School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 11-18
Type Boarding Day School Flexi-Boarding Weekly Boarding
Size 716 Pupils
Bursaries Available

Academic, music, art, design, drama, sport and sailing scholarships available as well as means-tested bursaries for those who need additional assistance with fees. CEA and Seafaring Bursaries also available.

Headteacher: Mr Simon Lockyer BSc MEd

Open Days & Events

Open days are held three times a year on a Saturday in October, November and May. There is also a Sixth Form Information Evening in October and Taster Days for prospective pupils from September to January. Private visits can also be arranged at your convenience time during the term time.

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Children of serving or retired RN, RM or WRNS personnel may be eligible for financial support through the school’s parent charity Greenwich Hospital; Candidates in receipt of a Scholarship or Award may apply for additional assistance by way of a means-tested bursary and fees for all services families are discounted.

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Contact Details

Royal Hospital School

Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2RX

Royal Hospital School

Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2RX

Set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour, the Royal Hospital School provides a full and broad education fit for the modern world.

Heads Welcome

My aim is to give young people the knowledge, skills, confidence and strength of character to go on to lead purposeful and happy lives. Their school days are busy and, at times, challenging, but also fun and rewarding. I warmly invite you to visit us and I look forward to introducing you to our committed staff and remarkable young people. – Simon Lockyer


The School was established in 1712 and has a rich naval heritage. Whilst no longer a naval school, the traditional values of loyalty, commitment, courage, respect, service, and integrity remain to this day.

Headmaster, Simon Lockyer, explains:

“We inspire our pupils to have the courage and commitment to be ambitious for their futures, whichever path they choose. Everyone can achieve the most exceptional things, but we are all different. That is why we focus on the individual, getting to know every one of our pupils and finding out what motivates them.

We challenge pupils of all academic abilities, steering them to look beyond the moment, and beyond the confines of the classroom, and to approach life with an open and receptive mind. It is through thinking creativity and taking initiative that they learn to establish, and work towards, their own personal goals.

By understanding a young person’s strengths, we can help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating them through their critical, formative years and ensuring that their education becomes the foundation for happiness and success.”

The school enhances the academic offering with a broad range of opportunities outside the classroom.  Set in 200 acres, the school has 96 acres of sports pitches and a sailing academy on the reservoir next to the school.  Pupils can choose from 200 different after school clubs to help them find their passion and build the all-important resilience which is essential in the modern world.

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