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Reigate Grammar School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jul 5, 2023, 8:18 AM

Reigate Grammar School, London

Are you considering Reigate Grammar School for your child? We've collated everything you need to know about 11 plus entry. Learn about how to apply, key dates, what's on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare.

About Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Grammar School is a private day school in Reigate, Surrey for boys and girls aged 11–18. It has been named the top co-educational day school in Surrey for nine years running.

The school has a broad curriculum which is tailored to each individual. Alongside traditional subjects, pupils study computer science, food and nutrition, photography, and theology & philosophy. Children are not restricted by subject ‘blocks’ and complete their GCSEs over three years, giving pupils in Years 9 and 10 time to participate in an elective programme every week. This includes options such as pop video production, website design, forensic psychology, and special effects prosthetics.

Reigate Grammar School is renowned for its sport and extensive sports facilities, with competitive fixtures in rugby, swimming, hockey, rugby 7s, cricket, athletics, tennis, netball, and rounders. Pupils also have plenty of opportunities in the creative arts; the drama department has regularly attended national festivals (including both the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe) and there are three or four large-scale productions each year. Music is also strong; all students are encouraged to join an ensemble and the school hosts the RGS Saturday Music College for 7 to 18-year-olds from local schools.

  • Headmaster: Mr Shaun Fenton

  • School type: private day school

  • Address: Reigate Grammar School, Reigate Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0QS

  • County: Surrey

  • Age range and gender: 11–18, boys and girls

  • Number of pupils: approx. 1,100

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 34

  • A level results: 94.3% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 91.7% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01737 222231

  • Open day: open events every term – for more details, see the school website

  • Overview of entry process: entrance exam, interview, and school reference

  • Registration closes: Monday 13th November 2023

  • Assessment date: Friday 5th January 2024

Reigate Grammar School fees and financial assistance

The fees at Reigate Grammar School for 2023–2024 are £7,510 per term for Years 7–8 and £7,665 for Years 9–13. Lunch is charged separately via a biometric cashless system.

Financial assistance

Reigate Grammar School is able to offer means-tested financial assistance, known as bursaries, to children who are offered a place but whose family would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. The level of fee remission is available on a sliding scale, with up to 100% fee-reduction (plus assistance with the costs of school uniform, meals, and travel) available in some circumstances. As a guide, families with a total gross annual income of over £100,000 will not qualify for a bursary.

A separate bursary scheme called the Nightingale Fund is available for the children of front-line staff within the NHS and related services. 10 assisted places are available for 11 plus candidates applying through this scheme.

If you would like to apply for a bursary at Reigate Grammar School, you will need to complete the bursary application form and return this by Wednesday 3rd January 2024.

Reigate Grammar School also provides a sibling discount for children who are simultaneously at RGS, Reigate St Mary's Prep or Chinthurst School. Each second child will qualify for 5% off school fees, and each subsequent child will qualify for 10%.


Children applying for 11 plus entry to Reigate Grammar School can also apply for a scholarship. These are not means-tested but awarded based on talent and potential in a particular subject. Academic, music and sports scholarships are available for 11 plus candidates, while a separate headmaster’s scholarship is available for talent across a range of disciplines.

The majority of scholarships at Reigate Grammar School are honour-based and do not provide fee discount. In some cases, they can be awarded at a fixed amount of £1,000.

Reigate Grammar School term dates

The term dates at Reigate Grammar School for 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 22nd April – 2nd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Reigate Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Most children joining Reigate Grammar School start at the age of 11 (entering Year 7). There are around 155 places available in Year 7, with pupils joining from a mix of local primary and prep schools.

1. Visit the school

If you're considering Reigate Grammar School for your child, it's a good idea to visit first. Open events are a great opportunity to speak to staff and students, see the facilities and activities available, and ultimately get a feel for the school and decide whether it would be the right fit for your child.

Reigate Grammar School has regular open events and tours every term. Find out more details and book onto an open event on the school website.

2. Register for 11 plus entry

Once you have visited the school and decided to continue with your child's application, you will need to complete the 11 plus registration form before Monday 13th November 2023. Registration costs £150 for UK applicants and £200 for overseas applicants.

3. 11 plus exam

Your child will be invited to the Reigate Grammar School 11 plus exam day on Friday 5th January 2024. This includes written exams and group activities.

There will be three written papers:

  • Maths: 45 minutes. Children will be tested on key concepts taught on the Key Stage 2 maths curriculum. Calculators are not allowed.

  • English: 60 minutes. Children should spend 30 minutes working through the reading comprehension task, and the final 30 minutes on the creative writing task.

  • Verbal & non-verbal reasoning: children will be tested on their ability to reason, use logic, and solve problems with written and visual information.

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4. Interviews

Your child will be invited to interviews on either Saturday 20th or Saturday 27th January 2024. There are two interviews:

  • Individual interview: your child will be interviewed by a member of staff. They will be asked to talk about their hobbies and interests.

  • Group interview: all children will have a group interview with the headteacher.

Find out more about the sorts of questions your child might be asked in our guide to private school interviews.

5. Offers

Reigate Grammar School will post the outcome of your child's application on Thursday 8th February 2024. If your child is offered a place, you will have until Tuesday 5th March 2024 to return the acceptance form.

Top tips to prepare for entry to Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Grammar School is a popular choice in Surrey, so entry is naturally competitive. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the selection process.

It can be tempting to jump straight into practice papers to prepare for school exams. However, this is not an effective way to learn and can cause children to feel demotivated.

Your child should have a good understanding of the content they’ve been taught in Year 5 before testing their knowledge with practice papers. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when recapping content is key, as our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. Experts recommend study sessions should last no longer than 30 minutes for children aged 10–11.

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