Royal Hospital School

About Royal Hospital School

The Royal Hospital School

The Royal Hospital School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18-year-olds, providing an outstanding, full and broad education enriched by a unique naval heritage and fit for the modern world. Founded in 1712 in Greenwich, London, it moved to its spectacular site, set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour, in 1933. The School has continued to develop its spectacular purpose-built site and grow in size and reputation to become one of East Anglia’s leading independent schools.

Boarding at The Royal Hospital School

The vast majority of boarders board on a full or weekly basis but the school recognises how useful flexible boarding options can be for parents juggling busy working lives. Three-night boarding is popular with pupils who have a relatively long journey into school and would like to break up the travelling during the week. The new boarding bundle is a flexible way to build up from day to three-night boarding or from three-night to weekly or full boarding.


Type of School Co-educational day and boarding school
School Address The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2RX
Number of Pupils 765
Number of Boarders 475
International Boarders 138
Age Range 11-18
Religious Tradition Christian, but we welcome students from all faiths and none
Distance from Airports

London Stansted – 47 miles (1 hour 6 minutes); London City – 75 miles (1 hour 57 minutes); London Gatwick – 102 miles (2 hours 31 minutes); London Heathrow – 108 miles (2 hours 28 minutes)

Distance from London

82 miles.

Educational Programmes

GCSE and A Level

Co-Curricular Programmes

Great importance is placed on balancing academic work with interests and achievements outside the classroom and every pupil is encouraged to become fully involved in school life, to challenge themselves and to try something new. This involvement helps to produce confident, interesting, well-rounded individuals who will contribute to society in life beyond school.

Music, art, design and drama form an important part of the core curriculum in Years 7 to 9 and through a number of games sessions per week and class-based PE lessons, children gain confidence, build physical fitness and benefit from healthy competition. All Year 9 and 10 pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force and many continue through until the end of the Sixth Form.

In addition, pupils are encouraged to take part in the co-curricular opportunities after school. As well as music lessons and working toward drama qualifications, there is a wide range of organised activities and societies each day between 16:00 and 18:00.

Academies Offered

Sailing academy