Charlie describes his life as a boarder at the Royal Hospital School


I am in Year 12 at the Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Suffolk. As the son of a naval officer, I have moved house, and subsequently school, many times in my life. Following three years in America, we decided that boarding school would be the best option for me, providing more stability in the run up to GCSEs.


After visiting four schools in four days, the Royal Hospital School stood out, partly due to its wonderful setting in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside but also for its excellent co-curricular opportunities and, for me, its impressive shooting range!

My boarding house has been central to school life with its friendly and supportive atmosphere and staff always on hand to help you along the way. Matron manages to keep the whole house on track and she constantly goes beyond the call of duty. She is also a great cook. All the boys in my house are full-time boarders and many are from Services families such as mine, so our days, evenings and weekends are jam-packed with activities and social events and there is plenty of opportunity to spend time with friends. It has been a fantastic home away from home.

‘Over the years, RHS has offered me some wonderful opportunities’

Over the years, RHS has offered me some wonderful opportunities. I joined the Ceremonial Guard which took me to Westminster Abbey for Admiral Arthur Phillips’ memorial service. I am a member of the Model United Nations where I have spoken in front of hundreds of people. I took part in the world-renowned Tall Ships Regatta, I have become an officer in the Combined Cadet Force and I have achieved my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Last summer I was also lucky enough to go on an amazing trip to Uganda where I worked on several conservation projects. And I haven’t even mentioned all the sport.

I was pleased to gain some good GCSE results last year, which is definitely a result of the support and guidance you get at a school like this. But in addition to good academic results, it is the incredible experiences I have accumulated and the great friends I have made that mean I am now confident and ready to confront whatever challenges life throws my way.

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