History

The Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I and has a long and rich history as the city's oldest institution of learning. 

Although the exact date is a matter of argument, tradition has it that the school was founded in 1525 by Thomas Horsley, Mayor of Newcastle. Its first site was next to St Nicholas' Cathedral; since then it has moved five times, but it has occupied its present buildings in Jesmond since 1906.  

Originally an all boys' school, RGS has grown over the centuries, welcoming its first girls into the Sixth Form in 2001 and becoming fully co-educational in 2008.  

Though the school is very proud of its long history and sense of tradition, it seeks always to look forward rather than back and continues to flourish as the premier school in the North East of England. 

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