Based in beautiful north Norfolk, Gresham's is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school with a very proud history of educating children since 1555.
About the school
Gresham’s Senior School is a co-educational school for both day and boarding pupils aged 13 to 18. Set in nearly 200 acres of countryside, the school is just four miles from the north Norfolk coast. Inside the classroom and out, we believe in giving pupils the time and space they need to become confident, well-rounded individuals. Academically, we offer a very wide range of subjects, ensuring that all interests and talents are well catered for. In the Sixth Form the International Baccalaureate Diploma is offered alongside A-levels. Students can also enjoy a wide range of non-academic activities, including drama, music and community activities, as well as outside visits and expeditions. We are particularly well-known for our extensive facilities and sporting achievements. This unique combination of choice and excellence ensures that we have a strong tradition of producing achievers in all walks of life. Why not come and see for yourself the difference a Gresham’s education makes? We welcome individual visits and also host Open Mornings in the Autumn and Spring terms. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
We offer a range of scholarships to talented pupils entering Year 9 and the Lower Sixth Form. Academic scholarships are worth up to 20% of the school fee for children applying to Year 9. Scholarships are also available in Art, Sport, Drama and Music and are worth up to 20% of the fee. In addition we offer a number of music awards including the Britten Instrumental Scholarships and Vocal, Organ and Instrumental Scholarships. Further information is available at www.greshams.com/scholarships
Gresham’s pupils selected for the Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team
Three members of GreshThree members of Gresham’s School Rifle Club been selected for the Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team, ‘The Athelings’ with training beginning at the end of this month.
10th March 2020 — Three members of Gresham’s School Rifle Club been selected for the Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team, ‘The Athelings’ with training beginning at the end of this month.
Toby Cubitt, Alex Todd and Mackenzie Woodcock have all secured their places on the team which will be competing in Canada in August this year. They are senior members of the school’s Rifle Club and will be following in the footsteps of some world class, former Greshamian shooters.
Toby, Alex and Mac are all currently enjoying a successful year in the small-bore range. Toby is the Clubs small-bore Captain and all three are permanent members of the Rifle Clubs ‘A’ team.
The Athelings is a full-bore tour for which the three pupils were selected on the back of their excellent shooting, last July, at the National Rifle Association’s Imperial Meeting. There were around 1,000 competitors competing at the annual open competition.
This month’s training session will be the beginning of their preparations for the tour and then they will take up their duties at the Imperial Meeting, at Bisley, this July for the UK stage. As Athelings, they will shoot against the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in the first round of the Rex Goddard match, and will also be hoping for selection to the UK Cadet team that compete against the Canadian Cadets in the AG Bell.
The team will then travel to Canada to spend the whole of August competing in the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association meeting at Connaught Ranges, Ottawa. They will shoot in both individual and team competitions, including the second stage of the Rex Goddard match. Off the ranges, the team will have time to enjoy and learn more about their surroundings, taking part in activities and visits.
We wish them all the very best of luck for this tour.
A number of pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt have had their outstanding talent in a variety of sports recognised, with exciting fixtures and events ahead of them.
31st January 2020 — In February, 16 year old Ben Wilcox from King’s Lynn will travel to Mumbai, India as part of the Nottinghamshire Academy Cricket team. Just three of the academy’s rising stars were selected to go to the training camp which will provide an extensive focus on their batting technique.
Chris Brown, Gresham’s Head of Cricket and Norfolk Cricket Board's performance manager, said “Having been away with the Nottinghamshire Academy myself, I realise the immense value of the trip for Ben. An intensive camp such as this will give perhaps 6 or 7 weeks’ worth of training to the academy players in just 8 days.
“We’re really excited by the strength of our cricket here at Gresham’s currently. We’re pleased to have recently welcomed 15 year old Ben Panter to the team, a fantastic opening bowler.”
Adding more talent to the Gresham’s cricket team is Sakhumuzi Ndlela, who is currently in South Africa playing in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup. Sakhumuzi, who is studying his A Levels at Gresham’s, is bowling for his home team, Zimbabwe.
Aside from cricket, Elliott Hart, 14 years old from Diss, has been selected for the NCFC youth team that will travel to Riga, Latvia for a winter football tournament. From 31st January to 2nd February, each team will play 5 games as they make their way through the group stage and on to the final matches to decide the winners. NCFC have been drawn in group D and will face the home team Riga FC, FC Espoo and Samba FC. Elliott attends Gresham’s as a day pupil and trains with the academy twice per week.
Last weekend Gresham’s 1st VII represented Norfolk in the East Region Finals of the under 19 National Schools Netball Competition in Welwyn Garden City. They qualified in November at the UEA as winners of the Norfolk round, beating Norwich School in the final by one goal in extra time. The team recently had an inspiring visit from Eboni Usoro Brown who plays for the England netball team. Eboni spent the whole day with the Gresham’s netball players, working with every squad, and talking to them about her own journey including her 100 caps for England, Team Bath, Commonwealth Gold, beating Australia, and her work as a solicitor.
For many years, Gresham’s School Rifle Club has maintained an excellent standing among other shooting schools and clubs. This year, three pupils from the school have been selected as members of the Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team, ‘The Athelings’. Toby Cubitt, 17, Alex Todd, 17 and Mackenzie Woodcock, 16 all from Norfolk, have secured their places on the GB team to Canada, for a month long tour later this year. They are senior member of the Rifle Club and will be following in the footsteps of some world class, former Greshamian, shooters. The Athelings is a full-bore tour for which the three pupils were selected on the back of their excellent shooting, last July, at the National Rifle Association’s Imperial Meeting.
There will be a training weekend at the end of March and then they will take up their duties at the Imperial Meeting, at Bisley, this July. As Athelings, they will shoot against the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in the UK stage of the Rex Goddard match. The team will then travel to Canada to spend the whole of August there, competing in the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association meeting at Connaught Ranges, Ottawa. They will shoot in both individual and team competitions, including the second stage of the Rex Goddard match. Off the ranges, the team will take part in many activities and visits.
Toby Cubitt will also be heading to South Africa in April, along with fellow Gresham’s pupil Tristan Tancred, 17, for the Great Britain under 19 Rifle Team tour. The two performed excellently through the detailed selection process, and were chosen as part of a team of 8 to travel to South Africa for 3 weeks. The Gresham’s pupils will compete at the General De Wet Range in Bloemfontein in the South African Open Championships against individuals from around the world. The tour will culminate in the State President’s final competition which will see the GB Team shooting against the South African Junior team.
Full STEAM ahead for £19 million Dyson building at Gresham’s School
Sir James Dyson, Founder of Dyson and Gresham’s alumnus, has donated £18.75 million to Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk to enable a new centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
18th June 2019 — The Dyson Building will be designed by Dyson’s architects Wilkinson Eyre, the first practice to achieve two consecutive wins of both the Lubetkin Prize and the Stirling Prize. It will be located at the heart of Gresham’s Senior School, and will be completed by September 2021.
Douglas Robb, Gresham’s Headmaster, said: “This is by far the largest donation the school has ever received and the new spaces will have an immense impact on the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education that our students receive, now and for decades to come. We are hugely grateful to Sir James and are excited that our partnership will be a long lasting one. We look forward to working with the James Dyson Foundation to develop new and inventive approaches to teaching and with The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology to explore exciting long-term opportunities for our students to pursue careers in engineering.”
The building will enable new approaches to teaching, encouraging project work and collaboration. Spaces will be equipped with the latest technology to ensure the highest levels of teaching; from robotics and programming, to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The building will also provide greatly improved opportunities for the outreach programme which Gresham’s runs with local schools.
Sir James Dyson said, “Engineering and science are the most fulfilling of careers, they are also vitally important to our society and economy. To prime a pipeline of young people who want to study engineering, we must inspire them at the earliest possible stage – I hope this building will do just that. For 20 years, my Foundation has supported science and engineering education. I’ve observed that from the age of around six, children are very engaged; they are inventive, dreaming up ideas, and curious, wanting to know how they can be made. But these traits get stamped out of them, partly by the system and partly because the teaching of these subjects in schools has not kept up with the pace of technological change. By creating state of the art spaces I hope that we can foster, inspire and educate more brilliant young minds. I am so pleased Gresham’s will be leading the charge.”
Sir James joined Gresham’s aged nine attending the school from 1956 to 1965. He has consistently acknowledged his gratitude to the school and its then Headmaster, Logie Bruce-Lockhart, for giving him the financial support to continue his education following the untimely death of his father, Alec, who taught Classics at Gresham’s.
Sir James Dyson said, “Both my parents taught at Gresham’s, and my father was head of the Classics department. When he returned from fighting with the 14th Army in Burma during the war, he threw himself into the life of the school, producing plays, taking games, the CCF and the sailing club. When he was ill, he carried on teaching but died when I was nine. The generosity of the school, particularly Logie, meant I could continue there after his death. I am hugely grateful to Gresham’s for the enlightening and inspiring education that I enjoyed so much”
After leaving Gresham’s, Sir James studied at the Royal College of Art. It was during this time that he became interested in the link between engineering and design and has subsequently donated over £100m to engineering education.
First ‘Gritty Grasshopper’ takes place at Gresham’s
Pupils at Gresham’s Senior School enjoyed their first endurance event the ‘Gritty Grasshopper’ yesterday raising over £3700 for two charities, Farms for City Kids and the Lord’s Taverners.
29th March 2019 — Teams of eight navigated their way around an obstacle course set on the school’s grounds giving them the opportunity to test their metal against other teams, the obstacles and their own minds. Teamwork was key and pupils motivated each other through difficult and muddy obstacles. It was a fun way to finish a busy term with pupils aged 13 to 18 having the opportunity to be ‘children’ for the afternoon.
Tom Burnett, who teaches PE and was one of the organisers, commented, “The Gritty Grasshopper 2019 definitely delivered! Thirty five teams, 280 runners and more than £3700 raised - an afternoon spent defeating obstacles and deep mud, across the beautiful Gresham's school grounds. Smiles, laughter and good old fashioned team spirit galore. Bring on the Gritty Grasshopper 2020.”
Each year the school selects a charity to support and pupils get involved in all sorts of exciting fundraising events. This year, the school has two charities, Farms for City Kids and the Lord’s Taverners. The Gritty Grasshopper is just one of a number of activities pupils will take part in to raise money for these charities.
Past activities have included sleeping outside in an igloo, cycling from Norfolk to Cornwall, dressing up, leg shaving and organising cake sales, to name a few.
Gresham’s School was delighted to welcome Mako, a member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, where he works for Cottar’s 1920’s safari camp, to speak at the Senior School Chapel service. On his first visit to England, he was unfazed by the nearly 500 expectant faces, as he burst into Maasai song for Peace. He thanked the school for the support and friendship that they have given to Olpalagilagi School, Kenya, which has been visited by groups of Gresham’s pupils for the past seven years. He imparted two invaluable pieces of advice to all present – ‘be grateful for all that your parents sacrifice for you’ and ‘ always look forward and be happy’.
19th March 2019 — Gresham’s School was delighted to welcome Mako, a member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, where he works for Cottar’s 1920’s safari camp, to speak at the Senior School Chapel service. On his first visit to England, he was unfazed by the nearly 500 expectant faces, as he burst into Maasai song for Peace. He thanked the school for the support and friendship that they have given to Olpalagilagi School, Kenya, which has been visited by groups of Gresham’s pupils for the past seven years. He imparted two invaluable pieces of advice to all present – ‘be grateful for all that your parents sacrifice for you’ and ‘ always look forward and be happy’.
Norfolk’s leading lady discovered her passion for acting at Gresham’s
From revising on Holkham beach to an Oscar acceptance speech: Norfolk’s leading lady discovered her passion for acting at Gresham’s
26th February 2019 — From revising on Holkham beach to an Oscar acceptance speech: Norfolk’s leading lady discovered her passion for acting at Gresham’s
“Gresham’s, in many ways made me the person I am today. It was the first place I ever acted. Crucially, it was the first place I wanted to act. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been an actor at all if it weren’t for Gresham’s.”
Olivia Colman, Academy Award winner and former Gresham’s School pupil.
Former Gresham’s pupil Olivia Colman has won the 2019 Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. This win is a fantastic achievement for Olivia and one that north Norfolk and in particular her former school Gresham’s takes enormous pride in.
Olivia first trod the boards at Gresham’s having done little acting prior to her arrival here for Sixth Form. She first got the acting bug playing Miss Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at Gresham’s, aged 16.
She said: “I was on stage, and I suddenly felt really at ease, and at home. Of course, at that age you keep it to yourself, you say, 'I want to be a nurse or a teacher’.”
Mr Paul Hands, whose inspirational teaching she mentioned in a BAFTA acceptance speech, was Director of Drama when Olivia studied at Gresham’s, said: “Even when I taught her at 18 I knew this was going to be the likely future for her.
She is a very special actor and she was a very special student, too. She was never difficult — when you see her being interviewed now, that funny, sensitive and delightful person was the person she was to work with when she was a teenager.”
Olivia is remembered at the school for being 'popular and kind' and has reminisced how she used to revise for her A Levels on Holkham beach. She returned to Gresham's in Holt, recently to open a boarding house and unveiled a plaque in the common room, which read, 'Olivia Colman, Old Greshamian, who played Miss Jean Brodie at an impressionable age and never looked back'.
Mr Hands adds that he believes she will be counted as 'one of the great British actors of her generation'.
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• Gresham’s is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 to 18. The school is set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside, just four miles from the North Norfolk coast, most of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
• In March 2016, the Nursery and Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School were awarded 'excellent' in all nine categories following an inspection by The Independent Schools Inspectorate. ‘Excellent’ is the ISI descriptor for the Ofsted term ‘outstanding’.
• The school was founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham who went on to become Lord Mayor of London and forged close ties with the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Strong links with the City of London remain today. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has recently been appointed as The Prime Warden of The Fishmonger’s Company. As part of that role, she will be Gresham’s Ex Officio Governor.
• Old Greshamians have achieved great success in many fields and include the composer Benjamin Britten, the poet W H Auden and hovercraft inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell. More recent alumni include Oscar winning actress, Olivia Colman, film director Stephen Frears and international rugby players, Tom and Ben Youngs and founder of Dyson, Sir James Dyson. In July 2017, it was announced that Sir James Dyson would be joining Gresham’s Board of Governors representing the Old Greshamian Club.
Entry to Year 9
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