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Royal Grammar School Worcester

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Royal Grammar School Worcester
Motto Respice et Prospice
'Remember the Past and Look to the Future'
Established ante 1291 - 2007
Type Private coeducational secondary
Affiliations HMC
Founder Bishop Bosel
Location Worcester, UK

The Royal Grammar School Worcester (known as "RGS Worcester" or just "RGSW" for short) was an independent school in Worcester, United Kingdom.

In September 2007, it merged with The Alice Ottley School (the neighbouring independent girls' school) to form the new "RGS Worcester and The Alice Ottley School".


It was a school in Worcester which was one of the oldest British independent schools, founded before 1291.

The school turned coeducational at the end of 2002, after a history of more than 700 years, and included pre-preparatory and preparatory departments, RGS The Grange (both of which were coeducational). The school was a day-school which until 1992 accepted boarders, who resided in Whiteladies house, a building that is rumoured to contain hidden treasure from Charles I, when he sought refuge there during the Civil War.

The merger with The Alice Ottley School was announced In December 2006. Mr Andy Rattue, the headmaster of RGS Worcester at the time, became headmaster of the new school when it started.

Land and buildings

For details of land and buildings, including Halls and Trees, please see the RGSAO page.


Please see RGSAO.

Notable patrons

  • Bishop Godfrey Giffard (1240-1306) Bishop of Worcester and Lord Chancellor of England.
  • Bishop Walter Reynolds (d.1327) Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England.
  • Hugh Latimer (1470-1555) Bishop of Worcester and Protestant Martyr.
  • C.W. Dyson Perrins Chairman Royal Worcester Porcelain and collector.
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Queen Victoria
  • Godfrey Brown Headmaster 1950-78,Olympic Gold Medallist.
  • Dr. Roger Fry CBE Governor, Founder of King's College, Madrid.

Past pupils

Famous Old Boys of the school or Worcester Old Elizabethans (more complete list here), include (in alphabetical order)

  • John Mark Ainsley (1963-) Tenor
  • Sir Roy Allen (R.G.D. Allen) (1906-1980) Economist
  • Dom Augustine Bradshaw (1574-1618) Catholic missionary
  • Sir Reginald Bray KG (d.1503) Statesman and Architect
  • Tim Curtis (1960-) Cricketer, former captain of Worcestershire.
  • Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870) National Poet of Australia
  • Dean Headley (1970-) Former England International Cricketer
  • Timothy D Evans (1968-) TV, Film & Music Entrepreneur
  • Imran Khan (1952-) Pakistani Cricketer
  • William Langland (1330-1387)
  • Benjamin Williams Leader RA (1831-1923) Artist
  • Sir Thomas Littleton (1407-1481) Lawyer
  • Jurek Martin (1942 -) Financial Times Foreign Correspondent and former Foreign Editor
  • Julian Phillips (1965 -) Former Head Boy and Businessman
  • Graham Robb (1958-) Author
  • T J Cobden Sanderson (1840-1922) Arts and Crafts movement pioneer
  • Philip Serrell TV Auctioneer. He is this year's Old Elizabethans' President.
  • Jon Turley (1971-) Children's writer
  • Simon Webb (1955-) TV, Theatre and Film composer
  • Professor Michael Wilding (1942-) Australian Author
  • Sir Edward Leader Williams (1828-1910) civil engineer ( Manchester Ship Canal)


The King's School, Worcester

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