We are enjoying opening our doors now to prospective parents and look forward to continuing this over the Summer term. We have increased the number of Open Mornings in order to ensure all prospective families can visit the school whilst keeping everyone safe.
The main school site was originally the only part of the school, but over the years the school has grown and now encompasses the main site, the Harrison Centre and Broadfield site. Please do click around at the various ‘hotspots’ to learn more about the school site, the departments and the extra-curricular opportunities.
The Main School Building is home to the English and Modern Foreign Language departments.
The English department organises regular theatre visits, deep learning days and author visits and helps the school to celebrate National Poetry Day and World Book Day in style.
The MFL department is passionate about giving RGS students an insight into and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries where their chosen languages are spoken, as well as building solid foundations for them to speak and understand these languages. Visits abroad are organised regularly and include work experience, homestays, cultural visits or exchanges to Spain, Germany and France.
Also housed in the Main School Building are the School Office, the Headmaster’s Office, the Admissions office, the Bursar’s office, a Dance and Conditioning Studio, additional classrooms and the Staff Common Room.
The Old Library, which was once the school’s gymnasium and then became a library, has now been transformed into a versatile space for house assemblies, talks from external speakers, open mornings, examinations, meetings and hospitality events. It is a lovely space which is in keeping with the traditional, older part of the school, but has been modernised with state-of-the-art lighting and audio-visual equipment.
The Concert Hall is a versatile drama performance area that can be adapted to accommodate large-scale musicals or smaller studio-style productions. It is a flexible space with an end-on raised stage and space for approximately 220 in the audience, who can be seated in-the-round if suitable.
The RGS Sports department promotes excellence through sport for all and creates good people through sport #TeamReigate. We are extremely proud to provide opportunities for excellence and lifelong participation, through a student-centred approach, within a varied sporting programme. RGS provides a range of different sports and activities delivered by outstanding, passionate coaches.
RGS has high-quality facilities which include seven rugby pitches, two hockey astro turfs, four netball courts, an indoor swimming pool, four cricket squares, four hard tennis courts, eight synthetic tennis courts, a sports hall, a fitness suite, a new conditioning studio and an athletics track.
The majority of these facilities are found at RGS’s sports ground, RGS Hartswood, to which students are driven the short distance by coach or minibus for games and after-school training sessions. The school also benefits from additional in-town facilities including three rugby pitches and a further sports hall at our junior school site.
RGS has a wonderful 25m indoor swimming pool which students are able to use every day, with large numbers attending early morning squad training. Students in the First to Fifth Forms are given the opportunity to use the pool in curriculum PE lessons and the Fourth to Sixth Forms may choose swimming as their Games option.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E) is a major part of life at Reigate Grammar School and the school is a dedicated D of E Centre. Large numbers of pupils each year commit an enormous number of hours to expeditions, sports, helping the local community and learning new skills. Challenging experiences including hiking, canoeing and cycling expeditions build unique personal qualities and bond teams with shared stories and memories that stay with them forever.
Named after a former Headmaster, the Hamlin Building is home to RGS’s Mathematics department. In addition to the curriculum, students have the opportunity to attend a variety of exciting talks within and outside the school, extending their interest and knowledge of mathematics far beyond the classroom. Students are very successful when taking part in local and national maths competitions including the UK Maths Challenges and Olympiads, Hans Woyda, the Surrey Schools Maths Challenge and Team Challenges.
Art and Design makes a unique and significant contribution to school life.
In Art, all pupils have the opportunity to explore different ways of expressing ideas, experimenting with a broad range of materials, techniques and processes and developing an awareness of their visual world and the individuals and cultures that have shaped it. Our annual Art Exhibition displays work of staggering standard and depth, from ceramics and pottery to modern and traditional art influenced by a wide range of celebrated and lesser-known artists.
Design and Technology is housed in an impressive purpose-built facility, with access to three suites of computers in adjoining classrooms. The workshops are set up to cater for wood, metalwork and plastic. In addition to traditional tools and machinery, the department has a laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC router which enable students to manufacture their products to a very high standard. The department also includes an impressive Food and Nutrition kitchen and the subject is taught as part of the DT curriculum. Students can participate in after school cookery clubs and House ‘Bake Off’ where they have an opportunity to enhance their practical skills and love of cooking and in the case of the House competition, win points for the House Cup.
In Art and DT, students’ work is displayed around the school, especially in the main entrance hall and Wright Gallery. Pupils from all year groups have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the annual Art and Design Exhibition in the Sports Hall and opportunities are also often taken up to exhibit work at locally organised exhibitions or competitions and in local magazines.
Geography is an academically robust subject which spans the social and physical sciences and promotes a lifelong interest and fascination in how the world works. Studying Geography helps us to understand many of the issues we face in Britain and globally, such as how we respond to the impact of climate change, or can be better prepared for natural hazards. Geographical research informs debate and helps us navigate through the world’s geographically complex people, places and environments. The department offers a range of fieldwork opportunities. Recent visits have included the Isle of Arran, Brixton, Camber dunes, China, Iceland, Cuckmere Haven, Reigate Heath and the River Mole and Gatwick flood defences.
Opened in 2018, the RGS Harrison Centre is a wonderful new learning and community resource in the heart of the school. With the generous benefaction and support of the Peter Harrison Foundation, RGS has a contemporary and spacious Sixth Form Centre complete with café and social facilities, a High Performance Learning room, a beautiful university-grade library, careers resource centre, private study areas and collaborative spaces, and spacious modern classrooms. Outside, the area around the war memorial has been remodelled and the war memorial itself has been revitalised, there is a terrace overlooking St Mary’s Church, a lovely garden area and social spaces for students.
The Sixth Form Centre is based in the Harrison Centre, a state-of-the-art university-style learning centre, an inspiring bridge between school and university. The informal learning areas – private and collaborative – benefit from a dedicated café and the beautiful light-filled library is technologically rich and well-resourced. There are a range of dedicated areas for Sixth Form study and social time, indoors and out, including garden seating and a terrace.
With its high-vaulted ceiling and individual ‘pods’, the library provides a calm, quiet atmosphere where pupils can study, read, revise or just relax with a magazine or newspaper. The library holds some 15,000 books including fiction, non-fiction, reference books, DVDs, CDs and audio books. In addition, it has a large selection of magazines and newspapers as well as several computers with internet access.
The Careers department provides advice and information on entry to university, vocational apprenticeships, and future careers. The resources of a well-organised library are supplemented by university visits and talks by visiting speakers. A team of experienced staff is on hand to help students whenever they need it, helping guide key decisions, support with UCAS applications and organising specific careers events where students can find out about a wide range of careers and professions. We provide specific support to students looking to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, or to read Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry. This includes one-to-one advice, specialist input, and practice interviews.
The Broadfield site, a short walk from the main entrance, houses RGS’s Wellbeing Centre, the Ballance Building (Science and Humanities), the Peter Masefield Hall (Dining Hall), and the Music School, as well as Broadfield Lawn and the Multi-use Games Area.
Wellbeing is at the core of everything we do at RGS. We want to help students to find their own balance and fulfilment in our busy community. Our ground-breaking wellbeing programme has been recognised as the best in the country at the Times Education Supplement Independent School of the Year 2019 awards ceremony.
Our Wellbeing Centre houses the Learning Support department and pastoral staff including the School Chaplain and the School Nurse. In the Snug, a quiet space with sofas and bean bags, students can find moments of calm. In 2018, RGS launched the first school Wellbeing Festival, a week-long event helping to give every child an ‘emotional health tool kit’ – a range of resources to enjoy the challenges and opportunities of modern life.
Broadfield House is a flexible space where some of our drama lessons and productions take place. It is also the home of the RGS Combined Cadet Force (CCF). At Reigate Grammar School we have Royal Navy, Army and RAF Sections which aim to give cadets knowledge of these sectors of the Armed Forces. The self-confidence, self-discipline and leadership skills required in service life are equally vital in civilian life.
The Corps of Drums is a standalone activity that complements the CCF, and provides a ceremonial, public face of the CCF and of the school.
The RGS Drama department provides opportunities for all students to experience both drama and theatre in and beyond the classroom.
Extra-curricular drama is a great strength of RGS, with a busy programme of theatre events throughout the year. There are usually three or four major productions each year in addition to evening showings, competitions, performances of examination pieces and visiting shows. There are strong links with the Music department with musicals staged regularly. In addition to the Concert Hall, the drama studios offer two black box flexible spaces, equipped with lighting and sound equipment. These are teaching and rehearsal spaces, but are also used as performance spaces, with a capacity of approximately 100.
Named after a former Chair of Governors, the Peter Masefield Hall is the school’s dining hall as well as being a versatile space within the school where many large events such as open mornings, careers talks, lectures from external speakers and parents information evenings are held.
The catering service at Reigate Grammar School is provided by Chartwells. Chartwells understands that what students eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom. At RGS, our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the students on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age.
The sciences are amongst the most popular and successful subjects at Reigate Grammar School. The school has thirteen advanced science labs housed within the school’s Ballance Building. All students study Biology, Physics and Chemistry up to the end of the Fifth Form (Year 11) and large numbers continue at least one of these to A Level. The sciences are also well represented in the courses students choose to follow at university with almost a quarter of Upper Sixth Form leavers going on to study the sciences, engineering and medicine.
Named after a previous Headmaster, the Ballance Building, opened in 2011, is home to a number of departments including Science, History, Politics, Theology and Philosophy, Computing and Drama. It houses thirteen science laboratories as well as a number of modern and light classrooms.
Music plays a vital part in the life of RGS. We aim to develop the musical potential of every student; opportunities are created for those with high ambition and for those who wish simply to be part of the school’s thriving musical tradition. The school has two orchestras, two swing bands, six choirs, a concert band, wind ensembles, a guitar group, a percussion ensemble, a brass ensemble, rock bands and many chamber groups. Overseas tours are undertaken, most recently to Ghent, Vienna, The Black Forest, Geneva, Rome and Amsterdam.
Our choirs have performed in New York, Washington DC and cathedrals in Tuscany. There are also annual concerts at major venues such as Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square as well as local concert halls and churches. Music and Drama frequently come together as seen in the recent productions of Guys and Dolls and Les Misérables. In addition to curricular music lessons, we offer individual tuition in over 20 instruments.