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Outdoorsy lot who make the most of the facilities and seem to agree with the ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ outlook. Friendly pupils, unflustered and polite, with just the right amount of door-holding and rather less hair flicking and self-conscious teenage behaviour than usual. Un-flashy, country school, ‘It’s a Barbour and boots place.’ The need for teenagers, sixth formers particularly, to handle stress is taken seriously with regular sessions on relaxation and quick intervention if a pupil is struggling. Sixth formers also choose their own…

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What the school says...

Gresham's is a vibrant co-educational school where we bring out the best in each other. We provide a high quality, fully rounded education to boys and girls from the age of three in our Pre-Prep Nursery to Sixth Form students. We are fortunate to benefit from extensive and peaceful grounds in the pretty Georgian market town of Holt, just four miles from the coast and twenty-three miles from Norwich with its historical attractions and national and international transport links.

In 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded the school 'excellent' in all nine categories following its inspection.

The breadth and diversity of our school community make for a happy, warm and supportive learning environment. Here, young people are prepared for rewarding personal and professional lives with the intellectual, personal and social qualities and skills needed to make a positive difference to the communities in which they live.

Pupils have many opportunities to participate in an exciting range of co-curricular sports, arts and music activities along with adventurous expeditions and community-based service. Gresham's is an All Steinway School, providing our musicians with world-class pianos on which to practise and develop their musical talents. Whilst we can boast first class academic achievements, the academic success and personal development of all pupils at all levels gives us the greatest sense of fulfilment and reward.
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What the parents say...

We took our kids out of stressed out of their London schools and into lovely Gresham’s. It has been the absolute making of them - massive reduction in screen time has increased happiness no end; fresh air; excellent sports, arts and drama; house life rubbing shoulders with lots of good role models; superb teaching for both our brightest and our non-academic; culminating in winning places at fantastic universities ( all of them!). Made friends for life from Norfolk, wider UK, Europe and beyond! Wish we’d done it sooner as the London kid lifestyle was no good at all.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Photography) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2014, Douglas Robb MA (Edinburgh) politics, MEd (Homerton, Cambridge), previously head of Oswestry School. A post-university spell of teaching in Zimbabwe and at Fettes College helped decide his career. Following a post teaching politics and economics at Loughborough grammar, he taught and was a housemaster at Oundle for 10 very happy years which ‘totally persuaded me of the benefits of boarding.’ Quite a commanding physical presence (a former rugby player), extremely quick-witted and entertaining, a live wire. ‘He is confident enough to be able to listen to us and sometimes change his mind,’ we were told by a pupil, and it is clear that he has ‘picked up the vibe’ of the school. He thinks ‘it is dangerous to try and change a school; find one that’s good and help make it the...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Greshams Learning Support department, housed in a newly extended support centre, deals mainly with pupils who are dyslexic, dyspraxic or dyscalculic. There are currently 105 pupils on the learning support register; 53 are receiving regular individual lessons from suitably qualified teachers, whilst those who have become independent learners may only need occasional help. All pupils are screened on entry to the school to ensure that anyone who needs help is identified and appropriate help is arranged. Pupils who are known to have a specific learning difficulty before they enter the school are tested by the head of learning support before entry. There is some limited in-class support for pupils who need a scribe for examinations, and many pupils use laptops as their usual method of presenting work. In the GCSE years pupils who have individual lessons usually take nine rather than ten GCSEs and the one-to-one sessions are supplemented by small study groups led by a teacher from the department. The results for pupils on the learning support register are good; all pupils usually achieve GCSE English, English literature and mathematics with at least a grade C and we would expect almost all of our pupils to take A levels and then go on to university.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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