On 20 September the Royal Hospital School golfers challenged members of the RHS Golf Society in the Don Whitby golf trophy. This took the form of 5 different doubles matches over the RHS course, with the format being fourball betterball matchplay. The conditions were excellent and there was some fiercely contested golf. The pairing of Mr Routledge and Conall Corcoran (Y9) managed to fight back from 3 down to finish their match all square, whilst the pairing of Mr Battman and Ben Barker (... Read More

Rugby Report week 2

1st XV v Norwich (W 33-10) RHS overturned a disappointing result last week with an emphatic victory over a well-oiled Norwich side. Despite injuries sustained in the previous week’s encounter, RHS showed their strength in depth and incoming players stepped up to the plate with ease. RHS were seemingly unfazed by their opposition and remained on top throughout the match, with Fawaz Olabooye scoring a brace. 2nd XV v Norwich (W 31-7) RHS pulled out a resounding win over a... Read More
The stunning schooner, Pickle, made a special detour along the Stour on Tuesday afternoon to sail past the Royal Hospital School. Pickle is a recreation of the original HMS Pickle which was lovingly restored for the Trafalgar 200 celebrations in 2005. The original HMS Pickle was famed for being the ship that delivered the news of the great victory at Trafalgar and the loss of national hero Admiral Nelson in 1805, from Vice Admiral Collingwood to the Admiralty. Shortly after the Trafalgar celebrations,... Read More
Charlie Steptoe, Head Scholar For six years now, I have heard speeches from previous head scholars repeating the same old “words of wisdom”; ‘fulfil your academic potential’ being one such phrase. That is not to say we shouldn’t do the actions prescribed to us by them, but I don’t believe a single phrase is the summation of a year’s academic goals. We speak of this surreal concept of potential as if it is natural talent of an individual.... Read More
Nick Jellicoe, the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, 1st Earl of Jellicoe, visited the school at the weekend to discuss his forthcoming book about the Battle of Jutland. Jutland is probably the biggest and most controversial naval battle of the First World War and this book is as part of a larger project that he is coordinating to mark the centenary of the battle next year. Admiral Jellicoe was the commander of British naval forces at the battle, in... Read More
U14A vs Brentwood (Drew 1-1) The U14A team had a promising start to the season. Away at Brentwood, the girls dominated the opening half but only broke the deadlock just before the break from a Yasmin Gradwick-Light short corner strike. In the second half, Brentwood stepped up their game and made it hard for RHS. After prolonged pressure, the RHS defence eventually conceded with around 10 minutes still left to play. This, however, rallied the visitors as they went... Read More
On the 11 October, Ipswich Basketball Club and Ipswich Triathlon are holding the Peninsula Triathlon at the Royal Hospital School. The event will comprise a 500m swim in the School’s indoor pool, 20 miles on bike through the picturesque countryside around Holbrook, Harkstead, Erwarton, Shotley, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone, Freston, Alton Water, Tattingstone and Stutton and a 5000m cross-country run in the School’s 200 acre grounds before finishing in front of the famous clock tower. There will be plenty of parking on the Para... Read More
Two Year 12 pupils, Howard Head and Maddison Claridge, perform as a bass and drum duo called “Missing Pieces”. This weekend they played in the semi-final of Ipswich Has Got Talent at Portman Road and succeeded in getting through to the finals. The finals will be held at the Ipswich Regent on Friday 13th November and they are hoping that many of their RHS friends will come along and join the thousand-strong audience on the evening. Read More
Callum Hensby, Year 11, has been selected for the England Golf trials in September. Callum took up golf in 2010 and has risen quickly through the ranks. Last year he was Essex Golf Union Under 14 Order of Merit champion and this selection is another fantastic step for him. Read More
Bowling for England at the T20 v Australia At just 21 Reece Topley made his England cricket debut facing Australia at the Twenty20 international at Cardiff with England winning by five runs. Reece receiving his T20 cap before the match at Cardiff http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/royal-hostpital-school/assets/images/blog/Reece-Topley-England-T20.mp4 Reece Topley aiming for more England involvements Essex fast bowler Reece Topley remained calm during a wicket-taking debut in England’s helter skelter T20i victory in Cardiff an... Read More

Hockey Report week 1

1st XI v Ipswich (W 4-1) The 1st XI hockey season started off in a positive fashion as they won their opening fixture against Ipswich High. Maddy Gardiner, Annabel Gardiner, Sally Watson and Charlie Baldwin-Cole were all on target as the pre-season training sessions paid dividends. Not only was the final score highly pleasing, but the manner of the victory and the tempo the girls played at showed real promise for the term ahead. U13 friendly tournament The U13 girls... Read More

Rugby report week 1

This saw the start of another action packed term of rugby. Senior teams faced Bishop’s Stortford College. The Junior teams faced Orwell Park. Junior 1st v Orwell Park The Juniors had a tough test against a well organised 1st team and went down fighting 27-15. The team played right up to the final minute with Captain Noah Backhouse leading from the front ably assisted by Charlie Lewis-Booth. Junior 2nd & 3rd v Orwell Park The Juniors 2nds and 3rds had an... Read More
Twins, Will and Sam Christmas have been selected as two of 18 final players to represent their JRPC (Junior Regional Performance Centre), Bury Tigers, which covers the counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk & Norfolk. They will play at two selection tournaments at the Olympic Park against the other two JRPCs in their wider region, Northwood and Tonbridge Tigers, as the culmination of England Hockey Tier 1 level. From these three JRPC squads the Saxon Tigers squad will be selected to compete in the... Read More
This weekend our star squash player, Ellie Hewes, Year 8, secured the title of winner of the U13 Girls Welsh Junior Open. Alongside her school commitments, Ellie trains four times a week as well as competing regularly around the country at weekends. She is now competing at European level and has also represented the county in the Girls U17 team as well as for the East of England squad. The Welsh Open was held at the Sport Wales National Centre in... Read More
19 September, 7.00pm School Chapel Tickets: 10 (Concessions: 7) Later this month, the popular and engaging British organist, Gordon Stewart, will be playing a concert at the Royal Hospital School dedicated to the late Carlo Curley, ‘The Pavarotti of the Organ’. Gordon’s programme will feature works that Carlo made famous through his countless recordings, broadcasts and concerts – several of which were here at RHS. The ‘Londonderry Air’ rubs shoulders with music by Bach, the beautiful ‘Liebestod’ of Wagner, and Sousa’s rousing ‘Liberty Bell March’... Read More
On Monday 31 August a group of former RHS pupils got together in Richmond to compete in the Cronk-Cunis U21 Rugby Festival. This competition is open to alumni who are within three years of having left their school. Despite not having played together as a team or, in some cases, not having played rugby since they left RHS the team did remarkably well. They reached the semi finals and beat some significant teams on the way. RHS were eventually defeated by... Read More
During Induction Weekend new and existing Year 9 pupils took part in a variety of team building activities run by Anglia Adventures Ltd. These included problem solving, the use of unique air-powered rocket launchers and construction challenges that not only inspired experiment and imagination, but challenged the teams to present their product in an enterprising way. A great start to the new academic year! Read More

Expedition to Uganda

Over the summer holidays 17 pupils and two members of staff ventured to Uganda for four weeks on an extremely successful expedition with Camps International. The group helped to build of classrooms in two schools, competed a gruelling four-day trek up Ugandas tallest mountain and undertook conservation work in a rhino sanctuary. The pupils were an absolute credit to themselves and the School working extremely well together as a team and impressing local staff with how much building work they could... Read More
The Royal Hospital School welcomed a film crew working on behalf of the British Council today.They were kept incredibly busy by Linda and Lee, our international recruitment team, as they filmed a busy day in life of RHS. This included Flag, Band and Guard practice, lessons, activities down on the sports fields and on Alton Water, the boarding Houses, music, design technology and interviews with the Headmaster, teachers and pupils. Thank you to everyone involved and we look forward... Read More
I urge you all to start the term as you mean to go on: wear your uniform smartly and with pride, on all occasions. As all the old hands know, I cannot stand for lying, vandalism, or any other form of anti-social behaviour. Such actions can destroy our life together and bring the Schools good name into disrepute. At the same time, I hold great store in common courtesies and good manners. By good manners I mean saying thank you... Read More
Well done to the RHS 1st XV squad who travelled to Kings Macclesfield last bank holiday weekend to take part in the annual pre-season tournament. This is the second time the School has taken part in this tournament which is great preparation before the season begins on the 12 September vs Bishop Stortford College. It is also a great opportunity to play against sides outside of the East of England circuit. RHS were in a group with RGS Worcester, Malvern College,... Read More