Junior School

Two junior school students working on a computer

The two main points of entry into the Junior School are at Year 3 (age 7) and Year 5 (age 9). Occasionally places do become available in other year groups and we are happy to assess children for these places.

Year 3

Junior school boys building bridges

We currently welcome up to 60 boys and girls into Year 3 each year and they form three classes of 20. Children who apply are invited to spend a day here during the Assessment Week. They take part in a variety of activities that allow them to demonstrate skills and knowledge, their capacity for learning, working co-operatively and sticking at tasks, and the attributes and qualities – not all strictly academic – that will underpin their ability to thrive at the RGS. Elements of both literacy and mathematics are taught and assessed during the day. We also ask for a report from all applicants' current schools. 

Important dates for September 2021 applicants to Year 3:

  • Deadline for registration: Friday 11th December 2020 (or Wednesday 25th November 2020 if applying for bursary assistance)
  • Assessment Week: Monday 11th - Thursday 21st January 2021
  • Offers sent: Monday 1st February 2021

Dates for 2021 applicants will be confirmed nearer the time.

Year 5

Junior School female student working at her desk

We welcome up to 12 new boys and girls into Year 5 and class sizes are increased up to 24 to accommodate the new children. During our Assessment Morning girls and boys sit short test papers in literacy and mathematics. As a second stage some children are invited back for an Activity Day which is an opportunity for staff to see children working together and also to observe the sort of personal qualities that are not visible in an exam setting. We also ask for a report from their current school.

Important dates for September 2021 applicants to Year 5:

  • Deadline for registration: Friday 20th November 2020 (or Monday 16th November 2020 if applying for bursary assistance)
  • Assessment Morning: Saturday 21st November 2020
  • Activity Day: Tuesday 1st December 2020
  • Offers sent: Tuesday 8th December 2020

Dates for 2022 applicants will be confirmed nearer the time.

Book a Visit

Our doors are always open for personal tours during normal school days.

To arrange a tour, please contact our Head of Admissions, Ali Perry, at admissions@rgs.newcastle.sch.uk or 0191 2128968