Year 8 student, Ray L, has been awarded a double scholarship to Eton College.
Ray will leave the RGS at the end of the 2020/21 academic year and enter the prestigious boarding school in September after receiving one King’s Scholarship and one music award: Honorary Music Exhibition.
A talented musician, Ray plays the piano, which he has done for six years and the flute which he took up three years ago. He is one of 14 boys out of 260 to be awarded a King’s Scholarship after performing exceptionally well in the examination which consisted of four compulsory papers (English, mathematics A, science, and general I) as well as the optional papers (a tripartite paper with questions on history, geography and divinity; French; Latin; Greek; mathematics B; general II).
Ray, who joined the RGS in Year 5, has made the most of his time at school and is a member of both the Symphony Orchestra and Blue Blazer Choir. He has been awarded academic and music awards from school every year since he joined and was awarded the all-rounder trophy when he completed Year 6. Ray is also a keen sportsman and plays football for a local youth club, as well as enjoying playing tennis, badminton and chess.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RGS," said Ray.
"Not only the balanced academic curriculum but also the wide range of co-curricular activities, along with the caring, respectful, but also exciting, community of the school."
However, Ray is now looking forward to the new opportunities he will receive at Eton.
He continued: "I’m excited to make new friends and take part in new co-curricular and academic activities.
"I’m very happy that my hard work has paid off and I am very proud of myself for doing so well in a tough field of very able candidates! It really does feels like a dream has come true and I can’t thank my teachers at the RGS enough for their support."
Speaking about Ray’s achievement, RGS Headmaster, Geoffrey Stanford, said: "Ray’s award of a King Scholarship at Eton is great news for Ray and also serves to demonstrate the calibre of our pupils at the RGS.
"While we shall be sorry to see Ray go, it is a tremendous opportunity for him and we wish him all the best for such an exciting next stage of his educational journey. We shall look forward to hearing how he gets on."
Ray’s parents, Dr Li and Mrs Guo, added: "We are so proud of Ray. He is a true all-rounder and has exceeded our expectations. We are delighted his hard work has been awarded.
"We can’t thank the RGS enough. It would have been impossible for Ray to achieve what he has without the excellent all-round education he received from the school."