Laughter and a lifelong love of learning, collaboration and camaraderie, drive and determination, inspiration and involvement, aspiration and achievement - those are the qualities that we hope will emerge from the snapshots of life here at the Royal High School Bath. We are a leading independent Day and Boarding school of choice for girls aged 3-18.
About the school
From a group of giggling, three year old girls holding hands in the playground of our ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rated Nursery; to a revitalised Junior School where lifelong friendships are forged and sporting and academic triumphs shared: to a passion for continued discovery and exploring new horizons at our exceptionally high-achieving Senior School and onto our dynamic Sixth Form College buzzing with mature, confident, gregarious young women, the RHS journey is a seamless one, with four life-enhancing experiences along the way. This all-through, all-girls education is unique in Bath. We embrace all-round excellence and help every single girl to be happy and to be who she wants to be. We do this with a rich and exciting curriculum, with every opportunity for girls to focus on their strengths but also to develop their skills and talents across the broadest academic, social and personal spectrum. The school develops the confidence, capabilities and character needed to underpin success at university, throughout careers and in achieving ambitions in every aspect of life. We are the only school within The Girls' Day School Trust to offer boarding in addition to day provision and the only one to offer the International Baccalaureate at Sixth Form. Our doors are always open to welcome girls from across the UK and across the world, who come here to achieve their very best academically, socially and personally, have fun, make friends, live, develop a global perspective in education, enjoy life and learn how to fly...
Royal High School Bath, GDST celebrates GCSE Results
Royal High School Bath celebrates the drive and determination of an extraordinary group of young women who achieved fantastic grades in their GCSEs.
12th August 2021 — In what has been a significantly challenging year for GCSE students, Royal High School Bath, GDST is celebrating the achievements of an exceptional group of young women who will move onto their Sixth Form studies with confidence.
Head, Mrs Kate Reynolds said: “We are immensely proud of the adaptability and resilience shown by this year’s GCSE cohort. Their first experience of public examinations was in unchartered waters and they responded to the challenges and uncertainties of the past year with hard work and determination. I would like to congratulate each and every student for their outstanding results and to extend my gratitude to their teachers whose professionalism and support for the girls has been phenomenal. We are all looking forward to continuing to work with and inspire these students as they embark on their A Level and IB studies.”
On top of their GCSE subjects, a number of dedicated students achieved grades in additional subjects including Italian and Dance GCSEs, a Philosophy Certificate from the New College of Humanities, and an Additional Maths Level 3 qualification, which was taken by the top set and will be excellent preparation for A level and IB studies at Sixth Form.
As well as their GCSE studies, students benefited from a bespoke programme of learning and preparation for Sixth Form – Intro to Sixth - led by new Head of Sixth Form and former Head of English, Luke Benedict. The two-week programme comprised talks and seminars including extended study sessions in each of their A Level subject choice or IB Higher Level subject choices. The emphasis on critical-thinking, stimulation and enrichment was matched with opportunities for extension and further reading or research and practical ‘how to’ guides to Sixth Form life.
As the only Sixth Form in Bath to offer both A Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Royal High School is a popular choice and sees an increase in new students joining the current cohort for the new academic year.
This cohort followed a path laid by previous years and their achievements are equal those of their high achieving predecessors. This indicates that a professional, robust and rigorous process was carried out to ensure the students grades were truly indicative of their abilities.
Royal High School Bath A Level cohort 2021 achieve fantastic results
RHS Bath is delighted to announce its A Level cohorts' fantastic results. Despite a tough two years, the students showed resilience and determination through their studies and have achieved the results required to take degrees at top universities.
10th August 2021 — Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, and with their studies being delivered via guided home learning for much of the year, Sixth Formers from Royal High School Bath, GDST have continued to demonstrate resilience and determination. This Year 13 cohort have worked hard and achieved the results required for these students to take their places to study a truly diverse range of subjects at top universities.
With 88% of students achieving their first choice of university, their destinations are as varied as the subjects they are choosing to study. Two Royal High School students will go to Oxford University while UCL was one of the girls’ most popular choices this year where 5 students are set to take up places to study Medicine, Biochemistry, French with Management Studies, Economics and Information Management. Other students have achieved places at top universities including Durham, Warwick, London School of Economics and Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool.
STEM and Health subjects were well represented with 28% of students going on to study related subjects. In STEM, students took up places to study subjects in Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Sciences Economics, Computer Science, Psychology, Animation, Computer Game Design and Product Design. Other students won places on highly competitive courses following paths to become the medics of the future, including three students who will take Medicine at university, one student taking Dentistry, one taking Veterinary Medicine, one taking Pharmacy and one taking Nursing degrees
Languages were also a strength with 16% of Royal High School students going on to study a range of language related degrees including two at Oxford – German and Mandarin, and one student who is studying Law with Hispanic Law and Spanish.
The routes taken by the girls are not always conventional with two students in particular securing highly coveted degree apprenticeships in Computer Science at Birmingham University with PWC.
Another student who also achieved a full set of A* grades will study Classics at Exeter after being accepted onto a highly competitive Army scholarship programme which involved assessment, interviews and a physical selection process.
RHS is unique in Bath in offering both A Levels and the IB diploma. Two of our A level students were able to further diversify their portfolio by taking IB Diploma courses in Computer Science and Mandarin, each achieving top marks with 7 points each, which is the equivalent to an A* grade. These follow our outstanding IB results in which 4 students were able score the maximum 45/45 points.
One highly entrepreneurial student will focus on building what began as a lockdown project and transforming it further into a growing business. The company www.nearhome.net allows customers to source independent food producers in their local area.
Hadrian Briggs, Deputy Head (Academic) said: “We are very proud of the resilience and dedication our students have shown over the past two years, their excellent results and diverse destinations show what an engaging year group we have had the good fortune to work with. A special tribute must also go to our teaching staff who swiftly built a robust and rigorous process to ensure our students were fairly assessed and received the excellent grades they deserved.”
Joining Mr Briggs in his praise of the students was Mrs Reynolds, Head: “These exceptional students are set to make their mark on the world beyond school and we wish them every success and happiness as they move forward onto the next steps in their academic careers. We look forward to inviting them back to Royal High School Bath to share their stories and inspire future generations of Sixth Form students.”
A huge congratulations to our 2021 IB cohort who have achieved an average point score of 40 out of 42. Three student in particular excelled by getting top marks of 45, and five other students achieved 44 points.
6th July 2021 — After another year full of uncertainty and upheaval faced by students across the UK due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, Royal High School Bath GDST are delighted to learn that their Year 13 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students have achieved a set of excellent results.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of students and staff, Royal High School Bath GDST IB students have achieved an impressive average point score of 40 out of a possible total of 45. 170,000 IB students from around the world achieved an average score of 32.99 points. Over half of students achieved 40+ points, a feat typically achieved by only the top 10% of students worldwide.
Four students excelled achieving top marks with 45 points, and four other students achieved a point score of 44. According to UNIS, “less than 1% of students receiving the IB diploma obtain a score of 45 points” and “only 7% receive the top grade of a 7” in each subject so all students have done phenomenally well.
Royal High School Bath GDST also extend our congratulations to two students who are doing A Levels but decided to take one IB course as a standalone subject and have received IB certificates in Computer Science and Mandarin, achieving top marks with 7 points each.
This year's scores were based on externally marked assessments and predicted grades submitted by the school and based on evidence from throughout the course.
Students did well across all subjects but were strongest in English Literature, Languages and STEM subjects including Design Technology, Computer Science and Physics, where all students achieved 7 points.
Mrs Jude Taylor, IB coordinator, said, "They have dealt with more uncertainty than most young people of their age, and have become remarkably resilient as a result."
Mr Nick Hayward, Head of Sixth Form, said, "I simply want to pay tribute to the most remarkable group of girls who have shown such extraordinary levels of resilience, spirit, verve and energy while in the Sixth Form." He went on to say about the IB: “It is one element of the Sixth Form of the Royal High School that makes it truly special and it constantly reminds me of what learning should be about.”
These results follow the outstanding grades of our 2020 IB cohort who achieved an average point score per student of 38.6 (while the global average was 31.4). We were recently commended as a 'Top IB School for 2020' by the Education Advisors who run the www.ib-schools.com website, which aims to provide clear information, advice and services to parents and students seeking a private education. The award certifies that Royal High School Bath GDST is a 'Top 50 Global IB School' (out of over 3000 IB schools) and a 'Top 20 IB School in the UK' (out of about 130 UK based IB schools) for our 2020 results.
Royal High School Bath GDST are so proud of each and every student who have taken the IB Diploma, especially since they are the only school in the local Bath area to run it. Through the IB Diploma programme, students develop the professional, academic and personal skills to be ready for any future challenge they may face at university and beyond. Nick Hayward said: “The IB is a testing qualification and does demand a great deal from those who do it, and doubly so under Covid and lockdowns. But the rewards are immeasurable, of course, and it has been an undiluted joy watching the girls grow academically, develop in confidence and flourish in all the myriad ways that the IB unlocks. I know they will thrive in whatever they attempt and wish them every success in the future.”
Royal High School Bath GDST wish this year's IB cohort every success and happiness as they move forward onto the next steps in their academic careers and we hope they come back to Royal High soon to share their stories and inspire future generations of IB students.
RHS student accepted into the National Youth Theatre
Royal High School is delighted to announce that a Year 12 student has been accepted into the National Youth Theatre.
30th June 2021 — Royal High School is delighted to announce that Tilly Broadbridge, Year 12, has been accepted into the National Youth Theatre.
Tilly has been a Royal High School day girl since Year 7 and now attends the Sixth Form as a drama scholar. Tilly has always had a keen interest in the performing arts having spent most of her childhood dancing, singing and acting since the age of 3, but she says, “It was only around the time I was 13 or 14 that I realised how much I loved acting and that it was something I wanted to pursue.”
Tilly’s audition was online and included two rounds, the last of which she had to do a monologue in different styles from presenting it as if she were a news reader to acting it out as a wizard!
Tilly said: “I was very nervous but it was a great experience, and I felt like I knew what to expect because I auditioned before when I was younger. When I found out I had got in, I was ecstatic! I was in English class and couldn’t believe it. I’m so thrilled to be part of a wider network of actors who I can learn and grow from and be part of such an inclusive and diverse environment.”
Tilly will attend the National Youth Theatre’s summer intake in August where she will do two weeks of drama workshops and ending with a showcase.
Tilly hopes to go to university after finishing at sixth form to study English Literature and Philosophy and after that, hopes to attend drama school in London or the USA.
Mrs. Thorpe, Head of Drama said: “Tilly has always been a stand out performer as evidenced in her two time success at the RHS Young Actor of the Year award. Tilly’s commitment to extra-curricular Drama inside and outside of school make her an excellent candidate for National Youth Theatre who only work with the most dedicated and passionate of students. I cannot wait to watch her on the National Theatre stage!”
Royal High School celebrates the achievements of Year 13
Students and staff from the Royal High School Bath recently celebrated the successes and achievements in the Sixth Form over the last two years. Mrs Reynolds, Head, referred to the girls as “the most unusual year group".
27th May 2021 — Students and staff from the Royal High School Bath recently celebrated the successes and achievements in the Sixth Form over the last two years.
It was a fantastic, sunny day with plenty of laughter and joy. The morning started with a ‘Muck Up’ day dinosaur invasion. The girls had dressed the school the previous evening with Jurassic Park themed decorations, complete with dinosaur footprints and ‘Keep Out’ warning signs. The next morning, dressed up in dinosaur and explorer costumes, the Year 13s surprised the other year groups as they came up through the school gates with water pistols. After a farewell assembly, the Year 13s celebrated with the whole school by parading around the grounds, banging drums and blowing whistles.
At lunch, the girls enjoyed a barbecue on the Sixth Form lawn. It was a chance to relax and chat together and enjoy an enormous slice of cake. In the afternoon, it was the prize-giving ceremony. The girls dressed in mortarboards and gowns congregated in the Mem Hall with parents streaming in online. Musicians in lower years played the harp and piano, while Mr Benedict, Head of English, read out a wonderful poem written by Imogen Rafferty, Year 13.
Mrs Reynolds, the Head, spoke about the memories that every girl has made during their time at Royal High School, and the friendships they will cherish. In her speech, she highlighted the peaks and troughs over the last year for the girls studying at a key moment in their academic careers during lockdown. She referred to the girls as “the most unusual year group who have spent as much time remote learning as classroom learning.”
The Year 13s have certainly had the most unique year, but Mrs Reynold’s speech asked them to take stock of the things they have learnt this year to support them going forward. She advised the girls to focus on their friends and the shared experience that will bond them together forever, keep perspective and reflect on the things that bring them happiness, prioritise giving to others and finally, seize every opportunity by staying open minded and curious.
Mr Hayward, Head of Sixth Form, gave an emotional speech about what a unique and special year group this has been and how the students will develop their ‘ipseity’ – their individuality – as they go out into the world and pursue their future personal, academic and professional careers.
After the speeches, the girls came up to receive prizes. First, the academic prizes of which there were 28 in total and spanning all subjects. Then the Tripos Awards for a small number of girls who have pursued this school specific academic initiative, which aims to develop skills and experience outside the classroom environment. And finally, the special prizes awarded to girls who have shown commitment and integrity, kindness and originality.
Royal High School Sixth Form is a vibrant, supportive and ambitious place to study, where girls can either choose A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma – a unique offering in the local area. Both routes allow students to pursue their passions and facilitate entry to the highest quality universities through greater freedom and dynamic ways of learning. To find out more about the Royal High School Sixth Form, please go to http://bit.ly/RHSB-sixth-form.
Royal High School Year 10 Gifted and Talented conference starts with a bang!
Royal High School welcomed expert speakers in maths, science, history and politics, and art to their Year 10 Gifted and Talented conference. The conference was streamed out to over 20 other GDST sister schools and 7 local schools.
14th May 2021 — Royal High School Bath welcomed expert speakers from maths, science, history and politics, and art to the Year 10 Gifted and Talented conference. Year 10 student, Saskia, writes about her experience.
"The Gifted and Talented Conference began with a bang (quite literally!) with a practical chemistry demonstration, ‘Gases in the Air’, from Bristol University lecturer Dr Jonny Furze. The boom of exploding hydrogen balloons and the hazardous beauty of liquid nitrogen had us all mesmerised. We were intrigued with the everyday wonders of chemistry surrounding us.
Often magic and maths are not immediately associated with each other. However, Mathematician and public speaker Ben Sparks enlightened us to their strong relationship. After performing some astonishing illusions in his ‘Magical Maths’ talk, the fascinating mathematics working impeccably behind the scenes was an eye opener.
Bristol University lecturer, Dr Richard Cole, took us back in time to ancient Rome with his talk on ‘Politics and Propaganda from Rome to Trump’. This thought provoking talk gave us insight into politics over two and a half thousand years ago, alongside those of the present day.
An inspiring talk entitled ‘Creativity in Times of Crisis’ from Jennifer Scott, Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, connected to very current feelings and thoughts on how to keep creativity alive and flourishing. This vibrant finish to the conference left us with newfound energy for ourselves and our passions, helping us to overcome calamity and gloom.
Year 10 were very fortunate to experience this conference in real life; the speakers were with us in the Memorial Hall at RHS, and we had the great privilege of livestreaming this event to numerous GDST schools across the country and seven other local schools."