Not only is the Royal Hospital School one of the few remaining schools in the United Kingdom to offer full seven-day-a-week boarding, it nurtures academic excellence and provides an unrivalled choice of extra-curricular activities and opportunity. Every pupil has the chance to pursue a huge range of interests, to discover new passions and develop values that will last for life.
The Royal Hospital School is a leading independent co-educational boarding and day school in East Anglia. The School has a roll of around 700 pupils aged 11-18, 500 of whom are boarders with the rest being day pupils or day boarders. The School occupies a magnificent site on the banks of the River Stour in the Suffolk countryside, a few miles south of Ipswich.
The Royal Hospital School provides an outstanding all round education for its pupils. Academic standards are high and the school has a very wide-ranging programme of sport, music and extra-curricular activities. The School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is the tenth largest in the country and many pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Sailing is a particular strength and it is usually the case that the School’s top sailors are competing at international level.
The main points of entry are at 11+ (mostly from primary schools), 13+ (mostly from prep schools) and 16+, although the School does admit pupils at all other ages. 90% of the School’s departing Upper Sixth Form pupils progress on to higher education, and many of them secure places at the UK’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh and other Russell Group institutions.
Having just completed a five year programme of building development, which included the creation of a new music school at a cost of £3.6million and a complete refurbishment of boarding accommodation, the Royal Hospital School now has outstanding facilities.
Pupils Joining Royal Hospital School Sixth Form Get A Head Start
As schools take a break for half-term, nineteen pupils who are joining the Royal Hospital School’s sixth form this September have already enjoyed a taste of academic life at their new school, albeit remotely.
22nd May 2020 —
As well as preparing in advance for sixth-form life, they have met their teachers and peers by joining a series of remote lessons. These have been devised for the Royal Hospital School’s Year 11s in advance of their A level or BTEC studies next academic year.
The nineteen pupils come from schools across Suffolk and Essex as well as throughout the UK. The process of involving them was straightforward for RHS as the school has been running a full curriculum of remote lessons for each of its year groups since lockdown began in March.
Commenting on their experience of remote lessons, the parents of one pupil joining RHS in September said:
“Since RHS took our daughter under its wing, she has fully integrated into the pre-sixth form classes and identified with her peers. This opportunity has helped cement her sixth form subject options and she is thriving from the effective content delivery by her expert teachers. She has been captivated, inspired and is raring to go. If virtual learning is as good as this, what will face-to-face lessons be like?"
Head of RHS Sixth Form, Chris Graham, commented:
“By being able to meet their sixth-form teachers and future classmates, it makes the transition to a new school a lot easier. They have enjoyed the experience and better understand the scope of their chosen subjects and the change in teaching and learning style that comes with a move up the school. For some, it has been the first time they have been able to get back to their studies since lockdown.”
Due to lockdown, schools have been unable to hold their traditional open days which normally take place at this time of year.
1st May 2020 — Suffolk’s Royal Hospital School (RHS) has decided to create its first-ever Virtual Open Day which is set to welcome people through its online doors from 9 am on Saturday 2nd May. The Virtual Open Day allows families to take a museum-style, 360 tour of the school from the comfort of their sofa via www.royalhospitalschool.org . There is a downloadable guidebook providing details about RHS to accompany the commentary. Following a welcome video from Headmaster Simon Lockyer, people can hear from current pupils and parents about their thoughts and experiences of the school. There’s a bird’s eye flight, the chance to try out some Art & Design projects with RHS teacher-led ‘How-to’ videos and a video capturing the vibrancy of the school. RHS has also created a detailed FAQ document covering many of the common questions asked by parents.
Commenting about the decision to create a Virtual Open Day, Simon Lockyer said:
“There is no substitute to visiting RHS and meeting the pupils and staff that make the community and the great school that it is. However, we look forward to welcoming prospective families and providing a taste of what we do, the opportunities we provide and the breadth of educational provision we can offer. We have a hugely proficient technological infrastructure and therefore it felt only appropriate to use it in a way to welcome visitors, albeit remotely.”
Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner Sends Message to Former School
Entertainer Jon Courtenay, a former pupil at Suffolk’s Royal Hospital School (RHS), wowed both the audience and judges with his performance on Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday 18th April.
27th April 2020 — His self-penned song not only won him a standing ovation, he impressed the judges so much that he was awarded Ant and Dec’s “Golden Buzzer,” which means he gets an automatic pass to the show’s semi-finals.
Following the support for Jon on the School’s social media, he decided to record a message for the current RHS pupils. Whilst the School remains closed following the Covid-19 shut down, RHS continues to offer a complete timetable of remote lessons to pupils across 31 countries and Jon’s message will be broadcast during the School’s remote assembly on Monday.
The message is one of hope and Jon makes the point that his time at RHS taught him the resilience and determination to never give up on his dreams. Commenting on the message, Director of Alumni Relations at the Royal Hospital School, Simon Marsh, said:
“Jon’s story of positivity is an inspiration to our pupils and alumni. His message also connects deeply with current and former pupils with seafaring connections who, just like Jon and many thousands more, come to RHS supported by life changing bursaries. We will be backing him all the way!”
Royal Hospital School Creates Visor Kits to Speed Production
Having made & distributed nearly 500 face shields for the NHS, Oliver Millington, Beverley Maloney and Michael Ling of the Design & Technology (D&T) department at the Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Suffolk have been struggling to keep up with demand.
24th April 2020 — Michael Ling, 31, a D&T teacher at the school, has come up with a solution that has made the assembly stage of production 6 times faster. He has created a self-assembly face shield kit that is simple to put together and comes with instructions as well as an example of one made up for people to see.
To date he has distributed face shields to care homes in Aldeburgh, Barham and Wickham Market, a group of midwives in Saxmundham, a children’s home in Ipswich and the doctors’, pharmacy and ambulance crew in Wickham Market where he lives. Commenting on the response, Michael said:
“There has been a lot of great feedback and the shields seem to be making a difference in reducing people’s anxiety. Many of the places had no visors at all and very limited PPE. When I ran out of materials, my neighbours have helped to source them and even the Wickham Market post office donated elastic bands that go round the back of the visors”.
A post on a local Facebook group about the shields went viral and Michael has been inundated with requests from as far afield as Somerset and currently has enough components to supply a further 550 visors. Now summer term has started, he has returned to remote teaching but, together with his partner Patricia Casanova, plans to continue making PPE equipment for as long as demand exists.
Happy Birthday, Your Majesty, From the Royal Hospital School
Pupils, parents, teachers, alumni and governors from the Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Suffolk got together, remotely, to record God Save The Queen in honour of Her Majesty’s 94th birthday today.
21st April 2020 —
Head of Academic Music, Ed Allen, recorded himself playing the backing track on school’s Chapel Organ. This was then sent around the Globe for people to record the first verse of Britain’s iconic anthem. Nearly sixty of the RHS community participated including pupil and drummer Fred Felgate who was responsible for the dramatic drumroll.
Commenting on the result, Mr Allen said:
“I am delighted with the result and overwhelmed by the response from the school community who turned this around in the day. I came up with the idea yesterday morning and by the end of the day, thanks to everyone coming together virtually, we had created this great sound. My colleague, Tim Bond, then edited all the audio clips together and it sounds like everyone was together singing their hearts out”.
The Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Suffolk has been sending out packets of wildflower seeds to people throughout the UK since lockdown began.
6th April 2020 — The bee and butterfly-friendly seeds are part of the school’s Grow with Us campaign which has an environmental and wellbeing focus. As well as planting a tree for every new pupil joining the school, it also gives visitors to RHS wildflower seeds instead of more traditional branded merchandise.
RHS felt that giving people seeds to grow and nurture over the coming weeks, be it in a garden or a pot on a windowsill that are wildlife-friendly, would provide a welcome distraction.
The offer was made on Facebook and within a day most of the seeds had been claimed with requests for them coming in ever since. RHS is now asking people to post pictures of their wildflower seeds as they begin to grow.
For more information on the Grow with Us campaign, visit https://www.royalhospitalschool.org/growwithus