Visiting the School

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We are delighted to meet prospective pupils and parents during term time, when you can experience at first-hand the positive atmosphere and busy life of the School.

Open Mornings, which include a tour of the School with a current pupil, a presentation by the Headmaster and a chance to meet various members of staff, are an excellent opportunity to do this in the first instance. To find out the date of the next Open Morning and to book a place please click here, or contact the Admissions Office on 01473 326136 or email admissions@royalhospitalschool.org

Alternatively, a personal visit can be arranged on a mutually convenient date during term time. Depending on your child's year group on entry, you will have the opportunity to meet the Deputy Head (Pastoral), Head of Middle School or Head of Sixth Form, as well as a Housemaster or Housemistress. If your child will be entering the School in Year 7, you will meet the Junior Housemaster or Housemistress. If your child is entering the School in Year 9 or above, and you have a connection with, or preference for, a particular Senior House, we will try to accommodate this. It may also be appropriate for those who excel in a particular co-curricular activity to meet, for example, the Director of Sport, Head of Art, Head of Drama, Director of Sailing or Director of Music, or, where relevant, make an appointment with the Head of Learning Support. One of our current pupils will take you on a tour of the facilities, giving you the opportunity to find out more about the School from a younger viewpoint.

Registering Your Son or Daughter

A Registration Form, which can be found in the Royal Hospital School Prospectus pack, should be completed for each child and returned to the Admissions Office with the Registration Fee. It would be advisable to do this at least two years before the proposed year of entry in order to secure a place at the School and to enable the Admissions Office to guide you through the admissions process. At the very latest, you should complete and return a Registration Form for your son or daughter by the first week of December prior to the year of entry.

September 2017 entry deadline: Friday 9 December

Pupils from Overseas

Applications from overseas pupils should be made to the International Admissions Office via admissions@royalhospitalschool.org or +44 (0) 1473 326179. Pupils are required to take the following age-specific test papers under strict examination conditions, either at the School or, by arrangement, in their home country:

  • English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics

As a guide, candidates holding the following certificates or qualifications would, in most cases, not need to sit an English as an Additional Language test and would instead take the same age-relevant Entrance Examinations as UK pupils:

  • Years 7-9 PET Grade C or above
  • Years 10-11 FCE Grade C or above
  • Years 12-13 IELTS 6.5

Interviews and References

As part of our admissions process, all candidates are expected to attend the School for an interview with a senior member of the academic staff. Normally this would be with the Deputy Head (Pastoral) or Registrar for Year 7 entry, Head of Middle School for Year 9 entry and Head of Sixth Form for Year 12 entry. The interview may be conducted via Skype by special arrangement.

On receipt of a Registration Form, the Admissions Office will also contact the candidate's current school for a reference, unless specifically requested not to (however, please note that a reference must be received prior to an offer of a place being made).

Offers and Acceptance of a Place

Places are offered to successful candidates in February in the calendar year of entry, or, in the case of Common Entrance candidates electing to sit a pre-test, 20 months prior to the September of the year of entry. The offer of a place is conditional on GCSE results for Sixth Form candidates and Common Entrance results for those taking the Common Entrance Examinations. For candidates sitting Entrance Examinations at any other time, we endeavour to inform them within two weeks whether they have been successful and if a place can be offered.

Places should be accepted within four weeks of receipt of an offer. After that time, the School reserves the right to offer places to candidates on the waiting list. On acceptance of a place, parents are required to sign a contract which sets out clearly the basis on which an offer is being made and accepted, and return it together with the Acceptance Deposit.

Fees, Deposits and Supplementary Charges

Fees are set by the Board of Governors and published in April prior to the relevant academic year. For 2016/17 Academic Year Fees click here.

Our Fees In Advance Scheme can benefit parents who wish to deposit advance payments on school fees through access to attractive interest rates. Further information can be found here or by contacting the Finance Office on 01473 326262 or finance@royalhospitalschool.org

Discounts, Bursaries and Awards

The Royal Hospital School offers a limited number of discounts, bursaries and awards to pupils. For more information please click here or contact the Admissions Office or 01473 326136.