The Royal High School Bath


Image for The Royal High School Bath

  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 650 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1864

General Information

The Royal High School is a high-achieving, leading independent day and boarding school of choice for girls aged 3-18. We encourage each girl to persevere and grow in self-confidence in order to discover and fulfil her potential, being ambitious for herself, whilst being a good citizen in an international and ever-changing dynamic world.
Academic achievement remains vital in today’s world, and all good schools ensure that they create an environment where pupils can excel in their academic studies. The Royal High is blessed with a staff of highly able teachers who are passionate about their subjects and are committed to encouraging our girls to think independently, grapple with new ideas and develop a creative and flexible mindset. This means that they will not only achieve excellent examination results, but are developing the skills to enable them to succeed both personally and professionally beyond school.
We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) the UK’s largest educational charity. We are the only school in the network to offer boarding and also to offer the International Baccalaureate alongside A Levels at Sixth Form.
Ultimately, we want to ensure the girls leave school with the very best academic results and a range of skills and qualifications gained outside the classroom, but we also want them to have wonderfully happy memories and a circle of friends who will remain a source of support throughout their lives.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Mrs Jo Duncan, Head



At our Senior site, we have a stunning Art School (flooded with natural light, which is a gift for our artists); a Sixth Form café; a fitness suite, a newly refurbished Sixth Form College and boarding house (purpose built and separate from the main school, but still safely on campus); two Performing Arts Theatres; The Hudson Centre for lectures and meetings; a Summer swimming pool, tennis courts and hockey pitches where sporting records are made; a library bursting with resources and books as well as two stunningly refurbished boarding houses. The Media Centre links the technological aspirations of the girls with the aspirations of the school and builds on our enriching curriculum. The immediate future at The Royal High School will see significant investment in our Senior School site, particularly in music, sport and technology.

Our Junior School is based in beautiful grounds, at Cranwell House, Weston. The school was shortlisted for the TES Creative Schools of the Year Award 2018. Inside and out, the Junior School is quite simply an incredible place to be.

Entrance Requirements

Junior and Senior School: Informal or more structured assessment as appropriate to the age of the student. Year 7 entry: English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning tests and an interview. Year 8-10: tests in English, Mathematics, Science and an interview. Sixth Form Entry: minimum six GCSEs at A*-B grades (or numerical equivalents), grades A or B in subjects chosen for either A Level or International Baccalaureate and an interview.


Scholarships are available at Years 7, 9 and 12 (external only). Bursaries are means tested and can be applied for when a pupil enters the school in year 7, 9 and 12 (external only)

Open Days

If you would like to find out more, discuss individual needs or to book a personal visit or taster morning, please contact (senior school) Lynda Bevan, Registrar: or 01225 313877 or (junior school) Diana Rejiester, Junior School Administrator: or 01225 422931.


2018/2019 Per Term.

Day fees. Nursery: £3315 (full time). Junior school: Reception-Year 2: £3315, Years 3 - 6: £3493. Years 7-9: £4503. Years 10-11: £4590. Sixth Form: £4700. Lunches included for nursery only.

Boarding fees. Years 7-9: Weekly Boarding £8760, Full Boarding £9797. Years 10-11: Weekly Boarding: £8885, Full Boarding: £9939. Sixth Form: Weekly Boarding £9257, Full Boarding £10298.

For daughters of Service families of Her Majesty’s Forces – 10% off full boarding fees


Good Schools Guide review of RHS Senior School
Good Schools Guide review of RHS Junior School
ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Jo Duncan, MA

Contact for enquiries: Mrs L Bevan, Registrar

The Royal High School Bath

[t]: 01225 313877
[f]: 01225 465446

Location Description

The Royal City of Bath is one of the country's most beautiful cities and a United Nations World Heritage Site. It is also a university city, has a flourishing cultural life and is conveniently within reach of London and Bristol airports

To send an email to the school please fill in your details below and add a short message. If you are requesting a prospectus to be sent to you please include your postal address.

  • At UK Independent Schools Directory we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested.

School News

Royal High School Bath independent day and boarding school Somerset

Please click to view the latest NEWS FROM THE ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL BATH


Royal High School Bath independent girls' school Somerset

On Wednesday 14th June, Dr Genevieve Liveley, Senior Lecturer in Classics at Bristol University, came to talk to us as part of the Festival of

view more

Ideas taking place throughout the week.

Dr Liveley spoke about Cyborgs in the Ancient World, which might seem like a strange concept to us, but as she proved during the talk, everything does come from the Classical world!

Covering all different types of cyborgs from Cyclopes and Centaurs in the ancient world to the Terminator today, Dr Liveley managed to convey the broad range of robotic forms amongst these creatures. She even demonstrated to us the array of qualities everyone attending the lecture shared with a cyborg and by the end of her talk, Dr Liveley had convinced us that indeed we were all part-cyborg!

It was a funny and insightful lecture and a fantastic way to show how instrumental Classics has been in the development of everything in today’s world.

Charlotte, Year 12

Royal High School, Bath, girls' independent day and boarding school Somerset

We were delighted to welcome actor Will Thorp into school recently to talk to us about his highly successful career in Film, Theatre and Television.

view more

It was fascinating to hear about how his love of theatre inspired him from a very early age to pursue a career in acting, from writing plays as a child to training at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and then going on to appear in a wide range of productions. His list of credits is impressive and he has worked with a range of famous actors and directors.

Offering a glimpse into the ‘behind the scenes’ life of an actor, he told us about experiences such as the rigorous work involved in his role as Toby Zed in Dr Who – including three-hour make-up sessions which started at 5:30 in the morning and the filming of underwater sequences at Pinewood Studios. He also reminded us of how unpredictable the world of acting can be, as, for example, when he was offered just six episodes on Coronation Street and then ended up playing the character for 200 episodes!

As well as offering an extremely interesting insight into the world of acting, he gave some useful advice on how best to approach it as a career – remember that the competition is huge, don’t underestimate that and try to spend time between jobs wisely. He filled his ‘between jobs’ time with other creative projects such as writing, directing or visiting schools. ‘If you’re creative, you need to be creative’.

Will Thorp’s talk and Q and A session was a perfect combination of entertaining anecdotes and very useful information. We look forward to welcoming him back to RHS very soon


The Royal High School’s Head of Geography, Raphael Heath, has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award winner for

view more

‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’ in the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.

Selected from thousands of nominations received, Raphael is one of just 55 award winners and presentations will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day on 17th June 2016.

Raphael has been rewarded for his highly innovative use of technology in teaching. He has led in the development of GIS (Geography Information Systems) computerised mapping internationally, with his work being recognised by Esri, the world’s leading GIS company.

One of his most significant innovations has been the creation of collaborative online mapping events for students to both promote the use of the GIS technology in schools but also to maximise the full potential of this technology in education. In the last two years alone over 20,000 students from schools around the world have taken part in these events.

Raphael has been recognised as making a significant contribution to the teaching of geography by being accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer.

His Pearson Teaching Award will be added to a long list of awards both he and his students have won including the Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Secondary Education.

Mrs Jo Duncan, Head of The Royal High School, said: “We are thrilled that Raphael has won this award which is richly deserved; his innovative approach to teaching is inspirational.

“Raphael is also committed to sharing best practice with his teaching colleagues. He has recently been appointed to a consultancy role within our national organisation the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) to work with the other 26 schools in the network to enhance the use of technology in the classroom.”

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching; founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognize the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Raphael will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on 23rd October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award.

Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock. The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

Raphael will be presented with his silver award in front of all the Senior School at a special assembly to celebrate Thank a Teacher Day.

The GCSE class of 2016 at The Royal High School, Bath are celebrating a fantastic set of results today with 76% of grades either A*

view more

or A. This percentage of A* and A grades is the best in the city.

Amazingly a third of the girls achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades in ALL their exams – an outstanding achievement.
These results are the best for five years at The Royal High School – an independent day and boarding school for girls which is part of the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust).

Students, parents and staff were all thrilled to hear the news. Mrs Jo Duncan, Head at The Royal High School, said: “I am so proud for all the girls to see such an exceptional set of results this year. They reflect the hard work and commitment they have shown in their studies, as well as the fantastic support and teaching they have received from all the staff here at The Royal High School.
“The girls have worked extremely hard and richly deserve their success. I look forward to seeing them build on this as they return for their A Level and IB studies.

“Overall, a remarkable 98% of the grades this year were A* – C which clearly demonstrates the outstanding, contemporary girl-centred education we provide here.”

In a year of outstanding performances particular mention goes to Minnie Karanjavala who achieved 10 x A* grades as well as being awarded the Arkwright Scholarship (a national scholarship) for her Design & Technology work, and Isabelle McNab who achieved 9 x A* and 1 x A whilst balancing her study with training and competing as a swimmer, reaching British Championship and English National level.
Languages continue to thrive at The Royal High School, going against the national trend, with students excelling in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch and Chinese (where 100% of the students, all non-native speakers, achieved an A* or A). In English the school achieved a superb 100% A* to B grades whilst in Mathematics this figure was a fantastic 94%.

This year, once again, we are celebrating a superb set of examination results from our International Baccalaureate students. And, once again, we have maintained the

view more

school’s 100% record of IB students achieving their Oxford offer.

This year’s cohort maintained an average score of 37 out of a possible 45 points, which is 7 points above the world average. Four of our girls scored 40+ points, an incredible achievement, and one of the two highest scorers, both of whom finished with 43 points, deserves particular credit given that she is a year young.

The majority of our IB students are going on to Russell Group universities, though we also celebrate those who choose to follow their excellent academic success with other career choices, such as following an Art Foundation course. We are also thrilled to have students going on to study a truly wide range of different subjects, from two girls pursuing medical careers, to two working in Psychology, one pursuing a course at the LSE in Social Anthropology, one studying for an Oxford degree in French and one taking Computer Science.
Grades were particularly high in English A HL, History SL and Group 2 – the Modern Foreign Languages group – where all scores were 6 or 7. Congratulations go to the teachers in those departments.

We are very proud indeed of our girls’ performance, and continue to believe whole-heartedly in the IB as an excellent preparation for university and for life in our global society.

IB Coordinator, Anna Weston, said: “I am thrilled for them, and proud of all that they have learned and given to the school. This IB cohort was a particularly caring and cohesive group; they worked hard, played hard and cared deeply for each other. They deserve everything that they have achieved.”

Royal High School Bath girls independent school Somerset

The Royal High School is the latest school to join the largest orchard, by distance, in the UK.

The Boarding Orchard was launched by

view more

the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) in 2014 and involves boarding schools joining the orchard by planting fruit trees in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment. 

Robin Fletcher, the National Director of the BSA took time out during a recent visit to the school to perform the ceremony – planting an apple tree on the lawn in front of Gloucester House. He was joined by Head Jo Duncan and staff and students from the school’s boarding community.

Since its launch, schools across the UK – including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – have joined The Boarding Orchard, and trees have also been planted at boarding schools in Switzerland and the USA.

Jo Duncan said: “We are delighted to be involved in this nationwide scheme and to welcome Mr Fletcher to our school. We look forward to watching the tree grow and blossom for generations of boarders to enjoy.”


Royal High School Bath girls independent school Somerset

The Ten Tors Challenge is an annual event, organised by the Army alongside the other Services, the Emergency Services, Dartmoor National Park and Dartmoor Rescue.

view more

Unique among endurance challenges, Ten Tors is only available for teenagers from the seven Counties of South West of England. In early May, 2,400 teenagers descend on Okehampton Camp, ready to walk a distance of 35 miles, 45 miles or 55 miles (depending on age) across the demanding terrain of Dartmoor in just 2 days.

The teams must be self-sufficient, navigating their way to ten nominated checkpoints, many of which are situated on the Granite Tors, for which Dartmoor is famous. Dartmoor is also infamous for its bogs and ability to attract foul weather conditions. Preparation is key to successfully completing the event as a team. The teams must carry everything they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. Those who complete the challenge, along with their parents and teachers who prepare them, remember with pride the huge achievement that finishing Ten Tors brings. I would like to thank the 14 amazing girls who started training for the challenge, their parents for their support and encouragement, and the staff (Miss Curtis, Mrs Williams, Mrs Haynes, Mr and Mrs Leather, and Miss Taylor) for being prepared to give up their precious weekends to help prepare our team for the challenge of a lifetime.

This year the team completed the challenge, finishing at 1328hrs on Sunday 8th May.


School website design: Innermedia