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Welcome from the Headmaster

I am very proud, as the Headmaster of Gresham’s, to introduce you to this remarkable School. We were founded in 1555 after a bequest to the Fishmongers’ Company to found a school by Sir John Gresham; they continue to work closely with the school to this day. Our website gives you an impression of all that a Gresham’s education can offer but is no substitute for a visit; I can promise you will receive a very warm welcome.

Gresham’s success is in part due to the close partnership between the school and our parents. Families joining us immediately feel part of a community and are reassured of their crucial involvement and continuing role in their child’s school life. We are not afraid of tradition at Gresham’s and place a strong emphasis on good manners and courtesy. We have not found the need to teach our pupils how to be happy; it seems to come rather more naturally to them here.

The School enjoys an enviable setting in the beautiful Georgian market town of Holt in North Norfolk and is surrounded by rolling countryside and a spectacular coastline. Supported by staff with a real concern for their well-being, our pupils have the time and space to develop into well-rounded, self-assured adults able to manage the demands of modern life. Of course the real test of an education is how balanced, focused and happy our pupils are well after they have left us.

It is important to me that every child’s strengths and talents, whatever they may be, are recognised and nurtured. Gresham’s is not a production line which designs curriculum with the sole focus of climbing the school league tables. Instead, every pupil is valued and their individual successes recognised and celebrated by peers and staff alike. It is this ethos that has led to an extraordinary range of notable alumni including public figures such as WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Tom and Ben Youngs, Olivia Colman and Sir James Dyson to name but a few.

Gresham’s is a busy place. Hopefully this website will help you discover more about us. A good starting point is our News section. There are many opportunities to visit the school, including Open Days and Taster Events, or you can arrange an individual tour at any time. We look forward to welcoming you soon.