Headmaster's Welcome


A selective day and boarding school for 1400 boys

With its origins in the 13th Century, the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1562. Much has changed in the 455 years since, but RGS continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the leading state selective schools in the country.

I feel very privileged to lead RGS, a school offering an outstanding all-round education for able boys aged 11-18 years.    We have high academic standards, outstanding examination results and consistently feature as one of the top 60 state schools in England.  Almost all students progress to university with 18-20 attending Oxford or Cambridge each academic year. We offer a huge range of co-curricular experiences the extent of which is, I believe, unparalleled in the state sector.  

Our innovative teachers deliver a high quality classroom experience underpinned by our RGS Ethos for Learning.   Exceptional pastoral care ensures that, in a large school, every boy is known as an individual.

We encourage all Wycombiensians to be self-confident, positive, healthy and inquiring young men acquiring the qualities of tolerance and respectfulness embodied through a modesty of manner. 

Most of our students are day boys.  Boarding, however, has a unique capacity to shape the lives of young people. Full, weekly and day boarding is on offer and plays a significant role within the life of the school.

Above all, we seek to give our boys the tools to be the inspirational leaders of tomorrow as they embark on careers of distinction, influence and service.

Our website is a rich interactive resource which I trust you will find useful. The only way, however, to gain an insight into the school is to visit us during one of our open days.

Philip Wayne

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