The Aspire Programme

At the Royal High School, all students are challenged to be the very best versions of themselves. The Aspire programme is designed to stretch and extend all students across all age ranges, enabling them to blossom into independent, inquisitive and intellectually curious young women. We encourage all students to take part in a wide variety of super-curricular activities so that they develop the skills necessary to flourish in the world beyond school. At the Royal High School, we know that well-rounded individuals are not just the product of a school curriculum, and we delight in watching every student discover more about the evolving world we are surrounded by.


The Aspire programme comprises three strands:

  1. RHS Super-Curricular Clubs and Activities

Each department aims to offer a range of academically challenging activities throughout the year. These are run by our dedicated teaching staff and aim to open new worlds of experience to the girls, so that they can further and deepen their love of whatever area of the curriculum excites them. From ceramics to cosmic rays, GIS mapping to debating, there really is something for everyone! A full list of these clubs can be found in the Aspire brochure below.  

  1. Aspire Lectures

The Aspire Lectures occur twice per term and are given by our dynamic teachers on topics that are not covered in the curriculum. These are open to all students in Years 7-13 to attend, as well as parents, and are an opportunity to broaden students’ knowledge of intellectual matters.  

  1. The Aspire Group

The Aspire group is comprised of students from Years 9 to 13 and is based on academic performance in school. The groups meet on a fortnightly basis and discuss current affairs, challenging philosophical and ethical issues, and complex logical problems that are not covered in the school curriculum. The aim of the group is to prepare students for a challenging interview process, such as might occur at Oxbridge or other top Russell Group universities. Students are encouraged to challenge their preconceptions and consider uncomfortable scenarios, so that they become flexible thinkers, equipped to tackle life’s perplexing questions.  

Every Girl Matters

Central to the Royal High School’s ethos is the notion that every student should have the right to further herself academically. It is for this reason that we take our academic super-curricular offer very seriously and constantly seek opportunities that broaden and enrich the lives of students. In addition to the above, each year group in KS3 is taken off timetable at least once a year, so that they can undertake a demanding cross-curricular project. Such projects provide excellent opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving; all skills which aim to develop the enquiring minds of the future.