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The Royal Hospital School

The Royal Hospital School

Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2RX, Suffolk

01473 326136



The Royal Hospital School
School type Co-educational Full Boarding and Day
Headmaster Mr Simon Lockyer
Date Appointed September 2016
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 720
Day fees per annum £17,097 - £19,017
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £26,126 - £32,433
Boarding fees per annum £27,429 - £35,319
3-Night Boarding £22,992 - £27,294
International £29,040 - £36,978
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 3.75:1
Associations BSA, HMC, SHMIS

The Royal Hospital School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18-year providing an outstanding, full and broad education enriched by a unique naval heritage. Founded in 1712 in Greenwich, London, it moved to its spectacular site set in 200 acres of coastal Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour in 1933. The School has continued to develop its inspiring purpose-built site, growing in size and reputation to become one of East Anglia's leading independent schools.

Whilst the school is over 300 years old, discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape its ethos with a focus on inspiring pupils to pursue their interests and make the most of their talents through learning and a wide range co-curricular activities.

Academic achievement is key to a young person’s confidence and ability to succeed in life beyond school. The School works hard to inspire and empower its pupils to realise their full potential, enjoy the experience of learning and develop new skills. By challenging them both inside and outside of the classroom, it achieves effective and stimulating learning and encourages self-discovery. Opportunities exist through its enriched academic curriculum and wealth of co-curricular activities and it provides a safe environment in which young people can step outside of their comfort zone; learn to take risks; foster self-belief and self-awareness; and develop skills such as collaboration, initiative and resilience.

The Royal Hospital School places 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. Its 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.

More recently the School has worked hard at its commitment to the environment which has resulted in it being awarded a Gold Carbon Charter. In 2019, it launched Grow with Us - a way of celebrating every child who joins the school by planting a tree in their name whilst also making a positive contribution to the planet.

Over the next seven years, the School will continue to plant a tree for each new pupil - growing with them throughout their time and maintaining roots to the place as they progress through life.