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Admissions FAQ

We hope that most questions will be answered by the Prospectus and the Admissions Supplement document, both of which are available here.

Can boys join the RGS at non-standard entry times?

We are happy to assess boys to join the First and Second Forms at any time, provided we have space. Boys can join the Third Form or the Fourth Form in September if we have a place. We do not take boys into the Fifth Form or the Upper Sixth Form due to the linear nature of the GCSE and A Level courses.

How do I know for which year to register my son?

The RGS has a cut-off date for deciding into which year your son will go. This date is midnight on 31 August; therefore, a candidate cannot be older than the requested age of entry on 1 September of the year of entry. For example if your son was born on 1 May 2006 and your application was for 11+ for RGS, you would register him for entry for September 2017.

Do you recommend particular feeder schools?

The School’s admissions procedure is based solely upon the aptitude of the candidate, rather than the school he is from; the RGS treats all applications equally. Boys join RGS from a wide variety of schools, both Preparatory and Primary. At the January 2016 entrance examination day, we had boys from 132 different schools.

How do you feel about boys having coaching for the entrance examinations?

Our entrance examinations are based on Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum so that any boy who is at a Preparatory or Primary school in England will have covered all the necessary material. We do not advise special preparation for our examinations: the tests of literacy, numeracy and clear thinking are designed to reveal potential rather than test achievement. In this light, the School would strongly dissuade boys from being coached in advance of the assessment.

What is the structure of a normal school day?

Boys may enter the School between 8.00am and 8.15am to make use of the Mallison Library and the Computer Room, or to have breakfast. There is no access to boys between 8.15am and 8.30am unless it is raining. Registration is at 8.45am and lesson periods start at 9.15am, after Tutor Period or Assembly. There are five periods in the morning with a 20-minute break after the first two periods. Lunch is at 12.45pm. Lessons start again at 2.00pm and school finishes at 4.00pm.

Does the RGS organise school coaches?

No. Our proximity to both Guildford Main Line and London Road (Guildford) train stations enables large numbers of boys to come to school by train or other means of public transport. Currently, boys travel in to the School from throughout Surrey as well as from Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire and Sussex. The RGS is committed to supporting sustainable means of transport and wherever possible encourages the boys to walk or cycle, use public transport, or share lifts.

Do First Form boys have lunch with the rest of the School?

No. First Form boys have lunch between 12.05pm and 12.30pm, when they go to their Period 5. This lasts from 12.30pm until 1.10pm. They then have a break until registration at 1.50pm.

How much homework is there in the First Form?

The boys will be set three or four homeworks on each day of the school week, lasting 20 minutes per subject.

What languages are taught?

In the First Form, boys can choose between French or Spanish as their core language and everyone studies Latin. In the Third Form, they choose an additional language from Ancient Greek, German or the alternate language from the First Form choice, French or Spanish. Extra-curricular Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian are taught by freelance teachers at lunchtimes and after school.

What sort of clubs are available?

We run over seventy different clubs and societies which cater to all tastes and interests, either during lunch time or after school. The Societies Fair takes place during the first two weeks of the Autumn Term and the boys are able to sign up for the clubs they would like to join.

How much sport is there for a First Form boy?

The School’s philosophy of Sport for All means that all boys have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports, whether it be at A team level or just for fun. Boys in the First Form will have one Physical Education session and three Games lessons per week as part of the curriculum. In addition, training for the main sports runs after school. How much an individual boy will be involved in will depend on his interest in sport as well as his ability.

Is there school on Saturday?

There is no teaching but most of the sports fixtures are played on Saturday. The School expects those boys selected for fixtures to represent the School and wholeheartedly welcomes the support of parents at these matches.

Who should be my point of contact if I have concerns?

Each boy will be allocated to a Tutor Group and the Form Tutor will have responsibility for the welfare and academic progress of their tutees. The Form Tutor should be the first point of contact and email is the most efficient means of contact. Further details are provided in the Parents section of the website.

What systems do the School have in place for lost property?

The RGS has a robust system for storing and redistribution of lost property. A list of all names items of lost property is circulated electronically to parents on a weekly basis. The boys should then reclaim their kit from the lost property store which is open every Friday. All items, including clothing must be clearly and indelibly marked to enable this system to work.

Does the RGS have any links with the local girls’ schools?

The RGS is within a 15 minute walk of Guildford High School and Tormead School. Many of our boys have siblings attending one of these schools. Music and Drama are frequently run in collaboration with these schools and also with St Catherine's School, Bramley. In the Sixth Form, we run a joint General Studies programme in conjunction with Guildford High School, with pupils being taught in mixed classes at either of the two schools depending on the options they have chosen. In the last twelve months, GHS and RGS students have participated together on a joint musical tour of Malta; a drama production of Guys and Dolls; the annual charity Fashion Show; and various concerts including the Carol Services. In addition, the 1st XV RGS rugby team traditionally play the first team GHS lacrosse team as part of their final year celebrations, and the formal Leavers’ Ball held in the RGS’s historic Tudor setting, perfectly encapsulates the strong community links on an evening where boys from the RGS, girls from local girls schools and their parents come together to celebrate their time at School.

What opportunities are there for parental involvement in the School?

The RGS is a close-knit community which values the strong links between boys, parents, staff and governors. Parents are warmly invited to attend a range of school events, including concerts, play and sports fixtures. The fortnightly Parental Bulletin draws attention to those events which may be of particular interest to parents. There is also an active Parents’ Association which provides many opportunities for social events.

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