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38 NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010

THE Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, is proud of its seafaring heritage and as a result provides unique opportunities for naval families. The school is owned by the Crown Charity,

Greenwich

Hospital, one of whose charitable objectives is to provide education for the children of seafarers. The school moved to its

impressive site at Holbrook in Suffolk in 1933 and, today, is regarded as one of the country’s leading independent co-educational boarding schools for 11 to 18 year olds. Its maritime tradition lives on and not only does it have some of the finest sailing facilities of any school in the country, the school offers a range of discounts and bursaries to seafaring families, making boarding school more affordable. Those currently in the Navy and

eligible for the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) can benefit from the school’s reduced fee, set so that the total parental contribution is just £625 per term (2009-10).

Duke of York

Seafaring at the heart of RHS academy

l Sailing with the Royal Hospital School

AT THE heart of any good school lie high expectations. Duke of York School is proud

that yet again last summer its pupils enjoyed success both in their GCSEs and A-level results. Ninety-two per cent of the

school’s GCSE candidates gained the government’s benchmark academic figure of five or more GCSE passes including Mathematics and English. This is well above the national

Those who leave the Navy or become ineligible for MOD CEA, can apply for a means-tested seafaring bursary.

Both the children and

grandchildren of serving or retired RN, RM or UK Merchant Navy personnel can apply for a bursary and there is a seafarer’s discount which equates to 15 per cent discount off the full boarding fee. The curriculum is broad and

balanced, combining the finest of academic traditions with the latest technologies and with small class sizes, every pupil receives close individual guidance. Uniquely, all new pupils in Year 7 receive RYA sailing tuition as part of the curriculum and, as a result of the school’s seafaring heritage, water-sports play an important part in the sporting programme.

very good with 97 per cent of A2 students being offered places at their first choice university with almost 50 per cent of them achieving passes at A-B grades. The

average for both state and independent education. The A-level results were also

school was originally founded in 1801 to take the sons and daughters of soldiers who had died fighting for their country in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The school moved to Dover in 1909 and it has continued to thrive.

In 1994 girls were re-invited to join the school and it is now a full boarding school for children whose parents are serving in the British Armed Forces. This year is going to be a big

year for the school as in 2009 a Statement of Intent was made to change the school to Academy status from September 2010. It is anticipated that the formal

A full boarding and day school set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside,

the Royal Hospital School provides exceptional academic and extra-curricular education for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 years.

Morning Open

Saturday 8th May 2010 at 9.30am

Discounts available for seafaring families and services families eligible for MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

Academic, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships

For more information visit

www.royalhospitalschool.org

or contact Susan Lewis on 01473 326210

admissions@royalhospitalschool.org

l Children from St John’s College celebrate World Book Day

Books come to life at St John’s College

PUPILS at St John’s College jun- ior school in Southsea celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite literary characters. They also honoured the spirit of the day by raising vital funds to support a library project in Kenya.

Kekopev School in Kenya is

declaration will be signed in the spring of 2010. The Statement of Intent saw

the start of a multi-million pound upgrade of the schools boarding facilities and the build of a new sixth-form boarding house. Work is now well under way with new bath houses being installed into the existing boarding houses and with the new sixth-form boarding house which is due to be ready for September 2010.

situated in a deprived area and the school library doesn’t just lack books, it also lacks a proper roof or floor. St John’s College teacher Lizzie

Grubb has visited the school in Kenya and been fundraising for them for some time. Talking about the World Book

Day fundraiser, she said: “We’re delighted that the children have shown such enthusiasm for the event – their love of books really shines through. “It’s also heartening to see how

keen they all are to help other children in the world who are far less fortunate than themselves. “Even the smallest amount raised can make such a big difference, and since World Book Day is all about celebrating the power and value of literature in our lives, these children have really captured the spirit of the day.” Pupils paid £1 each to be dressed as their favourite character, and raised £150. The money they raised has purchased new books for the library in Kenya. The previous collection had been damaged because the roof was not watertight and the library was in desperate need of stock following the roof repairs. St John’s College have pledged to continue to support the restoration project next term.

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H Academic excellence

H Continuity

H Firm foundations H Caring community H Sport for all H A chance to perform

Fees for families claiming the service boarding allowance are set so that for the current year parental contribution is only £1,875.

Open Morning: 29th April 2010, 9:30am – 11:00am

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