Junior School Admissions

Two junior school students working on a computer

The RGS Junior School has developed significantly in recent years and we now have over 260 students in total, with three classes per year group (from Year 3 to Year 6).

When children join the Junior School they enter an environment of exciting co–curricular opportunities and a modern 'grammar-school' education of challenge and pace. The best of modern technology is employed by a dedicated and energetic team of teachers who look to develop the potential of each individual in their care.

Our students' high achievement is well-founded upon a broad base of co-curricular activity and classroom curricular provision, designed to harness the enthusiasm and interest of the students. The call of 'One School, One Team', sets the tone for an ethos of collegiality, with everyone urged to play their part for the benefit of all.

There is more information below about our Admissions process for our main Junior School entry points (Year 3 & Year 5) and if you'd like to read more about daily life in our Junior School, please do take a look at the pages for current families here.

Mr James Miller, Junior School Head

James Miller standing in front of Junior School gates holding the RGS toy bear


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 2025 applicants to Year 3:

  • Deadline for applications: mid December (or late November if applying for bursary assistance)

  • Assessment fortnight: mid to late January (Monday to Thursday both weeks)

  • Offers emailed: Early February

Dates for 2026 applicants will be confirmed nearer the time.


Year 5

Junior School female student working at her desk

We welcome between 8 and 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. A small number are then invited back to attend an Activity Day.

Important dates for September 2025 applicants to Year 5:

  • Deadline for applications for bursary and full fees applications:  18th November 2024

  • Assessment Morning: Saturday 23rd November

  • Activity Day: early December 

  • Offers emailed: before Christmas

Dates for 2026 applicants will be confirmed nearer the time.

Junior School Prospectus