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Rugby School

Rugby School

One of the UK’s leading schools...

"Pupils are achieving big things; they’re celebrating a run of cracking academic results, but that’s just one part of the package." Tatler Schools Guide 2019 

This year Rugby School celebrated its best ever A level and GCSE results. But we are about so much more than academic success. Here at Rugby, we have opted for a quantum model where all facets of life – academic and artistic, spiritual and sporting – form part of an indivisible whole. Our students have every opportunity to become the best versions of themselves, which is why at Rugby, the whole person is the whole point.

Rugby School pupils flourish in a supportive and spiritually aware community which challenges learners, develops resilience and encourages intellectual risk-taking. We foster academic excellence, nurture individual talents and ignite that spark enabling our students to develop a lifelong love of learning, while achieving outstanding results.

Our greatest Head Master, Dr Thomas Arnold, knew that education is all about transforming lives and ever since, we have sought to hold onto the conviction that education is much more than the sum of academic results: it is about forming character because at Rugby, the whole person is the whole point.

Founded in 1567, Rugby is one of the UK’s oldest schools and was an influential force in the development of independent education. This remarkable and innovative institution has every right to be seen as the leading co-educational day and boarding school in the country.

Enjoying a central location just 48 minutes by train from London and close to the M6, M1 and Birmingham Airport, Rugby School offers the best of all worlds – a leafy green 150-acre campus of the edge of the countryside but still part of the town.

A rich, cultural heritage runs through the core of the School with many buildings of architectural distinction from the impressive Chapel to the splendid Temple Speech Room. Step away from the town and pupils enter another world of ancient cloisters and elegant quads punctuated by swathes of green.

The facilities are, however, state-of-the-art including a purpose-built Modern Languages building, an impressive Science Centre, a Design Centre and most recently, a huge new sixth form centre for A Level only subjects, complete with a debating chamber modelled on the House of Commons.

Sports facilities are equally impressive including a modern Sports Centre, with its 25m pool, fitness suite and courts, three new astro-turf hockey pitches, soccer and rugby fields and hard courts for tennis and netball.

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The ethos at Rugby that the whole person is the whole point is undeniably apparent within this perfected and seamless House structure. The role of Housemaster or mistress as head of the ‘family’ is to create and maintain a happy and balanced home with the able support of their deputy and the Matron, who importantly are all resident. Totally committed to the well-being of their young people, this nucleus of staff provides 24-hour care that is second to none.

Rugby celebrated its best ever examination results in 2018, 12 pupils were offered a place to Oxford or Cambridge last year.

Life here at Rugby is enhanced by a co-curricular programme that challenges, inspires and helps to create that ‘whole person’. We recognise every pupil is an individual and we say make the most of every opportunity while you are here.


Speak to our Admissions team on 01788 556274 who will be happy to arrange a visit for you and your child.

Rugby School,
Lawrence Sheriff Street,
Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 5EH

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