An education at RGS Worcester is inclusive, challenging and academically stimulating. In the Senior School, we offer an outstanding education for boys and girls aged 11 – 18 years with an extensive range of opportunities both in their studies and in their co-curricular experience of school life. Our aim is to deliver excellence in all areas starting with high quality teaching and exceptional pastoral care. RGS Worcester, as one of the oldest schools in the country, combines a sense of history, community and place in the City of Worcester with ‘state of the art’ facilities, spacious grounds and a determination to see each child achieve their full potential. We are pleased that our pupils attain the qualifications necessary to go on to the leading universities in the UK and abroad, and are particularly proud that they develop the personal qualities of working together, respecting one another and their community and being open and friendly towards others.
About the school
While the website should give you a flavour, only a visit can give you a real sense of the welcoming atmosphere, positive relationship between pupils and staff and our purposeful approach. We strongly encourage you to come and see us, either on a formal open day or even on an ordinary school day. You will have the opportunity to speak to staff and, in particular, to meet some of our pupils who look forward to showing you their school and all that they enjoy here. Fully co-educational - 11-18 years of age - non-denominational Independent, day school 800 pupils Originally founded around 685, received Royal Charter from Elizabeth I in 1561 John Pitt is the new Headmaster from September 2014 Entry via school examination, principally at Year Seven and Sixth Form, but flexibility for other years Two Prep Schools, RGS The Grange and RGS Springfield - 2 - 11 years of age Faculty: 155 teaching staff Leavers go far and wide, including Oxbridge, Durham, UCL and all the Russell Group universities, medical schools, as well as fashion and performing arts. An increasing number look to overseas universities.
RGS Worcester Family of Schools presents at Global Remote Learning Summit
RGS Worcester Family of Schools was asked to present their ‘Blueprint for Successful Remote Teaching and Learning' at the 'Think Ahead Virtual iPad Education Summit'.
10th August 2020 — At the start of the summer holidays, Director of Innovation at RGS Worcester, John Jones and Head of Computing at RGS The Grange, Matt Warne were asked to present at the 'Think Ahead Virtual iPad Education Summit'. The event involved a programme of international and local industry leaders who were able to share stories, ideas and advice for remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
RGS Worcester’s participation at this event was based on the highly successful remote teaching and learning put in place during the national closure of schools. During last term, teachers at the school taught over 10,000 remote lessons, with the RGS Worcester Family of Schools delivering over 18,500 remote lessons in total. Teachers set and marked 5,488 exams online, and 1,500 Centre Assessed Grades were submitted to the Examination Boards for GCSE, A Level and BTEC. Pastoral Care and support continued online for pupils and a broad range of Co-curricular activities were delivered including virtual concerts, Drama rehearsals, Clubs and Societies and even participation in an international Debating competition. This level of all-round remote learning was presented at the Summit.
The Summit also explored the role and power of iPad in the creation of teaching resources and student learning materials, as educators across the world rethink traditional teaching and learning. John's focus was RGS Worcester’s ‘Blueprint for Successful Remote Teaching and Learning', whilst Matt examined how Coding can be taught remotely.
The event was attended by over 300 delegates from all corners of the globe and both John and Matt received glowing feedback. The successful adjustment of all four RGS Worcester Schools to remote schooling meant that learning was kept alive for the pupils in all their subjects. The experience was powerful and the teachers were proud to share it in the hope that we can help other schools ensure that students continue to learn, thrive and develop against the backdrop of this unprecedented global challenge.
Headmaster, John Pitt, commented, “We are very pleased that our staff were able to share their experiences at the Summit and also learn from other educators across the world. In these uncertain times, the ability to continue to deliver a broad and engaging curriculum to pupils of all ages is so important and RGS staff, pupils and parents all contributed so much to ensure that our remote learning has been such a success.”
British Transport Police Dog Training at RGS Worcester
As part of our community work at RGS Worcester, we hosted the British Transport Police for dog training across our property.
20th July 2020 — If you passed RGS Worcester’s last week you might have heard a cacophony of dogs barking and wondered what was happening. It is all part of RGS’s ongoing support for the community, giving access to the Police Department for their British Transport Police Dog Training sessions. The exercises are focused on training the dogs that protect our society and having space and privacy to do so is of paramount importance. We look forward to developing a long term relationship with the British Transport Police and welcoming them back to RGS Worcester in the future as part of our ongoing plans to provide active support for our vital public services.
Tom Davies, British Transport Police - Dog Section, commented “While we police the railway network at BTP, our dog teams still regularly train in a variety of different environments so they can be comfortable responding to any situation. For this exercise we needed a big building with lots of different rooms and areas for the dogs to train in, so the RGS Worcester was perfect for them. We’re really grateful to the school for letting us use their space and hope to be back again soon!”
RGS Worcester Supports National #lightitinred Campaign
RGS Worcester was delighted to take part in the national #lightitinred campaign with all events and entertainment venues taking part to show their solidarity as they await their reopening instructions.
7th July 2020 — On Monday of this week, there was a national #lightitinred campaign with all events and entertainment venues taking part to show their solidarity as they await their reopening instructions, and RGS Worcester was delighted to take part. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people globally, and as we in the United Kingdom begin to return to normal operations, the entertainment industry is still unsure of their reopening schedule.
The Arts at RGS Worcester has been growing from strength to strength both with academic and co-curricular productions, outreach, national and international trips, theatre visits and work with practitioners. With the lockdown resulting in many cancelled performances, the school missed giving live performances of Macbeth, Bugsy Malone, a Cathedral concert and a Creative Arts Evening, among many other events. The school has been using virtual technology to allow their pupils to rehearse and perform to family, friends and the public, but this is not the same as a live performance in a theatre or a venue such as Worcester Cathedral.
RGS Worcester was proud to stand in support on Monday evening and used red lighting at their Performing Arts Centre. The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome and hundreds of venues used the initiative to draw attention to this dramatic situation.
Mrs Jilly Witcomb, Director of Drama, RGS Worcester said: "The performances we attend, the professionals we work with and the assistance of our alumni within the performing arts, give our students invaluable insight into the profession. We could not give such an enlightening education without them, so we are very proud to stand alongside them in support of their cause."
Images of the illuminated Performing Arts Centre under the hashtag #lightitinred were circulated on social media, to help make people aware of the nationwide installations and to encourage them to support the movement.
Supporting Charity Onside Advocacy with PPE Equipment
Having supplied 2,500 face visors and 120 sets of scrubs for the NHS, RGS Worcester was able to offer the charity Onside Advocacy some PPE to assist them in their important work locally.
1st July 2020 — Having supplied 2,500 face visors and 120 sets of scrubs for the NHS, RGS Worcester was able to offer the charity Onside Advocacy some PPE to assist them in their important work locally. Onside Advocacy is a Worcestershire and Herefordshire based charity that supports vulnerable people disadvantaged by disability, mental ill-health and learning difficulties. The face visors provided will be used by their advocates and volunteers when visiting their vulnerable clients as the homes and certain wards begin to open up. Each visor is supplied with a headband and two front visors which can be replaced.
Kate Harvey, CEO of Onside Advocacy, said: “Really heartfelt thank you to RGS for their fantastic donation of PPE visors to Onside. We work with some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in the county who have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. This equipment will be a huge boost in our efforts to get out and make more direct contact with people who need our help and who are desperate to have face to face support.”
RGS Worcester has been busy this week supporting the national call for assistance with providing equipment to the NHS.
7th April 2020 — RGS Worcester has been busy this week supporting the national call for assistance with providing equipment to the NHS. The Design and Technology Department at the school submitted a design for face visor masks and received the go-ahead to start production. Using the School’s laser cutter, a prototype was made and trialled by an RGS parent who is a medical worker and proved successful. Conversations were had with a surgeon in Leicester also known to the design team while on his ward rounds!
Initially, the sourcing of polypropylene to make the visors was a challenge but a trip to Leicester to collect this material and the production of visors is now underway. Over 100 visors have now been completed with the aim of producing around 600. Gwilym Batchelder, Head of Design Technology commented: “We looked at using 3D printing for the visors but this was going to take 4-5 hours per visor. We then modified the design and changed to using the laser-cutter which is a much faster process. We are hoping to produce several hundred of these visors for the NHS to use over the next few weeks. I would like to recognise the efforts of my colleagues and in particular Mr Robin Holt, who has helped me throughout this project.”
In addition, at the beginning of the week, the four RGS Worcester schools supplied 338 sets of goggles from the Science and Design Technology departments for use by NHS medics.
Headmaster, John Pitt, said: “It is great that we are able to use some of the School’s resources to support the NHS at this critical time. As well as providing education for Key Workers’ children, the supply of the goggles and visors, I hope, will make a difference, and provide much-needed support for those on the front line.”
RGS Worcester a Global Hub of Educational Innovation
The RGS Family of Schools 'Digital Leaders' went to the Betts Show 2020 to participate in Interactive Digital Tasks giving the Pupils a flavour of the future of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality
11th February 2020 — The BETT Show 2020 was bigger than ever this year with over 800 leading companies, 103 exciting new EdTech startups and over 34,000 attendees. People from over 146 countries in the global education community came together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as seeing how technology and innovation enable educators and pupils to thrive. Set in the ExCeL Centre in London’s regenerated Docklands we attended what is considered to be the World’s Largest Educational Technology Show. What better stage for the RGS family of Schools to make their ‘EdTech’ presence felt.
Seven members of staff from RGS The Grange, RGS Springfield, RGS Dodderhill and RGS Worcester along with twenty pupils who are ‘Digital Leaders’ from all four schools attended the show. The pupils were put into mixed groups and given ten interactive digital tasks using iPads and Apple Pencils. The groups' assignments ranged from grabbing a selfie with a robot to discussing and documenting the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) outlined by an AI expert. Some pupils were lucky enough to visit Apple’s ‘Pop Up Classroom’ to explore the incredible potential of Augmented Reality in education. These experiences allowed them to develop new skills and increase their knowledge base and understand how to work in different environments and with new team members, teaching them to be confident and adaptable.
Daisy, a Digital Leader from Year Six at RGS The Grange, stated:
“It was so cool to see new technology, such as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, at the BETT Show. We already use iPads and robots at school and I cannot wait to see more exciting innovations in our classroom.”
Mr Jones (Director of Innovation) and Mr Warne (Head of Computing and IT at RGS The Grange) were asked to join a panel of leaders on the Albion stage for two consecutive days. They presented how RGS Worcester has successfully managed to adopt and integrate Digital Learning into school culture; ultimately becoming one of only 32 Apple Distinguished Schools in England and the only school in the Worcestershire area.
In addition, Mr Warne joined the Sphero stand, sharing his expert knowledge of these superb educational products. RGS Worcester was featured on Trilby TV screens and marketing communications along with pamphlets created by Albion; recognition of our growing reputation as a global hub of educational innovation.
BETT 2020 will live long in the memories of all those who attended. Each Digital Leader was a credit to the School and learnt a huge amount about the incredible opportunities digital technology affords. Moreover, we learnt the power of possibility when the four RGS Worcester schools join forces and work together. These are exciting times as we continue to be at the forefront of Digital Learning and prepare our students for the future.
Mr Webster – Head of Computing and IT at RGS Worcester says, “The BETT Show 2020 was fantastic. It was great to take students from all four RGS Schools and show them the possibilities afforded by Digital Technology in the classroom. It also reminded us how advanced our current set-up is at RGS Worcester as we already have in place many of the innovations on show. As a forward thinking school we were pleased to discover some fantastic innovations that could soon be making a real difference to teaching and learning here at RGS Worcester”