Gresham's School

Gresham's School, located in Holt in Norfolk, is a beautiful, down-to-earth countryside boarding school. Gresham's School has a real campus-feel thanks to the gorgeous cricket lawns up-front, surrounded by the school buildings and boarding houses. The school is a little off-piste, but its good teachers, great sports, outdoors possibilities, arts and drama make this a destination that definitely merits a visit.
Von Bülow Education placed 2 pupils here in 2020.

The Essentials

  • Number of pupils: 480

  • Percentage boarders: 65%

  • Percentage international pupils: 20%

  • Av. class size: senior school: 15 // 6th Form: 8

  • Closest international airport: Stansted Airport, one hour away by car

  • Fees per term for 2021/22: £12,370


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What we think
Perfect for anyone interested in a more rural school with excellent drama, arts and sports.

The Details

The Academics:

The school offers GCSEs, A-Levels and the IB.

Gresham's School is doing well academically. In 2019, its GCSE results yielded 43% A-grades, its A-Levels 29% A-grades and an IB average of 34 points. Given that the school is only moderately selective, this is a set of very decent results.

The SEN provision at Gresham's School is strong. With about 20% of pupils receiving support for mild dyslexia or dyspraxia, the school is well staffed with part- and full-time staff devoting time to help.

Boarding:

65% of pupils are full-time boarders. The boarding houses are close to campus (2mins walk on average) and have a comfortable, homely feel. Pupils share with between one and three others up until U6th. In U6th, most pupils have single rooms.

Exeat week-ends exist but are not compulsory.

Strengths:

Gresham's School has very strong drama. The school's Auden Theatre is a highly professional venue and the heart of the school's theatre productions. With at least three major productions a year, pupils can get involved both on stage or as technical crew behind the scences. The amazing,oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman graced Gresham's theatre boards, if you need a reference for how good drama here is!

Gresham's School makes full use of its rural location. Outdoors pursuits are fantastic here with pupils going trekking, sailing and climbing on a regular basis. The school's Outdoor Activity Center, complete with climbing wall, zip line and obstacle course, makes it even more attractive. The location has a further beneficial side-effect - far from London, this is a school that is refreshingly unselfconscious, unpretentious and down-to-earth!

The school has a strong sports offering. Next to the classics rugby, hockey, cricket and netball, the school offers very good shooting, sailing, fencing, cycling, swimming, tennis and squash.

Lastly, the art and design-techology departments have lots to offer. We saw some very impressive paintings, textiles and design prototypes last time we visited, and our pupils praise the passionate, creative teachers.

Weaknesses:

None that immediately spring to mind. We are fans!


The Location
Gresham's School is part of the picturesque village Holt.

The Address
Gresham's School
Cromer Rd

NR25
England

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