Lord Agnew said: “I was impressed by the work of RGS. Reigate is an excellent example of where reforms, including investment in school buildings and partnership working between state and independent schools, are raising the standard of education for our young people.”
Lord Agnew learned that RGS is a driving force in partnership work with local primary and secondary schools in areas such as English, Science, languages, sport and Music. For example, a seminar by former Cabinet Minister Malcolm Rifkind attracted students from local senior schools and the Big Music days enable dozens of pupils from primary schools to play in an orchestra of nearly 100 musicians.
He heard that RGS also supports local community groups and charities from the scouts to church groups to the Childrens’ Trust in Tadworth and to Loveworks in Redhill. Many other projects, such as hundreds of RGS students engaging in local volunteering projects, are underway which provide mutual benefits for RGS students and local children.
Social mobility and community outreach are at the core of Reigate Grammar School’s ethos and Lord Agnew was humbled to hear of hundreds of RGS bursaries providing life changing opportunities for local children and how they form an integral part of the school’s commitment to the local area.
He was also surprised to learn that over 350 people are employed by the RGS schools and that RGS works with over 400 contractors. He was pleased to hear of the major positive local economic impact of Reigate Grammar School.
Headmaster, Shaun Fenton said: ‘We were delighted to host the Minister and pleased to get such a full endorsement of our work at RGS. We talked about our dozens of partnerships with state schools, hundreds of bursaries and our contribution to the local economy. We look forward to further work with the Department for Education for the benefit of children, RGS and partner schools.”