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‘Restlessness’ is one of Rugby’s self-defined three Rs and could perhaps apply to the effects of the school’s non-stop activities as much as intellectual curiosity. Parents told us, ‘School life is very full on… School is launching a junior chorister programme at Bilton Grange which will give up to 40 boys and girls a cathedral standard choral and musical education. Among pupils there’s a noticeably strong sense of community and appreciation of the value of lifelong friendships forged here…

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  • Rugby School
    Lawrence Sheriff Street
    CV22 5EH
  • Head: Gareth Parker-Jones, Executive Head Peter Green
  • T 01788 556216
  • F 01788 556277
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Rugby School is an independent school for boys and girls aged from 13 to 18. Day fees for Rugby School are £28,890 and boarding fees are £45,990 pa. Interested in reading more? Access our unbiased Rugby School review.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Warwickshire
  • Pupils: 865; sixth formers: 395
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £28,890; Boarding £45,990 pa
  • Open days: October, November, January and February
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

There is a strong and genuine sense that this is a school of obligation, not privilege. A great education is so much more than a focus on academic excellence – children need resilience to face the challenges our fast-changing world throws at them. Rugby children aren’t afraid to fail, we teach them how to recover, to move on, to make the very best of all the skills they have.

Excellence is celebrated here, but nobody is ever on the bench, every student is equally important – a good illustration is our 33 hockey teams, everyone is included.

Our mantra is ‘The Whole Person is the Whole Point’. Yes our pupils are achieving the best academic results in the School's history, but that is just one part of the whole story.

It’s an exciting time, our 3Rs: restlessness, reflection and rigour are shared by our staff and pupils, we have a team united in their desire for growth and development. The momentum is palpable.

Come and see us, let us show you why Rugby is different and why we are seen as the leading co-educational boarding school in the country.

Gareth Parker-Jones and Peter Green
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.






Since 2023, Gareth Parker-Jones MA and PGCE (Oxon). Prior to this, he was deputy head (academic) here. Educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School in Bristol where he was a boarder and head boy; thence to Pembroke College, Oxford where he read history. His grandfather was a teacher but Mr P-J had no leanings in that direction until a gap year job in a school in Australia ‘set me on the path’. Has taught at Harrow, University College School and Sevenoaks where he was head of history and fell in love with the IB: ‘It was so enjoyable to teach; the range, the pace was exciting. Pupils could develop a greater breadth of background knowledge.’ Just the right person then to launch the IB at Rugby. ‘It takes some planning,’ he said, with what we thought was probably characteristic understatement. <br...

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Special Education Needs

Rugby is committed to the full development of the talents of its pupils, regarding learning disabilities more as challenges than obstacles. Provision is made on small group or one-to-one basis for those requiring it, and a qualified and experienced department is on hand to respond flexibly to a variety of special educational needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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