About Gresham's School

Big School.jpegGresham's School is an independent coeducational boarding school in Holt, Norfolk founded by Sir John Gresham in 1555. It is one of the top 20 International Baccalaureate schools in England. Together with a pre-preparatory and preparatory junior schools it provides comprehensive education. It is governed by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers - one of the great twelve livery companies in the City of London. More than half of the school's Governing Body comprises of Fishmongers who have been the school's trustees since 1555.

The senior school offers seven houses as accommodation four of which are for boys - Howson's, Woodland's, Farfield and Tallis. There are three girls houses - Oakley, Edinburgh and Britten. Edinburgh house was formally opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, the school's patron, after whom it was named. Each house has a housemaster or housemistress who runs it as well as house-tutor and matron. Most houses cater for 70 or more pupils.

Academic excellence is undoubtedly the most important with exam results in the top tier in the country. Following graduation many pupils continue education at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities each year.

Gresham's takes great pride in its sports achievements. With long traditions in Rugby, Cricket and Hockey it holds numerous tropheys and has nurtured many future sport stars.Most notable late example is the current England Rugby star, Ben Youngs who is scrum-half for Leicester Tigers and England. The school choir is also renowned throughout the UK.

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The school is a Church of England foundation but it is open to pupils of all denominations and religions. Services areimportant to the school with daily morning assembly in the Chapel as well as Sunday mass.

The Grasshopper is used as a badge in various school clubs and is present on the school crest, commemorating Sir John Gresham, whose family crest it was. It is also used by Gresham College in London and can also be seen as the weathervane on the Royal Exchange in the City of London, founded in 1565 by Gresham's nephew Sir Thomas Gresham.