Senior School Information

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Welcome to the Senior School section of the RGS website. 

On this page you will find information you need including term dates, how to report an absence, photos, news and more. 

News & Events


We are celebrating once again topping the region’s school academic performance league tables, with a stellar rise to 51st place in the national league table for Independent Schools, up from 73rd place last year.

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Four of our Junior School students were thrilled to be featured in this month's Northern Insights Magazine.  Inside Mr Stanford's regular blog emphasised that at RGS we seek the superpowers within every child.

Gone but not forgotten: Remembrance 2023

This years’ Remembrance service at RGS has been a particularly significant one. 2023 marks the centenary of our Organ, unveiled in 1923 as a memorial to those Old Novocastrians who fell during the First World War. This November, we are also proud to unveil two new plaques for the Roll of Honour, containing 17 names of those lost who have not been previously commemorated. 

Meet our new Heads of Department

Almost half a term in, our latest Heads of Departments are in full swing at RGS and share some insights on where they have joined us from. Carole Saville, Head of English joined by way of postgraduate study at Oxford and teaching roles on the south coast, whilst Head of Rugby, Joel Conlon, joins following positions at Brighton College, Exeter Chiefs and Saracens. 

Reporting an Absence

If your son/daughter will be absent from school, please call 0191 281 5711 before 9am giving their name, form and reason for absence.

If they are to be absent for a second day or longer, please keep us informed by phoning the number above on each morning of the absence, or email

Medical or Dental appointments Year 7-11

If your son/daughter has a medical or dental appointment and will be absent for part of the school day, please let the Form Supervisor know by sending a note* or email giving dates and times.

If the arrival time at school will be after 8.45am, please make sure they have a note or copy of the email which must be shown when they sign in.

If the appointment is during the school day, a note or copy of the email must be shown when your son/daughter signs out at Reception.

Contact will be made with a parent if confirmation of an appointment has not been seen.

*note – this can be a letter or a note in the School Planner