Rugby school japan

School life

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

Boarding & Day options


RSJ pupils will quickly learn that boarding life is dynamic, fun, and active. Boarders make the most of all the School facilities and have round-the-clock access to staff expertise supporting academic progress and pastoral development.

Weekly and full boarding

RSJ offers parents and pupils the ability to choose a boarding option that suits them. Full (7-day) boarders will reside in the new RSJ purpose-built boarding Houses, where they will be looked after 7-days a week and enjoy additional activities as well as the use of the school’s new facilities each evening and over every weekend during term time.

Weekly boarders will stay overnight at RSJ in a boarding House from Monday to Friday (5-day boarding), returning to school on a Sunday night. We anticipate this will become a very popular option for busy families in Tokyo and across Japan.


Our Day pupil packages combine flexibility with the full RSJ 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 each evening. Day Houses offer pupils 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.

House System

All RSJ pupils – day pupils, weekly boarders (5-day) and full boarders (7-day) – will become part of a House family. The House system originated at Rugby School over 200 years ago and will be central to student life at RSJ.

Each RSJ House, will become a true home away from home, a close-knit community to which every pupil belongs and is rightly proud of. The House system provides pupils with great joy and a sense of purpose, whilst instilling friendships for life across all year groups. Pupil life and wellbeing at each House will be overseen by the Housemaster or Housemistress, and the core House team, alongside the House tutors.

Academic Curriculum

Building on the educational ethos of Rugby School UK, teaching and learning with small class sizes are at the core of an RSJ education. Our forward-looking approach to learning – which encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking – and our globally-minded attitude towards holistic development, means that 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 deemed by RSJ educators are important for equipping young people for tomorrow’s world. 

Core subjects at RSJ 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 RSJ pupils will be expected to learn a foreign language, as well as continue with their Japanese studies. In addition, RSJ pupils will have access to lessons in Design Technology, taking advantage of the wonderful new facilities across the School campus.

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

At Sixth Form (Years 12-13), RSJ 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, pupils are supported in completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a topic of their choice.

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.

It is envisaged that many RSJ pupils will wish to pursue applications to outstanding universities throughout the world.

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 each 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 clubs will be made available to all pupils – 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.