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The Royal Hospital School reinforces a values-driven education

– Simon Lockyer, Headmaster of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
The Royal Hospital School was established by Royal Charter in 1712 with a remit to ‘improve navigation’ through education. By the late nineteenth century, it had become affectionately known as the ‘Cradle of the Navy’ as it prepared boys for a life at sea, many of whom went on to become explorers and pioneers of their time.

Just over 300 years later, discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape the ethos of the school, and we place great importance on the traditional values of loyalty, commitment, courage, respect, service and integrity. In the school’s most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report it states: ‘Pupils show strong moral and social awareness and their sense of British values is highly tuned as a direct result of the School’s links with the Royal Navy’.
The RHS of today is a modern, forward-looking school for 720 11 to 18 year olds from a wide range of backgrounds, but its links with the Royal Navy and indeed the other two Armed Services remain strong. All Year 7 pupils are taught to sail in their first term; pupils take part in ceremonial Divisions on special occasions; the choir has the wonderful opportunity to perform annually at the National Seafarers service at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Admiralty Carol service in St Martin’s in the Field; and Trafalgar Night is celebrated in fine style.

Challenging pupils
We aim to challenge pupils both inside and outside the classroom, whatever their interests. This may be through our academic enrichment or stretch and challenge programmes; involvement in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF); attending Model United Nations conferences; public speaking and debating; the Sailing Academy; writing for the school blog or contributing to RHSTV; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; the Devizes to Westminster canoe marathon; playing a part in the full and varied musical performance programme; Tall Ships voyages or overseas volunteering trips. Whatever they choose, we provide a safe environment in which young people can step outside their comfort zones, learn to take risks, foster self-belief and self-awareness and develop skills such as collaboration, initiative and resilience.

The result is a values-driven education based on both breadth and academic aspiration. Pupils develop to become focused, well-balanced, well-mannered, self-confident and unpretentious. They emerge from school with the personal skills necessary to take their place in society as responsible and decent adults able to make a difference in a positive way.

RHS is ambitious for its pupils and for itself; it has the experience and environment to steer young people towards happy, healthy and productive lives, preparing them to be the leaders of the future.

To find out about more about the school contact the Registrar on 01473 326136 or kevers@royalhospitalschool.org
Simon Lockyer has been Headmaster of the Royal Hospital School since January 2016. He was previously Second Master at Portsmouth Grammar School and before that a Housemaster and Head of Department at Wellington College. He studied Microbiology at the University of Newcastle, completed his PGCE at the University of Cambridge and gained a Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Buckingham. He is the son of a Royal Naval officer and was educated at Blundell’s School. His interests include running, kayaking, natural history and island destinations. He is married to Abigail and has three children.
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Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 2RX01473 326136 Bo, D, M, 11-18
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