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The Royal School, Haslemere

The Royal School, Haslemere

Farnham Lane, Haslemere, GU27 1HQ, Surrey

01428 605805



The Royal School, Haslemere
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1840
Executive Headmaster Mr Matthew Close
Date Appointed September 2023
Co-ed Age Range 9-18 years (boarding from 10+)
Number of pupils 180
Number of boarders 40
Day fees per annum £4,662 - £6,863 per term
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £10,097 per term
Boarding fees per annum £11,483 per term
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:15
Associations BSA, AGBIS, ISC, ECIS

The Royal is a vibrant, independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 9 to 18. Located on a safe and idyllic 26-acre site in the historic, charming market town of Haslemere, Surrey, yet only 50 minutes by train from central London.

As an organisation we embrace modern ideas but are steeped in tradition and history. We are honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal as our President and hold our close connection to the Royal Family and our history with great affection.

Our school motto

'Per Aspera Ad Astra' is as valuable to our community today as it was in 1840, when our school was founded. Our modern interpretation of our motto - 'Through challenge to the Stars' - inspires our pupils to free their minds and to look forward to their future with a sense of purpose and hope. Our pupils are considerate of others, ambitious for themselves and their friends, confident and strong in character; they embrace challenge for what it is and set high value on hard work and being kind.

Future Ready: An educational philosophy

We believe that everything we do, every single day, prepares our pupils for the future and that education is not about forcing pupils to fit a predetermined mould. Our Future Ready philosophy goes beyond traditional academic knowledge and focuses on fostering and developing emotional intelligence, practical skills, and critical thinking abilities. We aim to empower our pupils to become adaptable, resilient, and caring individuals who can thrive in an unpredictable future.

Academic excellence remains a cornerstone of Future Ready education and our pupils gain excellent academic profiles which become their passport to accessing the life-defining opportunities they so richly deserve. Our approach to academic learning is ever-evolving, and we embrace the challenges that new technologies bring. We focus on cultivating a deep understanding of subjects, fostering curiosity, and promoting a love for learning.

We believe that the world is human-led and tech-powered and are proud that, in an increasingly interconnected world, our Future Ready pupils have a sense of global citizenship. They learn to appreciate diverse cultures, understand global challenges, and collaborate with peers from different backgrounds. It is this holistic approach to education that nurtures life-long learners, compassionate global citizens, and adaptable problem-solvers who are ready to make a positive impact on society.

Home-from-Home Boarding from age 10+

Our happy, home-from-home boarding environment allows for a sense of community and belonging, where each child is known and nurtured. The rapport between staff and pupils is excellent. Many of our boarders establish life-long friendships across the globe.

High Achievers Programme

The Royal Scholarship Programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who excel academically or possess exceptional talent in Art, Music, Performing Arts and Sports to develop their skills and passions whilst making a powerful contribution to our vibrant and forward-looking school.

Discover our unique approach to education

Choosing a school is rather like buying a house: you have to see it, touch it, and hear it to imagine yourself living in it. We encourage families to visit us, meet the staff and, more importantly, our pupils, so that you can imagine for yourself your own son or daughter being part of our unique community.