If, according to The Good Schools Guide, Rugby is ‘one of the most popular co-ed boarding schools in the country, and deservedly so’, it is undoubtedly because the boys and girls here are rounded individuals, encouraged equally to develop their own talents and to contribute to the common good. The key is to awaken a lively curiosity that develops in concert with others so that self-fulfilment and mutual benefit go hand in hand.
Academic performance is of course at the centre of school life and pupils are given a wide range of choice from their second year so as to make the most of their particular preferences and abilities. Examination results are excellent and most leavers go on to study the subject of their choice at university. But our innovative curriculum also includes forward-looking options like the Independent Research Project at GCSE and the Extended Project Qualification at A level which allow pupils to explore topics of their choice under the supervision of a personal tutor on the model of a university thesis. Here the questioning mind thrives.
Hard work, however, is never at the expense of participation in the many other fields that keep everyone purposefully and richly employed.
In truth, most schools can say most of the following, but only Rugby can say it all:
- We’re an all round co-educational school, where pupils are actively encouraged to develop their own individual skills and talents. Every child has something special inside them; it’s our job to find out what that is.
- We’re a school which values outstanding academic performance - but never at the expense of achieving excellence in other fields. In our experience, a hothouse isn’t necessarily a place where many pupils will blossom.
- We’re a school located in the Midlands, and we’re often noted for our remarkably unsnobby atmosphere. But amongst pupils and teachers alike, you’ll detect a fierce pride about being here.
- We’re a school with a strong sense of service to the community. We’re blessed with some marvellously well-equipped facilities, and we think it’s only fair we afford wider access to them whenever we can.
- We also think it’s fair to give children a chance to come here who couldn’t otherwise afford to do so. Our aim is to have 1 in 10 of our pupils granted full Arnold Foundation bursaries by the year 2020.
- We’re a true 7-day a week school with a strong boarding ethos. The place doesn’t empty at weekends for the simple reason that there’s so much going on here.
- We’re a school that loves to innovate and try out new things. Just because ‘it’s never been done before’ doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it a go now.
- Without being over-pious about it, we’re a Christian foundation, where tolerance and understanding are taught with just the same skill and dedication as English and Maths.
- We’re a school with a strong House structure, and a long tradition of in-house dining. This means there’s an unusual emphasis on individual pastoral care, so being here really is the next best thing to being back home.
- After five years of receiving one of the best school educations in the world, all of our pupils finally leave Rugby. But Rugby never, ever leaves them.