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9 April, 2014

Grant amount: £4,000,000

Reigate Grammar School

  • Grant programme: Trustees' Discretion
  • Region: South East

Towards the cost of the Harrison Centre at Reigate Grammar School

About the organisation

Reigate Grammar School is an exceptional co-educational day school for boys and girls aged 11-18 with over 1000 students. It has been named the top co-educational day school in Surrey for the ninth year running and is in the top three of all co-ed day schools in the country at both GCSE and A level. Alongside consistently excellent exam results, the school’s emphasis on pastoral care aims to set young Reigatians up to be happy, healthy and high-achieving.

Organisation’s objectives

Reigate Grammar School exists to provide the highest possible quality of education to girls and boys aged 11 to 18 in Reigate.

About the project

Harrison Centre at Reigate Grammar School

The RGS Harrison Centre is a wonderful learning and community resource that has its grand opening on 24 April 2018 by Peter Harrison KGCN CBE. With the generous benefaction and support of the Peter Harrison Foundation the new centre has created a new heart-of-the-school.

Impact of PHF’s support

Inside the facility there is a new Sixth Form Centre complete with café and social facilities; a High Performance Learning and Innovation room; a library and learning resource centre; a careers library; a series of private study areas as well as some more collaborative spaces; dedicated library classrooms; an upgraded selection of resources and books; classrooms and more. Outside, the area around the war memorial has been remodelled and the war memorial itself has been revitalised, there is a terrace overlooking St Mary’s Church, a lovely garden area and social spaces for students.

How does the organisation exemplify PHF’s values?

Reigate Grammar School embodies PHF’s values of excellence, entrepreneurship, integrity, and sustainability through a range of impactful initiatives and practices.

At RGS, we cultivate a culture of excellence through our comprehensive teaching methods, innovative curriculum, dedicated people, extensive outreach, and strategic partnerships. This commitment is reflected in our most recent ISI report, which highlighted how our students feel universally happy being their true selves.

We instill a strong sense of confidence in our students, encouraging them to go out into the world and forge their own paths. By offering a framework that promotes independent and creative learning, we empower our students to be the architects of their own education. Our flexible curriculum allows them to curate their own educational journeys, exemplified by our Enterprise Challenge group, where students establish and run their own businesses, seek resources from investors, and develop a broad range of entrepreneurial capabilities.

Entrepreneurship is woven into the fabric of our educational approach. Our Enterprise Challenge group provides students with real-world experience in setting up and managing businesses, enhancing their entrepreneurial skills. This hands-on approach encourages students to think creatively, take initiative, and develop a strong business acumen, preparing them for future success in the dynamic global marketplace.

Integrity is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. We prioritise educating and collaborating with a generation of families committed to moral integrity and global citizenship. Our role extends beyond the classroom, encompassing a deep understanding of our responsibilities within the local community and beyond. We deliver on our promises and are committed to social mobility, offering lifelong support through the Reigatian community. This commitment fosters an invisible thread that binds our community together and the understanding of being part of something larger than oneself.

Our dedication to sustainability is evident through initiatives like our eco committee and the 350 anniversary which focuses specifically on sustainability as one of the main initiatives. We proactively anticipate how we can enhance our sustainability efforts, learning from other industries and leaders. Our approach is not limited to planting trees; we educate our community to be mindful and aware of sustainability issues and encourage a collaborative approach to achieving our environmental goals