Welcome to the Royal Hospital School website. The School was founded in 1712 by Royal Charter to ‘improve navigation’ through education, preparing boys for service in the Royal Navy. Today discovery, exploration and challenge remain at the heart of our educational values. We encourage our pupils to discover their passions and strengths. We also challenge them to be ambitious inside and beyond the classroom.Aerial view of the School

Legacies of our seafaring heritage help make the School unique, including the exceptional provision for sailing, the spectacular whole-school ceremonial parades, the commemoration of key naval events and traditions, and our continued royal patronage.

However, we are also recognised for the distinctive, modern education we provide. We empower young people to learn and develop in a changing world, giving them the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to navigate their way confidently through university and beyond.

“The School has clear aspirations for its pupils. It seeks to promote the attributes of inspiration, challenge and leadership in its pupils. Pupils are encouraged to strive for academic excellence and to endorse the values of service, loyalty and commitments whilst upholding the School’s unique and rich heritage. The School encourages leadership and a sense of adventure and self-discovery. A high priority is the promotion of service both within the School and to the wider community. The School aims to foster creativity and imagination within a civilised, caring, Christian community, based on high standards of behaviour, mutual respect, trust and courtesy between staff and pupils. The School cultivates a global outlook and sense of environmental responsibility. It aims to encourage pupils to develop fitness, wellbeing and enter into healthy competition.” ISI Inspection summary (January 2015)

Originally housed in buildings which now form part of Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum, the School moved to its current location overlooking the River Stour in 1933. The 200-acre site provides excellent teaching, sports and boarding facilities for 700 boys and girls (boarders and day pupils) aged between 11 and 18.

Fees, Deposits & Supplementary Charges

 Fees for the Academic Year 2015/16
Fees Per Term Fees Per Annum
Lower School (Years 7 & 8)
Full Boarding £7,496 £22,488
Weekly Boarding* £7,208 £21,624
3 Night Boarding^ £6,410 £19,230
Day** £4,486 £13,458
Middle School (Years 9 – 13)
Full Boarding £9,615 £28,845
Weekly Boarding* £8,903 £26,709
3 Night Boarding^ £7,426* £22,278
Day Boarding† £6,340 £19,020
Day** £4,907 £14,721

Ad Hoc overnight stay: £40 per night

All fees include:

  •  Tuition
  • Academic monitoring and guidance on personal development by Tutor
  • Pastoral care from Housemaster/ Housemistress and House Matron
  • Social and extra-curricular activities
  • Full programme of sports and activities
  • Most text and exercise books
  • Lunch Monday – Saturday

Additionally, boarding fees include:

  • Breakfast and evening meals
  • Overnight accommodation
  • 24 hour care by House staff
  • Laundry of bedding, uniform and casual clothes

Registration Fee: A fee of £75 or £150 for non-EEA pupils is payable on registration and is non-refundable.

Acceptance Deposit: An Acceptance Deposit of £1,750 (boarding pupils) or £800 (day pupils) is payable when Parents accept the offer of a place. The deposit will be repaid by means of a credit without interest to the final invoice when leaving. Until credited, the deposit will form part of the general funds of the School.

Additional Deposit: For reasons of administration, an Additional Deposit of £2,000 is payable in addition to the Acceptance Deposit by parents of pupils whose normal residence is outside of the United Kingdom. Subject to full compliance with these Terms and Conditions the Overseas Deposit will be credited to the Parents’ account when the Pupil leaves.

Supplementary Charges. The School makes every effort to keep supplementary charges (extras) to a minimum, but should they arise they will be added to the termly bill.