Junior School Admissions

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 2023 applicants to Year 3:

  • Deadline for registration: Friday 9th December 2022 (or Wednesday 23rd November 2022 if applying for bursary assistance)
  • Assessment fortnight: 16th - 26th January 2023 (Monday to Thursday both weeks)
  • Offers emailed: To be confirmed

Dates for 2024 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 late November.

Important dates for September 2023 applicants to Year 5:

  • Deadline for registration for bursary and full fees applications: Friday 11th November 2022
  • Assessment Morning: Saturday 19th November 2022
  • Activity Day: Monday 28th November 2022
  • Offers emailed: date to be confirmed

Dates for 2024 applicants will be confirmed nearer the time.

Junior School Prospectus

Watch the video to find out why there's more to life at RGS!

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

Watch this video to hear about our means tested bursaries. 

To find out more information click here