Platinum Jubilee

As one of only a handful of Royal Grammar Schools in the Country, we are incredibly proud of our heritage and especially our connection with the Royal Family.  Founded in 1525 during King Henry VII’s reign and granted our Royal Charter in 1601 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is most fitting that our school celebrates the staggering 70 year reign of our Monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Stepping back in time, the whole school community reviewed some of the key developments, at RGS and in the wider world, in each of the seven decades of The Queen’s reign.  Pupils were encouraged to reflect on some of the facts and think about the incredible service performed by many of the individuals mentioned and how they could support friends, family, the broader school community and City.  

Activities took place across the school and in our local community, culminating in a special assembly to which we were honoured to welcome the new Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Mrs Karen Robinson, only the second female Lord Mayor of our City.

Below you can see some of the many activities we held to celebrate, including our Platinum Jubilee film, covering each decade of the Queen’s reign and key events in RGS’s own history over the last 70 years, alongside some fantastic performances from our RGS Jubilee Concert, opened by the Queen's representative, Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield CVO OBE CStJ. 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 Logo


RGS Newcastle through the last 70 years

The 1950s

The 1960s

The 1970s

The 1980s

The 1990s

The 2000s

The 2010s

The 2020s

The Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Susan Winfield CVO OBE CStJ visits RGS

RGS and The Queen's Green Canopy


RGS Jubilee Concert

Overture to ‘Royal Fireworks Music’

By George Frideric Handel arr. Richard Meyer

Performed by the RGS Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra)

If ye Love Me

By John Dowland

Performed by Amelia Lewis (soprano)

Zadok the Priest

By George Frideric Handel

Performed by the RGS Community Choir, Senior Choir, RGS Symphony Orchestra and Organ

RGS's New Stained Glass Window

To celebrate the Jubilee, RGS has commissioned a new stained glass window,  made by the acclaimed artist Maralyn O'Keefe of Glass and Art Gallery in Consett.  The window will be unveiled in the school soon, please watch this space for further details.

Y12 Day of Service

On Friday the 27th of May 2022, all Year 12 students engaged in a service activity in our wider community following discussions on the the vow that Queen Elizabeth II made in 1947, where she promised that her life would be devoted to service. Many already give freely of their time and volunteer in a wide variety of different ways, for others this activity may be the start of a journey. 

Activities ranged from learning about dementia care; to litter picking in Jesmond Dene; from friendship conversations with refugees; to supporting primary school students; from helping at the People's Kitchen, to assisting at Ouseburn Farm; as well as many others.  

Junior School Jubilee Celebrations

The Junior School celebrated the Jubilee in style, on the 27th of May 2022.  We are grateful to the Junior School Parent Group for their support with a wide range of activities, photos of the day will be uploaded here soon.

Queen on the Screen

Forget Elf on the Shelf, last week 'Queen on the Screen' visited RGS, and the royal visitor had much fun gallivanting around the school with her beloved Corgi, posting a few pictures of herself on RGS's Instagram page.

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