What lies at the heart of a school is one of the things you want to discover when choosing an education for your child. Our virtual experience is designed to give you an initial flavour of what The Royal is all about. It is intended to work alongside our socially distanced open day events and bespoke on-site tours which are running throughout the year.
The Royal School is academically ambitious for all its pupils.
As a proudly mixed ability school, our focus is on the whole child, seeking to develop their talents and sparking their intellectual curiosity. Each pupil is nurtured and challenged to be the very best they can be. We believe in a balanced approach to learning that combines academic success with the broader skills of resilience, caring, ambition and fun, we like to refer to it as education with character.
Starting with our ‘Little Sailors’ nursery moving to our prep school, right through to senior school, sixth form and boarding options there is something for everyone.
We are very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside but still within easy access to major transport links.
Families of prospective pupils can contact our Head of Admissions, Ms Kit Bithrey-George who would be delighted to support you with any questions you may have about our school and specifically about your child.
In the meantime we hope you enjoy our virtual experience!
Hello, my name is Kit Bithrey-George, Head of Admissions. I have managed admissions for The Royal School since 2003! Things have certainly changed over the years but I can safely say that ensuring you and your family have the best possible journey from enquiry to joining the school has always been at the heart of what the admissions team delivers whether that is face to face (2m apart!) or via virtual meetings. The Admissions Office is open all year round and we are always at the end of the phone! I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Find out more about our Admissions process here
Here, at The Royal School, we pride ourselves on our approach to wellbeing: it forms the core of our community’s beliefs and values as we prepare and equip our students with the tools to thrive in an ever changing society. Happiness is a construct we all strive for, yet wellbeing is about more than that – it is about providing the tools for our students to discover who they are as people; it is about giving them the space to step outside of themselves confidently to engage with and overcome challenge and adversity.
Everyone is a member of the Pastoral Team at The Royal School. Through the excellent staff and student relationships, which underpin our sense of spirit and care, we understand the necessity of a tailored, personalised approach to encourage all students to take all opportunities to succeed with ambition. Embarking upon The Royal School journey means that our students will evolve, excel and flourish to be effective communicators and leaders in our exciting and diverse world.
Welcome to the Royal School. We are a co-educational independent school for pupils aged 0 –18 and a member of United Learning.
As soon as visitors come to The Royal, they are struck by the warmth and family feel of the school, where pupils are happy and successful. Located just 15 miles south of Guildford, near the A3, the area is renowned as a commuter hotspot.
Hindhead Court is at the heart of the school and a striking building, originally built in 1914. Wood panelling and the large fireplace make it a welcoming reception area which has hosted musical recitals. It is home to many aspects of the Prep School, including the School Office, the Library, the dining conservatory, classrooms, the Art Room and the Head’s Study.
The School Library is packed with a variety of authors and subjects and there is something for all interests. Overseen by the Librarian, the children who are reading independently have a great range of fiction and non-fiction books to inspire the mind or just allow you to ‘get lost in a jolly good read!’
We have a spacious, well-equipped and inspiring science lab which is used to enhance the teaching of practical science at The Royal Prep School. The children love to visit this space where they carry out a wide range of experiments using specialist equipment such as Bunsen burners, electrical circuits and various anatomical models. Blackout blinds allow us to explore the behaviour of light and create models of the solar system, and the interactive whiteboard brings access to the wealth of scientific information and videos that are available on the internet to introduce and supplement practical work.
Along with a bank of Chromebooks used in class and the computers in the Independent Learning Zone, the children have lessons with our specialist Computing and IT Teacher in the IT Suite. They learn a wide range of computing and programming skills in this ever evolving subject and further enhance their knowledge in Clubs such as Robotics.
Windows stretching the length of the Art Room make for a bright, airy and spacious room, perfect for the creation of Art and DT projects. Here, the children learn to express and develop their creative, design and construction skills through a variety of media, as well as learn about the styles of many established artists.
Our classrooms are exciting places to learn, with stimulating and interactive displays. Children may work independently, with a partner, in a small group or as a whole class. The teachers differentiate all lessons to ensure the most able are challenged and stretched and that there is support for those who require it.
Our outdoor playing facilities and extensive grounds are enjoyed by all our children. The beautiful gardens, the mud kitchen, the dinosaur garden and Blazers boat make an exciting and stimulating outside learning opportunity for our youngest children. Whilst our older children particularly enjoy the play equipment, along with the school playing fields.
Our younger children particularly enjoy the play equipment, along with the school playing fields.
Home to frogs, fish and the occasional duck, the ponds are a stunning nature area, surrounded by trees and rockeries. Whilst they look beautiful, they are also there for the children to learn more about the local flora and fauna, and the adjacent Nature Hut houses all the equipment a pond-dipper needs to explore! The KOP sports pitch adjoins the ponds and is an excellent sports facility, equipped for rugby, football and athletics.
The Prep School is blessed with truly beautiful grounds which are used for both playing and learning. Playing fields, sports pitches, woodland, outdoor play equipment and gardens ensure the children have a variety of areas to play. Teachers also make use of this ‘outdoor classroom’ to enhance their teaching and the children’s learning.
Teachers also make use of the ‘outdoor classroom’ to enhance their teaching and the children’s learning. Being outdoors has huge benefits for children, both physically and mentally, and our Forest School Programme aims to tap into those benefits by educating children in the fresh.
Food growing can teach children about soil, nutrition as well as raise the children’s awareness of the seasonal nature and the variety of food.
Whether by the classes or Gardening Club, the gardens are used by the children to grow plants, fruit and vegetables. (Some even make it to the School Kitchens!)
Little Sailors, the Early Years Foundation Stage Department is very much part of The Royal School Family. As the youngest members of that family we believe it is our role to build the foundations that will enable every child to succeed and make the most of every opportunity offered. Our Early Years provision, Little Sailors, comprises of Optimists, Nippers, Toppers, Lasers and Comets, otherwise known as Nursery and Reception.
Built in 1902, Stoatley Hall is a beautiful, wood panelled hall with a gallery and an impressive stone carved fireplace. The space is perfect for intimate concerts and small scale performances. In the warmer months receptions can also be held on the terrace overlooking the South Downs.
Recently transformed into a multipurpose Study and Board Room, this was once solely use as the boardroom of The Royal School and Royal Naval School. Large bay windows and a spacious feel make this lovely heritage room a fantastic place to study and to hold meetings.
An award winning design, this stunning building houses 14,000 books and an IT suite. The Library is open until 5.30pm every day – supervised prep takes place here after school and book and poetry clubs are run by our Librarian. Our Head of Careers is also based here and helps pupils from Year 7 with GCSE, A Level and University choices as well as careers information.
The Royal School Drama Studio is a versatile teaching and performance space. All Drama lessons are taught here from year 7 through to Upper 6th. The studio features an LED lighting rig, built in sound system and a 65 inch screen which can easily be linked to laptops and the school’s studio PC. The drama studio is a safe creative space where students are allowed to explore, experiment, take risks and ultimately become more confident, empathetic and understanding human beings.
Completely refurbished in 2015 for the school’s 175th anniversary, this multi-functional hall is used for assemblies, worshops, theatre productions and much more. It has a state of the art lighting rig, projection and sound system, black box drapes and tiered seating.
The Princess Anne Sports Hall was opened by the Princess Royal in 1986. The hall is a multi functional indoor space. With its none slip flooring it provides space for four badminton courts, one volleyball court, one netball court. The facilities also include eight basketball hoops around the outside and a full length indoor crickets with roll out wickets. During activities the viewing gallery upstairs can be used to watch practices or fixtures.
At The Royal School we are blessed with a variety of outside facilities. These included a MUGA ( multi use games areas) which has two netball courts, two tennis courts and two basketball hoops which can be moved around. There are also two big fields and the rough which host a number of activities for practices and fixtures. The School gym in QEII host a number of cardiovascular equipment and fixed weight machines and great views whilst working out.
Built for our newly co-ed Sixth Form in 2018 this modern and vibrant common room has three discrete spaces socialising, group study and individual study as well as the decked terrace. Refreshments are available throughout the day on a self-service basis.
The Royal Senior School in Haslemere is nestled in the beautiful, relaxed surroundings of the Surrey countryside. The site comprises 26 acres of prime Surrey land and is conveniently located only 60 minutes away from central London, making it the perfect commuter hotspot.
Mrs Pippa Smithson, Head of The Royal Schools study is conveniently located within easy walking distance of all school sections and amidst the schools outdoor playing fields. Mrs Smithson operates an open door policy to encourage open communication, feedback and discussion. We value the input pupils, parents and teachers make to our school. You can contact Mrs Smithson directly on email@example.com
Our Boarding offers outstanding pastoral care, creating a home-from-home for the boys and girls that board with us. For young people – whatever their interests or talents – boarding at The Royal school provides abundant opportunities without compromising on an excellent academic education. And, on leaving our schools, our pupils move onto top, international universities and global careers.
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