Reigate Grammar School
Surrey, United Kingdom
About Reigate Grammar School
Reigate Grammar School is a co-educational day school for pupils aged 11 to 18. Situated in the historic market town of Reigate, just outside the M25 yet with easy transport links into London, it has become one of the country’s leading schools of its type.
The school was founded in 1675 as a free school for boys. It became an independent Grammar School during the nineteenth century, but after the 1944 Education Act it came under the control of Surrey County Council. On the abolition of the direct grant in 1976, RGS reverted to independent status. At the same time girls were admitted for the first time, initially in the Sixth Form only, but throughout the school from 1993. In September 2003, the school merged with Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory School giving RGS its first junior school and in February 2017, another partnership was formed with Chinthurst School in Tadworth, making it another of RGS’s junior schools. Reigate Grammar School now numbers 1018 pupils, of whom 260 are in the Sixth Form, with another 350 pupils at Reigate St Mary’s and 200 at Chinthurst School.
Pupils come from a wide geographical area and from across the social range, thanks in part to the school’s own Assisted Place system, which provides financial assistance for those unable to afford the full fees. In the most deserving cases, fee remission of up to 100% of fees is available with the generous support of the Peter Harrison Foundation and the School’s own Changing Lives initiative. Around half the pupils come from primary schools and half from the preparatory sector.
The school has maintained its grammar school ethos and puts academic achievement as a key priority. Recent examination results placed it as the top co-educational independent day school in Surrey for the fifth year in a row and one of the top five co-educational day schools in the country. In 2018, the A-level pass-rate was 100%, for the 19th year in a row, with 90% of grades being awarded A*-B and record numbers of students secured places at Oxbridge. At GCSE, over 80% of grades were 9-7 (A*-A equivalent) with over 60% being 9-8 grades (A* equivalent). Almost all students go on to excellent universities, ranked within the top 20 UK universities, particularly those within the Russell Group.
Reigate Grammar School also has a strong tradition of excellence in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including an enviable reputation in sport, music and drama; large numbers of pupils participate in the CCF and in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and last year the school raised thousands for charities. We aim to educate the whole child and offer a broad range of experiences for all.
The School have invested considerable sums in new buildings in recent years, including the £8 million new Harrison Centre which houses a Sixth Form Centre, an Innovation Room, eight new classrooms and a state of the art university style library . In addition to the main school site and the school’s impressive multi-use games area, sports halls, town centre playing fields, the school sports ground at Hartswood, two miles from the school, provides an additional 32 acres of playing fields and two floodlit all-weather Astroturf pitches.