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We’ve heard nothing but huge parental praise for ‘exceptionally good’ teaching staff. ‘Teaching is inspirational – absolutely no dead wood,’ they say. The boys are encouraged to be self-motivated, independent learners, and the lessons are intensive and conducted at a brisk pace. School rails against its reputation for being less sporty than some of its heavyweight public school neighbours in the area and can in fact hold its own.  Charming tall, white 450 year old building on one side of Guildford High Street (includes Chained Library and various public rooms)...

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What the school says...

Located in the centre of the historic town of Guildford, the RGS is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18. The School dates its foundation from 1509 and as a flagship for boys education has a national reputation for academic excellence but also prides itself on its traditional values of decency and respect, supported by outstanding pastoral care.

RGS boys have the opportunity to experience the widest range of enriching activities providing them with a broad and balanced education. Sport, music, drama, art and outdoor pursuits, as integral parts of each boys development, are thriving in the School.
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Since 2007, Dr Jon Cox BSc PhD (40s). Educated at St Mary’s College, Southampton, then studied physiology and biochemistry at Southampton University. Postgrad course at Royal College of Music (French horn is his instrument) and toyed with becoming a professional musician before deciding on a career in teaching. Joined Whitgift School in Croydon as a biology teacher in 1992 and stayed for 14 years, rising through the ranks to become deputy head before his appointment to the RGS in 2005 as headmaster in waiting.

Hasn’t frightened the horses with wholesale changes to what was already a very successful operation, but neither has he rested on the school’s considerable laurels. He began with a long ‘to-do’ list, which he still runs today. ‘Every time I cross off a job done, I add...

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Special Education Needs

The RGS has a Learning Support Coordinator and an assistant. Further learning support is provided by members of the English department.

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
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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