The Upper School comprises the Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms (Years 9,10 and 11) during which GCSE courses are taken.
Pupils are encouraged to choose a broad range of subjects, whilst taking account of any long-term goals, and are closely advised by the Careers Department.
Most students take ten GCSEs at the end of the Fifth Form. All pupils study Mathematics, English, the three sciences, PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), Physical Education and Games. Pupils are set by ability for Mathematics but are otherwise taught in mixed ability sets (the higher Mathematics sets have the opportunity to take a Further Maths qualification alongside their GCSE in the Fifth Form).
At RGS, we aim not only to gain success for the students in their GCSEs, but also to prepare them for the much more testing Sixth Form work which will follow, enabling them to proceed to university.
There is usually an additional intake at age 13 into the Third Form. These students generally come from Preparatory schools or from families who have recently moved into the area.
The Upper School offers a myriad of opportunities for involvement in all that RGS has to offer – Drama, Sport, Music, clubs and so much more besides. Students will be encouraged to try new things and to make the most of the activities available. There are incredible opportunities to broaden horizons, to make new friends and to really find your place while studying the subjects that you love.
Form tutors, Heads of Year and the Head of the Upper School are always available to discuss how your RGS experience can be tailored and personalised – please do come and see us.