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Gresham's School

Holt, Norfolk, England

Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Gresham's School

Holt, Norfolk, England


Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Gresham’s is a co-educational day and boarding school set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the Georgian market town of Holt, only 4 miles from the stunning north Norfolk coastline. The School celebrates British values in a Christian setting and is determined to ensure that pupils’ strengths and talents are recognised and nurtured. The all-round education combines a broad yet rigorous curriculum with an extensive range of sporting, social and cultural opportunities.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 520 / Boys: 286 / Girls: 234
Percentage of boarders: 58%
Percentage of International pupils: 20%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 205
Average class size: Senior school: 20 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £13,795
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Athletics, Shooting
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming, Shooting
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Norwich (32km), London Stansted (159km)


The School aims to deliver a stimulating, exciting and fulfilling education – all Sixth Formers undertake Academic Enrichment, Study Skills and Well-Being programmes whilst both A Levels (25 subjects) and the IB Diploma are offered. The IB average score is 34, 60% of A Level candidates achieve A*/B and almost 40% of leavers go on to Russell Group universities. A 1-year Pre-IB course is available, with its students fully integrated into mainstream classes, boarding and co-curricular activities.


Each of the 7 boarding houses has a mix of day and boarding pupils and is led by a resident Housemaster/mistress supported by a matron and a team of House tutors. After sharing in the earlier years most Sixth Formers have their own rooms. House tutors supervise evening prep as well as meeting their tutees every week. Interhouse competitions foster a sense of belonging and co-curricular activities range from house socials to beach days and even tackling the School's own woodland high ropes!


Sport at Gresham’s delivers a fun and healthy competitive environment, and pupils are encouraged to get involved. The excellent facilities include 2 floodlit AstroTurfs, a 25m indoor Swimming pool, a large sports hall, Tennis courts, an indoor 8-lane Shooting range, Netball and Squash courts and a weights & fitness room. There are regular opportunities to represent the school in weekly fixtures across the major sports whilst others on offer include Basketball, Fencing and Golf.

Creative arts

The state-of-the-art Music School is All-Steinway and boasts a 140-seat recital hall linked to an industry standard recording studio, whilst performance opportunities for the 14 orchestras, choirs and ensembles range from full orchestral pieces to ‘Music munch’ lunchtime recitals. Drama facilities include the professionally run 314 seat Auden Theatre, studio and the outdoor theatre-in-the-woods. The well-equipped Art & Design Centre boasts the Nicholson Gallery, which hosts regular exhibitions.

Did you know?

  • Alumni include Olivia Colman, winner of the Best Actress Oscar for ‘The Favourite’, and James Dyson, world-famous for his cyclonic vacuum cleaners, hand-driers and fans.
  • A £19m James Dyson donation is funding the construction of the Dyson Building, opening in 2021, which will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).