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.
Scholarships are awarded to individual pupils to encourage excellence across a range of academic and co-curricular activities in keeping with the aims of the School.
All 11+ and 13+ candidates will automatically be considered for Academic Scholarships but there are separate assessment processes for all other types of Scholarship, including 16+ Academic Scholarships
All Scholarships may be supplemented by Bursary funding up to 100% remission of fees
All external non-academic Scholarship candidates will also be required to perform satisfactorily in the relevant academic Entrance Examination
Pupils awarded Scholarships will retain them throughout their careers at RGS Worcester subject to good performance, positive behaviour and demonstrating a commitment to the School
All Scholars are expected to show leadership and loyalty to the School. School practices, rehearsals, events and fixtures must, therefore, be prioritised over external events or
From September 2021, the termly fees for RGS Worcester (boys and girls aged 11 – 18 years) are: £4,726
There is a 10% discount available for a third sibling, whilst all three children are at RGS Worcester, effective when the youngest child reaches Year One.
Please contact the Registrar via emailor by telephone on 01905 613391.
School fees are charged in advance and are due on or before the first day of the term. Alternatively, by arrangement, fees may be paid in monthly instalments by direct debit, for which there is no additional charge.
RGS Worcester is a Finalist -Hereford and Worcester Business Chamber awards 2021
RGS Worcester family of schools are pleased to have been selected as a finalist for the Chamber Business Awards a huge recognition of all the hard work staff and pupils have put in over the last year.
30th June 2021 — Royal Grammar School Worcester have just received the good news they have been selected as a finalist in the Chamber Business Awards for 2021
RGS Worcester family of schools are pleased to have been selected as a finalist for the Chamber Business Awards a huge recognition of all the hard work staff and pupils have put in over the last year. The category of Best Use of Technology underscores the significant impact that the Digital Learning Programme has made in recent times on the continuity of Education during the Covid-19 Pandemic
To see the award list CLICK HERE ( scroll down to view the full list)
A complete timetable of online lessons started within 24 hours of the first lockdown.
Weekly remote digital CPD for all staff, covering a range of topics and concepts.
Real-time lessons to pupils during Covid-19, with work set and marked straight away.
Delivered 5,461,280 hours of remote lessons in one term
Over 1,300 GCSE/ A Level/ BTEC Mock Exams set, invigilated, marked and feedback is given - all online.
Pupils progressed well. Feedback given to the schools quantifies that 97% of teachers and 93% of pupils agreed their learning progressed during the lockdown.
The Community benefited;
RGSW family of schools provided free training and support to other schools.
Donated 40 iPads to a local primary school to support pupils with remote learning
Donated iPads to a local care home, aiding people with dementia and their families to communicate during the pandemic.
RGS staff produced PPE - 2,500 face masks, 120 sets of scrubs, 50 scrubs bags and provided 338 goggles.
Since the start of the pandemic, £31,000 has been raised to support local charities.
95,000 was raised for a Hardship Fund.
Commenting about making it through to the finals for the award, Headmaster John Pitt said “It's a real testament to the hard work of The Staff and especially The Pupils who in exceptional circumstances carried on with their education. “The Digital Learning Programme established in 2014 really shone through in these exceptional times and enabled us to carry on through several lockdowns”
RGS Worcester Family of Schools looks forward to learning of the result with the overall winner announced later in the year.
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.
9th 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 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. 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."
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.“
All pupils need to sit an entrance examination to join RGS Worcester. In order to sit the entrance examination, a pupil must first be registered. A registration form is provided with our prospectus or is available to download. The registration fee is £45.00, payable with the completed registration form. The entrance examination takes place each year, on a Saturday morning during January/February. However, late applicants may be able to sit the examination throughout the year, if space is available.
Once a pupil is registered, we offer taster days so that your child may become familiar with the School. We also hold induction days throughout the academic year before entry.
Applications for Bursary funding must be made well before the assessment process begins. Please see the