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.
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 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”
Former RGS Worcester Students complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019, a genuine lifetime achievement while raising £109,000 for charities
7th February 2020 — Having set off from the Canary Islands on 12 December as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019, former RGS Worcester pupils, Ewan Bell, Jon Merotra, James Protherough and Ed Wilson, finished their mission on Monday 20 January 2020. Their official time was 39 days 07 hours 41 minutes, a genuine lifetime achievement for the boys that will live long in the memory.
Ewan , James , Jon and Ed forged their friendship at RGS Worcester and especially on the Flagge Meadow playing fields. The notion of spending almost seven weeks in cramped, uncomfortable quarters undertaking gruelling hard work on an unforgiving ocean would test the strongest of bonds, so it was fabulous to see them step onto dry land and celebrate as a team.
They were met by family and friends who had flown to the Caribbean to await the arrival of these modern-day adventurers. It was an understandably emotional reunion captured on camera for friends, family, supporters and school friends located around the world.
As part of the welcome reception, they were asked a few questions and their answers are worth sharing:
Q. How does it feel to be on land?
Ewan: Very wobbly!
Q. What was the most memorable sight you experienced at sea?
James: The night skies, observing the Milky Way. (he undid his romantic credentials by then adding that it was matched only by seeing the guys without clothes)!
Q. What are you most looking forward to, now that you are off the boat? (a potentially risky question but fortunately the guys towed a respectable line)
Jon: Sleeping for a week!
Ed: Eating food that is not dehydrated!
Q. Would you row this or any other ocean in the future?
Ed: I don’t think I would do it anytime soon but I wouldn’t rule it out completely!
At this point the interviewer wisely let the boys rejoin their loved ones. The party was undoubtedly going to last long into the night with countless tales to be told. It really will take time for the magnitude of their achievement to sink in. They raised more than £109,000 for charities and earned a well-deserved rest.
RGS Worcester was delighted to work with the local fire brigade as part of its on-going community work and building relationships locally.
13th January 2020 — The blue flashing lights at RGS Worcester in the week before Christmas were not from the Christmas tree. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) conducted a live training exercise at RGS Worcester, which involved 14 personnel and three fire engines from Worcester and Malvern Fire Stations. The exercise aimed to conduct firefighting and breathing apparatus training in a basement and test the response to the electric shock of a couple of casualties.
Watch Commander Carl Pearson of HWFRS commented on the value of the training: “The exercise at RGS enabled the crews to test our firefighting with breathing apparatus procedures in a confined space. It was also a great opportunity to get further information about the design and layout of RGS, as part of our intel-gathering, should we ever be called there in an emergency. We welcomed the opportunity to work with RGS to deliver this training exercise.”
Mr John Pitt, Headmaster of RGS Worcester said: “The School was delighted to offer the facilities for this important training for our local Fire and Rescue Service which, like many others in our vital public services, were on call over the festive season.“
RGS Worcester Four Schools Achieve Apple Distinguished School Status
The staff and pupils at RGS Worcester are celebrating this week having received the news that they have been recognised by Apple as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019 - 2022.
10th October 2019 — RGS Springfield, RGS Dodderhill, RGS The Grange and RGS Worcester all received the much-coveted accolade for their innovative and meaningful approach to teaching and learning through the use of Apple Technology. Director of Innovation at the four RGS Schools, John Jones, commented, “It’s an incredible achievement by all the staff and pupils at RGSW to be recognised by Apple in this way. It’s people who ultimately transform education and I am incredibly proud to work in a team who have developed both the pedagogical and technical knowledge to utilise the remarkable possibilities afforded by digital technology.”
There are only 470 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world and they are regarded as centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. To obtain recognition, each school must have successfully embedded Apple technology into everyday school life to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Apple Schools need to showcase the impact that innovative uses of technology have had upon learning, teaching and the school environment.
Teachers at the RGS Schools have access to the latest Apple technology and are provided with on-going, personalised professional development opportunities in using technology to aid learning. The technology assists the students in the process of learning by encouraging independent thinking. Pupils from Year Five upwards bring an iPad to school and are educated on how to use technology as a learning tool. They are also taught about e-safety and appropriate use online. This innovative approach strengthens feedback between teachers and pupils and helps prepare the students for the digital, global workplace into which they will enter once their studies are completed.
John Pitt, Headmaster at RGS Worcester said: “I am delighted that we have been recognised by Apple as a Distinguished School. We are already an Apple Regional Training Centre and provide training opportunities for local state and independent schools in order to encourage the appropriate use of technology in all education. It is so important that pupils know how to use technology appropriately, effectively and safely and our Digital Learning Programme prepares them well for their futures.”
Silver Medal for Schoolboy in Commonwealth Championships
Loïc Keasey, aged 14 years, won a Silver Medal representing England for the first time at the Commonwealth Judo Championships which were held at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall in September.
7th October 2019 — Loïc Keasey, aged 14 years, had the honour of representing England for the first time at the Commonwealth Judo Championships which were held at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall in September.
Loïc who attends RGS Worcester fought in the over 73kg category which included champions from Cyprus and India. At 75kg, He was the lightest fighter by far with two of his opponents weighing in at over 100kg. Despite this obvious disadvantage, Loïc used technical skills, mental fortitude and single-mindedness to his advantage. He fought valiantly in physically demanding circumstances throughout, eventually losing in the Final to a Cypriot fighter who weighed 105kg, which is 5 stone heavier than Loïc.
Loïc’s dad Paul said: “The entire journey of representing his country, training for the event and producing high-level performances on the day of the tournament are memories that I am sure will stand Loïc in good stead in the future.”
More than 1,000 international Judo stars competed during the five-day event with teams attending from as far as New Zealand, Australia, India, Malta, Cyprus, South Africa and many other Commonwealth Nations as well as all the Home Nations.
The headmaster of RGS Worcester, Mr John Pitt commented: “It is fantastic that Loïc was able to represent England in Judo and to achieve a Silver medal is a superb achievement. Loïc is a real all-rounder and it is excellent that his ability in Judo is being recognised at this level.”
As a pupil of RGS Worcester, Loïc is a member of their Elite Athlete Development Programme. This has seen him excel not only in a niche sport (Judo) but also mainstream sporting excellence in Rugby, namely as a player within the Worcester Warriors ‘Development Players Pathway’.