Sixth Form *IB option from 2021*

We are delighted to announce that from 2021 we will offer the International Baccalaureate Programme as part of our Sixth Form curriculum. For more details, click here

Sixth Form students at Rugby School are encouraged and supported to go beyond their best, to try something new, to take advantage of the many great opportunities and use these final two years at one of the UK’s top independent schools as an inspirational launch pad.

“Rugby School has been so much more than a school to me. The academic experience here is an extraordinary combination of dedicated teachers, an atmosphere of support and motivation and an aim for every student to achieve their academic and personal best” - Sixth Form student

Join our thriving Upper School, choose from an excellent range of subject choices with the knowledge there will be individual support from teachers dedicated to providing the tools best suited to help each and every student challenge themselves and flourish. Our curriculum currently offers A-Levels, but students joining from 2021 will also have the option of following the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Students opting for the International Baccalaureate curriculum must select three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. This option allows students to develop breadth of academic learning as well as depth. Students wishing to study the A-Level curriculum must choose three subjects only (although Further Mathematics may be chosen as a fourth subject). This option allows for specialisation and focus. Our  academic leadership team offer the option of personalised advice about the choice of Sixth Form curriculum and subjects for any student who joins our Upper School.

Rugby Sixth Formers enjoy the School’s Collingwood Centre – a dedicated Sixth Form facility centred on an impressive three-storey, Pugin-style building.

Only Sixth Form subjects are taught here including Economics, Business Studies, Politics, PE and Philosophy. A scaled-down House of Commons, complete with green leather seats, brings politics to life, while the modern, comfortable common room is a privilege for Upper School only creating more of a ‘university’ atmosphere.

“Rugby school teaches lessons beyond the classroom, and equips every pupil with responsibility, curiosity to learn and to challenge themselves but also to cherish their personal achievement” - Sixth Form student

Rugby School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit
Rugby School intends to complete the process of authorization by September 2020 a year in advance of our planned first teaching cohort starting the diploma in September 2021.

COVID-19 Update

In view of the fast-moving situation regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Executive Leadership closed Rugby School and Bilton Grange sites from 18.00 on 17 March.

Plans are in place to teach students remotely until the leadership team is in a position to confidently re-open the School sites.