Hethersett Old Hall School has announced that it will be accepting boys into the senior part of the school from September 2019. It is currently a day school for girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, with boarding for girls 9-18.

Situated in the village of Hethersett, in sixteen acres of attractive grounds, the private school relocated to the historic Old Hall in 1938 from its former site in Hellesdon.

It moved to co-education in its preparatory department in 2008 following a decision by governors.

Headmaster Stephen Crump explained:

‘We have a long track record of successfully educating senior girls but this creates problems for families with children of both genders – we have to ask boys to leave at the end of Year 6. We feel the time is now right to offer the benefits of a senior school education here to boys as well – we have had many requests to do so over the years. This will make life easier for our families in planning for their children’s future and also it will avoid those difficult goodbyes.’

Mr Crump went on to explain that there are fewer independent school places for senior boys than girls in the Norwich area and he felt the change would meet a local need. In September boys will be welcomed into Years 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

‘With Hethersett and Wymondham expanding rapidly, we feel that we are well placed to serve our local community. However, we have always had international links as a girls’ boarding school and we will now be offering boarding to boys as well as girls from abroad and from other parts of the United Kingdom.

‘We have superb facilities, a beautiful site and excellent transport links to London and Cambridge and we expect our pupil population to grow rapidly in the coming years. We are a tight-knit, friendly community that encourages and challenges every pupil to be the best they can be – this will not change as we begin a new chapter in the life of our historic school.’