RHS, The Royal Hospital School

RHS, The Royal Hospital School

Address :Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Holbrook, Ipswich IP9 2RX

Website :www.royalhospitalschool.org

Type of school Co-educational Boarding and Day school


The School was founded in 1712 by Royal Charter to ‘improve navigation’ through education, preparing boys for service in the Royal Navy. Today discovery, exploration and challenge remain at the heart of educational values. The school encourages pupils to discover their passions and strengths as well as challenge them to be ambitious inside and beyond the classroom. RHS is also recognised for the distinctive and modern education. RHS empowers young people to learn and develop in a changing world, giving students the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to navigate their way confidently through university and beyond.

Curriculum and Qualifications

English National Curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13 – GCSE and A Level


Suffolk, United Kingdom

Academic Achievement

An average of 97% of our upper sixth pupils go to a university of their choice and, of these, 50% to Russell Group or other top universities.
As a result of the Royal Hospital School’s maritime heritage and watery location next to a 400 acre man-made reservoir and between the Stour and Orwell estuaries, it has become a Centre of Excellence for Sailing with unrivalled provision and opportunity for sailing.

Intensive English/ ELS Support

Years 7-9
Pupils may be withdrawn from some other classes to have specialist English lessons. These will focus on access to the curriculum and helping with language problems in other subjects.

Years 10-11
There is the possibility of specialist English lessons instead of taking a modern foreign language. These will take place in small groups with the focus on the academic vocabulary needed in all school subjects. Pupils can also work towards the Cambridge Main Suite Exams (University of Cambridge ESOL or IGCSE English as a Second Language). However, wherever possible, pupils are encouraged to take another foreign language. If English support is needed, this will then be arranged on a one-to-one basis, which will mean withdrawing the pupil from other lessons.

Years 12-13
Pupils will have timetabled specialist English lessons alongside their A Level subjects. These will help with their chosen subjects and, if required, help to work towards an IELTS qualification which is needed for entry to university in the UK.