RGS: Changing Lives since 1675...

Leave a Legacy


Leaving a gift in your Will is possibly the greatest gift you can offer during your lifetime.

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your Will.

Since 1675, RGS has been changing lives by educating children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds. The school was founded through the legacy gifted by Henry Smith in his Will – to be used for the relief of the poor in Reigate through education. Since then the school has been through a number of changes, but our ethos and values remains the same: to be able to educate any child based on merit, no matter their family’s circumstances.

The RGS Foundation Legacy appeal

The RGS Foundation has launched an appeal with a film that follows the stories of two Reigatians, Peter and Karolina, who talk about the difference that RGS made to their lives and how they are keen to support the school. They hope that their support will mean others can benefit in the future. Like Peter, many of those in our community are similarly supporting this vision by leaving a gift in their Will.

Your legacy will be a part of the next 100 years; remembered through a child and their achievements for generations to come. We know that not everyone can afford to give now, and also that family and friends come first, but one your loved ones are provided for, just a small gift to RGS could go a long way to help future students from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their potential.

If you choose to leave a gift to RGS in your Will then you can be sure that your generous gift will be in safe hands.


If you don’t yet have a Will or wish to update it to include a gift to RGS, find out more information about the process here


The 1675 Society

You don’t have to tell us your decision – we respect your right to privacy (although if you would like to tell us about your gift, then we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you)

As a thank you, we welcome those leaving a gift in their Will to join The 1675 Society, named in recognition of the year in which the school was founded. All those we know of are invited to become members and will receive an annual newsletter about our progress and an invitation to an annual lunch or tea hosted by the Headmaster.

We know that decisions like this are often private and personal, so no member’s name will be published without their permission.

Contact us

If you would like to tell us about your intentions to leave a gift in your Will, please contact the Foundation Office. You can email or call on 01737 222231.
You can also download our full information booklet here.



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)