mix of swing and other songs.
Live at Home volunteers who attended along with the scheme’s members commented: “We had an amazing time today, and were thrilled to have enjoyed a delightful afternoon of entertainment.”
One of the visitors said that she found it “lovely to be surrounded by happy young children” and another wrote a delightful letter afterwards to the school to tell organisers just how much it had meant, describing the occasion as “a wonderful opportunity for young and old to meet. Your students were charming in how they listened to stories from us elderly, and in the gracious way they served us. Thank you so much.”
RGS staff were very proud to see pupils engaging with the older members and learning a lot of interesting information from them about their lives. Head of First Form Nick Newman observed: “even the more shy First Formers found it easy to open up to and communicate with the visitors.”
Caroline Foxton of Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) told us: “A key driver for introducing MHA East Surrey Reigate & Redhill Live at Home to Reigate Grammar School in May this year was to see which community events and activities could potentially unite the generations around common passions and interests, such as music, drama and conversation. As part of VARB’s Young Volunteer Project, we are keen to strengthen intergenerational connections through community projects.”
Reigate Grammar School hosts first Volunteering Fair in the Sixth Form
Last week Reigate Grammar School hosted a Volunteering Fair for all members of the Sixth Form. Organisations in attendance included The Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust and Reigate and Redhill Live at Home.
7th October 2019 — On Thursday 3 October, Reigate Grammar School hosted a Volunteering Fair for all members of the Sixth Form. 15 not-for-profit organisations including The Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust and Reigate and Redhill Live at Home gathered in the school's Harrison Centre to meet students and discuss the volunteering opportunities available to them.
Organised in conjunction with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB), the Volunteering Fair was the first of its kind at Reigate Grammar School, but judging by its success, it won't be the last
Sixth Form students at Reigate Grammar School already give of their time as volunteers through Duke of Edinburgh and other charity/community fundraising commitments. With 5000 volunteer hours already given up last year, it just goes to show how outward looking RGS students are.
Furthermore, whichever career they are interested in, we hope the students may find a volunteering opportunity that develops those soft skills like leadership and teamwork that will stand them in good stead for university and the world of work.
Mr Rhodri James (Head of Sixth Form) commented: “As well as providing the opportunity to give something back to the local community, volunteering can contribute so much to a student’s personal development. From a wellbeing perspective, doing something for somebody else can be so good for a student’s mental health. We hope the volunteering fair was a further chance for students to step back from their everyday lives, and that it gave them ideas about how they could contribute in whatever way they can to those who perhaps aren’t as fortunate as they are.”
Upper Sixth Student Will G added: “I help out at a residential care home once a week, and I love hearing all the residents' stories. I always leave the home with a smile on my face and hope that I’ve had a real positive impact on those I come into contact with”.
Reigate Grammar School: happy kids, best ever GCSE results
Reigate Grammar School's 2019 GCSE results are the best they've ever had...
22nd August 2019 — After last week’s record-breaking A Level results, another crop of exceptional exam grades has arrived at Reigate Grammar School.
*68 students have ten GCSEs at 8 or above - our best ever
*Typical grade profile is nine or ten 8s
*Almost two thirds of grades are at 9 or 8 (A*) - our best ever
*9s made up over a third of all grades received - our best ever
*Nearly 9 out of 10 grades at 9-7 - our best ever
Headmaster Shaun Fenton said: “These grades are outstanding on their own, but when combined with the Fifth Form’s wonderful qualities of character and their achievements outside the classroom, they are truly remarkable.
These pupils have looked after each other as good friends, they have raised money for charity, helped with community projects and been committed to environmental initiatives.
This year group has also had notable successes in sports and the arts, and includes top-class swimmers, squash players, award winning actors, a member of the National Youth Orchestra, leading cadets, D of E award winners. and International and County players in sports as varying from badminton to hockey.”
Among amazing STEM grades and record-breaking English results, students achieved 100% top grades in a wonderful variety of subjects: Art, Computing, Physical Education, Food & Nutrition, Greek, German, ICT, Latin, Statistics, Music and Philosophy & Theology.
Languages were particularly strong with 90% or more in Spanish, French, Greek, German, and Latin. This bodes well for the introduction of Mandarin across the school from September 2019.
As Reigate Grammar School’s Sixth Formers, these students and dozens joining from other local schools will now move to the coveted Harrison Centre with its university-grade library and learning centre plus café, study area, innovation room, terrace and gardens. The Sixth Form environment at RGS is clearly the ideal bridge to Higher Education, as shown by last week’s A Level successes, when 95% of students held offers to Oxbridge, Russell Group universities or Medical School.
Note to editors:
Reigate Grammar School students take their GCSEs over three, rather than two years; beginning their GCSE-level studies in the Third Form (Year 9) as opposed to Year 10, which is the norm elsewhere. Taking longer to prepare for GCSEs enables more in-depth study and supports higher attainment. It also allows students the room to devote time to extra-curricular skills and to learning beyond the examination specification as part of the school’s Elective Programme.
Photo credit please to Richard Turner, Reigate Grammar School.
The phrase 'happy kids, great results' comes from a review in June 2019 of Reigate Grammar School by The Good Schools Guide.
No drama for Jarrett as he opens his A Level envelope...
Having received an unconditional offer from the University of Kent to study Drama, keen actor Jarrett Mee is the proud owner of an A* in Drama, an A in Philosophy and a B in History.
16th August 2019 — Having received an unconditional offer from the University of Kent to study Drama, keen actor and Reigate Grammar School student Jarrett Mee is the proud owner of an A* in Drama, an A in Philosophy and a B in History.
Jarrett was Vice Captain of Cranston House at Reigate Grammar School and will be much missed, especially in the drama department. He started off in Annie in Year 9, going on to take lead roles in Molly and the Stardust and The History Boys in the Sixth Form. Jarrett received the Helen Mumby Drama Award, and was heavily involved with production at The Pendley Shakespeare Festival.
Not content with treading the boards, Jarret was also captain of the 1st XI football team.
Jarrett said: “I’m very sad to be leaving, and particularly to hear that the school is doing Les Misérables this year! I’ll definitely be back to watch that one. Every show week, you get so close to the people involved, I will really miss that school show element. My Drama teacher was a real friend and an amazing support and knew exactly when to give me that extra push, so I feel proud to give her and my other teachers these results as a way of saying thank you. As for friendships formed? I have unbreakable bonds with my friends from RGS.”