The Royal Hospital School


The Royal Hospital School

Type: Day / Boarding / Co-ed
Age Range: 11-18
Head's Name: Simon Lockyer
Address: Holbrook House
United Kingdom
Phone: 01473 326 200
Fax: 01473 326 213
Division: East

School Profile

The Royal Hospital School is one of the UK’s leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools. The School has a roll of just over 700 pupils aged 11-18, 540 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 £3.5million and a complete refurbishment of boarding accommodation, the Royal Hospital School now has outstanding facilities.

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