School Data

Gender Mixed
Age Sailing available
Type Boarding Weekly Boarding
Size 740 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.

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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Scholarships & Bursaries

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


Royal Hospital School was established in 1712 by Royal Charter to ‘improve navigation’ through education and, as it prepared boys for a life at sea, many went on to become explorers and pioneers of their time.

Discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape the school’s ethos today and great importance is placed on the traditional values of loyalty, commitment, courage, respect, service and integrity.

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.”

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