RGS Worcester


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 424 (Boys) 349 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1291

General Information

An education at RGS Worcester is inclusive, challenging and academically stimulating.  Our aim is to deliver excellence in all areas starting with high quality teaching and exceptional pastoral care. RGS Worcester, as one of the oldest schools in the country, combines a sense of history, community and place in the City of Worcester with ‘state of the art’ facilities, spacious grounds and a determination to see each child achieve their full potential. We are pleased that our pupils attain the qualifications necessary to go on to the leading universities in the UK and abroad, and are particularly proud that they develop the personal qualities of working together, respecting one another and their community and being open and friendly towards others.
RGS Worcester has recently launched the most inovative Digital Learning Programme in the region, which has seen iPads become an exciting feature of teaching and learning.

RGS Worcester was last inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in March 2015. The Inspection included RGS Senior School and the two Prep Schools RGS Springfield and RGS The Grange. The Inspectors concluded that all three Schools were ‘Excellent’ in all areas. They commented:

‘RGS Worcester forms a very successful group of schools characterised by excellence in all aspects of its provision.’

‘Pupils achieve well because of the high quality of teaching they receive, the breadth of opportunities they are offered both in the formal curriculum and beyond the classroom, and the care and concern shown by staff.’

‘By the time they leave school pupils are articulate and confident; they have a purposeful sense of what they want to do next and are ready to meet the challenges of adult life.’

The Headmaster of RGS Senior School, John Pitt, said, “This Inspection report proves the high quality education provided at RGS Worcester. It gives us the confidence to build upon this success and ensure that we provide the very best opportunities for our pupils. The report is a reflection of the hard work of the pupils, staff and Governors at RGS as well as the support of our parents. We are delighted that the Inspectors identified the approach and ethos of our schools where we value each individual pupil and seek to support them to achieve to the very best of their abilities. The Inspectors clearly understood what makes an education at RGS special.”


At RGS Worcester we have up to date science laboratories, ICT suites, a state of the art 170 seat theatre and performing arts centre including studios and green screen, lecture theatre, prize winning Design & Technology suite, art block with kiln and specialised facilities for photography, textiles and fine arts. The Sixth Form Centre has its own Common Room and study area with computers.

Our superb sports facilities include extensive sports fields, sports pavilion, tennis and netball courts, new fitness suite and astroturf. All major traditional sports are taught in the curriculum and the school is renowned for its high sporting standards.

Finally, a full-size floodlit all-weather pitch, two pavilions, a digital language laboratory, state-of-the-art fitness suite, dance studio, science and art blocks are available to our pupils and students.

Co- curricular activities include cross country, badminton, fencing, trampolining, dance and weight training as well as residential trips both at home and abroad, theatre trips, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force and Young Enterprise.

Entrance Requirements

11+ : Entrance Examination and interview. 6th Form: 6 x GCSE passes at Grade 6 (old grade B) and no less than Grade 6 in any subjects except Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, which require a Grade 7 or above and interview.


11+: Academic, Art, Music, Drama, Sport 13+: Academic, Art, Music, DT and Textiles, Sport 16+: Academic, Art, DT and Textiles, Sport.

Open Days

2020. Open Morning: Sat. 3rd October and Sixth Form Open Morning: Sat. 14th Nov. Both 9am – 12.30pm

2021. Open Morning: Sat 16th January, 9am – 12.30pm


2019/2020. Years 7-13: £4578 per term.


ISI Inspection 2018

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr John Pitt, M.A.

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Cathy Bates, Registrar

RGS Worcester
Upper Tything

[t]: 01905 613391
[f]: 01905 726892
[w]: www.rgsw.org.uk

Location Description

Urban. 8 minute walk to Foregate Street railway station. Easy access to M5.

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School News

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After a Michaelmas term marred by flooding and the cancellation of six fixtures in a row, the Rowers

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finally enjoyed their first fixture of the term last Saturday and were rewarded with a haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

Wycliffe Small Boats Head is a 2.5k time trial race held on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal and attracts a high level of competition from around the region. The flu-bug had cut a swathe through some of our crews and it is to our Rowers’ great credit that they remained cheerful and raced their hardest in crew combinations that were often completely untried and untested!

Despite the challenges, RGS Worcester crews earned two Gold Medals, three Silvers and one Bronze.

The winners were:
Women’s double: Megan Wright, Upper Sixth and Phoebe Ellis-Tait, Lower Sixth
Open double: Ben Jarvis, Upper Sixth and Daniel Hall, Lower Sixth

Silver medallists were:
Girls’ J15 coxed quad, Year Ten pupils: Lucy Smith, Menna Sutton, Saffron Crump, Maddison Brown (coxed by Tobey Butler)
Open coxless quad, Year Eleven pupils: Nik Judge, Freddie Davies, James Preece, Angus Day
Open rookie double: Nik Judge, Angus Day

Bronze medallists were:
J18 coxless quad: Upper Sixth students Ben Walker, Adam Smith, Ben Jarvis, and Daniel Hall, Lower Sixth.

The Rowers are now in training for their main events of the winter season, The Schools’ Head of the River and the National Junior Sculling Head, in March, and hoping for some fine weather and low river levels to allow them to train!

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The Royal Grammar School Worcester held a special Gala Night performance of Les Misérables to mark the opening of their new

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Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 28 November 2019.

The Performing Arts Centre includes a fully operational theatre, two Drama studios, facilities for the actors, a spacious foyer area and state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities. There is even a green screen for filming. The high quality of the facilities in the Centre was made possible by donations from members of the School community who were able to sponsor seats in the theatre.

The Gala Night was a special event with local dignitaries, parents, alumni, friends and former pupils attending a black-tie pre-show dinner. The Grand Opening was performed by Mrs Rosemary Ham, Chair of Governors when the plans for the Performing Arts Centre were introduced. Mrs Ham is herself a former English and Drama teacher and Head of Department from The Alice Ottley School which merged with RGS Worcester in 2007. She spoke of the importance of the Creative and Performing Arts for children’s development before cutting a ribbon and declaring the Centre open.

The guests then enjoyed a performance of this year’s musical and were extremely impressed by the quality of the acting, singing, dancing and music making, all performed by the pupils. A plaque to mark the occasion was unveiled while the Headmaster, John Pitt, thanked everyone who had made the creation of the Performing Arts Centre possible.

The School’s Drama pupils gave six performances of the musical in the space of five days. This included a matinée performance on Friday 29 November which was delivered to an audience of local Primary School and Prep School pupils. After the performance the student actors discussed the play with the children and answered their questions. The Performing Arts Centre will be used for further Drama productions throughout the year, as well as for performances, presentations, conferences and dance events for the community.

The Headmaster, John Pitt, commented, “It is a spectacular facility which has been designed to be as flexible as possible. Drama and the Performing Arts at RGS Worcester are extremely strong and we are delighted that we now have a theatre and studios that do it justice. We had a lovely evening to mark the Grand Opening which was a chance to thank everyone involved in the project, and also celebrate with the pupils as they gave a remarkable performance of Les Misérables, worthy of professional actors on a West End stage.”

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We are very pleased that the building work is now complete and the Performing Arts Centre is open!

Visitors are welcomed into a light and airy

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foyer upon entering this modern, well-equipped building which offers tiered seating for 190, two Drama studio spaces, one with green screen facility, and new facilities for the actors including a Green Room space for performers to convene and relax. The Godfrey Brown Theatre includes new lighting and sound equipment to support future productions. 

Mrs J Witcomb, Head of Drama, said; “I am delighted to finally be in the new Performing Arts Centre. It is an amazing venue and we are very privileged to have such a lovely facility at RGS. It has been an exciting first week and the students and the teachers are very much looking forward to the future and using the Centre to its full advantage. A huge thank-you to all that have been involved in turning what we first designed on a small piece of paper into a reality.”

John Pitt, Headmaster, commented, “We are thrilled to have the Performing Arts Centre which will encourage our Arts programme to continue to thrive at RGS. I am extremely pleased with the final facility and look forward to seeing our Performing Arts in the future. Thank-you to Mr Ian Roberts, DFO, Mrs Susannah Ronan-Hill, Facilities Manager, the Drama department and all who have been involved in the design and build of the facility. 

It was the intention of the School to build a Performing Arts Centre several years ago and it is wonderful that the project has finally been delivered.”

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RGS 4×4 Challenge Team have returned triumphant with a 7th place finish in the Land Rover 4×4 School Challenge World Final in Abu Dhabi in

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December. Here is an account of their wonderful experience:

Seven hours after leaving a very wet and cold London Heathrow the A380 Airbus touched down in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. With baggage reclaimed and passports checked we were soon on our way to our hotel on Yas Island. At the hotel reception there was a real air of excitement as teams queued to check-in ready for the 2018 Land Rover in School 4×4 Challenge World Final.

Team Pinnacle sat outside in the morning sun to eat and contemplate the task ahead, while the rest of the UK prepared for the worst of the British weather. By 11.30am local time, with the RGS school day only just started, our 1/18th scale radio controlled 4×4 truck had been checked in for the competition and had passed scrutineering without breaking any critical rules. What a relief this was. The rest of the day was ours, so a short trip on the shuttle bus took everyone to the local water park. All had a fun time.

The main activity for Saturday was the pit build. Each of the 24 teams were to have exactly two hours to set up their displays. These needed to highlight how their cars had been developed during the preceding 18 months. Firstly though, there was some time to explore. This time the team were heading for the Yas Mall; and what a shopper’s paradise it turned out to be. Despite the distractions of the mall shops and Ferrari World the team were safely back at the hotel in time for the coach that would take us to the Yas Marina Circuit Events centre. With all of the paraphernalia that we had brought over from the UK assembled, the team listened to the briefing. Then it began, two hours of, well, carnage. At least that’s what it must have looked like. Imagine the scene if you can, boxes, crates, tools, tables and bodies strewn all over. However, with two hours up we were pleased with our achievement. Our display measured up well to those of the opposition.

Day one of the competition started on Sunday. This included driving the car over two challenging obstacle courses, one designed like an urban environment and the other like a desert. Then there was the reversing challenge where Fraser’s expertise shone through. He was able to reverse the car towing a boat into the water with ease. The team also delivered their verbal presentation and discussed their pit display with the judges. At the end of the day everyone was feeling positive, the driving had gone quite well and based on this alone we were in the top third of the field. We were in the running.

On Monday we were back to the Yas Marina Circuit for the second competition day. After a short tour we were ushered down to the pits, yes the same pits that had seen action in the Formula 1 race a few days earlier. Three Jaguar F Types were waiting for us and to the revving of their engines the door to one of the pit garages opened to reveal two gleaming Land Rover Discoveries. With windows open and doors ajar the track designers had placed the day’s driving challenges over, round and through the two vehicles; a sight to behold.Team Pinnacle’s track performance on Day Two was even better than the previous day’s with the top score of all 24 teams achieved on the fourth and final driving section. We wondered if we had done enough as we headed back to the hotel to prepare for the evening’s Award Ceremony.

Third Place was awarded to the Australians and then Second to the Malaysians. Would it be Team Pinnacle for podium position? Unfortunately, not, K-EVO from Portugal were awarded First Place. Very worthy winners we all thought. However, Seventh Place at a World Final, we all agreed, was not too bad. After all there were 17 teams who had done worse than Team Pinnacle.

With the competition over the itinerary provided by Jaguar Land Rover listed Cultural Activity for our last day in Abu Dhabi. The day  started with a coach journey around the Formula 1 circuit – probably the nearest thing any of us are likely to experience to competing in a proper F1 motor race. After about 90 minutes on the coach, we turned off the highway and were driving along narrower and increasingly remote sandy roads. With about 20 1950’s vintage open top Land Rovers waiting for us it was climb aboard and hold on tight as we were raced up the hill and into the dunes to the Bedouin encampment. What an exhilarating ride that was. There we were greeted by our hosts for the rest of the day who entertained us with a falconry display, spoke to us about traditional Emirati hunting dogs and took us for another ride in the Land Rovers around a nature reserve where we saw mountain gazelle, lots and lots of sand and the odd tree. Dusk fell early, as it does in December even in the heart of the desert, and we were treated to traditional food, drink and even music and dancing.

Of course, we had heard about the snow that had been experienced back home while we were away enjoying temperatures in the mid to high 20s. However, getting off the plane at Heathrow was still a real shock to the senses. Even worse was disembarking from the minibus back at the RGS. How cold it was. All of a sudden, the UAE seemed a long way away.

The Team would like to thank everyone who supported us over the months leading up to the World Final. These included, Addlestrop Consulting, MM 4×4, Springboard Corporate Finance, Stour Precision Tools, AMCO, AJB Landscapes, AVL, the AOOE and the RGSW Parents’ Association. Without the support of all of these companies and organisations and without the generous donations made by many individuals entry into the competition would not have been possible. From all six members of Team Pinnacle – Thank You.

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A trip to Florida is usually all about the theme parks; after all, Orlando boasts two of the biggest – Universal Studios and Islands of

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Adventure! So, what better way to start the trip than a behind the scenes tour of Island of Adventure, followed by the opportunity to get a head start on the queues. However, as you will have guessed, this trip obviously wasn’t all about theme parks. The Kennedy Space Center was next on our itinerary, and it was definitely impressive.

Nothing quite says NASA more than being greeted by the sight of a dozen rockets which are all in fact genuine! However, as we entered the Atlantis complex, we were greeted with an even more awe inspiring sight – the Atlantis Shuttle. Despite having seen countless pictures and models, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer size of the shuttle, a masterpiece of engineering that has become the image that embodies space travel. As we continued down beyond the shuttle, we had the opportunity to practise our coordination on various astronaut training simulators, as well as the chance to experience the incredibly realistic shuttle launch simulation; an experience that quite literally leaves you unsure which way is up! After an amazing morning in the Atlantis complex, it was time to meet for lunch, and an opportunity to meet Wendy Laurence, an experienced NASA astronaut, and to put forward any interesting questions we had. Following this we embarked on a bus tour around the various launch sites, ending up at another building of the complex – this one containing a Saturn V rocket (a personal favourite of mine), which were used for the Apollo Missions.

The next day was an early start. We were heading over to the Everglades, for a chance to ride one of the airboats. It was brilliant! The feeling of moving so fast, that the words are ripped away before you can speak is one of the incredibly strange, and difficult to describe. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic ride, and we were lucky enough to spot some alligators. Then it was back for a quick look around a local science museum before returning to the hotel – the next day would see us return to the space center, but this time for our very own astronaut training!

Back at the Space Center, and our training had begun! The first hour saw us facing off on the shuttle landing simulators, each pair competing for the chance to command and pilot the shuttle in our actual simulation. With our commander and pilot chosen, and the rest of the crew assigned we were ready; our mission, to put a satellite into orbit. After a tense 20 minutes we successfully completed this mission, with only one moment of panic when the bay doors failed to open, and the alarm set off! Despite this mishap we succeeded, and proceeded to our next section of training – the antigravity wall. Nothing can actually simulate the feeling of weightlessness on Earth, but this was the closest we were going to experience without going into space ourselves. As you can imagine the feeling is hard to describe, as you genuinely feel unaffected by gravity, and the smallest jump sends you rocketing skywards. Unfortunately, our next activity was not so enjoyable; it was time to experience the human gyroscope. During training, astronauts are subjected to 45 minutes of uncontrollable spinning at a time! Thankfully, we were only given two minutes in the gyroscope, although this still left many of us feeling jelly-legged and nauseous! With our training complete, it was time to head back to the hotel, where our last activity of the trip waited for us just across the road: iFly! This was genuinely one of my favourite parts of the trip, a sentiment held by many. We went into the wind tunnel one at a time and couldn’t keep the grins off our faces at the thought that we were actually hovering, with nothing but air beneath us. It was an amazing end to a fabulous trip, that had been such a great first experience of America for me. I can’t wait to go back!

Tom Ehlers, Year Ten

RGS Worcester Independent Worcestershire RGS Named Apple Distinguished School

RGS Worcester is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019 for its introduction of the RGS Worcester

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Digital Learning Programme (DLP), across all three RGS Schools. The DLP is helping to drive academic excellence, promote independent thinking and prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s global workplace.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programmes that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Robert Berry, Director of IT and Computing and architect of the Digital Learning Programme at RGS Worcester said: “We set out to change the status quo, to empower learners and to improve learning outcomes and we are proud to have achieved these goals.”

John Pitt, Headmaster, commented: “We are delighted to achieve Apple Distinguished Schools status. It demonstrates our commitment to using digital technology to support and enhance learning both in and outside the classroom. We have the opportunity to share the very best practice with other leading schools to ensure our pupils receive the best possible educational experience at RGS Worcester.”

The selection of RGS Worcester as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

Learners are more readily able to access resources in a variety of improved and engaging ways. They are better able to express ideas, interact and collaborate both with each other and their teachers. Using technology appropriately, teachers offer more detailed feedback in a reduced timeframe so that this feedback is more effective. Our vision for using technology is to better engage and motivate learners, leading to more successful learning outcomes.

For further information contact the RGSW marketing office on 01905 613391 or email news@rgsw.org.uk .

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Last Thursday saw the largest ever RGS Worcester Careers and Higher Education EXPO take over the Senior School site. More than 100 exhibitors ranging from

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Healthcare and Engineering, to the Creative Arts and Finance, Law and Entrepreneurship were on hand to offer advice and guidance to over 200 visitors from RGS and other Worcestershire schools.  The event is unique to RGS demonstrating the strength of the School’s Careers provision and links with businesses, that now benefit high school pupils from right across the region.

The importance of Higher Education and Degree Apprenticeships was showcased along with a Drop-in Careers Advice session with the Morrisby organisation.  Students were also able to discover more about the GlobalBridge which offers a virtual, media rich, online CV to showcase talents through video, image and soundbites.  Medical Mavericks and CH2M engaged pupils with interactive stands, Anja Potze demonstrated diamond grading, providing something for everyone.

Cameron Taylor, Year Nine said, “It has been really good to see what different universities offer and a great opportunity to find out what you can do there that you really enjoy.”

Josh Warner, Year Eleven said, “It’s been really helpful to talk to a lawyer face to face and find out what the different stages are in becoming one.  They have been really helpful with work experience advice and information about my career path.”

Parent, Mr Chris Hallam commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for students; it really stimulates their thinking and allows them to imagine what they could do.”

Former RGS pupils and current parents were amongst the exhibitors, making this a real community event.  Pupils queued up to take ‘selfies’ sitting in the Aston Martin and Land Rover F-PACE cars parked at the entrance.

Mrs Nicholls, Head of Careers said “The EXPO showcases delegates from a diverse range of sectors, all in one place, and this provides a unique and amazing opportunity for students from around Worcestershire.  The event allows pupils to experience the wide variety of choices that are available beyond school and engage with the business community which really fires their curiosity about the world of work and careers.”

Mr John Pitt, Headmaster said, “The Careers EXPO on Thursday evening was, once again, an extremely impressive event and was particularly striking since Aston Martin and Land Rover both provided their top of the range cars to mark out the entrance to the EXPO. This event is now attracting visitors from a number of other schools, as RGS demonstrates that our Careers provision is also top of the range.”

The event was a great success and feedback from exhibitors confirmed that the future is bright for young people and that there is a wealth of opportunities waiting for them.

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Natasha Devon MBE visited RGS Worcester yesterday to speak to students and then to parents about the vital issues of mental health and self-esteem amongst

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Natasha is a well-respected writer and social critic and was appointed MBE in 2015 in recognition of her ‘services to young people’. She was appointed by the Department of Education as Mental Health Champion for Schools last summer, but was controversially released from the role after voicing concerns about the detrimental effect that academic pressure can have on young people.

Drawing on a decade of experience promoting mental health in schools, Natasha spoke to students about ‘the importance of self-esteem’, reinforcing the School’s aim to provide the highest level of care for pupil’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Jenna Martin, Year Eleven, said, “Natasha was relatable and I found that a lot of what she said was really useful for our generation.”

Oliver Thwaites, Upper Sixth said, “I thought the talk opened our eyes to the fact that anyone could have a mental illness; there are no real indicators or definitive signs to look for, and therefore we have to have a community where people can feel they can talk about their problems without getting ridiculed. It is important that this is established early in the School, so that pupils can cope throughout School and afterwards too.”

Dr Lee Andrew, Assistant Head (Pastoral) at RGS Worcester said: “We were delighted to welcome Natasha into our school. Modern life can be extremely stressful and we believe that it is vital that we equip our young people to cope with the demands made on them. Natasha is someone our pupils could relate to and she has given them the tools to discuss difficult issues confidently, support each other, and seek advice from adults when they need to do so. It was wonderful that so many parents took the opportunity to also benefit from her wisdom in the evening session. We look forward to continuing this work with Natasha and the rest of the Self-Esteem Team to further provide for the wellbeing of our pupils.”

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The world-renowned explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes delighted students and staff alike with a captivating talk on his extraordinary adventures around the world, when

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he visited RGS Worcester this week.

At the age of 72 years, Sir Ranulph is currently undertaking a new record-breaking attempt to complete the ‘Global Reach Challenge’ and become the first person to have crossed both Polar ice caps and climbed the highest mountain on all seven Continents. In doing so, he will be aiming to reach his target to raise £20 million for the Cancer charity, Marie Curie.

RGS students were given the opportunity to ask Sir Ranulph questions at the end of the talk.  He was asked questions such as “What is the next Frontier?”, “How did you obtain intelligence on other expeditions heading for the same goal as you when you were on a Polar ice cap?”, “What part did your education play in preparing you for your adventures?”. Sir Ranulph also signed and personalised copies of his books ‘Cold’, ‘Heat’ and ‘Beyond the Limits’ which offer a vivid account of his incredible expeditions.

RGS Head Boy, Ben Thomson, who recently visited the Himalayas with the School said:

“The Guinness Book of Records describes Sir Ranulph as “the world’s greatest living explorer” however the humorous and self-effacing way that he describes his amazing achievements made us feel that realising our ambitions is achievable for everyone.”

Mr John Pitt, Headmaster commented: “Sir Ranulph gave a truly memorable talk which I am sure has opened the minds of our pupils. He is a very rare talent: a speaker who can captivate an audience by his delivery as well as by his extraordinary experiences. His achievements are staggering and his resilience, determination and courage are a true inspiration to us all.”


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Sally Walton, Olympic Bronze Medallist joins RGS Worcester as Hockey Coach

Miss Sally Walton, Olympic Hockey Bronze Medallist has joined RGS Worcester as a Hockey Coach.

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The 2012 Hockey Olympian began work as Hockey Specialist and Athlete Development Programme Facilitator at the start of this term. In addition to competing in the 2012 Olympics, Sally’s hockey successes include 165 caps for England and Great Britain.

Miss Leanne Bennett, Head of Hockey, said, “It is incredibly exciting for the girls to be coached by someone who for many of them has been a heroine and role model since London 2012. We are looking forward to learning from a world class athlete and moving RGS Hockey to the next level.”

Sally said, “The chance to work with an ambitious school which shares the same beliefs in developing individuals to achieve their full potential was a real driving force in joining RGS Worcester. I am very excited for the challenge ahead.”

Mr John Pitt, Headmaster said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sally to the School; this is an exceptional opportunity for our students who will be coached and inspired by an Olympian who is a first rate coach. Sally spent the summer as a radio commentator for the Rio Olympics. She commentated on the remarkable success of the Great Britain Hockey Team who achieved the Gold Medal. Sally knows all of the players well and was delighted to share their success. She will be helping RGS Hockey players develop the teamwork and resilience that saw the GB Team perform to their very best.”

RGS National Hockey Champions win City Sports Award

The Under 11 Hockey team from RGS The Grange won the award for ‘Best Educational Sporting Achievement’ at the Worcester City Sports Awards at The University Arena, held last week. Now in the Senior School, these girls will be working with Sally Walton and this promises to be a formidable combination for RGS Worcester Girls’ Hockey.

During a remarkable season, the team won 28 out of 30 matches, including five school tournaments and the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) Hockey Competition, in doing so, they became National Champions. The team was awarded the prize by Olympic legend, Steve Cram CBE who recently returned from the Rio Olympics.

Mr Gareth Hughes, Headmaster at RGS The Grange said:
“It is a pleasure to see such a successful young team rewarded in this way for the tremendous effort and commitment that they have put in over the season. It was a wonderful event for both children and staff to attend and one that we will remember with pride. We look forward to seeing the girls develop their Hockey at RGS Worcester in the future.”

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RGS Worcester and The Elgar Society have commemorated the School’s historic links with Worcester’s internationally renowned composer, Sir Edward Elgar by displaying a plaque beside

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the front gates of Britannia House, where Elgar worked as a violin teacher.

The iconic red plaque was unveiled by Dr Peter Nardone, Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, at a special event hosted by the School on Saturday 17 September 2016.

Former pupils of The Alice Ottley School, which was named after the Headmistress who originally appointed Sir Edward Elgar, were welcomed back to the School to see how the AOS heritage continues to be celebrated under the RGS Worcester name since the merger in 2007.

The Alice Ottley School buildings were opened up, with RGS Prefects offering tours for visitors. Elgar’s continued influence at the School was celebrated with pupils performing several of his pieces, arranged by Mike Hamilton, Director of Music.

RGS Worcester Headmaster, John Pitt said: “It is excellent to be able to mark Sir Edward Elgar’s time at the School in this way. His legacy does live on here and we have many young people with
outstanding musical talent. It is rewarding to see our pupils develop musically, just as Elgar would have experienced as a teacher here all those years ago.”

In the afternoon The Elgar Society hosted a talk by Diana McVeagh, an acclaimed expert on Sir Edward Elgar.

If you are interested in finding out more about this event, please contact the RGS Development office on 01905 613391.

RGS Worcester is an independent, day school originally founded around 685, receiving its first Royal Charter from Elizabeth I in 1561

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Abigail Watkins, (14) and Danielle Lawson (18), from RGS Worcester have made it through to the National Finals of the Olympic style, 2016 School Games

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to be held at Loughborough University from Wednesday 31 August until Sunday 4 September.

The 2016 School Games will give a good insight into the make-up of teams for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event mirrors the real Olympics with opening and closing ceremonies, and a residential village for home nation competitors.

Danielle, who is ranked second in the Great Britain Under 20 category, will represent England in Fencing, said:

“I am so excited to have been selected to represent England for the second year, following in the foot steps of many School Games Alumni who have medaled in Rio.

It was so exciting to watch the GB Fencers competing at the Olympics; their performance was thrilling and GB was so close to its first fencing medal since 1964. I hope it has inspired a new generation of fencers, as it has inspired me to further pursue my fencing career to the next level.”

Abigail, who is ranked 17th in the Great Britain Under 17 category, will represent Wales in Fencing, said:

“I am very excited about the Games as it is just like a mini Olympics’ where the athletes live in a village for the three days. Over the last year, I have worked on my fitness and technique with my coach John Rees with the support of Sports Worcester, CG5 and Mr Pitt, Headmaster at RGS Worcester.

I have represented Wales at regional level in Cadet Winton, The Senior Winton Cups and GBR Under 17 in Copenhagen and Bratislava. The School Games are my first selection for Wales at Under 18 National level.

I was inspired by the 2012 Canadian Pentathlon fencers when they visited Malvern Hills Swords Club and now my goal is to work hard and get sponsorship so I have the chance to get to the 2024 Olympics.”

Mr Pitt, Headmaster of RGS Worcester said, “After such a thrilling summer of sport, it is very exciting to see two of our students fencing for their country at the School Games which have showcased many Olympic stars in the past. They have both worked very hard at their sport and we wish them the very best of luck for this high profile tournament.”

Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars will compete in this year’s School Games across a total of twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.

Photo: Danielle Lawson with cup

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Following such excellent A Level results, RGS pupils have again performed at a high level in their GCSE examinations.  96.6% of grades were at A*

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– C and 56.8% at A*/A grade; one third of the year group obtained 9 or more A* or A grades.

Mr John Pitt, Headmaster, commented, “I am very proud of the RGS pupils who have done so well academically whilst also making a tremendous contribution to wider School life and taking full advantage of all the opportunities that the School provides.  These are very strong exam results from students who worked extremely hard.  They are now well set up for their Sixth Form careers at RGS.  Congratulations to all of the pupils and to the staff who have taught the pupils so well.”

There are many exceptional individual achievements, including Alec Berry, who achieved 11A* grades is the captain of Team Ascent which won the National Jaguar LandRover 4×4 Schools Challenge and went on to secure the Research and Development Award at the World Championships.  This competition took place throughout Alec’s GCSE examinations, when he was also rowing competitively for School.  Alec also debates for the School, is part of the Greenpower Racing Team, plays trombone in the ‘Big Band’ and Orchestra and is an active member of the Royal Navy, Combined Cadet Force.

The following pupils achieved 9 or more of the top A* grades and deserve particular mention: Francine Bath, Alec Berry (11 A*s), Alice Caldwell, Ellie Carey (10 A*s), Holly Chance, Nadiath Choudry (11 A*s), Ben Elgar, Catherine Horsburgh, Wilf Jenkins (10 A*s), Heloise Messervy-Whiting and Darcy Simon.

If you would like to know more about RGS Worcester please go to www.rgsw.org.uk or call 01905 613391

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RGS Worcester students have achieved a strong set of A Level results this year.  93.2% of all grades were at A* – C.  84% of

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all entries in STEM subjects (Sciences, Design Technology, and Mathematics) were at A* – B, with 56.2% achieving A*/A.  As a consequence, the vast majority of students have achieved their first choice University offer, including all Oxbridge offers.

Mr John Pitt, Headmaster, said, “Our students have performed well across the board and it is very pleasing to see such strong results, particularly in the challenging STEM subjects.  We are all aware that this country has a skills shortage in this area.  I am sure that these students have been inspired by participating successfully in a number of Regional and National competitions and will go on to successful careers in these fields.”

There are a number of individual success stories including, Laura Curtis, Head Girl, who succeeded in securing her place at Queens’ College, Cambridge to read French and Italian.  Laura is the daughter of of Tim Curtis, the former England and Worcestershire Cricketer.  Tim is Director of Sport at RGS Worcester and is retiring this year, after 40 years of service at RGS as both a pupil and a teacher.  Laura fulfilled a family dream by gaining her Cambridge place; her grandfather attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge during the Second World War and was always hopeful that one of his four children or ten grandchildren would follow in his footsteps.  Laura, the youngest grandchild, has finally managed to grant her grandfather’s wish.

A number of students achieved four A* grades including Tom Elgar who was sponsored through the Sixth Form at RGS Worcester by The Rank Foundation which offers scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability.  Tom has achieved his place at Cambridge University to read Physics, is an Arkwright Engineering Scholar and led the School’s ‘Engineering Education’ Challenge, a project run by Worcester Bosch.

Mr Pitt continued, “Congratulations to the Upper Sixth students.  They have been an excellent year group and have worked extremely hard.  Thank you to their teachers who have gone above and beyond in supporting the students to achieve.  It is always rewarding to see our students well prepared for the next stage of their education and their future lives.”

If you would like to know more about RGS Worcester please go to www.rgsw.org.uk or call 01905 613391


A concert to commemorate the First World War, featuring a world premiere of the song-cycle by nationally acclaimed composer Ian Venables, took place at RGS Worcester

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on Thursday 30 June 2016 – the Eve of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The song-cycle ‘Through These Pale Cold Days’, which touches on the universality of loss, love and personal identity, was performed by professional musicians Nick Pritchard (tenor), Benjamin Frith, (piano) and Louise Williams (viola).

Ian Venables, who lives in Worcester and was formerly a teacher at RGS, studied Music with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with John Joubert, Andrew Downes and John Mayer at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Described as ‘Britain’s greatest living composer of art song’ (Musical Opinion) and ‘a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney’ (BBC Music Magazine), Ian Venables has written over 60 works in this genre, including eight song-cycles.

Headmaster at RGS Worcester commented:

“We are extremely privileged to be hosting the premiere of such an important piece of musical work by a local composer who has made a name on the national stage.  It is a fantastic opportunity for our Senior String Group to perform along side some of the country’s finest musical talent and supports our goal to inspire our pupils to achieve the highest levels of musical success.”

The RGS Senior String Group also performed Mozart Symphony No25 (Excerpt) and Piazzola (Oblivion).

The guest speaker for the evening was Mike Stone, a former pupil and past President of the AOOEs.  Mike has recently been awarded the Legion D’Honneur for his part in the Second World War.

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