RGS: Changing Lives since 1675...

Seats of Learning


Take a seat, change a life

Help us provide a life-changing opportunity for a talented child by sponsoring a chair in the newly refurbished Old Library. Please support us so we can confirm a place for a child in September.

The RGS Foundation’s Changing Lives social mobility campaign raises money to provide bursaries for talented children whose potential is far greater than their financial means. Since its launch in 2014 the Changing Lives campaign has supported 44 children at RGS.

However, there is much more we would like to do. This year we have received more applications for such life changing opportunities than ever before and due to limited funds we are unable to offer every deserving child a place.

That is why we are promoting the Seats of Learning initiative by offering our community the opportunity to sponsor a chair in the Old Library.  Our target is 170 chairs, which with match funding will provide 100% bursary for a disadvantaged child.

You can sponsor a chair for £300. Sponsorship entitles you to a personalised inscription on a solid brass disc on the back of the chair.  This can be used to commemorate associations with RGS in many ways, such as:

– an individual’s time at RGS e.g. ‘Fred Smith, Class of 2010’
– a special role e.g. ‘Fred Smith, Governor, 1984 -1988’
– a family e.g. ‘Smith Family’


Sean Davey, Head of Foundation asks for your support:

“Please support this initiative and be part of a community effort to change a child’s life”


So, please do help us if you can. You can secure your sponsorship here – or click on the buttons to the right of this page.



James Clatworthy 1978-1985
The Shipley Family 2018
Allan Scutt 1940-1947
Ian M Robinson Class of 1964
Paul Fletcher 1966-1974
Stephen Vinall 1983-1988
The Whitworth Family
The Brooke Family
Peter ‘Olly’ Gershon 1958-1965
William Bennett 2006-2013
Elizabeth Bennett 2008-2015
James Bennett 2010-2017
Kieran Jackson Class of 2015
The Grinyer Family
Jeffrey Bee 1948-1953
Derrick Simmons 1943-1949
Peter Gunn 1951-1956
Peter Barrow 1951-1959
Brian Hazzard 1947-1954
The Gregson Family
David Glossop 1947-1953
The Appleyards 1976-2014
Brian Robinson 1950-1958
Colin Andrews – Class of 1953
John, Jane, Peter, Ruth Manfield 1979-2010
Edward Longhurst 1948-1956
Alvar Chambers 1980-1988
James Dean Governor 2018
In Memory of Dr M Ramanathan
D Bernard Sugden 1973-1980
Douglas Savekar 1953-1959
Buzz King Drum Major 1947-1955
Luke Morris Class of 2018
Harry Morris Class of 2016
John Martin Elms 1955-1961
Osborne, David John Class of 1950
Tom Lockett 1951-1957
Brian Boniface 1954-1961
Frank Whiteman 1918-25, Ian Whiteman 1953-61
The Hawrych Family 2007-2018
Kenneth Watling 1942-1948
John and Marion Hamlin
Charlotte & Amy Cobain 2000-2012
Sam, Tom & Lucy Hyams 2002-2013
Augustus Day Class of 2018
The Denece Family
The Pike Family 2004-2014
Michael Spink Class of 1967
Stephen Fisher Class of 1967
Michelle Davey Class of 2013
David Woodward CMG Class of 1968
Cliff “Leckie” Uwins 1947-1954
Paddy Scarr 2011-2018
Bill Rawlinson RGS 1957-1965
Robin Oake Class of 1954
The Guise Family
Dream Believe Achieve D.Smellie 2011-2018
Brian Roberts 1955-1960
The Hong Kong Boags 1990-1998
John Holmes 1946-1955
Philip, Alex & Mark Pangalos 2007-2018
Brian Greenfield 1954-1961
The Grimstone Family  2006-2018
Lynch Family Proud to Support RGS
Tony Hopkins Beckenham Chorister 1943
Antony Dean RGS 2003-2010
Olenka Dean RGS 1999-2006
Ania Dean RGS 1998-2005
Stan Peters 1943-1949
Jim Peters 1940-1945
The Peters Family in Memory of Jim 1929-2018
David Segrove 1955-1963
Chris Hoskins Class of 1968
John Mowlam School Captain 1960-61
Richard Griffiths MD FRCA 1972-1979
Anthony Pretlove 1949-1956
LDG “Laurie” Reed  1948-1953 Olympian 1960
Ben Jones 1987-1994
RGS 1998 South Africa Rugby Tour
Ryan Younger 1984-1991
Eloise Hamilton
Cecily Hamilton
Genevieve Hamilton
Robert Hails Governor 2007-2013
The Wright Family
Omar Mirza 1990-1995
The Weber Family
The Jones Family



The broad education and resilience developed at RGS gave me a firm foundation for the challenges of working life.

Sir Peter Gershon (RGS 1958–1966)

I promise to make the most of the opportunities available to me, because I’m constantly reminded of the journey which has brought me here and realise that it began with the gift of an RGS education.

Karolina Csathy (RGS 2008–2015)

I am confident that together the Reigatian community will make a huge difference to the lives of many deserving children.

David Walliams (RGS 1981–1989)