RGS Prep is an independent pre-prep and prep school in Guildford, Surrey for boys age 3-11. Boys progress to a number of leading senior schools including its own academically selective Royal Grammar School, located nearby.
About the school
At RGS Prep pupils are brimming with enthusiasm, curiosity and energy. They are well-mannered and polite. They are individual. But, most of all, they are happy.
At the heart of RGS Prep's ethos is the fostering of an academic boldness that is the prerequisite to curiosity and creativity – an insistence on how to think, not what to think.
The primary aim of RGS Prepis to provide an outstanding academic grounding, enabling boys to succeed in later life. RGS Prepsets rigorous academic standards and invests heavily in its teaching facilities. An individual focus on students is of paramount importance, with teachers working hard to ensure self-confidence in pupils and that achievement is properly rewarded. The school also provides a great deal in the way of extra-curricular activities.
Although entry is competitive, any parent who would like their son to come to RGS Prep should not be deterred from applying for financial reasons as bursary funding is offered to successful applicants on a means-tested basis. Bursaries (assistance with fees) are available for those boys applying to join from Year 3. There is no set number of bursary awards that may be made; the funds available will determine the number of awards granted. The value of bursaries is set by strict criteria and is based upon financial need; these are rigorously means tested and reviewed each year. Applications for bursaries should be made when applying for a place at the School and before your son’s assessment date. All information is kept strictly confidential.
RGS Prep boys are active Youth Ambassadors, following COP 26. Plans are underway for special projects to tackle climate change.
1st December 2021 — RGS Prep boys across all year groups joined the COP 26 Youth Summit in November to learn about international efforts to tackle climate change, and to decide for themselves how they would contribute. Plans are now underway for building a wildlife garden on site; for taking part in beach and river clean-up operations; and for helping local wildlife centres. In addition to school-wide projects to curb our use of plastic, recycle, and support local food banks, the work of RGS Prep Ambassadors will make a positive difference and help embed green culture in the school.
Lanesborough and the RGS cement partnership in key merger
Lanesborough Prep School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford have announced that they will merge from 1 September 2021, coming together as the Royal Grammar School (the RGS) and the Royal Grammar Preparatory School (RGS Prep).
23rd March 2021 — Lanesborough Prep School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford have announced that they will merge from 1 September 2021.
The schools will be brought together as the Royal Grammar School (the RGS) and the Royal Grammar Preparatory School (RGS Prep) creating a boys' school offering on their respective sites for pupils aged 3 to 18.
Lanesborough and the RGS have been part of the same charitable trust for 42 years and share the same governance structure.
Announcing the merger, Dr Jon Cox, Headmaster of the RGS said: "Bringing Lanesborough and the RGS together will strengthen our relationship and standing as boys only schools and enable us to offer boys in the local area a pathway from age 3 to 18.
"Our schools have high academic standards and the rigour of assessment for both schools, across all entry points, will be unchanged."
He continued: "We remain firmly committed to offering the majority of our Year 7 and Year 9 places to boys who join from state primary schools and other prep schools.
"This will not change as a result of the establishment of a single school."
Toby Freeman-Day, Head of Lanesborough, added: "As RGS Prep we will retain our unique sense of community and values.
"Continuity of education is, quite rightly, important for many families.
"Through this merger, we are better placed to meet this demand.
"RGS Prep will, however, continue to provide pupils with the very best preparation for senior school, regardless of their chosen destination."
Chairman of Governors, Mrs Sarah Creedy commented: "This is an exciting moment for the RGS as we cement our commitment which has been resolute for over 500 years: to provide the very best, truly rounded education for our students."
Lanesborough Boys Sing Beatles' Songs at Cadogan Hall
Boys at Lanesborough School in the Senior Choir have had the opportunity to sing at the Cadogan Hall.
28th March 2019 — The boys featured in the second half performance as they sang with much gusto as part of the stunning medley of Beatles songs. It was a late night but a wonderful experience for the boys. Thanks go to Mrs Ford and all the staff who accompanied them on the day.
Another Successful Book Week at Lanesborough School
Congratulations to all boys on their creative Book Character costumes. It was a brilliant way to end a successful week.
28th March 2019 — Book Week at Lanesborough School has been another wonderful success. The week ended with Book Character Day, which was a particular delight, with some stunning costumes and clear book characters from both boys and staff alike. It was a fabulous way to end a successful week. The day is designed to encourage all boys to read for pleasure and read something new. Prizes and certificates were awarded for the best costumes in each year group, together with the winners from the annual book review competition. Well done to all boys!
Lanesborough Supports the Cherry Tree Respite Care Facility
This year, Lanesborough Prep School in Guildford is supporting Cherry Trees, a local respite care facility for children with a range of disabilities.
28th March 2019 — The School has already raised £1,300 for the charity and will be running a second fundraising event later in the year. Boys will be allowed to spend the day in their pyjamas in exchange for a small donation. The idea is that the day will pay for a child to spend a night at Cherry Trees, allowing family members to get a full night’s sleep.
Working in close partnership with the facility, Lanesborough pupils are also undertaking an advocacy role to support the children of Cherry Trees. Year 7 boys will be designing visual resources for use at the Guildford Spectrum. These will enable any non-verbal visitors to communicate with Spectrum staff.
Guildford Spectrum fully supports the project, and has said it will consider using the Lanesborough images alongside existing signage as well to facilitate visitor engagement for all children and adults.
Finally, Lanesborough Year 6 boys are writing their own song, “Understanding Autism”. It will be included in a performance and music workshop for Cherry Trees children to be held at the School on 7th June.
Lanesborough showcase good practise at the Independent Schools RSE Forum
Lanesborough School was chosen to showcase our good practise at the Independent Schools RSE Forum held at Kingston Grammar in March 2019.
28th March 2019 — Lanesborough School was chosen to showcase our good practice at the Independent Schools RSE Forum held at Kingston Grammar in March 2019. Our head of PSHCE, Mrs Heath-Taylor and Mr Creal, Year 6 science teacher, paired up to lead a workshop and present a video showcasing our excellent provision of RSE from Nursery to Year 8.
At Lanesborough we believe it is right that our pupils need to grow up understanding the society that they live in – they need to grow up to respect each other, to seek equality and tolerate differences. We know it starts with the very young in the home, with important adults modelling healthy, loving interpersonal relationships. Then school gets involved as the EYFS requirements of PSED; personal, social and emotional education continue the learning journey. Like the roots of a tree, good relationships are grounded in trust, commitment, conflict resolution, empathy, integrity, respect, - all part of our Lanesborough Values system. The trunk and branches extend and grow as pupils draw on these roots and learn about familial relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, professional relationships and age-appropriate sexual relationships. These fruits are embedded within a scientific understanding of how our brains and bodies work and how we as humans are interconnected beings. At Lanesborough, we believe a holistic approach is the best one – which is why RSE is embedded in our whole school PSHCE programme of study. All staff work together to deliver a balanced provision of learning opportunities to foster healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy characters.
Our main intake Year Groups are:
Nursery (joining the September after your son turns 3)
Shell/Reception (joining the September after your son turns 4)
Year 3 (joining the September after your son turns 7)