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Date Event
1509 Robert Beckingham's will leaves money for the setting up of the School
1512 First foundation of the governing body
1552 The granting of the Royal Charter
1555 Purchase of the High Street site
1557 Construction of the School begins
1586 Building of the Old School is completed
1835 Revision of the Statutes
1888 New Scheme of the Charity Commissioners established for the Government of the School
Restoration of the Old Building and its continuation as a day school only
1944 Education Act under which the School adopted "Voluntary Controlled" status; the tuition was "free" and entry was by common entrance examination at the age of eleven
1958 Construction of the New Building on Allen House Field begins
1962 Fire in the Old Building
1977 The School withdraws from the State maintained system and becomes independent and fee-paying
1978 Acquisition of Lanesborough Preparatory School
1985 Purchase of the twenty-acre Sports Ground at Bradstone Brook
2008 The RGS forged a partnership with educational charity United World Schools to build and develop a long-term link with a school in Cambodia
2009 Celebration of the School’s quincentennial anniversary
2010 The RGS entered into an international partnership with two schools in Besisahar, Nepal
"It’s a can-do culture – the school talks of ‘strengths’ and ‘development areas’ rather than ‘weaknesses’"
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