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  • Royal Alexandra and Albert School
    Gatton Park
    RH2 0TD
  • Head: Mr Morgan Thomas
  • T 01737 649000
  • F 01737 649002
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 1133
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Full Boarding - £5,725 / Flexi Boarding - £1,580 - £2,165 / Sixth Form Non-Boarding - £775
  • Open days: 17 September 2022, 8 October 2022, 11 March 2023, 20 May 2023
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 16th November 2021
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 19th September 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School traces its origins back to 1758 and to this day enjoys royal patronage. Although the School has a long, traditional history, it is not a conventional state school.

It is a state boarding school set in 260 acres of beautiful parkland in Reigate, Surrey, offering full boarding and flexi boarding places for boys and girls aged 7-18. Unlike other state schools, most pupils do not go home after the last bell rings.

Instead, all pupils are expected to participate in the School's extensive co-curricular programme that, each term, offers over 140 activities. From kayaking to debate club, scuba diving to the medical society, there is something for every child to discover and explore.

This is a vibrant, energetic and happy school, where pupils fully embrace the experience of being part of a busy boarding community, whether they are full boarders or local flexi boarders.

The School has a holistic approach to education - it is focused on building character, delivering academic achievement and providing balance. The School's aim is to encourage pupils’ already excellent qualities to develop them into impressive individuals ready to flourish. This is a vision that is shared by all at the School.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

School associations

State boarding school


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

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We are a state comprehensive school, and as such we offer the same level of support as any other comprehensive school. We do not offer additional specialist SEN support. We have a commitment to engendering a culture of achievement and have seen the percentage of pupils achieving a 4 or above in England and Maths rise from 68% in 2016 to 73% in 2018, which is above the national average.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

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