Restart a Heart Day at RHS

The Royal Hospital School has shown their support for Restart a Heart Day by training Year 12 pupils (16+ years) in CPR and educating them on what steps they can take to help save lives in an emergency. Monday 16 October is Restart a Heart Day and the Resuscitation Council (UK) along with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be working together to help train as many school children as possible in the UK... Read More
Sailing scholar, Alex Platt who left the Royal Hospital School in September 2016 has secured his place to study Marine Technology with Naval Architecture at Newcastle University. This professionally accredited four-year Naval Architecture MEng Honours degree includes a year of advanced study at Master's level, leading to Chartered Engineer status. It focuses on all aspects in the design and operation of ships and other large floating structures. Alex will have access to NU’s state-of-the-art labs and facilities which include the £1m r... Read More
For the first time in the School’s history this year’s team have won the coveted Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy being crowned overall winners at the competition held at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone, Devon. The Pringle Trophy is the annual competition between all Royal Marine CCF detachments from schools throughout the UK. It is named after Lt General Sir Steuart Pringle, a former Lieutenant General and Commandant General of the Royal Marines. On 17 October 1981, he was... Read More
RHS has entered a team to compete in the Dora Love Prize, a schools competition that invites participants to learn more about the Holocaust. The competition was set up by Holocaust survivor Dora Love in 2012 who settled in the East of England after the war and now consists of nearly 20 schools from Essex and East Anglia who take part in this prestigious regional event. Pupils collaborate together on a project around a theme, which this year was announced as ‘the po... Read More
The U14s and U16s netball teams have qualified to the county stage of the National Schools Netball Competition after coming 2nd and 1st in the opening area round. The county round will take place next half term, to keep up to date follow @RHSSport on Twitter. Read More
A fundraising walk around the grounds of the Royal Hospital School and local area was able to raise £1600 last week in aid of the charity Ipswich Riding for the Disabled. The fundraising walks for Ipswich RDA have been running since 2004 but this year’s grand total is the most the walk has ever made with a record number of 105 participants. Originally the walk was held in the Dedham and Flatford area with volunteers serving lunch afterwards from the back of a c... Read More
The Royal Hospital School released its 2017/18 programme of concerts, which boasts more than 50 exciting events over the coming year. From the toe-tapping hits of Ella Fitzgerald, to rock and pop workshops, organ recitals and a joint concert with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, there promises to be something for everyone. If you would like a copy of the new brochure, please contact the RHS Music Department by email at Read More
Monarch butterfly emerging from its cocoon. Butterflies begin their lives as a fertilised egg which develops into a larvae. This tiny grub, otherwise known as a caterpillar, has one job: to eat. And it will eat a lot, almost constantly in fact: the story of the very hungry caterpillar which eats and eats is rooted in fact! As it eats, a caterpillar grows, so much so that it grows too big for its skin, which it has to shed; doing... Read More
After announcing the inaugural Music Production Music Gateway Scholarship earlier this summer, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) awarded the prestigious scholarship to its first ever recipient, former pupil Madison Claridge. Chosen for his talent, dedication and passion for the music industry, Madison will have his Music Production Degree fully funded and will graduate from ACM's Guildford campus free from tuition fee debt. Madison was ecstatic to have received 2017’s Music Production Scholarship saying “I applied for the Music Gateway Musi... Read More
Head of Digital Learning at the Royal Hospital School, Mr Hamish Mackenzie, has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished Educator for his work looking at the application of mobile learning in outdoor environments. Over 1500 people applied to join the class of 2017 at the Apple Distinguished Educator Academy but only 6% were accepted on to the programme. Mr Mackenzie was invited to attend the academy in Windsor during the first week of the summer holidays where he received training, joined workshops and... Read More

Topper 4.2 National Champion

Many pupils from RHS have had a very active summer holiday and that includes Giles, a Year 10 sailing scholar. Sailing the single-handed Topper 4.2, he attended the Worlds in France and achieved a credible 13th place in July, then returned to the UK for the National Championships in Pwllheli, Wales over August. This was a fleet racing event and 17 races were completed over 6 days in mixed weather of up to 30knts, Giles came out top in 1st place overall and had... Read More
The U14A, U15A, 1st XI and 2nd XI girls hockey teams all started school early this year; in order to prepare for their forthcoming seasons. The girls all trained extremely hard to get back into hockey by working on their core skills, fitness, tactics and team play. These sessions will give them a big advantage going into the season and new Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Hockey Mr Tom Butt was thrilled with their attitude towards... Read More
We are proud to congratulate Toby R. on his completion of the 608 nautical mile Fastnet Race that he took part in over the summer, a challenging classic offshore yacht race. Royal Hospital School is a centre of excellence for sailing and it is an important part of our curriculum and heritage which we celebrate. Below is Toby’s report of his experiences: The Royal Ocean Racing Club organizes four 600 mile races every two years, these being the Caribbean 600 around all th... Read More
The Headmaster welcomed 181 new pupils and their families in Chapel yesterday as they embarked on their new journey at the Royal Hospital School. New pupils and their families are invited to take part in an induction day just before term starts to give them the opportunity to settle in and answer any questions they may have. The Headmaster addressed the new cohort in the Welcome Service to remind them of ethos of the School and to dispense some valuable advice.... Read More
Matilda (Tilly) Arulampalam gained the equivalent of ten straight A*s at GCSE securing her academic credentials and providing her with the opportunity to follow her dream of a career in medicine. Tilly will study Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry A Level at the Royal Hospital School from September. Read More
Lydia Torrington is this year's highest point scorer with the equivalent of straight A*s and As across her eleven subjects at GCSE. Lydia, who is also a Music Scholar, plans to study Religious Studies, French and Psychology for A Level at the Royal Hospital School from this September. Read More

Trio of Nines for Henry

Academic scholar, Henry Bezant, didn’t drop a grade across 10 GCSE subjects including an impressive trio of 9s in mathematics, English literature and English language; the equivalent of three A* plus grades. Read More
Twins, Thomas and Annabelle Paddon, gained 20 A*/A equivalents between them in their GCSEs. They have swept the board with their superb results; Thomas shone with the new 9 or A* plus grade in English literature while Annabelle gained the same top grade in English language. Read More
Over a third of all GCSEs gained by pupils at the Royal Hospital School this year were graded A* or A (or for English and maths the new top 9, 8 or 7 grades), 23 pupils achieved at least six straight A*/A grades and 12 pupils were awarded at least one top 9 grade. Read More
Well done to Ben on his outstanding results of an A* grade in music and As in economics, maths and RS. With such excellent A Level results and his piano diploma, which is a professional qualification recognised by musicians and other music professionals around the world, Ben is well on the way to achieving his dream of being an organ scholar at Oxford University. The talented musician is spending a gap year as an organ scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral. Read More
Well done to Sally and Lucy who have gained straight As in all of their A Level subjects and secured their places at Durham University to study Anthropology and International Relations respectively.The girls joined the Royal Hospital School in Year 7 and have excelled academically and in music, sport and leadership positions. Lucy was Head Girl in her final year and Sally was Head Chorister. As identical twins Sally and Lucy have at times confused their teachers and peers, stepping... Read More
In a year when the A Level national pass rate has dropped by 0.5%, the Royal Hospital School is delighted to report a 100% pass rate and a 2.6% increase in the proportion of A*, while national trends report an increase of just 0.5%.Twenty two pupils, representing over one fifth of this year’s cohort, gained at least one A* grade and the percentage of A*to C grades has continued to improve over the last four years to 81% as the School continues to... Read More
Our disappointment at Land Rover BAR being knocked out of the America's Cup is soothed by the knowledge that RHS sailors are still battling it out for Britain on Bermuda waters. In the wake of this exciting sailing race, national support and interest in sailing has swelled bringing with it an increase in youth races, training, charities and environmental projects surrounding the events. The junior regatta will be held during the halftime show this weekend and will be included in... Read More
Graham Napier Cricket AcademySummer Cricket Course 2017 Graham Napier formerly of Essex CCC along with Ben Stephens of PiriPiri Cricket will deliver coaching courses at the Royal Hospital School. These will cover an introduction to cricket through to more advanced technical skills. Course 1: Introduction to Cricket £30School Years 1 & 2: Monday 10 July 09:30–12:00This is an introduction to cricket that will include fielding, batting and bowling skills plus lots of fun games. You will need to bring appropriate sports clothing including indoor footwear. Course 2: Int... Read More
This weekend 35 pupils across the age groups from Year 7 to 13 will take to the water in the Great East Swim at neighbouring Alton Water reservoir. This annual event attracts around 3,000 swimmers and involves either a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile or 5km open water swim. It is part of the Great Swim Series which has five events across England and Scotland attracting in the region of 22,000 participants. Swimming Coach, Ali Pugh, said "The pupils have been training hard in the build up... Read More
A Merlin Mk 2 helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron touched down last month at RHS, flown in by former pupil Lt Timothy Wills (RN). Tim was greeted by his former housemasters from his time in Hawke and Nelson House; Mr Clive Rennison and Lt Col Marc Godfrey respectively. Tim was a skilled musician at school and organ scholar, he also enjoyed sailing and served in the school HM Coastguard unit. On leaving RHS he went on to study medicine at Imperial... Read More
The Royal Hospital School will be at stand 800 on Flower Show Avenue at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June. Come and have a go at our bowling challenge with the Graham Napier Cricket Academy and meet the Headmaster between 12noon and 2pm on both days #SuffolkShow2017 Read More
On Saturday 29 April, the RHS minibus headed down to the home of rugby; Twickenham to the 100th Babcock Trophy Army vs Navy rugby match. Former RHS pupils young and old enjoyed pre and post-match drinks and reunions hosted by Lucy Pembroke and Monty Callow. The event now in its third year, is now a firm fixture in the RHSA calendar proving itself very popular with the School’s 150 ticket allocation which sold out in four hours! They joined a sell-out cr... Read More
We are delighted to have been accredited as an Apple Regional Training Centre for the second year as part of a hand-picked community of centres across the UK and Ireland who collaborate, share practice and develop digital learning. We facilitate training opportunities for teachers across the region to embed the use of Apple technology in the classroom. The objectives of all the RTCs are to: - To provide a focus on pedagogy, for sharing best practice and gaining skills- To... Read More
Saturday 29 April saw the first ROYMUN conference held at RHS, organised and run by Thomas Heley (Secretary-General) with support from Billy Douglas-Hamilton (Secretary-General) and the ROYMUN Secretariat. We were pleased to welcome over 50 delegates from Woodbridge School, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas Gainsborough School, Cobham Hall and Felsted Prep as well as our own 60 delegates, representing countries ranging from the USA to China. The day began with an opening ceremony at which Mrs Routledge and Mr Lockyer welcomed the delegates an... Read More
On Saturday six teams travelled to Bough Beech Sailing Club, for the annual Hoad Shield Team Racing Regatta, an inter-school event second only to the Nationals in terms of standard and prestige. There were two events taking place, the U16s sailing in Fevas and the seniors competing in Fireflys, with RHS fielding three teams in each age group. The U16 event took the format of a full round robin as Stage 1, before splitting into Gold and Silver Leagues for... Read More

Medals for Ski Team

Congratulations to the 18 pupils who took part in the ERSA Schools Championship Event at the Norfolk Snowsports Club on Sunday 30 April 2017. The RHS Ski Team performed with great spirit and determination in a strong field of over 200 competitors from 46 schools. Some highlights of the day included gold medals for the U14 Mixed Team, featuring Emily King, Mia Maguire, Oli Conway and Amelia Vicos. Following some great skiing from his teammates, Oli Conway held his nerve and put in a steady... Read More
The Royal Hospital School Shooting teams have achieved a historic victory at the ELEY Cadet Country Life Shooting Competition triumphantly winning 1st and 3rd place, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the school for over 50 years. Competition records stretch back to 1912 and the last time RHS lifted the trophy was is 1963. Over 100 schools across the country prepare every year by vigorously training for this varied and tough event and honing their skills on the service issued .22 rifles. There ar... Read More
On Sunday, Royal Hospital School will mark Founders’ Day with Divisions and by welcoming Dame Anne Owers DBE as guest speaker at the Chapel service. Dame Anne Owers read history at Girton College, Cambridge. After graduating, she spent three years in Zambia teaching and conducting research into African history. While taking time out to bring up her three children, she continued to undertake research and voluntary advice and race relations work. In 1981, she joined the Joint Council for the Welfare of... Read More
On Saturday 13 May 2017, the Royal Hospital School will be hosting the 3rd East of England Organ Day, which will feature an Americana theme. The king of instruments has a long a varied history - from Roman hydraulics to progressive rock. The East of England Organ Day 2017 will explore the organ’s many musical guises. At the heart of the day will be the school’s monumental and well-loved 1933 Hill, Norman and Beard organ. Grammy award winner, Nathan Laube, is one of t... Read More
The RHS Band on parade On Saturday 6 May, the concert band of the Royal Hospital School will be taking to the stage for an evening of what promises to be unforgettable music and pageantry. The band is one of the flagship musical ensembles at RHS, and enjoys a wonderful reputation both at home and abroad. The fifty-piece band will be performing a wide selection of music, ranging from the raucous overture from the opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, to music... Read More
Parade in front of Old College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst The Royal Hospital School’s naval heritage and links with military families has always meant that we have had a long history of pupils wishing to pursue a career in the Armed Forces. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command. Recently we have had a large number of ou... Read More
Over the Easter break two boys’ teams and a girls’ team, each of four, took part in a expedition to Scotland to help earn or train for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The weather was mostly kind to them, a few strong winds and only half a day of heavy rain didn’t dampen spirits with all the participants successfully demonstrating their skills for the assessment and training. There are three levels to the award and to achieve Gold partic... Read More
Pupils Rochelle Gordon-Scott and Gracie Arulampalam were selected to play for the Suffolk County Hockey U14s squad in the Regional Championship finals on Sunday. Despite strong opposition from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk county teams, Suffolk’s strong performance throughout the tournament paid off, coming first overall and winning the Regional Championship Shield. Read More
"This is the best of me...this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory." Elgar This classical masterpiece will combine hundreds of musicians in what is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work. Featuring:Holbrook Choral Society | Phoenix Singers, Framlingham | Royal Hospital School Chamber Choir | Reade Orchestra | National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellows | Richard Edgar-Wilson, Tenor | William Saunders, Conductor Saturday 17 June 19:00Pre-concert drinks from 18:30Chapel, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2RX Tickets: £10 | Concessions: £7 | U18: FREE Tickets are av... Read More
In what seems to be an unstoppable show jumping season RHS riders will represent England in the NSEA Nations Cup later in the year after a successful weekend at the National Show Jumping Championships held at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire. Teams jumping at 80cm, 90cm and 1m competed over three days against 32 teams from schools from all over the country battling for their place on the national side. Having already been crowned county champions just a few months ago, our... Read More
Our paddlers took to the water over the Easter weekend to test their physical and mental stamina in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon on the River Thames. This endurance race starts in Devizes in Wiltshire and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge, opposite the Houses of Parliament and it has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948. The 125 mile-long route is peppered with 77 portages when paddlers need to lift their boats (and themselves) out of the water,... Read More
SOURCE: Independent Education Today Graham Napier, Director of Cricket at the Royal Hospital School, explains his plans for the Graham Napier Cricket Academy. Most professional sportspeople wish their careers could last forever; that they could exist like Peter Pan, be the exemption from the rule and play the sport they love forever. However, at some point reality kicks in and the thought of, ‘what next?’ can’t be ignored for any longer. A year ago the answer came knocking on my doo... Read More
This year’s theme for the Jubilee Poetry Competition was ‘Transformation’. Well done to Olivia Gowland who was winner of the junior category and Ella Finch for her winning entry in the senior category. Special mention must also go to Emily Jane King and Izzy Durrant who were runners-up. We would also like to thank alumnus Mr Richard Bedwell who generously sponsored the competition and Mr Gould for shortlisting the entries. Read More
In the last training session before the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, all crews were working hard to be ready for the gruelling Easter weekend race. Following their qualifying 34 mile paddle last Tuesday, it wasn’t easy for the teams to get back on the water; however all the boats dedicated themselves to put a good time in on the “short” 18km sprint. Gallery photos courtesy of Peter French at Read More
Last year our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) diligently raised money throughout the year to donate to the Help for Heroes charity who support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. Last week they were able to proudly present a cheque of £500 to Mrs Sue Morgan, the charity’s local representative. Read More
A Year 8 team consisting of Jaz Skingle, Grace Rothwell, Emma Watling, Savannah Collis, Ben Warren, Matilda Gladwell and Archie Simpson travelled to Parkside Community College to compete in the Cambridge Classical Association Junior Latin Reading Competition on Thursday 16 March. This is an annual competition that encourages younger pupils to perform Latin aloud, either in a dramatic reading or as a part of a group performing a short dramatic scene. After the seniors won two prizes at the Senior Latin Reading... Read More
On Saturday 4 March 2017, over 150 pupils took to the stage for the annual Gala Concert in aid of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Bikeactive, Mencap, The Woolverstone Project and the Riding for the Disabled Association. As the buzz of the packed chapel audience gradually died down, the evening’s entertainment got under way with Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick’s beautiful new arrangement of Thomas Tallis’ sixteenth century Canon. The cavernous acoustic and ethereal atmosphere was enhanced by the use of hand bells as the school... Read More
Well done to Elliot Chilvers who has been selected to represent Northampton Saints in the BMW Wellington U16 Festival. This competition attracts the country’s best players from 14 RFU Regional Academies all aiming to be selected for the national side. This is a huge accomplishment for Elliot, who follows in the footsteps of former pupil Ben Kelland, who went on the represent England at U16 level and we wish him the best of luck. Read More

RHS Equestrian Team

RHS riders participated in the 21st Annual Inter-Schools One Day Event at Poplar on Sunday in dressage, cross country and show jumping. They produced some strong results with Charlotte Butler placing 6th in the intermediate 90cm class and Eliza Tribe and Millie Ainsworth 2nd and 3rd in the open 1m class. All members of the team performed well in their dressage tests and were double clear in the show jumping and cross country phases which were demanding and up to... Read More

Brass for Africa

Former pupil Dom Torrington spent three months in Kampala last year working with Brass for Africa, a charity that works with disadvantaged children in Uganda and Liberia through the form of music. They provide weekly brass lessons to hundreds of children across 17 different outreach sites including orphanages, slum areas and juvenile homes. Dom was directly involved in teaching music and organising a concert, “I met many amazing and inspirational people whose lives have been transformed by Brass for Africa through gi... Read More

CCF Easter Camps and Courses

The deadline is fast approaching but there are still some vacancies on a range of excellent courses at Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training over Easter. These include; mountaineering, rock climbing, open canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain scrambling, caving, and mountain biking. You also would gain nationally recognised qualifications such as British Canoeing Union grades up to 3 star, and all courses cost only £40 for the week. Further details and application forms are available from Staff Sergeant Ryan - Read More

Swim squad compete at Olympic Park

A team of eight RHS swimmers took part in the prestigious Bath Cup at the London Aquatics Centre, Olympic park, last week. This event has run for the last 95 years, with the exception of the war years, and girls' events were included from 1995. The boys' team of Tom Heley, Toby Allday, Adam Clough and Jamie Fosker were up against some very strong swimmers from 80 other schools and the girls team of Hannah Dixon, Tilly Ager, Kyla Conway and Ami Jewell... Read More
On Thursday 9 March the University of Essex Human Performance Unit visited RHS to work with A Level PE pupils on some practical assessments followed by an analysis of results. Toby Ruffles, Year 12, wore a Gas Analyser worth a princely £5000 to determine his V02 or maximum volume of oxygen consumed during exercise and some of the other twenty five pupils who took part wore heart rate monitors to track their levels of intensity. Sam Hindley, Year 13, was the top performer scoring h... Read More
The U13s were at Caldicott at a midweek sevens tournament last week and following a successful Suffolk 7s tournament, were full of optimism. They won against Abingdon 25-0, drew to Millfield and lost against St Pauls. As a result they qualified for the Plate competition, facing Northcote Lodge to win 20-0 and St Benedicts, Ealing with a 20-10 result. The final was against Dulwich in which they drew 20-20 but as a result of three bonus points, the RHS... Read More
All eight crews in the Devizes to Westminster squad gave superb performances in the 18 mile kayaking sprint, Thameside 2, last weekend in challenging conditions with high water flows and torrential rain.Unfortunately, Natasha Scott and Hannah Dixon were involved in a collision with another crew on the penultimate portage causing them to miss the RHS girls' record by a few minutes and Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall and Tom Joice missed the Open Canadian Canoe record by 4 minutes after being swamped by big waves... Read More
On Saturday 25 March, 200 vocalists will be taking to the stage in the annual School Choirs’ Concert at the Royal Hospital School. When 700 pupils and a further 100 teachers sing together each morning in Chapel, it is often referred to as the ‘Holbrook Sound’. This concert will once again see the combined vocal forces of the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choirs and Holbrook Choral Society assembled in the Chapel for this celebration of sacred and secular choral music. Accompanied by Mr Cantrill-Fenwick on the sc... Read More
On Monday 6 March in recognition of World Book Day and International Women’s Day the School welcomed Sufiya Ahmed, author of ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’, who spoke to Year 7 and 8 pupils about her childhood dream to be a writer, her career as parliamentary researcher and her journey to becoming a full time author. Sufiya Ahmed was born in India and arrived in the UK as a baby. She lived in Bolton, Lancashire, before moving to London where she still lives.... Read More
We sent our best international spellers to this year's Spelling Bee at King's Ely to compete against pupils at King's Ely, Framlingham, Ipswich, Felsted and Greshams in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories. After a quick quiz, there was a singing lesson in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral and a treasure hunt around the cathedral. After lunch, the main competition began as each pupil was given a minute to spell as many words as possible correctly. The top 6 spellers... Read More
It’s raining ribbons for the equestrian team who continue their strong season by qualifying for The Royal Windsor Horse Show after some great jumping at The Jays at the end of last month. Fliss Gozzett, Eliza Tribe and Aoife Rew competed against nineteen schools from all over the county battling for one of the top two places that meant qualification. Looking like it was neck and neck for much of the day they were pipped to the post for fi... Read More
On Saturday 4 March 2017, over 150 pupils from the Royal Hospital School will be taking to the stage for the annual Gala Concert in aid of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Bikeactive, Mencap, The Wolverstone Project the Riding for the Disabled Association. The evening is one of the school’s musical highlights of the year and showcases the wealth of talent, musical diversity and incredibly high standards that are synonymous with RHS. From the serenity of sacred choral music to the shimmering strings of... Read More
Since 2014 the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Golden Jubilee Boarding Orchard has been steadily growing across the country. It’s branches have now spread to coastal Suffolk, to the Royal Hospital School; a co-educational boarding school for 750 11 to 18 year olds set in 200 acres overlooking the Stour Estuary. Boarding schools up and down the nation have planted trees in their grounds to create what is hoped will be the largest orchard by distance in the UK. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowle... Read More
The former South African President was remembered this month at the Royal Hospital School during a visit by Reverend Colin Chambers, a former prison chaplain on Robben Island. Reverend Chambers gave two talks on his unique experiences and insights, preaching in chapel during a Sunday service and presenting to Year 12 pupils, which was followed by a Q&A session. He described Nelson Mandela as ‘a man who could get on with anyone’ and talked on the themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and... Read More
Since the beginning of the year the Eco-Committee having been waging war on food waste. For the third stage of the Keen4Green competition they have been measuring how much food is thrown away from pupils’ plates after lunch in the Dining Hall. Armed with scrapers and aprons our diligent eco-warriors inspected the plates of leaving diners and collected any leftover food into individual house buckets to see what type of food was being left and encourage pupils to only ta... Read More
The Royal Hospital School has experienced a period of growing popularity over the last few years. We have become more focused and self-aware of what we are good at and the areas we want to improve; we are evolving and our reputation is changing.The School’s Mission is ‘to understand each young person’s strengths, to help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating through their critical, formative years and ensuring their education becomes the founda... Read More
Morgan Thomas has competed in the National Deadlift Championships in Kings Lynn winning the Teenager 1 category and in the process set a National, European and World record with a final lift of 100kgs, almost double her bodyweight. Morgan only started weight lifting five months ago and is quickly becoming a rising star with a selection for Team GB now confirmed and an invitation to attend the World Championships in Antwerp in June 2017. Morgan is part of the Talent Performance Group (... Read More
Three pupils in Drake House are challenging themselves to stay off their smart phones, tablets, TVs and gadgets for a day to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. Lucie Jenkins, Lucy Gardner and Emma Colston, have locked away all their technology – meaning no Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter for 24 hours. Read the full story on the Ipswich Star website to see what ideas they came up with to entertain themselves and how much they've raised already. If you wish to do... Read More
Photo by Gregg Brown The Royal Hospital School held their inaugural Blast Off! day on Monday 6 February, introducing over 150 local primary school children to the wonderful world of brass and percussion playing. Born out of concern that certain instruments are facing extinction, and building on the now well-established ‘Sing Up! Suffolk’ event, the day was designed to offer huge amounts of fun whilst delivering key educational opportunities such as improvisation and experimenting with different types of musical styles and genres. A re... Read More

​RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

Come visit us on stand D16 at this year’s RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show held at Alexandra Palace, London 4-5 March 2017. This unique show is packed with all the latest gear from top sailing brands, training centres, clubs, class associations, boat builders, holiday companies plus hundreds of dinghies from timeless classics to the latest in high performance design. Don’t miss the exclusive talks and coaching sessions from the experts plus plenty of activities to entertain and inspire the whole fami... Read More
The RHS Amnesty Group hosted a thought-provoking talk on ‘Children the Invisible Victims of War’ by Dr Martin Parsons on 31 January. Dr Parsons is the leading international expert on the topic and has published a number of books about child evacuees and war children including I’ll Take That One and War Child. Children in Conflict. He also edits the Children in War journal and has contributed to a number of TV programmes including Britain at War in Colour. His curren... Read More
Congratulations to Natasha Males who has been offered a part time place at the St. Albans Regional Performance Netball Academy. Regional Performance Academies provide the ‘daily training environments’ needed for athletes aged U19 and operate year round delivering individualised training for athletes. Regional Performance Academies provide between 6 - 10 hours per week of coaching, forming about half of an athlete’s overall programme which usually consists of between 17-19 hours per week (including strength and conditioning, 3 levels of competition, observation and analys... Read More
Happy Child International is a charity based in Recife, one of the largest metropolitan regions of northern Brazil, that works to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate street and at risk children back into their families and communities. Tragically, 42% of the population of Recife lives on the poverty line earning only half of the minimum Brazilian wage and just 35% of people have access to basic sanitation. Year 9 pupils at the Royal Hospital School hand-made colourful t-shirts and tops for the girls aged... Read More
The Royal Hospital School Equestrian team proved themselves as show jumping county champions in an incredibly successful day of riding at The Jays, Bury St Edmunds. Our teams all won first place at their respective heights qualifying them for the national round that will be held at Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire on 22-23 April. 80cm – Emma Smith, Emma Warhurst, Genevieve Pringle and Izzy Butler 90cm & 1m - Fliss Gozzett, Catie Bennett, Eliza Tribe and Aoife Rew Individual commendations must go to Fl... Read More
Last weekend in their first competitive outing as a squad, the prospective Devizes to Westminster paddlers acquitted themselves very well, with no capsizes on a very bumpy river ride through the middle of Chelmsford and all 8 crews finishing strongly in the FRA Winter Series. The Flatwater Racing Association Winter Series is a series of six marathon canoe races held between November and March on the Chelmer, Lea, Stort, Cam and Roding. The races are often attended by some of the... Read More
Last year's music scholars pose for the camera after a very successful concert. On Friday 3 February 2017 the Royal Hospital School will once again be celebrating its young musical talent in the popular annual Scholars’ Concert. The group of 25 music scholars at RHS includes a wide range of talent and ability, from Year 7 violinists to Year 13 brass players, and everything in between. Several of the group have recently been offered places in the Duet Philharmonic Orchestra and the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, ad... Read More
Last week the Royal Hospital School held its inaugural Careers Fair for Years 10 to 13. The keynote speaker was Lord Stuart Rose and the event was organised by Mr Chris Graham, Head of Sixth Form and Careers, who explained that the aim of the fair was to help pupils to navigate their own paths and find interests and skills that will unlock a broad range of career opportunities. Mr Graham said: “Where will you be at 25? has become a familiar and re... Read More
Northampton Saints has announced that the Royal Hospital School will play host for a round of the 2017 Elite Insurance Schools Sevens Series. Almost 100 schools have already signed up to compete in the Series, which has become a fixture on the rugby calendar since its inception in 2013. As with the past two years there will be six regional tournaments for Under-13 boys teams held in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, with the winners and runners-up then heading to... Read More
The Massed Bands in action during last year’s concert in Portsmouth On Saturday 28 January 2017, the world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will be joining forces with the Band of the Royal Hospital School for their third annual joint concert. Starting at 19:00 in the school’s grand Assembly Hall, the concert will feature a wide range of music to suit all tastes, including music from the silver screen, solo items, a classical overture and a brand new compos... Read More
Rochelle Gordon-Scott took to the court for the first time on Sunday 22 January to play netball for the Ipswich Ladies regional team. To make this occasion even more unique she was named in the starting 7 alongside two of her teachers; Miss Adams, Head of Netball, and Mrs Stevens, Deputy Head Academic. Miss Adams said: "This was a fantastic day for Rochelle, she has been part of the regional training squad since the start of the season and has really proved... Read More
Congratulations to Toby Allday who started for the Lambs National XV against Irish Exiles at Aylesbury Rugby Club's new 3G pitch on Sunday. The opposing sides have always been closely matched, two years ago the Exiles won with a last play drop goal. Last year, it was the Lambs turn for victory with a last minute try and once again this year it came down to the wire. After the Lambs had led for most of the game the Exiles... Read More
On Wednesday 18 January pupils from RHS and schools in the surrounding area were treated to a university-level classics lecture by Dr Frisby of Kings College London. She spoke to the assembled crowd of classicists on the title 'Unpicking the Shroud: The Women of Epic and Weaving the Narrative'. It was a truly fascinating and challenging lecture stretching from the Homeric epic with Penelope and Helen to Catullus 64. Dr Frisby drew our focus to women, weaving and clothing gifts; a surprisingly... Read More

Judo Bronze for Jamal

Nelson’s Jamal Williams won bronze at the British Schools Regional Championships at Thetford in Norfolk last Sunday against the top 100 judo players in East Anglia. Judo is a competitive martial art the objective of which is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilise or subdue an opponent with a pin or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or choke. Jamal had to fight several people in the senior male under 81kg category an... Read More
On Saturday 14 January, the RHS Cross Country runners competed at the annual Knole Run in Sevenoaks, one of the highlights of the race season. Attended by independent schools from all over England with highly competitive fields, this is a great opportunity for RHS pupils to race in a beautiful location and against quality opposition. The races this year were no different, save for a blanket of snow over the course which added to the challenge and spectacle. The highlight of... Read More
Mr Tom Bell, the Royal Hospital School's internationally acclaimed organ tutor. The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook is famous for its majestic Hill, Norman & Beard chapel organ, built in 1933 and currently listed as an instrument of national importance by the British Institute of Organ Studies. Hailed as a monument to the 1930s English grand organ style, the instrument is used daily by staff and pupils to accompany the glorious ‘Holbrook Sound’, which is created by the enthusiastic singing of over 750 pupi... Read More
On Sunday 8 January a rugby festival involving sides from the North, Midlands, South East and South West selected from many of the country’s leading independent schools took place. The school had five players involved; Charlie Ewen (CD), Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall (CD), Toby Allday (CD), Ed Fletcher (SV) and Toby Buckland (HK). All boys performed outstandingly on the day and did themselves and the school proud. However, after a selection meeting it was Toby Allday, Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall and Toby Buckland that we... Read More
Royal Hospital School old boy Simon Tripp resplendent in his ceremonial uniform. On Thursday 12 January 2017, Warrant Officer First Class Simon Tripp, the Corps Bandmaster of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, will be returning to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook to give a lecture on life as a military musician. Brought up in a Naval family, Simon attended the Royal Hospital School and left in 1987 after being awarded the prestigious ‘Silver Flute’ by the school band. He joined the Royal Marine... Read More

Equestrian Success

The RHS Equestrian Team were all smiles after a great day of jumping at The Jays Equestrian Centre, Bury St Edmunds at the beginning of December last year. The competition was Arena Eventing that comprises of a round of eight showjumps followed immediately by a further eight rustic style cross country fences including a water jump. The course is designed to be challenging and technical as you race against the clock with seconds being added for poles knocked down.In... Read More
A cheque for £4500 was presented today in assembly to Megan Johnson from local Ipswich charity St Elizabeth Hospice. These funds were raised from a variety of activities in the last academic year involving the whole school community including the Gala Concert, Charity Gig Night, Christmas card sales, civvy clothes days and donations collected in Chapel from our Leavers Service and Speech Day. Read More
The Land Rover BAR team lead by skipper Sir Ben Ainslie will challenge Team Oracle USA in Bermuda at the 35th match for the America’s Cup this summer. If they succeed they will lift the oldest trophy in international sport and bring the cup home to UK shores – a first for a British challenger. In the wake of this exciting sailing race, national support and interest in sailing has swelled bringing with it an increase in youth races, training, char... Read More
The Royal Hospital School are proud to be included for the first time in this year's edition of The Cricketer's magazine annual publication The Playing Fields Of England: An A-Z Guide To The Summer Game’s Top 100 Schools. More than 250 submissions were forensically examined against an exhaustive set of internal and external criteria with each of them in a myriad of ways meriting inclusion. The published entry can be found pictured below: Read More

Southwold Geography Trip

At the end of this term our Year 12 A Level geographers all piled into minibuses and trundled down to the Southwold coast for a field trip. The first part of their day was spent down on the beach, although getting down to the beach proved quite challenging with some achieving the feat more gracefully than others! Interestingly the steep ledge they were now required to jump down was a mere step a few weeks before when Miss Izod had visited,... Read More
A team of RHS mathematicians competed in the Senior Team Maths Challenge regional finals in November this year. Our team comprised of Polina Belkina and Ben Willis from the Lower Sixth, and Crystal Li and Sean Xuan from the Upper Sixth. The challenge was made up of three rounds: group questions, a crossnumber (as opposed to a crossword) and finally four sets of relay questions, where the answer for each question is used to solve the question following it. The... Read More


The Eco Committee had a very productive term discussing how we can save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Changing peoples’ behaviour so they live more sustainably is no mean feat, but their work is paying off and gradually our recycling is improving, lights are being turned off when people leave the room, and less heat is being wasted. In September the Keen4Green competition was launched. Each House strives to improve its energy saving and recycling quality compared to an... Read More

A Christmas Carol

Where do we begin? With the ‘covetous old sinner’ whom we all know to be Ebenezer Scrooge, of course. Scrooge was played most convincingly by Lily Lesh, with all of her “Bahs” and her “Humbugs” right on cue to stop the jubilant clerks (played by Alice Kilian, Hannah Farry, Esmé Forrester, Serena Brown, Sam Dixon, Oli Hurley and Sam Christmas) in their resplendent tracks. And how could the rhythmic incantations of those clerks whenever the clocks chimed go without special mentions? As... Read More
Last Thursday former RHS pupil Daniel Waterman passed out of Phase 1 training at the Commando Training Centre, in Lympstone, Devon. Daniel left RHS last July, and was one of the stalwarts of the school bands and choir, dedicating much of his free time to playing cornet and singing in the various ensembles. After a well-deserved summer break, Daniel took the daunting train journey down to Lympstone, where he joined thirty other recruits for a gruelling twelve-week military course. During this... Read More
On Monday 28 November pupils from across the language departments went to a conference lead by Queen Mary University's Professor of Linguistics and Films, Sue Harries. The focus of the conference was the analysis of contemporary French film Entre les mur/The Class - winner of several prestigious trophies such as Palm d'Or and Caesar which is the French equivalent of the Oscar. Professor Sue Harries beautifully and clearly drew the attention of the audience to the key features of the... Read More