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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 2021.

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 202§, its GCSE results yielded 58% 9-7 grades, its A-Levels 56% A-grades and an IB average of 37.5 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.


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 weekends exist but are not compulsory.


Gresham's School has a very strong drama department. 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-technology 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.


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


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