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How to get into Rugby School
August 18, 2016
Make your dream of getting into Rugby School that much closer with this handy guide to fees, admissions, exams and more.
Type: Independent co-educational day and boarding school, ages 11 - 18
Full boarding: £11,357, per term
Day student: £7,126, per term
Marshall House: £4,197, per term
Registration Fee: £150
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Current Head: Peter R.A. Green
About Rugby School
Rugby School was founded in 1567 by Lawrence Sheriff as a Grammar School for boys residing in Rugby and Brownsover. It wouldn’t be until 1823, after much strife and near collapse, that the school would witness the first game of Rugby for which it is famous today. In 1975, three girls joined the school, beginning a new tradition of coeducation that culminated in the opening of its fourth girls’ house in 2003.
In the words of its “greatest Headmaster” Dr. Thomas Arnold, Rugby School holds three values close to its heart: “First religious and moral principle, second gentlemanly conduct, [and] third academic ability.”
How do I know if Rugby School is right for me?
The best way to know if Rugby School is right for your child is to experience the school for yourself. Rugby hosts several Open Events throughout the autumn term that will allow you to do just that.
The first event is for 13+ Boarders and will take place on the morning of 10th September. The next event is for all 16+ candidates and will take place on 17th September. Lastly, 11+ and 13+ day students are welcome to attend the open event on the morning of 1st October.
For more information or to book your visit, please see Rugby School’s Open Days.
The next available entry year for 11+ students is 2019. Only day students from maintained schools and independent schools that finish at 11+, or students who are moving into the Rugby area, may apply. To apply, please send your completed registration form and £150 registration fee to Rugby School, preferably before Christmas of Year 6. Students will then write their entrance examinations and interview the following January.
The next available entry year for 13+ Boarders is 2018. To apply, please send your completed registration form and £150 registration fee to Rugby School before October 2016. Students registering for 2018 will complete their entrance interviews and exams in Year 7.
The next available entry year for 13+ Day students is 2018. Although the the closing date for applications has yet to be confirmed, placements in the day houses are competitive and parents are encouraged to complete and return their registration form and the £150 registration fee as soon as possible. Candidates will be assessed by interview in Year 6, and, if successful, offered placements conditional on Common Entrance results.
The next available entry year for all 16+ students is 2017. To apply, please send your completed registration form and £150 registration fee to Rugby School before 23rd September 2016. Students will then write their Sixth Form Entrance Examinations and interview the following November. Consequent offers are conditional on GCSE results.
If you miss any of the above deadlines, Rugby School also offers waiting list positions for all students. To apply to the waiting list, please complete and submit the waiting list registration form as soon as possible (no registration fee required).
What are Rugby School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
Students applying at 11+ will sit three entrance examinations in Verbal Reasoning, Numeracy and Creative Writing. These exams, along with two interviews with Marshall House’s Housemaster and the Housemaster of the senior house, and a report from the student’s current school, will help Rugby decide if the student is the right fit for their school, .
Students applying at 13+ will be assessed by interview, exam, and school report. Students’ current school will also be asked to provide their most recent Verbal Reasoning Test score. If they do not, your child will take a new VRT the same day as their interviews with their Housemistress or Housemaster. The interview should take 20 - 30 minutes, and students are asked to bring their most recent Maths and English workbooks, and the piece of Year 7 work of which they are most proud. Lastly, students will also sit school exams in English and Mathematics in addition to the standardized Common Entrance Examination.
Students applying to 16+ will sit Sixth Form Entrance Exams and interview with their Housemistress or Housemaster. A full list of exam notes and specimen papers can be found on the Rugby School website for more information. Students must also receive at least three A grades and three B grades at GCSE to qualify for entry to the school.
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