Reigate Grammar School is a 2–18 mixed independent day school in Reigate, England. It was established in 1675 by Henry Smith; 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. 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 co-educational. In 2003, the school merged with a local prep school St. Mary's School. In 2015, The Sunday Times Parent Power guide ranked RGS as the top co-educational independent day school in Surrey. In 2015, over 71% of A Level results were A* or A grades, which placed Reigate Grammar 35th nationally in The Telegraph. In 2016 students achieved a 100% pass rate at GCSE, with 83% of results graded A* and A.
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 Broadfield house, an old Reigate home, was where History, Business studies and other subjects were taught. It is now used for Drama. Opposite Broadfield house is the Cornwallis building, 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 Reigate Grammar. In 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate rated Reigate Grammar as'Exceptional' for Achievement and Learning, making it the first co-educational day school to achieve this rating, their report found that'Pupils of all needs and abilities are successful in their learning.
The school meets its aim to develop the talents and abilities of the pupils. The school has responded positively and to the recommendation of the previous inspection to develop independent work and intellectual curiosity and to ensure challenge and rigour in learning are provided more throughout the school. Pupils are well supported by the excellent quality of teaching throughout the school'. In former reports, Reigate Grammar is described as providing'a good all-round education' with'broad curriculum and a wide range of quality activities'. Inspectors found it a'friendly, welcoming community in which pupils of all abilities are mutually supportive, creating a relaxed environment, which encourages pupils to fulfil their potential'. Other strengths of the school identified by inspectors included high quality pastoral care and guidance, mutual respect between pupils and staff, excellent provision of ICT; the team of 12 inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, who visited the school in October 2005, commented that "the school has much strength" but would benefit from greater sharing of good practice between departments, greater independent learning, more risk assessments.
Shaun Fenton, son of Alvin Stardust is the headmaster at Reigate Grammar school. He was headmaster at Pate's Grammar School and Sir John Lawes School, he is a member of the Headmistresses' Conference. David Thomas was headmaster of Reigate Grammar School from September 2001 to July 2012, he is now Master of Music at Winchester College. In 2013 the school offered to give financial support to Dunottar School in Reigate, in return Reigate Grammar School would help manage Dunottar. 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. 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.
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Frank Eneri Bunce is a retired New Zealand rugby union player and current coach. He played international rugby for both Western Samoa and New Zealand in the 1990s, appearing in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups, he played in 55 for New Zealand. Bunce was born in New Zealand and attended Mangere College, he has two daughters and Victoria, three sons, Chance and Joshua. He is the great nephew of the premier of Niue, he wrote an autobiography, Frank Confessions, published in 1998, contributed to the book Rugby Skills and Rules with Tony Williams, published in 2008. Bunce began his representative career at the Manukau club, progressed to Auckland B in 1984 and Auckland in 1986, the same year he was selected for the North Island team, he remained with Auckland until 1990, not a first choice player, although he did play in the trial for the All Blacks in 1988. In 1991 he moved to North Harbour. Though of Niuean descent, he was selected to play for Western Samoa, receiving international attention at the 1991 World Cup where the Samoan team reached the quarter-finals.
These performances brought him to the attention of New Zealand coach Laurie Mains who selected him to play for the All Blacks in 1992. Bunce became a regular feature of the All Black backline, missing only one game until his last game on 6 December 1997 against England in London, he played for New Zealand in the NZRU's centenary games against a World XV, against the British and Irish Lions in their 1993 tour, in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, the first two Tri Nations tournaments and the victorious series win over South Africa in 1996. He captained New Zealand once in a non-test game, played for New Zealand at the first Sevens World Cup in 1993, he scored 20 international tries for New Zealand, one try for Samoa. He played for the Chiefs until 1998, played one season for Castres in France, one season for Bristol in England before retiring in 1999. At the close of his international career he was 35 years and 305 days old, a ripe old age for an international rugby player, he was the second-oldest All Black and New Zealand's most capped test centre at the time, oldest back.
Conrad Smith has the most caps as an All Black outside centre overall Though best known as an excellent defensive player, he was a strong attacking player in his own right. Bunce's powerful running and strength when tackled allowed the backs outside him to shine. Bunce coached in Italy from 2001 to 2003, was Auckland's defence coach in 2004 and served as a technical advisor to Samoa in 2005, he is a position-specific coach for the International Rugby Academy in New Zealand. Frank Bunce at AllBlacks.com