1934 the date we moved to our present site on a 200-acre estate to the north-west of London
over 3000 trees on our site
RMS boasts an array of outstanding facilities for the performing arts, sport, art, textiles and photography as well as for academic study.
All facilities are designed and operated with the girls in mind - from the opening hours of our well stocked Resource Centre to access to the brand new Nuffield Health and Fitness Centre. Our Campaign for Excellence fundraising programme is now focussing on improving our Design and Technology facilities, in respond to increased demand from the girls to study this subject.
The enviable sports facilities are housed within the impressive sports centre, run in partnershp with Nuffield Health. Facilities include a brand new fitness suite, a rubber floored hall which converts to either eight badminton course, two tennis courts, two volleyball courts, two netball courts or an indoor hockey pitch. Bleecher seating provides ample spectator space and the shallow profile of the hall also supports viewing galleries. Such balcony areas offer themselves to activities such as martial arts, table tennis and fencing.
The fully equipped fitness suite has an extensive range of both cardiovascular and resistance training, for an all-round body workout. Additional facilities include an indoor, heated swimming pool, four glass-backed squash courts, two classrooms for pilates and yoga and a separate sprung-floored gymnasium, used for gymnastics, trampolining, dance, aerobics and self-defence classes.
Beyond the sport centre, the outdoor facilities are set within over 150 acres of beautiful parkland, lending themselves to cross-country running, outdoor adventure activities and Duke of Edinburgh training. In early 2015, a brand new all weather pitch was opened, funded by the Campaign for Excellence giving our talented hockey players a place they can call home!
Additional sporting venues include an indoor pool, six outdoor netball courts, and 14 tennis courts.
Art, Textiles and Photography Facilities
It is not just sport that is well catered for at RMS, and the excellent reputation the School has for Visual Arts is due in no small part to the excellent facilities on offer for these subjects. The Art, Textiles, Photography and DT Departments are lively centres of creative activity, offering all girls the chance to discover the satisfaction of personal expression.
RMS has a thriving Art Department, which regularly puts on exhibitions for the rest of the School community. Art facilities include two large, well lit studios, and ceramics facilities including a large kiln. We also have sufficient space to work on large scale paintings and sculptures, and a printmaking press for etchings, collographs, monoprints and more. The department also is home to a dedicated PC area, where our PCs have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, and where you can find two colour laser printers and projectors and digital cameras. Sixth Formers are also welcome to come and work on their art projects during study periods and we have a dedicated space for them to use to do this. The Department has its own excellent library of books and resources, in addition to those found in the Resource Centre, which also holds the latest exhibition catalogues and publications. The large exhibition space in the Sports Hall is used to showcase School artwork in the Trinity Term.
Textiles is another popular choice at GCSE and A Level, and is also studied on a carousel basis in Years 7 to 9. The School is equipped with excellent resources for Textiles; we have three classroom areas equipped with sewing machine, a printing table with light exposure box and cleaning booth. There is also a wide range of equipment for different techniques studied by the girls – Batik, silk painting, printing, machine embroidery, fashion construction and many more. The emphasis is primarily on practical skills and experimenting, and the results of the girls’ work are frequently on display for the rest of the School community to enjoy. The Textiles Department also makes use of computers and department libraries as well as using the Resource Centre.
Photography is another subject available for study at A Level. The course covers both traditional and modern photography techniques, and girls have access to a vast range of manual and digital cameras and lenses. Facilities include two studios, two dark rooms, studio lighting and backgrounds, and huge array of props! The department is supported by some state of the art IT facilities including PCs and Macs, and colour printers printing up to A1 size.
Science and Technology
The Science Department at RMS is well-resourced and set in its own purpose-built building. It has ten fully fitted laboratories and a designated ICT suite. In addition to laboratories, RMS is extremely privileged to be one of very few schools with its own telescope and planetarium to support the teaching of Astronomy topics across the curriculum. The Department runs a thriving Astronomy Club in addition to offering it as a subject at GCSE. We also make use of the vast natural resources RMS has to offer, including pond dipping, visits to the River Chess, natures walks and independent study in the conservation areas.
Design and Technology is available as an option to all girls from year 7 to 13, with many girls choosing to study the subject for GCSE, and some study Product Design for A Level. The School has three workshops, two for plastic and wood project work, each with design rooms attached, and one metalwork workshop.
Performing Arts Facilities
More information on our Performing Arts Facilities coming soon!
The Resource Centre
The Resource Centre is located at the heart of the School site, and is therefore in a good position to serve both teaching departments and the boarding houses. Its opening hours are:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am– 9:00 pm
- Friday: 8:30 am– 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 1:00-4:00pm
The Resource Centre is open throughout morning breaktime and lunchtime, and during lesson time for the use of classes or Sixth Form girls with Study Periods. There is a self-issue system in operation which means that, at any time the building is open, pupils and staff may borrow and return items. Catalogue search can also be carried out on these self-issue computers or via any networked computer in the School.
The Resource Centre has a collection of more than 16,000 books stored on two floors. The collection is arranged in twenty bays, most of which have a study table and chairs. Some of the bays have comfortable seating instead of study tables and there are other comfortable seats for quiet reading. The upstairs bays include the Fiction collection, arranged alphabetically by author's surname. This collection is constantly updated, to reflect the reading interests of library users whilst also maintaining copies of key literary classics. Downstairs, the Non-Fiction collection is arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System, which ensures that key subjects are organised together in the bays. The Non-Fiction materials are selected in conjunction with subject staff and are intended to support curriculum requirements as well as extension reading. There is a growing collection of Non-Fiction resources to support research, revision and study techniques.
In addition to the books and study desks, there are also 16 computers located in the Resource Centre. These are available for the use of students throughout the school day and until the Resource Centre closes in the evenings.
The Resource Centre maintains subscriptions to a wide range of academic journals and magazines. These are available for reference use in the Resource Centre, and it is also possible to photocopy key pages and articles to support individual study and reading interests. The magazines available cover a range of subjects including Art, Textiles, Photography, Cookery, Science, History, English Literature and Modern Foreign Languages.
All members of the Senior School are members of the Resource Centre. New pupils are asked to register with the Resource Centre to activate their accounts, and access to them is provided via biometric (fingerprint) registration. All members of the School are encouraged to use the Resource Centre facilities for work and leisure resources.
The School Librarian organises a number of reading and book clubs for girls throughout the Senior School, which operate either in lunch times or after School.
IT provision within the School is outstanding and we have impressive suites of rooms which give all pupils easy access to Information Technology. IT is integrated into the curriculum and all girls learn keyboard skills, and have their own password-protected directory to store their work and to access they own personal email account from School or home. There are over 400 computers and the use of projectors and interactive whiteboards is standard in lessons. We constantly strive to upgrade our facilities to ensure we remain at the cutting edge in integrating IT efficiently into the girls’ learning.
From September 2015, girls in Years 6 to 10 will be required to bring an iPad to School with them. To learn more about Digital Learning at RMS, please read "Digital Learning" handbook here.
Gymnastics, trampolining, dance et al take place in a jawdropping double sports hall that would give most public sports centres a run for their money The Good Schools Guide 2014/15