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School Policies

The following School Policies are available as downloads (where shown) or on request:

The main aims of these policies are:

  • to enable the Headmaster to carry out his responsibility to maintain order and good discipline in the School
  • to promote good behaviour
  • to ensure that, as far as possible, every pupil is able to benefit from and make his/her full contribution to the life of the School, consistent always with the needs of the School community
  • to authorise the School Rules and any procedures necessary for implementing them.

Contact Information

The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2RX

Between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, you can contact the main School Reception and leave messages for Houses, teaching staff and pupils by telephone 01473 326200 or email reception@royalhospitalschool.org

A full list of staff is available to download here.


The daily bus timetables are planned so that pupils arrive at School by 8.00am on Monday to Saturday mornings and depart at 6.10pm on Monday to Friday evenings. The routes are listed below, but are subject to change each year, depending on demand. It is likely that more stops and routes will be introduced as they are requested.

Route 1: Frinton-on-Sea, Kirby Cross, Tendring, Ramsey, Bradfield, Manningtree, Brantham
Route 2: St Osyth, Great Bentley, Elmstead Market, Lawford
Route 3: South Colchester, Ardleigh
Route 4: Mersea Island, Langenhoe, Old Heath Road
Route 5: Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Bucklesham, Nacton
Route 6: Ipswich route
Route 7: Coggeshall, Tollgate (Colchester), Colchester Football Stadium
Route 8: Halstead, Earls Colne, Langham, Stratford St Mary
Route 9: Leavenheath, Boxted
Route 10: Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Bramford, Copdock
Route 11: Boxford, Polstead, Hadleigh, Layham, Holton St Mary

Download our School Bus Routes Timetable

If you are interested in using any of these services, or would like to discuss additional routes or pick-up points, please contact Ms Donna Hodgdon, telephone 01473 326141, email dhodgdon@royalhospitalschool.org


By Coach from Portsmouth
A coach service operates between Portsmouth and the School at half-term and the end of most terms. There are several pick-up/drop-off points on each route and a nominated parent accompanies the pupils on the journey.

By Rail
We can arrange transport to and from Ipswich or Manningtree stations; the cost will be added to your end-of-term account. We regret we cannot provide accompanied rail travel.

By Air
Transport to and from the four main London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted) can be arranged through our Pupil Transport Officer. The basic cost of a transfer is approximately £100-160. Every effort is made for pupils to share transport to keep costs to a minimum, but this cannot be guaranteed. The cost will be added to your end-of-term account. Additional charges may be payable if an Unaccompanied Minor service is required.

Parents are responsible for obtaining airline tickets for their sons or daughters and, since the dates of holidays are published well in advance, they must ensure that the outward and return flights do not cut across the published times. The boarding Houses will remain open for an additional night after the published end-of-term date for boarding pupils who are unable to take a flight until the next day. If a pupil's flight departs more than 24 hours after the end of term or before the beginning of term, we ask that parents arrange for their child to stay with a guardian because the boarding Houses will be closed for the rest of each holiday.

Parents are also responsible for organising any necessary visas for entry or return to the UK. If your son or daughter is travelling as an Unaccompanied Minor, the appropriate arrangements should be made prior to flight departures or arrivals. An adult chaperone may be required to facilitate the hand-over of the Unaccompanied Minor to the necessary airline officials, and he or she may need to remain in the airport terminal for up to 45 minutes after a flight has departed. For full details, please check with the airline at the time of booking, as Unaccompanied Minor policy can vary significantly. Given sufficient notice, we are able to arrange Unaccompanied Minor assistance on your behalf.

To request airport transport or Unaccompanied Minor assistance, please complete an Airport Transfer Booking Form. A copy of the form will be supplied to you on acceptance of an offer of a place.

Download our Airport Transfer Booking Form

Stansted Airport Bus Service
For pupils aged 16 or older, there is a seven-day-a-week, two-hourly bus service from Stansted Airport to Ipswich railway station. For more details visit www.nationalexpress.com

For more information regarding pupil transport, please contact Ms Donna Hodgdon, telephone 01473 326141, email dhodgdon@royalhospitalschool.org

Term Dates

For Term Dates, Leave Out Weekends and Half Term Breaks Download Term Dates.


The Royal Hospital School
Suffolk IP9 2RX
01473 326200

The Royal Hospital School is located on the B1080 between the villages of Stutton and Holbrook.

From the A14 take the exit signposted A137 towards Ipswich. At the roundabout you will see a sign to the Royal Hospital School which will direct you under the Orwell Bridge on the B1456 from which take a right on to the B1080 through the village of Holbrook and onwards to the School.

From the A12 take the exit for the B1070 towards East Bergholt and continue towards Manningtree where a sign to the Royal Hospital School will direct you from the roundabout on the A137 towards Ipswich. From the A137 turn right towards Stutton, passing through the village and onwards to the School.

The nearest train stations are at Ipswich and Manningtree and taxis are readily available. Also within easy reach are the ferry port of Harwich and Stansted, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

Download the School Plan with locations of Boarding Houses, Health Centre, Music School and sports facilities.

Hire of Facilities

The outstanding sports, music and residential facilities at the Royal Hospital School may be available for hire outside of school hours and during the holiday periods. To view a gallery of photographs of these facilities click here.

For more information and to discuss your requirements please contact Claire Fitzpatrick, Lettings & Logistics Manager, telephone 01473 326128, email cfitzpatrick@royalhospitalschool.org or fill out the form below: