With its predecessor founded in 1509, the Royal Grammar School (RGS) was newly established by King Edward VI in 1552 and officially formed after it was granted the Royal Charter. Located in Guildford, the county town of Surrey in the southeast of England, RGS enjoys great prestige throughout the UK for its academic excellence.
Grammar schools are regarded as a unique feature of British education, aiming to train students to be enrolled in universities, and hold a special status. The earliest “Grammar Schools” can be traced back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the grammar schools mainly taught Latin and gradually changed to English teaching over time. In the late 19th century, the grammar schools in the UK reformed and offered a wider and deeper range of subjects, with the quality of teaching outperforming ordinary middle schools. Now there are few grammar schools left. Some counties still retain elite-status state grammar schools, but many are independent, such as RGS Guildford.
The RGS Guildford adheres to the core values of “rigorous scholarship and suiting the teaching to the ability of the pupils,” and takes pride in providing a heuristic education. The historic Tudor buildings create a unique atmosphere and style. For centuries, RGS Guildford has trained many academic leaders and political leaders alongside outstanding talents in the military, religion, literature and art, sports and other sectors.
Professor Andrew Hamilton
Provost of Yale University, President of the University of Oxford
Professor Pete Haynes
Head of DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Conway Lloyd Morgan
Comparative Psychologist and Philosopher, President of the University of Bristol
Dean of Balliol College, Oxford, Bishop of Salisbury
Sir George Gray
Premier of New Zealand, Governor of South Australia, and twice Governor of New Zealand
Sir Morris Abbott
Lord Mayor of London
Entrepreneur, Lord Mayor of London
Cabinet minister, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State for Culture and Sport
The longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons
Sir Philip Sales
Judge of the Court of Appeal