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There is an impressive quad where you can no longer park your carriage but which is now used for barbecues, and the crunchy gravel is a deterrent to illicit flits between the boys’ and girls’ boarding houses. There is a strong sense of history and tradition.  The aim is ‘to work smarter not harder,’ and pupils are taught how to learn and how to be organised. If someone is underachieving the school looks at the full picture including the home situation.  'Rugby is almost a religion,’ said a pupil, although another said that ‘you don’t feel excluded if it is not your thing as the school has a strong arty side too’...

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Interim headmaster

Alan Aitken, previously deputy head (curriculum). is holding the fort. He also teaches biology to A level and psychology to GCSE and runs the badminton club. Degree in biochemistry and microbiology from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Varied teaching career has taken him from England to the Bahamas and the Middle East to Northern Ireland. He was acting principal of the British School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before his appointment at the Royal School.

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In 2017, 43 per cent of grades A*/A, 70 per cent A*-B at A level and nearly 50 per cent A*-A/9-7 at GCSE. Offers 25 subjects at GCSE. About 60 per cent take dual award in sciences, but these are also available as individual subjects. Apart from the usual subjects, also offers business studies, sports studies, psychology, home economics and music....

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