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Our happy, vibrant and forward looking community provides our girls and boys with an outstanding range of exciting opportunities.

Our stunning 110 acre university style campus boasts stunning architecture, spacious classrooms and excellent, modern on-site facilities for sport, performing arts, science, media technology and design.

Academic ambition and our focus on each individual’s talents and strengths ensure success at each stage of our student's learning journey. Every member of our outstanding teaching staff is passionate about providing the best possible educational experience for every student.

Our students are encouraged, nurtured and, where necessary, driven to reach their full potential and achieve their goals and our excellent public examination results reinforce the success of each of our students.

We admit a carefully balanced community of students to the school, those who bring and share their many talents and skills, reinforcing our values and motto – ‘non sibi sed omnibus’ (Not for oneself but for all). Our boarding students, who make Royal Russell their home, bring a much-valued international element.

Through our House and Tutor system and small class sizes, we know each student individually and can provide bespoke guidance and outstanding pastoral care. Parents are regularly informed of effort and attainment grades and the results of standardised assessments and aspirational targets are set, relative to each student’s ability in each subject. Students are exceptionally well cared for.  

We recognise that there is more to a successful school life than academic achievement alone. An extensive range of co-curricular activities and clubs operate for extended learning, enrichment and enjoyment.

Royal Russell students are happy, confident and articulate individuals who take great pride in their support for each other and in their environment. They are our School, our soul, our character, our lifeblood, sweat and tears. Their enthusiasm for learning, their skills, talents, effort and successes are what binds us together and makes Royal Russell such an extraordinary school.

Chris Hutchinson

Please note: Registrations, scholarship applications, and bursary applications for September 2024 places have now closed.
For further assistance, please contact admissions@royalrussell.co.uk.



Teaching throughout the school is successful in supporting its aims.  Teachers’ excellent subject knowledge and enthusiasm for learning lead to lessons which motivate pupils well and frequently inspire them.  In the questionnaire pupils were overwhelmingly positive about how the school enables them to learn and make progress.  Strong and supportive relationships between teachers and pupils make an excellent contribution to pupils’ learning.  Most teaching is characterised by a brisk pace and high levels of challenge for the pupils.

Pupils have excellent attitudes to their learning.  They are positive and energetic in their approach to lessons and their work beyond the classroom.  Pupils are supportive of one another and of their teachers, and attach a high value to the opportunities on offer.  They are always keen to improve their skills for learning.

Pupils are skilled learners, displaying excellent levels of creativity, logical thought and independence.  The academic curriculum is excellent, and is flexible enough to cater extremely well for pupils’ diverse interests, abilities and needs.  Pupils benefit from excellent teaching, which is carefully planned, and shows strong subject levels and high levels of enthusiasm.  Teachers have an excellent understanding of their pupils, and adapt their style and material to draw the best from pupils with SEND, EAL and the most able.

Their behaviour is well-mannered, engaging and lively.  They show mutual respect as a matter of course.  In all sections of the school, pupils show high levels of co-operative skills and the relationships between pupils of different ages are excellent.

ISI Inspection Report 2016

What our parents say

An excellent school with caring and professional staff.' Parental Survey, Year 9 Parent 'We have always felt the campus/facilities are great. Royal Russell pupils are always polite and well presented. My son has been extremely happy at the school since the age of four and a large part of this has been down to the excellent pastoral care and genuine interest in the individual.

Parental Survey, Year 10 Parent.