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Our History


Reigate Grammar School (RGS) was founded in 1675 through the vision, generosity and philanthropic support of Henry Smith (a successful London merchant and Alderman).


A great philanthropist, Henry Smith was born in Wandsworth in 1548. He went on to accumulate great wealth through the acquisition of land and estates throughout the City pf London and the South of England.

Henry died in 1627 and declared in his Will that a gift of £1,000 be used for relief of the poor and educate local children in Reigate. In 1675 RGS was founded to educate poor boys in reading, writing and simple calculations. What is remarkable is that the school remains to this day upon its original site. 2025 will celebrate Reigate Grammar School’s 350 anniversary.


RGS gave me the superb education my parents could not have afforded. I’ve never forgotten that... So I decided to give a bursary to a first year student and I hope it gives her some of the opportunities RGS gave to me.

Andrew Sullivan (RGS 1974-1981)

The lessons learned in those RGS years were certainly formative in terms of teamwork, resilience and lifelong learning.

Iain McLean (RGS 1971-1974)

Maybe if I had not had the opportunities and encouragement from RGS my life would have followed another path. Those days seem many miles away now but I will never forget my five happy years there.

Laurie Reed (RGS 1948-1953)