Simon Lockyer, Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, on challenging young people, upholding traditions and navigating success

The Royal Hospital School was founded in 1712 in Greenwich to ‘improve navigation’ through education and, as it prepared boys for a life at sea, many went on to become explorers and pioneers of their time.

We are immensely proud of these historic links and discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape our ethos. The traditional values of loyalty, commitment, courage, respect, service and integrity have underpinned the school’s core aims and philosophy from the very beginning. Three hundred years later, they are still as relevant to the education we provide as they were then.

Today the Royal Hospital School is set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the Stour Estuary and it is a leading independent HMC co-educational boarding and day school providing a full and broad education for pupils aged 11-18, fit for the modern world.

We inspire our pupils to have the courage and commitment to be ambitious for their futures, whichever path they choose. Everyone can achieve the most exceptional things but we are all different. That is why we focus on the individual, getting to know every one of our pupils and finding out what motivates them.

We challenge pupils of all academic abilities, steering them to look beyond the moment, and beyond the confines of the classroom, and to approach life with an open and receptive mind. It is through thinking creatively and taking initiative that they learn to establish, and work towards, their own personal goals.

By understanding a young person’s strengths, we can help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating them through their critical, formative years 

By understanding a young person’s strengths, and what he or she might find more difficult, we can help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating them through their critical, formative years and ensuring their education becomes the foundation for happiness and success.

And it extends beyond the classroom – the school is also a Centre of Excellence for music, has an established RYA Training Centre RYA Sailing Academy, The Royal Hospital School Sailing Academy, based at neighbouring Alton Water Reservoir, and is also home to the Graham Napier Cricket Academy.

It is this unique blend of a values-driven education with the focus on individual challenge and appropriate guidance that enables our pupils to develop into self-reliant, socially responsible adults with enviable open-mindedness and resilience, which is so sought-after by employers and important in life.

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