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Founder’s Day


Celebrate Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of our founder, Henry Smith, and the rich history of Reigate Grammar School.

View our Founder’s Day booklet online.

The great philanthropist, Henry Smith, left £1,000 in his Will to “educate the poor boys of Reigate”. This led to the founding of Reigate Grammar School in 1675.

One year from now we will be celebrating the school’s 350 anniversary. In preparation for this approaching milestone, every May – around Henry Smith’s birthday – over the past few years, we have been celebrating Founder’s Day.


This day celebrates the heritage of our great school and its founder, Henry Smith. It is fitting that the school song is To be a Pilgrim as I believe that being a pilgrim means being on a special journey with a good purpose. Since 1675 (the same year that the founding stone at St Paul’s Cathedral was laid) Reigatians have followed in our founder’s footsteps, moving forward as Reigatian Pilgrims and making the world a better place. Join me in raising a glass to Henry Smith on Founder’s Day.

Shaun Fenton Headmaster


The day acts as a reminder of the benefits of being a Reigatian: the sense of belonging and shared values; the journey that starts when you join RGS; the opportunities, friendships and connections that you enjoy as a result of your relationship with the school. Help us celebrate the life-long pride of being a Reigatian Pilgrim.

Join us on social media throughout May to share memories and photographs of your time at the school, see what classmates have been up to, reconnect with old friends and help us impress upon current students the far-reaching benefits that being a Reigatian delivers.

Get in touch to let us know what your connection to RGS means to you. Our community is only as strong as the sum of its parts, so we thank you in anticipation of your support. Email:

Discover more about our Founder, Henry Smith.