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I joined Radley entering with an academic scholarship and came from a little-known school in South Buckinghamshire, so I knew only one other person at the school. I was kept busy from the start, learning electric guitar as a new instrument, playing the cello in orchestra and enjoying regular music lessons. There are also many sporting opportunities at Radley and this fits well around my academic work. Radley life is busy and hugely fulfilling.




When I arrived at Radley in F Social, I knew that I was going to be a more musical and actor sort of person (and not academic and sporty). The music side of Radley is truly outstanding: all of the music teachers are incredible in their own different fields. Apart from the music and drama side, I like to play a lot of golf and it is really amazing to have our own nine-hole golf course on campus. It is an outstanding school and it keeps you unbelievably busy all the time which is really great!




One of my earliest memories of Radley College was standing outside the Precentor's room, waiting to be escorted in for my choir audition and turning to my fellow Shell and telling him that ‘I really can’t sing so don’t expect any wonders’, with him replying, rather pleased ‘Me neither’. I went into that room on my first day scared and nervous, but came out of it a confident young man, willing to throw himself head first into any challenge that Radley had on offer, whether it be a social debating competition, which I am currently preparing for, or a particularly challenging sports fixture. Radley has managed to give me that confidence to try new things.

I really enjoy taking part in debates and attending lectures, and at Radley you’re never at a loss with choice. In addition, my major passion at Radley is sport, and with the numerous opportunities here at Radley, for example the rowing tank, it is difficult not to improve your sporting skills.

Radley really has turned me into the person I am today, a young, confident, outgoing boy who is ready for anything.




At Radley, most of my interests revolve around the games field. As a lover of Rugby, Hockey and Cricket, there is so much to do, and as a pastime I have taken up Real Tennis as a sport: which I had never tried before coming to Radley.

I also play the flute and the musical options here are phenomenal, with groups, ensembles and concerts to play in.

Also, as far as academics are concerned, my favourite subjects are German, Maths and Sciences.




On arriving at Radley as an academic scholar from Sussex House, I was overwhelmed by the enormous variety of activities and opportunities that were suddenly available to me. I was particularly impressed by the wide range of eminent external academic, sporting and industry speakers which the school has attracted. Having plunged head first into this sea of possibilities, I am now a regular at many of the school societies, and a keen member of the Fencing club, allowing me to continue successfully competing in national Fencing competitions. Radley offers many opportunities to develop one's interests and being able to take advantage of these is hugely enjoyable.




I arrived at Radley from the comfort of my small Surrey prep school. After spending the first term learning everyone’s names, what Beagling was and when exactly brunch started on a Sunday, I could start to really enjoy the smorgasbord of things going on around me.

One of those things is music. I spend a lot of my time musically. Either blasting my trombone to Shostakovich in Concert Band; carefully practicing some Chopin on the piano; singing Monteverdi in the Chapel Choir or playing Led Zeppelin on my guitar in my room.

Amongst all this, I still find time to go to lessons and dissect sheep’s hearts in Biology, have an unbeaten season in Midgets Three rugby and act in plays. I have really tried to take part in as much of the incredible range of experiences offered at Radley.




Radley has always had a special place in our family, as it had supported my brother when he came here. After joining I swiftly settled in and, once in the swing of things, I could understand why my brother had such an amazing time here. When you join Radley you are thrown in at the deep end, and shown just about everything it has to offer in two weeks. From Real Tennis to Beagling, you will get a feel for everything. And once you have finished the first two intense weeks, it's up to you what to do next. For me, I joined the Choir, took on a role in the Shell Play and enjoyed some low-tier sport. All this while, being taught by the most intelligent and kind people.

Radley is such a special place, I have lots of fun and have made some great friends.




There are endless opportunities at Radley and a multitude of facilities mean life at Radley is interesting and rewarding. 

Being an Academic Scholar, I’ve noticed that the teaching is exceptional and at a quality very few schools can achieve. I play the piano, violin and organ and I find that Radley provides the guidance and support to develop me into a burgeoning musician. The ability to practise on an impressive organ, to perform in Coffee Concerts and to have experienced music teachers are privileges which make Radley a school which distinguishes itself not only academically but also in extra-curricular activities.


Senior Prefect, 6.2



It is hard to believe how quickly my time at Radley has flown by. As a 6.2 year group we are enjoying our new responsibilities and it is an honour to be Senior Prefect this year representing the boys as well as Captain of Rugby. There's never a dull day at Radley with the Dons always pushing you to exceed your potential. There are a plethora of activities that the College has to offer. In the past week alone, I have played in a rugby National Cup Match, sang Evensong with the Choir at Winchester Cathedral and heard two inspiring speakers not to mention the invaluable support I have had in preparing for my UCAS application. Radley is what you make of it and the 6.2 year group collectively hope that by giving something back to the college, boys will begin to appreciate how truly unique this place is.




I first visited Radley when I was just eight years old, as I was dragged to watch my brothers’ rugby matches. Unaware of what actually happened in day-to-day life, I was told when I was awarded my music scholarship that I would be busy; however that was an understatement. Radley does a very good job at making sure there is never a dull moment and that you’re active every waking minute. 


Playing three instruments and singing means that I spend all of my free time in the Music Department. The help and encouragement that I have received from the many dons has allowed me to follow my passion and I now attend the Junior Royal Academy of Music every Saturday. This has only been possible with the considerable improvement I have made since joining Radley.





I came to Radley in the footsteps of my two brothers. It has suited all three of us, but in different ways, which is why it’s so good; there is something for everyone here.

I’ve been introduced to so many different sports, academic subjects and activities which has made me aware of just how much Radley has to offer - it’s not all just work! The facilities are excellent and you are really encouraged to try everything. So I’ve taken up hockey as well as tried fives, rackets and squash in my free time. I also do drama as a subject, which I love. Music and theatre on their own, or together, is exceptional here, with lots of concerts to perform in and plays every year. I find boarding good fun with great friends.

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