Reigate Grammar School
|Reigate Grammar School|
|Type||Independent day school|
|Local authority||Surrey County Council|
|Department for Education URN||125422 Tables|
|Colour(s)||Blue and white|
The school was founded as a free school for poor boys in 1675 by Alderman Henry Smith with Jon Williamson, the vicar of Reigate, as master. It remained in the hands of the church until 1862 when a board of governors was appointed. Under the Education Act of 1944 it became a voluntary aided grammar school, providing access on the basis of academic ability as measured by the 11-Plus examination. In 1976, it converted to its current fee-paying independent status. At the same time the sixth form was opened up to girls. In 1993, the school became fully co-educational. In 2003, the school merged with a local prep school St. Mary's School. This is now called Reigate St Mary's Prep and Choir School and serves as the junior school, taking children from three to eleven, most of whom then proceed to the senior school.
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The school site is split into two locations separated by the churchyard. On the "Broadfield" site, named so because of the playing field dubbed "Broadfield" behind the old science block, there are several old and new buildings. Until recently, Broadfield house, an old Reigate home, was where History, Economics, Business studies, Politics and other subjects were taught. It is now used for Drama. Opposite Broadfield house is the Cornwallis building, which is another old Reigate home.
Offsite, the school owns the playing fields at "Hartswood" nearby Woodhatch, where most home matches in most sports are played. Nearby is Reigate Saint Mary's church where every student goes once a week in place of assembly. The nearby Reigate St Mary's Preparatory School is owned by the RGS Foundation, which also operates Reigate Grammar.
Shaun Fenton, son of Alvin Stardust  is the headmaster at Reigate Grammar school. He was previously headmaster at Pate's Grammar School and Sir John Lawes School. He is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
In 2013 the school offered to give financial support to Dunottar School in Reigate, and in return Reigate Grammar School would help manage Dunottar. Then in late 2013 it was announced that Dunottar would be closed due to dwindling pupil numbers and poor finances. This caused uproar from the current parents, who planned to manage the school themselves. Reasons for the planned take-over include the selling of Dunottar's school property to fund the new Centre of Learning at Reigate Grammar School. However Reigate Grammar School was unsuccessful and the parents had Dunottar school sign a 10-year contract with United Learning after negotiations. As a result, the new Centre of Learning was funded by the Reigate-based Peter Harrison Foundation.
Notable former pupils
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- Will Beer, cricketer, Sussex County Cricket Club
- Andrew Cantrill, organist
- Norman Cook, or Fatboy Slim, musician
- Andrew Cooper, Conservative peer 
- Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Dalton, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, later Secretary General of Mencap
- Ben Edwards, BBC Formula One racing commentator and former racing driver 
- Bill Frindall, BBC cricket scorer 
- Peter Gershon, British businessman, civil servant and chairman of the National Grid plc
- Susan Gritton, singer
- Sir David Hall, British paediatrician
- Lennox Hastie, Chef, Firedoor Sydney, as seen on Netflix Series Chef's Table : BBQ
- John Haybittle, British Medical Physicist and co-inventor of the Haybittle–Peto boundary
- Anthony Hidden, high court judge
- Bevis Hillier, English art historian, author and journalist; hoaxer and scourge of A.N. Wilson, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Godfrey Ince, civil servant
- Trevor Kavanagh, political editor of The Sun
- Peter Lampl, actor, political activist and organist
- Ray Mears, TV presenter and survival expert 
- Ben Mee, journalist, author and subject of the film We Bought a Zoo
- Steve Mitchell, Olympic sailor, World and European Champion
- John Murrell (chemist), British theoretical chemist who made important contributions to the understanding of the spectra of organic molecules, the theory of Intermolecular force and to the construction of Potential energy surface 
- Romesh Ranganathan, British stand-up comedian and actor
- Alec Harley Reeves, electronics engineer, inventor of pulse-code modulation
- Mike Sammes, musician and musical arranger
- Robert Shearman, writer
- Keir Starmer, Former Director of the Crown Prosecution Service, Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras, Leader of The Labour Party
- Jeffrey Sterling, Conservative peer and one-time chairman of P&O
- Fred Streeter, horticulturalist and broadcaster
- Andrew Sullivan, journalist, blogger, and political commentator
- Derek Twine, charity CEO, who was Chief Scout Executive 1997-2013
- David Walliams, actor, writer and co-star of Little Britain
- John Westbrook, English theatre actor who appeared in the film The Tomb of Ligeia
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