Royal Grammar School Awards

Royal Grammar School Wins Independent School Of The Year

Royal Grammar School Newcastle won overall ‘Independent School of the Year’ at the Independent School Parent Awards ceremony recently in London. The work of Newcastle’s oldest school stood out amongst 700 nominations, from the very best private schools in the country.

Announced as the winner of the Outstanding Educational Partnerships category in recognition of its impactful programmes across the North East, RGS was happy to also win the coveted overall award to celebrate its excellence in education, despite nominations from many of the most high-profile schools in the UK.

The Newcastle-upon-Tyne school is celebrating the milestone achievement of working with over 100 local state schools, more than 700 of their teachers and 10,000 students, raising aspiration and educational attainment across the region.

In over 50 different projects run in partnership schools from Berwick to Middlesborough and anywhere in between, the school is increasingly sharing academic and co-curricular opportunities across physics, chemistry and biology, computer science and technology, engineering and robotics, art, languages, classics, debating, UCAS mentoring and sport.

RGS is also delivering real social impact to children and young people through life-changing means-tested bursary places, and now one in 16 children at the Royal Grammar School receive a free education. Bursaries are for families living in the most deprived areas of the region, and in the past 20 years, RGS has supported 447 bursary families.

While the RGS may be approaching its 500 anniversary in 2025, strong traditions are continually complemented with forward-thinking innovation, as staff and students embrace new technologies in learning and teaching to consistently deliver the best academic results in the region.

Geoffrey Stanford, Headmaster at Royal Grammar School, said:

“This is wonderful news for the RGS, which is demonstrating that Independent Schools can do well and do good. The foundations of our quest for excellence and sense of social responsibility are at the core of our 500-year-old history. Half a millennium later, the school continues to deliver outstanding academic results and our social values remain front and centre to everything we do.

We believe in the infinite potential of children in our region – regardless of the school they attend. Working together with our State Sector colleagues to raise the attainment and aspiration of young people across the North East is of high importance to us.”

RGS receives support from a number of companies and foundations to enhance its social impact work and to ensure programmes are sustainable in the longer term, including The Reece Foundation, British Engines, TSG, The HMCK Charity, Classics for All, Newcastle Building Society and Virgin Money Foundation.

Geoffrey added:

“The challenges facing education and young people at the moment can only be solved through partnership and collaboration. We have the capacity and influence to make a wider impact beyond the RGS school walls. Driven by the difference we can make, not only to the trajectory of the lives of students who attend our school but also to our broader community and wider society.

We are happy that this Award recognises RGS’s leadership in this space and the role that all Independent Schools can play in raising standards for all. We are also proud that this award highlights the collaborative work of North East schools, together we really can achieve more.”

For more information on RGS’ social impact visit here and for more information on the Independent School Parent Awards, visit here