Rugby school japan

School life

RSJ is proud to offer a variety of pupil experiences to meet the needs of each individual RSJ family.

Day & Boarding options


Our Day pupil packages combine flexibility with the full Rugby School Japan experience

For parents and pupils living near the RSJ campus, our Day Houses offer the best of both worlds – the breadth and depth of the RSJ boarding ethos and experience with the flexibility of returning home every day.

Our Day Houses are open from 7.00am until the final co-curricular and supervised homework sessions have finished each evening, offering time and space in the day to make the very most of all the opportunities on offer at RSJ, from academic enrichment sessions to a huge range of co-curricular options and social events.


RSJ pupils will quickly learn that boarding life is dynamic, fun, and active. They make the most of the School facilities and access staff expertise to develop further academically.

Weekly and full boarding

Rugby School Japan gives parents and pupils an ability to choose an option that suits them.  Full boarders will reside in the new purpose-built boarding Houses, where they will be looked after 7 days a week and enjoy additional activities and the use of the school’s new facilities each evening and over each weekend.

Weekly boarders will also stay overnight each evening in a boarding House from Monday to Saturday afternoon each week, returning to school on a Monday morning, and we anticipate this will become a very popular option for busy families in Tokyo and beyond.


Regardless of whether a pupil is a day pupil, weekly boarder or full boarder they will become part of a House.

The House system began at Rugby School and will be integral to Rugby School Japan.

Every pupil that enrols will join a House, which will become a true home away from home, a real family to which every pupil belongs and is rightly proud of.  This will provide them with a base from which to prepare for lessons and socialise with friends.  Their welfare will be overseen by the Housemaster or Housemistress, and the core House team, alongside the House tutors.

Academic Curriculum

Following in the footsteps of our Rugby UK parent school, teaching and learning is at the core of a Rugby School Japan education. With small class sizes, our forward-looking approach to learning – which encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking – and our globally-minded attitude towards education and holistic development, our students are prepared for university life and the world beyond.  

Pupils joining us in Years 7-9 benefit from a broad and balanced education in all the subjects we feel are important for equipping young people for tomorrow’s world. 

Core subjects will include Mathematics and English, and humanities subjects including History and Geography.  Science lessons will take place in new, cutting edge science labs and there will also be an emphasis on lessons in the creative arts such as Music, Art and Drama that will take advantage of the new Black Box theatre, the Music Centre and Art studios.  All pupils will be expected to learn a foreign language, as well as continue with their Japanese studies.  All RSJ pupils will also have access to lessons in Design Technology, taking advantage of the wonderful new facilities that will be built in this area.

This breadth and balance is continued at IGCSE level (Years 10-11) with a wide range of subjects that we believe delivers the best educational experience up to the age of 16.

At Sixth Form (Years 12-13), Rugby School Japan offers a rigorous and highly respected programme of advanced academic study in the form of A levels. A levels are stand-alone, subject-based qualifications which allow for a high degree of specialisation in three chosen subjects. In addition, students are supported in completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a topic of their choice.

It is envisaged that many RSJ pupils will wish to pursue applications to outstanding universities throughout the world.  The academic enrichment programme outside of the classroom will be rich and varied, including entries into national and international competitions, collaborations with universities that lead to  regular additional lectures with visiting speakers and societies.  Departmental visits outside of the classroom will be the norm, so that pupils will be stretched and challenged, and  foster their love of each subject.

Co-curricular activities

RSJ is dedicated to the belief that social, recreational and cultural co-curricular activities are an essential element of developing ‘The Whole Person’ and underpin the development of every individual pupil. 

There will be an extensive programme of co-curricular activities for every pupil to pursue at RSJ, including sports, music, drama, and dance, making full use of our brand new cutting-edge facilities. 

RSJ will also offer a vibrant and broad and popular programme of co-curricular clubs, societies and activities, such as debating, financial investment clubs and ecological clubs. 

These societies and clubs will open for all pupils to engage with – they will be available to all regardless of experience or skill level.

Our co-curricular provision will be about inspiring pupils to try new activities and experiences, and to develop the character to rise to the challenges presented to them.

term Dates and holidays


The pattern of terms will follow closely a UK model.  This means that the academic year will begin in late August, and there will be three terms (semesters) each year.  Term 1 will end in December, term 2 will begin in January and finish in March, and the final term each year will begin in April and finish in late June. Each term will have a half-term break where all pupils will return home, or stay with an appointed guardian.

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