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The Royal Hospital School

About Us

The Royal Hospital School is a leading independent co-educational boarding and day school in East Anglia. The School has a roll of around 700 pupils aged 11-18, 500 of whom are boarders with the rest being day pupils or day boarders. The School occupies a magnificent site on the banks of the River Stour in the Suffolk countryside, a few miles south of Ipswich.

The Royal Hospital School provides an outstanding all round education for its pupils. Academic standards are high and the school has a very wide-ranging programme of sport, music and extra-curricular activities. The School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is the tenth largest in the country and many pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Sailing is a particular strength and it is usually the case that the School’s top sailors are competing at international level.

The main points of entry are at 11+ (mostly from primary schools), 13+ (mostly from prep schools) and 16+, although the School does admit pupils at all other ages. 90% of the School’s departing Upper Sixth Form pupils progress on to higher education, and many of them secure places at the UK’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh and other Russell Group institutions.

Having just completed a five year programme of building development, which included the creation of a new music school at a cost of £3.5 million and a complete refurbishment of boarding accommodation, the Royal Hospital School now has outstanding facilities.