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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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Founded in 1555, Gresham’s is an authentic boarding and day school providing a fully-rounded education to boys and girls aged two to 18. The school is set in 200 acres, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just four miles from the breathtaking North Norfolk coast.

At every level, Gresham’s offer a curriculum which is versatile and enriching. In the Sixth Form, students can choose to study either our highly successful IB Diploma Programme, a portfolio of three A level subjects, or to replace one or two A levels with BTEC diplomas.
Although it is important that every pupil reaches their academic potential, we believe there is much more to a Gresham’s education. Our pupils are quite happy to try their hand at anything and believe that success is excelling in where their heart and interests lie.
Pupils have many opportunities to participate in a diverse and exciting range of co-curricular sports, arts and music activities along with adventurous expeditions and community-based service. Our excellent facilities provide so many opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and explore new interests. In 2018, we launched our new outdoor activity centre with a 250m zip wire and 28m climbing tower. Gresham's is an All Steinway School, providing our musicians with world-class pianos, and in 2017, we opened a new state of the art music school with a recording studio, 140 seat auditorium and practice rooms.

The Dyson Building opened at Gresham’s in September 2021. Sir James Dyson, a former pupil at the school, has enabled the innovative new centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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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.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




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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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Special Education Needs

Our Learning Support Department caters for pupils with a variety of specific learning difficulties. Pupils receive one-to-one tuition from qualified and experienced SpLD teachers. All pupils having 1:1 support have an individual education plan which is reviewed and updated twice a year. We also teach small groups and offer supervised study/prep and provide in-class support where necessary. Some pupils may require learning support throughout their entire career at Gresham’s, while others may only require extra help occasionally. We do our utmost to offer assistance which best matches the needs of the pupil, striving to help each child excel. Many pupils receiving learning support will go on to achieve impressive GCSE, IB and A-level results, and we take pride in their achievements.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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