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Sailing remains key activity, with undreamed of opportunities for learning the craft and progressing in a sport that is often ruled out for many on grounds of cost. All year 7s receive a full week's instruction: ‘We want to find ability among those who are not "dynastic" sailors,’ says the instructor. The pillared entrance, a massive hall with columns, marble floors and oil paintings, is awe-inspiring and regarded by pupils with affection and pride. The grounds, with wide promenades and parade ground, have the well-kept air of a military establishment...

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Set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour, the Royal Hospital School is a thriving HMC boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year old girls and boys providing an excellent values-driven all round education. During their time at the School, pupils are encouraged to enjoy the adventure of learning and to develop a lifelong appetite for knowledge. There is the opportunity to pursue a huge range of interests and activities and everyone is encouraged to try something different, discover new passions and develop new skills. The Schools Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is the tenth largest in the country and more than three hundred pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Team and Fleet sailing is a particular strength and the School is a RYA accredited Sailing Academy. Elite sailors can get on the water up to four times a week and regularly compete at international level.

As a result of the Royal Hospital Schools unique seafaring heritage, up to 100% of fees for children of seafaring families (current or retired Royal Navy, Royal Marines, merchant navy and some other sea-going careers) may be cover through generous means-tested bursaries. Sailing Scholarships are also available providing Elite Training Programmes and Olympic Pathway opportunities.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking German at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCSE)


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




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2016, Simon Lockyer, previously second master at Portsmouth Grammar. Has also been housemaster and head of department at Wellington College. The son of a naval officer, Simon was educated at Blundell’s School, Devon, on a military bursary after which he went on to gain a BSc in microbiology at Newcastle, a PGCE at Cambridge and a masters at Buckingham. His first teaching appointment was at Bishop’s Stortford High School in Hertfordshire. He is married to Abigail, who grew up in Suffolk, and they have three young children.

Academic matters

Sits comfortably between the highly selective Ipswich schools and the maintained grammar schools over the county border. The introduction of day pupils and their increasing numbers mean that academic achievement is rising across the curriculum. In 2017, 33 per cent of GCSE grades were A*-A/7-9....

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Special Education Needs

The Curriculum Support department aims to support and develop individuals learning skills so that they can achieve their full potential. One-to-one lessons are provided for pupils with dyslexia or similar learning difficulties and these are tailored to the specific needs of the individual. This could include support with study skills, revision techniques and improving literacy.

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 Y
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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