Set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside overlooking the Stour Estuary and within an hour of London, the Royal Hospital School is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds, providing a full and broad education, fit for the modern world.

Pupils join RHS from all over the world to take advantage of our excellent boarding provision, including many from service families. Founded in 1712 in Greenwich to provide education for Naval children, the school moved to Suffolk in 1933, and has continued to grow in size and reputation to become one of East Anglia’s leading independent schools.

RHS is an exceptional school, and has been absolutely the right place for our children. The site, the quality of teaching, the ethos and the opportunities offered combine to make a unique experience which is hard to beat.

We believe it is our role to navigate pupils through their critical and formative years, ensuring their education becomes the foundation for lifelong happiness and success. Great importance is placed on balancing academic work with interests outside the classroom and every pupil is encouraged to become fully involved in school life, to challenge themselves and to try something new. With Saturday school and an active weekend programme, our pupils have plenty of time to explore all the opportunities on offer.

MOD Continuity of education allowance (CEA)

Service families in receipt of the MOD CEA are offered a discounted full boarding fee, which allows for their children to access an RHS education. The MOD insists that eligible personnel make a minimum contribution of 10% towards the school fees, but they will not fund more than the maximum amount that they set each year as boarding school fees are generally far above this figure. As a result, the Royal Hospital School sets the fees for eligible families so that the minimum parental contribution permissible under MOD CEA rules applies.

We fully understand the unique needs of our Service family children, and they are highly valued as members of our full boarding community.

Our boarding fees are discounted for those in receipt of MOD CEA. For the current school year 2021/22, the actual fees at the Royal Hospital School are £35,319 for pupils in Year 9 and above and the discount awarded is £9,078 resulting in a net fee of £26,241. Therefore, after deducting the MOD CEA maximum award of £23,541, the parental contribution for 2021/22 is £2,700

In summary, for academic year 2021/22:

  Years 9 to 13 Years 7 and 8
Normal boarding fee £35,319 £27,429
Discount -£9,078 -£1,188
Discounted fee for those eligible for CEA £26,241 £26,241
How is this funded?    
Maximum MOD CEA award for 2021/22 £23,541 £23,541
Parental contribution    
per annum £2,700 £2,700
per term £900 £900

Whilst our son may not go on to a career in the military, the skills he is learning through taking part in CCF are hugely important and transferable to the modern world.


Around 450 pupils board at the Royal Hospital School on a full time, weekly or 3-night basis. We operate a six day week with lessons on Saturday mornings and sport in the afternoon. On Saturday evenings and Sundays there are house-based activities or whole school social events as well as cultural and shopping trips. Those living further afield will be pleased to know that we have no compulsory exeat weekends and even on our 'quiet weekends' the School remains open.

Boarding can be a whole new way of life for some, but with our focus on good communication with parents and our established buddy and peer support systems, new pupils settle in quickly and before long refer to their House as a ‘home from home’.


The Royal Hospital School is part of Greenwich Hospital, a Crown naval charity, one of whose charitable objectives is to provide for the education of the children of seafarers.

The following are eligible to apply for Greenwich Hospital Financial Support to attend the Royal Hospital School:

  • Children of serving officers and ratings of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and RFA who are not eligible for CEA;

  • Children of retired officers and ratings of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and RFA.

Greenwich Hospital supports children of eligible Royal Naval seafarers through a limited number of bursaries and discounts. Bursaries are means tested based on gross family income, capital holdings and certain expenditure. They are limited and only available on entry and are not available retrospectively to students already in the School. 

Greenwich Hospital requires a minimum of three years qualifying Royal Naval service. Eligibility does not guarantee that a bursary will be awarded. Bursaries are limited in number and are usually oversubscribed. Children who pass the school’s entrance examination and any other entry requirements are considered for a bursary based on:

  • Charitable need;
  • Entrance examination performance;
  • Availability of places in girls' and boys' boarding houses within each year group.

Applications need to be submitted before the closing date for school applications in November and not before 5 April in the year preceding entry to the School. Normally all available bursaries and discounts are awarded by January. A financial support application form will be sent after a registration form has been received by the School. 

If you wish to make an application for admission to the School please contact the Admissions Team on 01473 326136 or email

Further information can be found here: Greenwich Hospital.

For more information regarding criteria, deadlines for application and assessment days, please contact the Admissions Office on 01473 326136 or

Register Your Child For A Place At RHS

We hope that after you have learnt a little more about life at the Royal Hospital School, that you will choose to register your child for a place. This will also enable us to keep you informed of key stages of the admission process.


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