Founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham, Gresham’s School has a long and distinguished history. Considerable expansion of the School over the twentieth century has ensured it changes with the times while still not losing its community atmosphere.The School is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, only four miles from the stunning North Norfolk coastline. The scenic beaches at Wells, Holkham and Blakeney are a short drive away. Students certainly have the best of both worlds: an academically strong school and amazing opportunities to be amidst stunning landscape within minutes. Holt itself is a thriving market town. Both the Prep and Senior School occupy an attractive 170 acre site on the edge of the town. Town centre shops are just a short walk away.Boarding life
With their own distinctive character and style, the Seven Houses provide a real home-from-home environment for the 300 or so boarders at Gresham’s. Owing to a continuous programme of refurbishment the Houses and their facilities remain up-to-date.Pupils who join the School in Year 9 are expected to share a small dormitory. Older pupils share study bedrooms, while the majority of Sixth Formers have their own room. Shared kitchens and common rooms are available in each house.
Boarders are free to join organised weekend trips and activities. It is common for Karaoke nights, film evenings and fancy dress parties to be held on a Saturday evening. Trips to theme parks and Norwich Theatre Royal are also popular with boarders.
In Years 10 and 11, students study up to ten IGCSE and GCSE subjects which enables them to keep open a wide diversity of career opportunities. In the Sixth Form, students may opt to study the IB Diploma Programme, which the School is stamping its quality on with an average score of 34.2 in 2014. Alternatively, students can choose a more traditional portfolio of four A level subjects.
The School values academic enrichment highly. In Year 9, students can nominate an enrichment area to explore. In Year 11, study skills and revision techniques are supported at a crucial time while pupils also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Weekly academic enrichment lecture series are available in Lower Sixth whilst the Upper Sixth are encouraged to advance their learning techniques to undergraduate level. Right throughout the School, academic societies thrive.
Sport and sporting facilities
Students are actively encouraged to take part in sports, and the School has an enviable reputation in hockey, shooting, netball, cricket and rugby.
Teams compete on a weekly basis throughout the year, with competitive fixtures played against other independent schools in the Norfolk region on Saturday.
Sporting facilities include floodlit astro-turf pitches, 25-metre indoor swimming pool, large sports hall, over 30 tennis courts, an indoor 8-lane shooting range, seven rugby pitches, netball and squash courts, weights and fitness room, an athletics track and a cross-country course.