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Supporting the Future of RGS

For over 450 years RGS has provided its pupils with an outstanding education, combining centuries of tradition with the best of modern educational practice. RGS boys consistently achieve exceptional public examination results and the breadth of co-curricular opportunity offered here is unparalleled in the state sector.

As with all state-funded schools, the financial situation for RGS is very challenging. The annual cost to run RGS will be approximately £6,700,000 next year (2019/20). The School receives the majority of its income from the Department for Education but this is insufficient to meet all of the running costs and a shortfall of approximately £300,000 is incurred every year. RGS must meet this shortfall. 

About 70% is raised through commercial activities, including the provision of Easter revision courses, the school shop and letting RGS facilities to third parties. The remainder is raised solely from the generosity of individuals, like you, whose financial contributions, along with the associated gift aid, ensure RGS continues to offer an outstanding education.

Ways to donate

The 1562 Society at the RGS High Wycombe

1562 is an important year in the history of RGS High Wycombe. It is the year in which Queen Elizabeth I granted the School a Royal Charter. Five centuries later, much of RGS has altered beyond recognition. But what remains unchanged is the School’s distinctive ethos and commitment to build on its rich heritage, and, in so doing, to further develop its reputation as one of the finest state selective schools in the UK.

The 1562 Society was established for individuals within the RGS community who share this dedication and commitment to the School. Individuals are recognised for demonstrating significant support for RGS through the giving of their time, resources or expertise.

For our financial supporters this means donating £15,620 or more in a given academic year or by remembering RGS through a legacy. With gift aid, a donation of £15,620 is worth a huge £19,525 to RGS (the actual cost to higher and additional rate taxpayers just £11,715 and £10,739 respectively)

As a member of the 1562 Society, you will receive:

 An invitation to our annual 1562 Society reception, hosted by the Headmaster.

 An annual 1562 Society e-newsletter, updating you on what’s happening at RGS and the difference your donations are making.

 Special acknowledgement on our website and in relevant RGS publications (unless preferring to remain anonymous).

 A gift

Donations can be made to any of our fundraising programmes be that the RGS Annual Fund, one of our ‘Friends of’ groups or a standalone fundraising campaign for a specific project within the School. Membership of the 1562 Society is limited to 100 individuals per year. 

For the academic year 2019/20, all funds raised by the 1562 Society will be used to support the Sixth Form Centre fundraising campaign. 


Thank you!

A big thank you from RGSPA and Friends of …


Friends of Hockey are looking forward to seeing you next year at the OW vs RGS Hockey match on 3 April 2020. Thank you to all of you who support our players.


A big thank you also to Friends of Music, who tirelessly provide refreshments for all musical events, and generally enhance the musical environment in practical ways, and enable us to purchase instruments that give the boys more opportunities. 

This year that particularly included two new electric pianos, a number of brass instruments for class use, a batch of clarinets that are allowing us to start a clarinet project just as we have the brass project, and a top up of guitars and ukuleles. West Side Story was a great success …. Thank you for supporting us by attending our events and working tirelessly behind the scenes.


Thank you for supporting the RGS Rowers. We are delighted to say that it has been announced that we are one of the AVIVA Community Award winners (up to £1000). Plus, our Crowdfunder campaign that ran in parallel attracted very generous pledges totalling just over £1000. We are hugely grateful for your generosity as we continue to fundraise for a new boat for the boys. More boats = more opportunities.


Thank you to all of you for all your hard work and commitment through tthe rugby season. It would be an impossible job without your time and energy and we are ever grateful to have your support.


Thank you to those who come back to play and inspire our future cricketers at the annual Duncan Moore Cricket Match.

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