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Royal Hospital School

Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom IP9 2RX

Age Range & Fees

Age Range11 to 18
Annual Day Fees£16440 to £18330
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£25230 to £31335
Annual Full Boarding Fees£26490 to £34140

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
184Day125
253Full Board183
23Weekly23
460Total331

Number of Staff

Full-time: 72
Part-time: 3

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr Simon Lockyer


The Royal Hospital School is the region's leading independent co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds, providing an outstanding, full and broad education enriched by a unique naval heritage.


The school was established in 1712 in Greenwich, London, by Royal Charter to 'improve navigation' through education. Just over 300 years later, discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape our ethos. Our focus is on inspiring our pupils to pursue their interests and make the most of their talents through learning and extra-curricular activities.


Academic achievement is key to a young person's confidence and ability to succeed in life beyond school. We work hard to inspire and empower all our pupils to realise their full potential, enjoy the experience of learning and learn new skills. By challenging them, both inside and outside of the classroom, we achieve effective and stimulating learning and encourage self-discovery. Opportunities exist through our enriched academic curriculum and wealth of co-curricular activities and we provide a safe environment in which young people can step outside their comfort zones; learn to take risks; foster self-belief and self-awareness; and develop skills such as collaboration, initiative and resilience.

We place great importance on developing these skills as well as the traditional values of loyalty and service while providing an excellent education fit for the modern world. Our aim is to give young people the knowledge, skills, confidence and strength of character to go on to lead purposeful and happy lives. Their school days are busy and, at times, challenging but also fun and rewarding. It is clear in their faces that they are happy to be here.

I warmly invite you to visit us and look forward to meeting you and your family. I am sure that on visiting us and meeting our boys and girls you will see that the School produces impressive, confident young people with a set of values of which any parent or future employer would be proud.

Simon Lockyer
Headmaster
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What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Critical thinking
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • Ancient Greek
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Ballet
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Corps of drums
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Pipe band
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Vegetarian
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD
  • Language
  • Epilepsy
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Method of Entry

  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Other bursaries
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Choral
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial need
  • Senior school entry
  • Organ
  • All-rounder
  • Other scholarships
  • 6th Form
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • AGBIS
  • BSA
  • HMC
  • ISC
  • SHMIS

Religious Affliations:

  • Inter-denominational
  • Christian


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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