RGS Guildford

RGS Guildford

About the school

Located in the historic town of Guildford, the Royal Grammar School, dating back to 1509, is a leading independent day school for boys aged 11 – 18. Consistently regarded as one of the top three boys’ schools in the country, the RGS combines academic excellence with a passionate commitment to pastoral care and co-curricular opportunity in a friendly, supportive community of approximately 950 students and 120 teaching staff.

The original Tudor building, constructed between 1557 and 1586, is still used by the students; in addition, development of the site continues to provide facilities conducive to teaching and learning in the 21st century and to performance in all areas at the highest level.  The School is committed to nurturing its staff and a structured, bespoke approach to professional development means that the whole community is united in a desire to improve, progress and be enriched.


Dr JM Cox

Values and vision

The RGS believes passionately in preparing our students for the challenges of a rapidly-changing, global future, as well as providing them with excellent foundations so that they can have the most ambitious of aspirations at university and beyond.  Our bespoke Learning Habits nurture and develop all those transferable skills which will set up our young men irrespective of their chosen path: thinking critically, being independent and creative, being resilient and self-motivated; collaborating and working together, and being equally confident as leader or as part of a team.

Our timeless School Values – inclusivity; scholarship; integrity; respect; tenacity; and service – which are embedded in the curricular and extra-curricular life of the School ensure RGS students emerge as humble, grounded and decent young men committed to making the very best of each and every opportunity and to making a difference to others.

ISI report

“Pupils show an acute sense of respect for each other and recognise the school’s important role, underpinned by its inclusive values, in creating an academically challenging, positive and welcoming community where they can develop and flourish as true individuals.”

View the Royal Grammar School’s latest ISI report

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