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  • Royal Grammar School (Newcastle)
    Eskdale Terrace
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4DX
  • Head: Dr. B Trafford
  • T 01912 815711
  • F 01912 120392
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Pupils: 1322
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £10,251 - £12,168 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 19 November, Information evenings: Tuesday 8 November and Monday 14 November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Apparently there is ‘aspiration in the water here’ or so we are told. Long-standing habits of excellence across the board mean that RGS has long been, and probably always will be, seriously over-subscribed, ‘there’s comfort in its history,’ say parents....

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What the school says...

Main co-ed entry points are at ages 7, 9, 11 and sixth form. Entrance examinations consist of: Age 11: English, Maths & VR followed by an interview. At 16 students are assessed individually (usually subject to exam results at GCSE).
Ages 7 and 9: in class assessment - a series of activities and academic exercises (usually an English, Maths and PE task). ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Performing arts specialist school


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says

Apparently there is ‘aspiration in the water here’ or so we are told. Long-standing habits of excellence across the board mean that RGS has long been, and probably always will be, seriously over-subscribed, ‘there’s comfort in its history,’ say parents. [the part about the review is 2-years old. Have removed. Would be good to include a point about it being a co-ed school here].


Since 2008, Dr Bernard Trafford MA PhD (50s); former chair of HMC; previously head of Wolverhampton Grammar School. Married to Katherine, two adult daughters. Educated at Downside and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he is a warm, hugely affable and highly capable man. The ultimate time-shifter and a great role model for all, fitting more into a busy today than many of us manage in a week. Music plays a large part in...

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Special Education Needs

We have a designated member of staff who is pleased to discuss specific special needs with parents.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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