Rikkyo School in England

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Rikkyo School in England
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Rikkyo School in England is located in West Sussex
Rikkyo School in England
Rikkyo School in England
Rikkyo School in England is located in England
Rikkyo School in England
Rikkyo School in England
Rikkyo School in England is located in the United Kingdom
Rikkyo School in England
Rikkyo School in England
Guildford Road

Rudgwick,W-Sussex, ENGLAND
RH12 3BE

United Kingdom
CoordinatesCoordinates: 51°05′40″N 0°29′19″W / 51.09444°N 0.48861°W / 51.09444; -0.48861

Rikkyo School in England (立教英国学院, Rikkyō Eikoku Gakuin) is a Japanese boarding primary and secondary school in Rudgwick, Horsham District, West Sussex, in proximity to London. The school uses the Japanese curriculum,[1] and is one of several fee-paying Japanese private schools in the UK to have such a curriculum.[2] It is a Shiritsu zaigai kyōiku shisetsu (私立在外教育施設) or an overseas branch of a Japanese private school.[3]


It was founded in 1972, opening with 19 students at the primary level. The school's website stated that it is "perhaps the oldest Japanese boarding school in Europe.".[1] The school is an affiliated educational institution of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan) and shares its name with Rikkyo University, Tokyo.

Initially the school used the Pallinghurst House, a building constructed in 1902, as its classrooms, dining hall, dormitories, chapel, and staff room. In 1973 the school's middle school opened. In 1975 the Ministry of Education of Japan approved Rikkyo School as an overseas school. Afterwards the school opened its high school division. At that time the school educated students in ages 10 through 18.[1] Toshio Iwasaki of the Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry wrote that this school was the first Japanese high school outside Japan to open. It was the only Japanese high school outside Japan until the 1986 opening of the Lycée Seijo in France.[4]

Tuition (fiscal 2016)[5][edit]

Included in tuition:

  1. Dormitory fee, washing fee etc. (British staff will do cleaning and laundry of the room)
  2. Food expenses (drinks and sweets, fruits etc. at tea time in the morning, afternoon, night at 3 meals a day plus)
  3. Textbook fee / simulated exam fee etc.
  4. Travelling to Wimbledon, excursion etc.
  5. Pickup cost to airport (The faculty will hand over to each terminal I will meet you)

Those not included in tuition:

  1. Student's pocket money
  2. Private lesson fee for music/language (Applicants only)
  3. Riding lesson fee (Applicant only)
  4. Tickets for theatre such as musicals, admission fee for excursions, etc.


Many modern facilities were built after the school was founded. Firstly, the "new wing" of the male dormitory next to the girl's dorm "main building", and the "new hall" where all the students and faculty take all the meals were built. This is a large hall that is used as an auditorium where play and concerts are held.

The classroom building was constructed in two parts with 20 ordinary classrooms, other martial arts grounds, chapels, etc.-

The administrative building is a modern building with glass, teachers' staff rooms, nursery schools and libraries.

The "science experiment building" boasting modern facilities has also been established in recent years.

Sports facilities are also expanded/maintained. First, "gymnasium" boasting the size of three tennis courts was completed, followed by an all-weather type track and field stadium of 400 meters official size. Besides this, three soccer grounds and eight tennis courts have been rebuilt recently.

Twenty network computers are lined up in the administrative building and students can browse the Internet and exchange e-mail at any time.

The music building consists of the main music room and eight exercise rooms, and there are also a variety of instruments that can be borrowed to students. The school has a total of five grand pianos and six upright pianos and also has a practice environment- [6]

See also[edit]

British international schools in Japan


  1. ^ a b c "INFORMATION IN ENGLISH." (Archive) Rikkyo School in England. Retrieved 8 January 2014. "Guildford Road, Rudgwick, W-Sussex RH12 3BE ENGLAND"
  2. ^ Morris, Jonathan, Max Munday, and Barry Wilkinson. Working for the Japanese: The Economic and Social Consequences of Japanese Investment in Wales. A&C Black, 17 December 2013. ISBN 1780939353, 9781780939353. p. 125.
  3. ^ "私立在外教育施設一覧" (Archive). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ Iwasaki, Toshio. "Japanese Schools Take Root Overseas." Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry. Japan Economic Foundation (JEF, Kokusai Keizai Kōryū Zaidan), No. 5, 1991. Contributed to Google Books by the JEF. p. 24. "However, there was no senior Japanese high school outside Japan until Rikkyo School in England was founded in 1972 in the suburbs of London. It remained the only overseas Japanese senior high school for the next 14 years."
  5. ^ http://www.rikkyo.co.uk/info/schoolfee.html
  6. ^ http://www.rikkyo.co.uk/info/facility.html

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