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 short-listed for Educational Awards
Reigate Grammar School is delighted to announce they have been shortlisted in three categories in the prestigious, The Times Education Supplement (TES) 2021 Awards. These Awards celebrate the achievements of staff and schools across the UK and they are particularly special this year after these challenging and isolating times.
30th March 2021 — Reigate Grammar School is delighted to announce they have been shortlisted in three categories in the prestigious, The Times Education Supplement (TES) 2021 Awards. These Awards celebrate the achievements of staff and schools across the UK and they are particularly special this year after these challenging and isolating times.
Headmaster Mr Shaun Fenton said, ‘We are so pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for the Senior School of the Year Award for the fourth year running. In addition to this, we have also been shortlisted for Community Initiative of the Year for the #RGSWeCare programme as well as Marketing Campaign of the Year by offering hope and moral leadership in a time of crisis.
With over 2000 independent schools eligible for these awards, being shortlisted for all three, including School of the Year, is a remarkable honour as it takes into account everything that goes into a great education. This follows the achievement of being named School of the Year 2020-2021 by Tatler, one of the most prestigious school reviewers operating across the sector.
Mr Fenton added, ‘Whilst we appreciate the recognition these awards bring, we are also aware that they acknowledge the hard work of my dedicated teaching staff. They have all adapted extremely well over the past year to continue to provide a first-class education to the students. I am immensely proud of their achievements.’
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.”
This news follows hot on the heels of the announcement that Reigate Grammar School has been awarded the accolade of Best School in the UK from the school Oscars: The Tatler Schools Awards. It has been quite a week for Reigate Grammar School!
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.
Reigate Grammar School GCSE Student Success Stories
Reigate Grammar School GCSE students' individual success stories.
20th August 2020 — Success for sports superstar Issy
Issy Hayes, one of RGS’s top athletes, has secured straight 8 and 9 grades in her GCSEs. As well as her studies, Issy has also been competing for Great Britain as a triathlete. Issy has had huge success representing Triathlon England’s South East Regional Academy and is now the club captain at her swimming club Atlantis. Alongside her national contributions, Issy also competes for RGS in cross country, swimming, athletics and biathlon. Issy came to RGS from Farlington School, entering Third Form and starting her GCSE studies straight away. Issy is looking forward to studying A Levels in Psychology, PE and Biology in the Sixth Form at RGS. Issy was very pleased with her results saying, “I want to thank all of my teachers for their support and for helping me to achieve my best in both sport and my results. These have been the best three years of my life.”
When asked how she would celebrate she replied, “I want to go and see my grandparents. They have been a big part of my education at RGS.”
Goalie George sweeps up
George Duff, a keen rugby and hockey player has been awarded three 9 grades, four 8 grades and three 7 grades his GCSEs. George has shown the true character of a Reigatian, contributing to many areas of school life whilst excelling in his academic studies. George competes both for the school and for Surrey as hockey goalkeeper. George has been in the Reigate Grammar family of schools for 12 years, joining RGS in the First Form from Reigate St. Mary’s.
He says, “my 5 years at RGS have been a brilliant experience. I’m very pleased with my results and really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to learn, play sport, travel and be involved in a fantastic school community. A massive thanks to all my teachers for their time and help in every aspect of school life, to my fellow pupils and a special thanks to my head of year, my parents and, finally, to the porters (without whom I would have lost literally everything!).”
George will continue his studies in the Sixth Form at RGS, pursuing A Levels in English, History and Politics.
Izzy scoops up in her GCSEs
Izzy Van der Spuy, a dedicated, funny and conscientious student, has achieved a deservedly excellent handful of GCSE grades. Izzy sat twelve GCSEs and was awarded eight 9 grades, three 8 grades and one 7 grade. Izzy balances her studies at RGS with playing hockey and working her way through the player pathway to compete at regional level. She is keen to continue to play hockey at a high standard and is currently in the process of applying for hockey scholarships as she is hoping to study and play at an American university.
Izzy, a strong linguist, invited her German pen pal to the UK last year, and the girls came to school together for the week. Izzy is really looking forward to her time in the RGS Sixth Form going on to study A Levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Izzy is delighted with her results.
“Over the past two years, the teachers helped me to balance my hockey commitments with my schoolwork, and this was crucial to me achieving such good grades. During lockdown, I loved the online taster A level lessons and I am so excited to be entering sixth form in the Harrison Centre”.
Toby makes a splash
U16 British Swimming champion (2019), Toby Stewart, a possible future Olympian who has competed for RGS many times, has achieved some fantastic results in his GCSEs. Across nine subjects, he attained eight 7 grades and one 9 grade. Toby trains very hard, swimming a total of twenty-four hours a week, plus all the travel time, all whilst also achieving those excellent results! Toby will stay on at RGS to study A Levels in Economics, PE and Psychology.
Reflecting on his time so far at RGS, and his upcoming time in the Sixth Form, Toby said, “Thank you to all my amazing teachers for their support and especially for helping me to balance school and swimming commitments and for being so flexible with lessons and homework. I have hugely enjoyed my GCSE courses, particularly the increased focus and in-depth learning compared to pre-GCSE studies. I’m looking forward to Sixth Form and excited to experience new subject which weren’t available at GCSE. It has been a strange year and I really missed school and swimming throughout lockdown. I can’t wait for some normality and to seeing everyone again when school returns in a couple of weeks.”
Twins, Charlotte and Sachin Thompson, both big contributors to Reigatian life, have scored fifteen 9/8 grades between them with an additional five 7 grades. Sachin is a keen cricketer and hockey player, playing for many of the school sport teams during his time at RGS, whilst twin sister Charlotte has performed in multiple plays and concerts. The twins are excited to continue their studies at Reigate Grammar, benefiting from the excellent facilities that the Harrison Centre offers. Sachin is excited to study Design Technology, Maths and Physics, while Charlotte goes on to study History, English and Politics. Upon receiving their results, the twins said, “In a difficult year for staff and students we are very proud of our results and want to thank our amazing teachers for all their hard work, support and encouragement.”
Tom aces it
Tom Dénecé, one of RGS’s top students, has achieved straight 9 grades across eleven GCSEs. Tom is not only highly academic but is also very sporty and plays for RGS A teams in cricket, rugby, tennis and hockey. Tom came to RGS from Reigate Priory Junior School and has been a key contributor both in and out of the classroom since First Form. Tom, absolutely overjoyed with his results, said, "I am absolutely delighted with these results and I can’t thank my teachers enough for their endless support and guidance throughout the years. My hard work has paid off and these grades reflect both my commitment and their dedication. I’m over the moon. It’s been a tough time recently for everyone and it’s great to finally have something to celebrate. I’m really looking forward to going back to school and starting my A-levels in the 6th form and continuing to balance my studies with sport and extra-curricular activities.”
Tom looks forward to carrying on his academic studies in the Sixth Form taking on four A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
Lakith composes best results
Lakith Gabrielson, a very talented musician and mathematician, has achieved an excellent set of GCSE results. He was awarded eleven 9 grades which is fantastic.
Lakith, who has a grade 8 distinction in piano, trombone and music theory, is a key instrumentalist, playing in the school’s swing and concert bands as well as the symphony orchestra and brass ensemble. He has performed solos in several high-profile concerts in Ghent, at RGS and in Dorking Halls to name a few. Lakith has also been a key contributor to RGS’s Hans Woyda team, competing in mathematical challenges against other schools.
Lakith joined RGS in the First Form, coming from Copthorne Prep School. In addition to his pursuits in music and maths, he is also a strong swimmer, contributing to the school’s success in swimming and biathlon.
Lakith is excited to be a part of the RGS Sixth Form where he will benefit from the Harrison Centre, studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. About his results and time so far at RGS, Lakith said, “Thank you to all my teachers, friends and family for their continued support throughout my studies. While this year has been rather odd, it has been a real joy pursuing my GCSE courses and studying the subjects I love. I am incredibly excited to move into the Sixth Form to further heighten my understanding of my favourite subjects.”
Lakith plans to celebrate his brilliant achievement with a family meal out later today.
GCSE students set to flourish in Reigate Grammar’s Sixth Form
It has been quite a year for GCSE students all over the country, including those at Reigate Grammar School. After a week of great uncertainty, grades have finally been awarded, with Reigate Grammar School students recording record results.
20th August 2020 — • The average grade profile for RGS students is ten 8 grades (A*-A)
• More 8 and 9 grades (A*) than every other grade put together
It has been quite a year for GCSE students all over the country, including those at Reigate Grammar School. After a week of great uncertainty, leaving these students wondering what their futures may look like, grades have finally been awarded, with RGS students recording record results.
Reigate Grammar School students have come through the Covid-19 summer and, in a matter of weeks, will resume their studies in the Sixth Form at RGS. They will enjoy working in the wonderful Harrison Centre in preparation for university and life beyond. Whether through face-to-face lessons or using video technology, RGS students will re-engage with school life – enjoying extra-curricular clubs and sport, participation in the arts, subject-specific seminars, utilising the extensive library, and simply being with their friends.
Today’s results are the best GCSE grades that students at RGS have ever achieved and, whilst they been awarded differently this year, the most important thing is that they enable students to access a wide range of A Level and other courses at RGS and elsewhere. Teachers know their students and trusting in their grade predictions is acknowledgement of this fact.
Shaun Fenton, Headmaster says, “Well done Class of 2020! These students have demonstrated fine qualities of character, they have been good friends to each other, they have fun, they work well, and they are growing up into fine young men and women. That is much more important than any clutch of certificates.
Thank you for the support of parents, for the dedication of our teachers and for the wonderful students who have been through such difficult times.”
With GCSE exams cancelled, Reigate Grammar School students helped to manufacture and distribute PPE for front line workers and worked with a local Foodbank. They also reached out to the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable members of the community, offering practical help with shopping, collection of prescriptions, or just to provide some company and moral support.
Whilst schools were closed in the summer term, Reigate Grammar School didn’t waste the learning time and, for these students, with no GCSE exams, teachers instead used online, home-learning facilities to deliver transition programmes, introducing students to their Sixth Form studies a term earlier than would have previously been possible. This means that the students moving onto A Levels are better placed than ever before, which bodes well for the future.
Reflecting the school’s ethos that ‘a great education is about so much more than exam results’, RGS was awarded Independent School of the Year for its pastoral care by the Times Education Supplement (TES) in 2019 and has recently been shortlisted for School of the Year in the Independent Schools of the Year awards 2020.