Reigate Grammar School 赖盖特文理学校,
Reigate Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0QS
Tel: 01737 222231 Fax: 01737 224201
• CO-ED, 2–18, Day
• Pupils 1050, Upper sixth 100
• Termly fees £2044–£3085
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1675 as a free school for ten poor boys and endowed through a bequest
of Henry Smith, Alderman of the City of London. The buildings are situated in
pleasant surroundings to the east of Reigate town centre within easy reach of
local public transport. Recent additions include a
sixth-form centre, a maths building and a new music school. There are 33 acres
of playing fields, including an all-weather surface, two miles away at Hartswood.
The school has been fully co-educational since 1993 (girls first joined the
sixth form in 1976). It has recently merged with Reigate St Mary’s Prep & Choir
School, so it now provides continuous education from 2–18. The school seeks to
provide an education based on sound Christian principles and all pupils are
expected to attend school services and religious education lessons unless
exempted. A sound, general education is provided, academic standards are high
and examination results very good. Music and drama are very strongly supported
and large numbers of pupils take part. There is much strength in sports and
games and the school has a long record of success in district, county and
national competitions. A wide variety of clubs and societies is available and a
flourishing CCF contingent. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme has always been
well supported and the school has gained over 200 gold awards (social and
community service is a major feature of this scheme at Reigate).
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2–18, 1050 day pupils (693 boys, 357
girls). Senior department 860 day pupils (530 boys, 330 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own exam used. 40% of main
intake (plus 15% to sixth form) from state schools (eg Reigate Priory, Sandcross
and many others). Other feeder schools include Micklefield, The Hawthorns,
Aberdour prep schools, and own junior department (enquiries to Reigate St Mary’s
Prep & Choir School, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN, tel 01737 244880).
Scholarships & bursaries 25 pa academic scholarships, up to 50% of
fees; also music scholarships and all-rounder scholarships. Approx 30 bursaries
and school assisted places.
Head & staff
Headmaster: David Thomas, in post from 2001. Educated at Magdalen College
School, Oxford, and Oxford University (music). Previously Deputy Headmaster at
Trinity School, Croydon, and taught at The Leys, King’s School Canterbury, and
Teaching staff: 71 full time, 8 part time and 16 visiting staff. Annual
turnover less than 10%
GCSE: In 2003, 131 pupils in fifth: Average gained at least grade B in 9+
subjects with GCSE score 66 (63 over 5 years).
A-levels: 99 in upper sixth: Average passed in 3+ subjects, and achieved
a final point score of 404.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (26% after a gap year). 6% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 34% in science & engineering, 58% in humanities
& social sciences, 2% in art & design.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 GCSE subject, 23 AS/A-levels.
Sixth form: All sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (with broad
spread of subjects), 3 at A-level; AS or A-level general studies additional
options. 25% take science A-levels; 35% arts/humanities; 40% both. Key skills
integrated into sixth-form courses; record of evidence optional.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level;
Italian GCSE and AS level offered in sixth form. Regular exchanges.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum, (eg internet used for research in most subjects). 100+
computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and with email and
internet access. All pupils take certificates of competence for IT in Year 9 and
30% take GCSE in Year 11.
Music: Large numbers learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Various musical groups including 2 orchestras, concert band, 4 choirs,
various ensembles. Concert programme. Some pupils in National Children’s
Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra.
Drama: Drama offered and A-level theatre studies may be taken. Many
pupils involved in school productions (recently include Henry V and Cabaret).
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 12 A-level. Design, pottery,
photography also offered. Separate sixth-form studio area.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball and rounders for girls, rugby, hockey and cricket
for boys. Optional: cross-country, cricket, swimming, athletics, tennis,
football, badminton, gymnastics, dance, basketball, golf and table tennis. GCSE
and A-level sports studies may be taken. Pupils regularly in county, regional
and national teams.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF optional; community service in all year groups (sponsored run,
appeals, no uniform day etc). Up to 30 clubs, eg debating, Christian Union,
history, Model United Nations, science, sports.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Head boy and head girl –
appointed by the Headmaster after vote by pupils and staff.
Religion: Non-denominational. Pupils attend church assembly once a week.
Social: Rotary public-speaking competition with other local schools.
Numerous visits abroad eg to Spain, Ireland, France, Czech Republic, South
Africa, Canada. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline . There are published school policies on behaviour,
bullying and the disciplining of students who may become involved with drugs.
Former pupils Lord Sterling of Plaistow (P&O); Bill Frindall (cricket
statistician); Simon Virley (Private Secretary to the Prime Minister); Trevor
Kavanagh (Political Editor of The Sun); Ray Mears (survival expert); Susan
Gritton (opera singer).