We believe that every child should be happy, healthy and high-achieving. We tailor-make each child’s school experience to enable them to achieve their best.
The Lower School reflects the vibrant, ambitious and caring ethos of Reigate Grammar School. Through their time in the Lower School, children will take part in many exciting school events, from their initial Admissions ceremony when they join the school, to charity Zumbathons, whole year choral performances to sports tours. The Lower School provides a strong pastoral foundation on which to try out new activities, learn valuable organisation skills, build supportive friendships and grow into high performance learners.
Each student is in the care of an experienced Form Tutor who will see them every day and will be the first point of contact for parents. The Form Tutor will normally also teach their Form for at least one subject. The Head of First Year takes overall responsibility for the welfare of the students at this stage and parents can make an appointment to see either the Form Tutor or the Head of First Year at any time.
We operate a mentoring scheme whereby senior students meet and support junior boys and girls. Sixth Form mentors are each assigned a First Form student with similar interests and passions. They meet on a weekly basis to participate in fun activities, PSHEE sessions and for special trips to the Sixth Form café! They form close friendships and the mentors are a valuable support to our First Form students. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to become involved in coaching junior sports teams after school and at weekends if their own commitments permit. Such interaction between age groups benefits all, and allows the community spirit we prize within the school to thrive.
At the age of 12, girls and boys move up to the Second Form under the care of the Head of Second Form. Class sizes remain much the same – generally under 20. Second Form students are also a valuable form of support for the First Form students, and the sense of camaraderie is tangible throughout the Lower School. Second Formers act as buddies to the First Form and have a particular student which they are assigned to support and guide, passing on their experience and advice. In the Second Form, students are given greater autonomy over their subject choices, selecting up to three languages that they wish to pursue.
There is usually an additional intake of about 20 students at age 13 into the Third Form adding an extra Form. These students generally come from prep schools or from families who have recently moved into the area. More subjects are studied at this stage, including separate sciences. Please see the curriculum page for more details.