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Royal Grammar School Guildford

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High Street Guildford Surrey GU1 3BB United Kingdom
4th to 12th
Boys only


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The Royal Grammar School (Guilford) has an incredible academic record, performing each year in the top 20 of both the GCSE and A Level records tables for the UK, if not the top 10. The strengths are mainly in Maths and related subjects, but the record is so high across the board that the difference between these subjects and others are minimal. The nature of the student body is friendly and the competiton between students is not really apprent, though high enough to produce excellent results. The preparation for University is top-class, producing well-rounded individuals, ready for the differing challenges of Higher Education. The average class size up to GCSE is 20, but less for fringe subjects. Beyond this level the class size may drop to 10, but maybe more for Maths. I was a good friend with many of the teachers when I left, and would be willing to meet up with the majority of them again. The work load is however quite high, with very few 'frees' in the Sixth Form compared to similar schools, and homework from the First Year is weighty. The school is very enthusiastic about students learning and other skills, but has an appropriate focus on the examination period.

College Counseling

There is a facilty at the school to help you from a very early age....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

In order to gain admission to the school, there are two ages of entry. At....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The school is situated in the very centre of a lovely town. It is positioned on the High Street so the playing fields are a bus journey (or a run) away. The surrounding area is very affluent and safe. The school housing spans five centuries, with building from 1559 to the newest building completed in 2003. The facilities on site are excellent, boasting hockey pitch, cricket nets, shooting range, sports hall, weights room, sculpture studio, auditorium, and a new Art block and Sixth Form centre. The dining has improved greatly over the past years, and now holds salad bar, wrap....

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