We often have prospective parents asking about the origins of our name. A common misconception is that Rugby School is named after the sport (and that we are an exclusive sporting academy), when in reality it is the opposite! Rugby the sport was named after Rugby the school.
Rugby School (UK) was established back in 1567 and has long since been considered one of the best independent schools in Britain. In 1823 William Webb Ellis, a Rugby student with a fine disregard for rules picked up the ball during a football match and ran with it, thus creating the ‘rugby’ style of play. Since that day, rugby has evolved into a world-famous sport and was fittingly named after the place of its inception. Our students enjoy rugby training and matches as part of school life here; sport is woven into the daily timetable at RST, alongside daily co-curricular activities, however, academic excellence is the true heart of a Rugby School education.