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RGS & Lanesborough Merger

We are delighted to announce that Lanesborough Prep School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford 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 an exceptional boys’ school offering on their respective sites for pupils aged 3 to 18.  

Announcing the merger, Dr Jon Cox, Headmaster of the RGS said:  

“Our schools enjoy an enviable reputation in the local area and beyond.  This union will result in an ever-stronger institution which will be of benefit to students, parents, and staff. 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. 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.”  

Mr Toby Freeman-Day, Head of Lanesborough, added:  

“We are delighted to be strengthening our relationship with RGS Guildford through this merger. Our schools are already aligned from a cultural, academic and governance perspective, and this new partnership is a natural progression of our existing relationship. 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.  

Our students are high achieving but, most importantly, they are happy, grounded individuals. Supported by outstanding pastoral care and a nurturing, welcoming environment, every individual is given the opportunity to grow and realise their considerable potential. The coming together of our schools will continue to foster this spirit.” 



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