- Diamond Teaching Model
The Royal School is the only school in Surrey to follow the ‘diamond teaching model’.
This means co-education at the youngest ages, single sex through the Prep department to GCSEs then a co-educational Sixth Form.
The Royal School was founded in 1995 as a result of the merger of two leading historic girls’ schools:
The Royal Naval School (founded in 1840) and The Grove School (founded in 1858).
In recent years, the School has continued to develop. We opened our International department in 2003
and our Daycare department in 2007.
In 2011 we adopted a ‘diamond’ model of education which enables children to benefit academically from single-sex classes at key points in their education.
The principal advantage of the ‘diamond’ model is that boys and girls will be taught in a way that maximises their learning but also enables many co-ed opportunities to exist side by side. We are the only school in Surrey to follow this model.
The School’s Daycare and Nursery departments are co-educational.
In September 2012 we will have boys in our Reception and Prep 1 classes at the Junior School.
Boys and girls will be taught in separate classes when they move into Year 3.
In September 2013 we will open our boys’ senior school to Year 7 pupils. In September 2014 the boys’ senior school will expand to include Years 7, 8 & 9.
In September 2017 girls and boys will be taught together in the Sixth Form.
The diamond model ensures that children benefit academically from single-sex classes at key points in their education as illustrated below.