RMS for Girls dares to be different; whilst academic results are consistently impressive, the school champions the ‘everything else’, pursuing excellence within a healthy learning environment; girls learn confidence in their own skin, developing a true sense of self within a genuinely inclusive, nurturing setting. One size does not fit all – each girl is able to find and pursue her passions, be that computer science (our girls beat competition from almost 900 other schools to be crowned GCHQ CyberFirst winners and “the UK’s most cyber-savvy girls”) or sport (RMS girls regularly compete at regional, national and international level across sports as diverse as fencing, trampolining, netball and dressage).
A dynamic community where loving learning is the ultimate goal rather than an examination result, girls at RMS are encouraged to be engaged, curious, and above all themselves. It works – 2019 GCSE results were particularly impressive, with 20 percent of results awarded a grade 9 compared to a national average of less than five percent, while 57 percent of results were awarded grade 7 or above compared to 21 percent nationally.
Our staff constantly seek self-improvement, inspiring girls to do likewise, knowing that they can all always be better. A team of ‘pedagogy leaders’ promote a culture of lifelong learning, and the pursuit of excellence without purely fixating on grades and final outcomes. Students are no longer given grades in years 7 to 9; parents receive information on progress and achievement but without categorising an ‘A grade student’ or otherwise. Sixth form students design their own bespoke curriculum: an academic ‘core’ of A-level and/or BTEC, (32 subjects to choose from) alongside non-examined subjects, sport, wellbeing and lecture programmes.
Beyond the classroom, our constantly evolving co-curricular programme is especially designed to engage, inspire and excite all girls. From astronomy to zumba via mural painting, dissection and Chinese dancing, our girls choose from a staggering array of clubs and societies each term to ensure they balance academic study with their wider interests. Girls are encouraged to act as individuals but also as part of a team.
As one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country, RMS has been providing an exceptional experience for girls for over 230 years; whilst undeniably proud of this long history, the school is primed and ready to make the most of the enormous opportunities for innovation in 21st century education.