The School was founded in 1712 by Royal Charter to ‘improve navigation’ through education, preparing boys for service in the Royal Navy. Today discovery, exploration and challenge remain at the heart of our educational values. We encourage our pupils to discover their passions and strengths. We also challenge them to be ambitious inside and beyond the classroom.
Legacies of our seafaring heritage help make the School unique, including the exceptional provision for sailing, the spectacular whole-school ceremonial parades, the commemoration of key naval events and traditions, and our continued royal patronage.
However, we are also recognised for the distinctive, modern education we provide. We empower young people to learn and develop in a changing world, giving them the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to navigate their way confidently through university and beyond.