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Rugby School

Rank #27

School Level

Prep and Senior

Boarding Age



GCSE, A-Level, and Cambridge Pre-U





Boarding ratio


Basic Information & Location

Located in Rugby, Warwickshire, the school is known as the birthplace of the sport of rugby and is where the first rules of the game were written down by three of its pupils. It was originally founded in 1567 and is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain. It accepts both boys and girls ages 11-16 and has a mix of boarding and day pupils.

School Motto

Members of the Rugby family flourish in a supportive and spiritually aware community, which challenges learners, develops resilience and encourages intellectual risk-taking.  Essential to all that the school does is the fostering of academic excellence and the nurturing of individual talents:  igniting the spark which stimulates a committed search for meaning, enabling students to develop a lifelong love of learning, while achieving outstanding results.  Students are equipped with the tools to maximise their individual learning potential and reveal their own unique gifts.

Academic Matters

In the Lower School, the curriculum aims for a balance of a variety of subjects for pupils to follow before they begin their GCSEs. Students moving on to the next part of the Lower School have a wide range of GCSEs to choose from as well as IGCSEs in seven subjects. In the Sixth Form, students may choose either the traditional A levels or the new, more rigorous Cambridge Pre-U subjects. The focus at this level is on preparation for university through independent, scholarly work.

Boarding / Pastoral Care

There are a variety of single-sex houses for boarders and a few for day students, but what they all have in common is a warm and family-oriented environment. Each house is unique but generally there are small dormitories and separate shared studies in the First Year, shared or single study bedrooms for the next two years, and single study bedrooms for the following year and for the Upper School. Each House is overseen by a resident Headmaster or Mistress and an Assistant Headmaster as well as Matrons, Tutors and other staff.


The school prides itself on a long tradition of excellence in sport and variety of sports is available, ranging from traditional team and individual sports to Clay pigeon shooting, polo and golf. Music is also strong with many opportunities to join ensembles for both instruments and voice. The creative arts are also well-represented with a wide variety of music, drama and workshop events and performances as well as many opportunities for artists to display their work. Students can also participate in the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Young Enterprise, and many students become highly involved in community service and charity work.



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School fee

Year 7 - 8


Year 9


Year 10 - 11


Year 12 - 13



2022 Exam Results (A - Levels)

A* - A


A* - B


2022 Exam Results (GCSE)

A* - A


A* - B


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