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  • The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
    Amersham Road
    High Wycombe
    HP13 6QT
  • Head: Philip Wayne
  • T 01494 524955
  • F 01494 551410
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1,370; 14 full, 40 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 360
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding £12,576 - £14,172 pa
  • Open days: September (Lower School Entry) November (Sixth Form Entry)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th November 2008
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 11th May 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School ‘goes in heavy with homework from the word go’, according to parents, with at least three 30-minute pieces per night, but boys seem to take this in their stride – as they do the rigorous tests they take after every topic. Sport, sport and more sport for those so inclined, with rugby leading the charge as a year-round occupation. When the rugby league season finishes, top players continue to play rugby union. Boarders say they ‘feel really at home’ and the boarding house has a relaxed, happy feel, partly dictated by the energetic and approachable head of boarding... 

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What the school says...

The Royal Grammar School (RGS), High Wycombe is a state boarding and day school.

Ofsted quotes from RGS Parents:
'I feel that alongside the amazing educational achievements, my son has become a well-rounded, confident person, who will have very happy memories of his time here.'

'The school fosters excellent values and, while disciplined, the children feel safe and happy in the friendly environment.'

Converted to an academy in February 2011.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Philip Wayne, previously head of Chesham Grammar. He studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. Following a number of years as a freelance organist, pianist, conductor and lecturer, he qualified as a teacher and held several leadership posts in the Midlands. He moved to Buckinghamshire in 2004 as deputy head of John Hampden Grammar and became head of CGS in 2007. He is married with twins.

Academic matters

Consistently delivers a good showing in national league tables for academics, although still snaps at the heels of the area’s top performing grammar when it comes to hard exam data. Local competition is very stiff but school proves itself a real all-rounder at GCSE with 65 per cent of GCSEs graded A/A* in 2016. Seventy-three per cent of A levels achieved grades...

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Special Education Needs

The department provides support for a variety of Special Educational Needs. Some pupils are supported through mentoring; all pupils by liasion with the Head of Year, Form Teachers and Teaching Staff. External support agencies are used when appropriate. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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