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New generation of vibrant staff newcomers love it here. One raved about mentoring  (‘have grown as a person’). Energy exemplified by new junior school librarian who has created oasis of great charm with imaginative use of lighting - Chinese lanterns, netting studded with fairy lights, even reading by torchlight sessions. There’s space for all the trimmings, from ‘practical’ block - DT room filled with sound of merry hammering as year 7s indulging in no doubt therapeutic high volume metal beating - to traditional library.  And despite lack of riches, site is immaculate...


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What the school says...

Royal Russell is set in 110 acres of beautiful parkland. Our girls and boys enjoy with first rate facilities supported by energetic and enthusiastic teachers.

Founded in 1853 this Independent School is proud to have Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. With a unique blend of traditional buildings and the very latest technology, our pupils excel both academically and in the host of extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

Our Junior School and Senior School are situated together on the estate providing the key benefit of educational continuity from age 3 to 18. Boarding in the Senior School adds another dimension and gives an international outlook for all students.

Our school is a delightful mix of busy, enthusiastic and ambitious young people who have a real sense of community. A visit to this vibrant school is essential.
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What the parents say...

Our daughter joined the Royal Russell school last September in Year seven. It has been an excellent Year for her and we as parents feel that the school has demonstrated their ability to take a child on and help them blossom into a strong and capable young person. These days its very hard to find a school that combines high academic achievement as well as successfully performing in a plethora of other activities such Music, sports, drama, Science etc . As a parent I feel that my daughter is in very good hands that nurture her academic success as well as her development as a young lady, ready to face the world out there! Thank you Royal Russell and well done!

Commented on 6th Jul 2017

My daughter joined the school last September after getting in with a scholarship. We chose this school as it has great facilities and offers a huge choice of after school clubs. At the end of the academic year, we are delighted with the progress our daughter has made.Not only she had developed her academic knowledge but she has blossomed as a young lady and a well rounded individual. The pastoral care of the school is very good and there is an excellent comeradory amongst the pupils who are made to feel special each for different reason. The teachers have a way to enthuse the pupils and make learning fun. It's difficult to find a school that achieves high academic results without being a "hothouse" but the RR is managing this very well. Thank you Royal Russell !!

Commented on 5th Jul 2017

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Japanese at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Japanese at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

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Since 2011, Chris Hutchinson BMet. Second headship – first was at Newcastle School for Boys, which he joined in 2007. ‘Teaching is in the blood,’ he says. Brief attempt to escape destiny, opting for metallurgy degree instead of taking over family owned and run school in Wales, ended with realisation that wasn’t keen enough to make a career of engineering. Worked for his father for two years, followed by formal teacher training at Cambridge and series of posts at top schools, starting with Clifton in 1990 where he met wife Alex – also a scientist. (‘Some unfortunate Cliftonites were taught a lot of Hutchinson chemistry and physics.’) Left as head of physics, moving to Wellington in 2000 in same role where was also a boarding housemaster.

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