We're the most sought-after secondary school in Surrey!

According to Surrey Live, who analysed DfE official data, Royal Alexandra and Albert School is the most sought-after secondary school in Surrey!  Only 46% of parents who selected the School as first choice secured a place for September 2019 entry.  This comes as no surprise to the School which saw a 50% rise in its year 7 flexi-boarding applications and has over 100 pupils on its year 7 waiting list.   

The School is a State Boarding School with over 475 boarding pupils aged 7-18 from a range of backgrounds who are the backbone of a diverse and positive school community. The remaining pupils are flexi-boarders who are fully involved in the community, not only with the academic side of the School, but also with the very extensive co-curricular and boarding programme run as part of an extended day and at weekends which seeks to provide a fuller preparation for life as an adult than is typically found in state schools. All education costs are funded by the government which makes the School a popular choice for busy parents who have a need for an extended school day.

In May 2018, the School received an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in its Social Care inspection, and the School delivers strong academic results. Although a non-selective School, 80% of GCSEs were graded 9 – 4 this summer, with data for academic progress putting it in the top 10% of schools in England.  Two Sixth Form students from the School secured places at Oxbridge this summer, and many A Level students went on to secure places of first choice at Russell Group universities. 

The combination of excellent co-curriculum opportunities, outstanding pastoral and boarding care, and delivery of academic success is, according to Headmaster Mark Dixon, the reason why the School is now the first choice for many parents in the local area.

Mr Dixon said, “I am delighted our School is the most sought-after secondary school in Surrey. We have been working hard to deliver top quality education as well as a full programme of co-curricular activities within a warm and caring boarding school community.”

The School has plans to cement its position as the leading state school in the area.

Mr Dixon explained, “We have an ambitious development plan, and will continue to work as a community to ensure that the educational experience our pupils receive is one that provides them with a solid foundation for life.”

06 September 2019


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