Welcome to our Virtual Open Morning

I am delighted to introduce you to The Royal Alexandra and Albert School. We are an inclusive and ambitious school where every member of staff cares deeply about our pupils.  Our strong boarding ethos is founded upon values that seek to foster independence, strength of character and academic success.  We combine high expectations with meaningful, personalised support to ensure that our young people are happy and successful.

This is a place like no other: we are a state boarding school that provides life-enriching opportunities for all pupils to rival those of the independent sector.  Our pupils have access to  excellent facilities that include an equestrian centre, a swimming pool and extensive sporting arenas.  The school is set in 260 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, but is close enough to major transport hubs, and London, to ensure ease of accessibility.

Pupils are taught a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum by highly skilled teachers to ensure that they are able to progress to their chosen education and career path.  They also benefit from first class wraparound care provided by compassionate, knowledgeable boarding staff.  We take the time to get to know our young people so that we can best meet their needs in their ‘home-from-home’.  Our co-curricular offer is substantial and progressive, and our young people are able to experience exciting new adventures, as well as hone existing skills.

The broad age range of our pupils, with boys and girls aged 7-18, provides continuity and stability for the children.  It also provides genuine diversity.  We have pupils from all over the world and from all walks of life: flexi-boarding pupils who live locally learn alongside pupils whose families are overseas or whose parents are in the military and diplomatic services, as well as pupils who are supported by the School’s Foundation.

Our students make us proud: they develop confidence, life skills and learn to lead others.  This means that they leave our doors having grown in ability and intellect, ready to make a sustained and productive contribution to their local, national and international communities.

I look forward to welcoming you to this vibrant and dynamic community in person.

M.P.Thomas, BSc(Hons), PGCE (Cantab)


Pupil Tour of the School

Gatton from the Air

Colour Run

Sixth Form Intro

Sixth Form Open Evening

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What Parents Say

My son absolutely loves boarding and has settled into the house well. He has a fantastic relationship with his peers and house staff alike and I am so grateful to see his confidence increase.
I am so grateful for being able to send my child to such a wonderful school. Every child should have the opportunity to go to this school.
Our son says he feels like part of a family in his boarding house.
We couldn't be happier with the school. Our girls have very different strengths and interests, and yet they both love it there!
My child feels blessed to be in the school as it brings out the best in him. His academic performance has been amazing.
This tailoring to suit an individual pupil’s needs is fantastic and goes above and beyond the standards expected from any school and is much appreciated.
One very excellent thing I like with the school is that it is very diverse. Everyone is welcome from any background and everyone gets on well with each other.

Gatton Hall

Gatton Hall is a Grade II listed building that is at the heart of our school community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1934 and was rebuilt by the then owners, Sir Jeremiah and Lady Colman. Today, the two upper floors are a boarding house for Sixth Form students. Gatton Hall was extensively renovated in 2018 and Sixth Form students now enjoy a large common area, cinema room, games room, and computer suite. Boarders share dorms, some with beautiful views of the main lake, with two or three friends.

View Gatton Hall Common Room

View Gatton Hall Bedroom

View Full Gatton Hall House Tour

(The full House tour is password protected – please contact Admissions to view)


Swimming pool

The School’s indoor swimming pool is 25 metres long and ideal for team training sessions and recreational swimming. The School often hosts swimming galas, inter-house competitions, and the swimming pool is used for some of our more unusual co-curricular activities such as scuba diving and kayaking.

Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre was opened in 2013 by Olympian Mark Lewis-Francis. The Fitness Centre has state-of-the-art fitness equipment including running machines, rowing machines and weights. As well as being used for PE lessons, pupils have access to the Fitness Centre in the evenings and weekends.

View Fitness Centre


Health Centre

The Health Centre is a well-equipped, self-contained, eleven bed unit. It is staffed by experienced, qualified nurses who provide twenty-four-hour cover, seven days a week. All boarders are registered with the School Medical Officer at the local GP surgery.  A doctor visits the school once a week for appointments with pupils. The Health Centre is also home to the Counselling Department.

Dining Hall

All of our nine boarding houses have kitchen facilities, but pupils’ main meals are served in the Dining Hall. There is a focus on home-made food and the catering team make almost everything from scratch in our own kitchens. Chef Barny and his team produce healthy and nutritious food for pupils three times a day, seven days a week during term time. From fresh salads, to Kung Pao chicken, and classic vanilla sponge with custard – there is always lots to choose from. The Dining Hall team also work to expand pupils’ food horizons by hosting fun themed evening meals, including Brazilian night and Chinese New Year.



The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is committed to fostering Christian principles within a caring community, where people of all faiths and beliefs are made welcome. The Joseph Rank Memorial Chapel was opened in 1957. It is here that pupils attend a weekly service and where assemblies and special events are held, including Founders’ Day and Remembrance Day.

View School Entrance

All-weather sports pitches

The all-weather sports pitches are central to the School’s extensive co-curricular programme. Pupils play a wide range of recreational and competitive sports on the pitches, from football to hockey (and sometimes quidditch!). The flood-lit facilities allow for the pitches to be open to pupils even during the darker winter months.


Netball Courts

Netball is one of the School’s main sports and the School’s netball teams take part in a wide range of competitions. The courts are multi-purpose and are also used for tennis and basketball.


St Andrew’s Church

The current church of St Andrew’s dates back to the 15th Century but the church was first recorded on the estate in the Doomsday Book.  Previous owners of the estate have contributed to the décor of the church.  Frederick John Monson, 5th Baron Monson, went on a ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe and brought back Flemish baroque choir stalls, carved doors from Rouen, and a pulpit and altar from Nuremberg. St Andrew’s is a beautiful and intimate backdrop to a number of small concerts held throughout the year by the Music Department.


Bothy Music Centre

The Music department is based in the Bothy Music Centre. Here pupils can practice without interruption in one of the Bothy’s individual music rooms. In 2020, the Royal Alexandra and Albert School was the first state school in England to become an All-Steinway school. From September 2020, all pupils will be taught how to play the piano on world-class Steinway instruments. In addition, all Junior pupils are now given the opportunity to learn a string or wind instrument in their class music lessons.


Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre is a relaxed and welcoming venue with approachable and experienced staff, and a five-star rating for animal welfare. The Centre provides affordable riding lessons to pupils at the School, as well as offering opportunities to compete in local and regional events. The Centre boasts a double American barn that houses 20 horses, tack rooms, classroom, feed room, kitchen and office. There is a floodlit 40x50m outdoor sand school and a 20x30m indoor sand school. Pupils can sign up for riding lessons, as well as join Pony Club.

View Equestrian Centre


Senior School

The Senior School covers the age range of 11-16 and has up to 750 pupils.  Pupils are taught a broad, balanced, and well-rounded curriculum grounded in the philosophy that education is more than just what happens in the classroom.  Pastoral care is managed by Tutors, Heads of Year, and Heads of Key Stage who watch over each child’s progress.

View Senior School


Junior School

The Junior School covers the age range of 7-10 and has just over 160 pupils. The School has remained small to give younger pupils the attention and space required to help them start their educational journey. The Junior School is separate from the Senior School, with its own boarding house, classrooms, library and playground.  Pupils benefit from has access to Senior specialist teachers and classrooms, including fully equipped science laboratories. The Junior school aims to nurture a love of learning from the very start, and is overseen by the Head of the Junior School, Mr Shaun Greenwood.

Grass pitches

The School is located in 260 acres of parkland, giving pupils space to explore and grow. In recent years, grass areas around the school have been carefully levelled to allow for the creation of additional grass pitches for competitive and recreational sport, such as rugby and cricket. Three pitches are located on top field near the Chapel and two pitches are located on the bottom field near the main lake. As well as facilitating inter-house competitions, the additional grass pitches allow the School to host a wide range of inter-school competitions, such as the annual Sovereign’s Cup and the Duchess of Gloucester Cup.


Rank Weston Boarding House

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is the only state boarding school to offer boarding from the age of 7. Junior Boarders call Rank Weston home during term time. Rank Weston, named after two of the School’s benefactors is a co-educational boarding house for pupils in Years 3-6. The house has two wings; one for girls and one for boys, and children sleep in spacious dorms with up to 6 beds. There are two prep rooms where pupils complete prep (or homework) under the supervision of one of the House staff, so help is on hand if they need it. Rank Weston is a home away from home for both full boarders and Flexi Boarders, who benefit from the experienced care of matrons, tutors, deputy heads of house and housemaster.

View Rank Weston Boarding House Tour


Cornwall House

There are eight senior boarding houses, each with their own distinct character. Cornwall, Alexandra and Elizabeth are girls’ boarding houses. Pupils will join their boarding house in Year 7 and most will remain in the same house until they leave in Year 13. This provides continuity of pastoral care, opportunities for mentoring younger pupils, and fosters a true sense of pride and ownership.

View Cornwall House common room

Sunley Sixth Form Centre

The Sunley Sixth Form Centre is a hub for Year 12 and Year 13 students. The Sixth Form is an integral part of the School but it has its own identity and dedicated building. Sunley, as it is commonly known, has three IT suites, a break room for small group work, quiet zones for study time, and an ‘Internet Café’ style common room. The building overlooks one of the school’s three lakes, and in summer it is not uncommon for the Sixth Form team to host barbecues, and to find students relaxing in the nearby garden.


Town Hall

The Town Hall was commissioned by a previous owner of the Gatton estate, Sir George Colebrook, and built in 1765. It is where the seven electors of the Gatton borough voted for two Members of Parliament until 1832.  At the time the city of Birmingham had no MPs!  Gatton was one of a small number of ‘rotten boroughs’ that existed until the Reform Act of 1832.

School Allotment

For much of Gatton Park’s history, there was a kitchen garden and orchard on site.  The School and Gatton Trust have slowly re-established these for the enjoyment of pupils and visitors. The School allotment is popular with pupils and is one of the many co-curricular activities that pupils can join. Next to the school allotment, there is now “Gatton Farm” with chickens that pupils help look after. The allotment supports learning about nutrition and the basics of agriculture and animal husbandry.

Gatton Park

The Gatton Park estate is often described as one of Surrey’s hidden treasures, and has been home to the Royal Alexandra and Albert School since the late 1940s. The estate covers over 260 acres and has seen many changes over the years. In 1762, Sir George Colebrook commissioned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the leading landscape architect of the time and renowned for his work including the parks at Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth, to reshape the park in his English landscape style. Capability also added the lakes which can be seen today around the park. Sir Jeremiah Colman commissioned a parterre for the back of Gatton Hall and, in 1909, the Japanese Garden was built to satisfy Sir Jeremiah’s fascination with all things eastern. In 1912, the Rock and Water garden was added. The Park is a fantastic backdrop to the many activities and lessons that take place, and Gatton’s history is weaved into the curriculum whenever possible.

View Gatton Park

View Japanese Garden


Kent House

There are eight senior boarding houses, each with their own distinct character. Kent, Edinburgh, Albert and Gloucester are boys’ boarding houses.  Pupils will join their boarding house in Year 7 and most will remain in the same house until they leave in Year 13. This provides continuity of pastoral care, opportunities for mentoring younger pupils, and fosters a true sense of pride and ownership.

View Kent House Tour 

Alexandra House

There are eight senior boarding houses, each with their own distinct character. Cornwall, Alexandra and Elizabeth are girls’ boarding houses. Pupils will join their boarding house in Year 7 and most will remain in the same house until they leave in Year 13. This provides continuity of pastoral care, opportunities for mentoring younger pupils, and fosters a true sense of pride and ownership.

View Alexandra House Tour