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Royal GCSE students achieve strong performances across a broad and challenging range of subjects with significant jumps in attainment across a range of performance table measures, particularly the core subjects of English and maths.

A stunning set of students attained 9-7 grades with the highest performances in modern foreign languages, chemistry, biology, DT, art and religious studies.  The on-going emphasis on STEM and the more challenging EBacc subjects is reflected in a significant number of pupils achieving 9-7 in sciences, and the many stellar performances in a range of modern languages, as well as a further upward trend in English and maths. This set of GCSE results emphasises The Royal School’s excellent performance across key academic subjects as well as the focus on the development of the whole person in a broad range of extra-curricular activities keeping doors open for applying to Russell Group and other universities in the future.

As a non-selective school, we are very proud of our pupils and their results. The majority of students will be staying on at The Royal to continue their A-Level studies in September.

“This is excellent news for the pupils, particularly at the highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who have together with a talented and committed staff, achieved excellent examination results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals.  The Royal prides itself on its students’ progress as well as attainment, as demonstrated through the outcomes for all pupils.  Equally important for the pupils is their wider personal development promoted through our enrichment programme which offers 70 activities beyond the classroom each week with an increasing number of pupils opting for the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award demonstrating their leadership and teamwork skills which will take them beyond outcomes in examinations into a productive and successful career in their chosen discipline.  This all prepares the students for the next stages in their academic careers and we wish them all well in their Sixth Form experience” said Principal Mark Heywood.

The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an orphanage, and is now a fully co-educational independent day and boarding Free School.


Flexibility – we have packages available for flexi boarding which might suit busy families where both parents work late or where parents may want some time away.

3 night stays mid-week for £135

3 night weekend stay which includes an activity for £155

Single night £55

Routine – structured evenings including a supervised prep, evening activities and a good bedtime routine ensuring our boarders are well rested for the next day.

Enrichment – our boarding houses are incredibly diverse and act as an opportunity for boarders to experience cultures from all around the world. The nurturing environment helps them develop socially and helps prepare them for life after school.

Family – We have a strong family ethos here at The Royal School, strengthened by our fantastic and experienced staff and their own families including our much-loved Harry (4) and Thomas (1) who have all the boarders in the palm of their hands.

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