Bursaries for the children of serving or retired Royal Navy, Royal Marines & Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel.

The Royal Hospital School is proud of its historic links with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. This is why we offer generous bursaries to 1st generation seafaring families so their child or children can benefit from an outstanding education at one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools. These bursaries, supported by Greenwich Hospital, are means-tested, and depending on the applicant's circumstances, can offer a fee reduction of up to 95%.

Our full boarding fees are also discounted for those in receipt of the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). 

Register an interest in applying for a Greenwich Hospital Bursary or read on for more details about the application process and information days.

Portsmouth Information Events

Thursday 3 November 2022

The Royal Hospital School will be hosting drop-in information events where you can find out more about the school and talk to members of our Admissions Team. You can pop by for an informal chat or if you want to book a specific time slot, please do so on the form below so we can can make sure someone is available to talk to you.

Navy Command HQ
Leach Building, Whale Island

The Royal Maritime Club
75-80 Queen Street, Portsea
 PO1 3HS


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About the School

The school was established over 300 years ago to educate boys for a life at sea. Today, it provides an excellent all round education for 700 boys and girls aged between 11 and 18 from a wide range of backgrounds, whilst keeping much of its rich maritime heritage, including unrivalled sailing opportunities and a strong tradition of musical excellence. The whole school; classrooms, sporting facilities and living accommodation, is set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside just south of Ipswich: an amazing environment in which to live and learn. And with the added convenience of transport to and from the Portsmouth area at the start of terms and holidays (subject to demand).

Core to the school’s ethos is a commitment to outstanding pastoral care ensuring that we provide a happy place; where every child feels nurtured, supported and secure. Everyone is part of their own ‘House’ and looked after by an experienced team of caring staff whose responsibility is for the well-being of your son or daughter.

And parents who have benefited from this opportunity believe that their children have grown to become well-rounded, confident and, most importantly, happy young people who are more prepared for the world of employment beyond school. Read below what parents of pupils who have received a Greenwich Hospital Bursary have said about their experience of the school.

What is a Greenwich Hospital Bursary?

The Greenwich Hospital Bursary is financial support for seafaring families to allow their child or children to attend the Royal Hospital School. Depending on the applicants circumstances, it can offer a fee reduction of up to 95%.

A limited number of bursaries are awarded each year by our parent charity, Greenwich Hospital. Bursaries are allocated based on:

  • charitable need
  • seafaring priority, with the children of serving officers and ratings taking priority over retired personnel
  • entrance examination and interview performance
  • availability of places in girls and boys boarding spaces within each year group.

Who can apply?

We accept bursary applications for boarding places from the children of seafaring families whose parents have served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, or Royal Fleet Auxiliary for a minimum of three years. They may be currently serving or retired.

Entry is normally at Year 7 (11+ years) but applications for other year groups and into the Sixth Form can also be considered.


GCSE Results

Emilija achieved a very impressive seven grade 9s and three grade 8s in her GCSEs, and is going on to study English, History and Psychology A Levels, in addition to an online course in Film Studies.

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Thank You!

On 11th May we welcomed over 70 guests to our Founders' Weekend Donor Reception which gave the School community an opportunity to thank alumni, parents and friends for the difference they are making.

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Admissions Office

01473 326136