Thetford Grammar School

Thetford Grammar School

Fourteen Centuries of Education

School histories
  • Author: David Seymour
  • Short code: SHS
  • Publication Date: 18 Dec 2015
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Written to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Thetford Grammar School's re-founding by Sir Richard Fulmerston's will of 1566, this book examines the history of a school which may date from 631. First re-founded by the Bishop of Norwich in 1114, the school was re-vitalised by Fulmerston's will following the dissolution of the monasteries, and firmly re-established by an Act of Parliament in 1610 and then by a new foundation document in 1876. A Girls' School was set up alongside the ancient Boys' School in 1888 and both schools spent the middle years of the twentieth century as county council grammar schools, before their re-foundation as a co-educational independent school in 1981. Drawing on the school's archives David Seymour discusses four-and-a-half centuries of governance, pupils, headteachers, ushers and assistant teachers, phases of building, and the development of the curriculum.

Biographical Note

David Seymour, M.A. (Oxon), M.Phil. (UEA), was Head of History at Thetford Grammar School for three decades. As honorary archivist he managed and researched the school’s archives, using them to teach the history of the school and to mount exhibitions.


Introduction - The Three Ages Of The School
Foundation And Governance
Girls' School Foundation
Assistant Masters And Mistresses
Staying On - Sixth Forms Develop