Reepham High School and College

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Reepham High School (Academy)
RHS logo2.PNG
Motto Comprehensive Excellence
Established 1961
Type Academy
Principal Mark Farrar[1]
College Director John Randall[1]
Specialisms Science, Applied Learning, Mathematics & Computing
Location Whitwell Road
NR10 4JT
England  England Coordinates: 52°45′29″N 1°06′27″E / 52.75799°N 1.10744°E / 52.75799; 1.10744
Local authority Norfolk
DfE URN 138829 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Publication RHSC Review

Reepham High School and College is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Reepham, a small market town in the English county of Norfolk. It is a specialist Science, Applied Learning and Mathematics & Computing centre[2] and has around 1050 pupils on roll.[3] The majority of the students live in outlying villages. Prior to September 2009, when Reepham College opened, it was known as Reepham High School. Mark Farrar is the current principal.[4]


The school opened with around 200 pupils in 1961 as a secondary modern school. The first head was Edward Riddell Smith.[5]


The college, which was previously an 11 to 16 school, added a sixth form in 2009 with a £6,000,000 sixth-form centre investment.[6] A new £280,000 playing field,[4] and additional science classrooms have also been added in recent years.


In 2006, the Eastern Daily Press reported that Reepham High was the only school in Norfolk to carry Ofsted’s “Outstanding” ranking.[7] In September 2008, the school was ranked “Outstanding” for a third time, and the school scored the overall grade possible.[8] The school’s website heralded the news thus:

This is Reepham High’s third consecutive “Outstanding” Ofsted report which is, I believe, a record. It is certainly the highest scoring report ever issued to a Norfolk secondary school. An inspection report contains 27 judgments made on a 1–4 scale with 1 being outstanding and 4 being inadequate. Reepham scored 27 out of 27 grade 1s. This is a Norfolk secondary school first.

—Christopher Hassell, Reepham High School website

In the early 2006/07 school year rumours circulated that the school’s authorities were attempting to apply for an ‘Arts College’ specialism to add to their belt. However, at the Year 11 Awards Evening on 18 November 2006, Hassell revealed that the specialism would in fact be ‘vocationalism’, and since then Reepham High School and College has become a specialist Science, Mathematics and Vocational school.

The school has been included in the Sunday Times “Best Schools Guide” for achieving the 23rd highest GCSE pass rate at A*–C as a percentage of examination entry in Britain’s state schools.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer attended the school as did Carl Rogers, captain of Norfolk County Cricket Club from 2009 to 2010.[9]

Matthew Fletcher[edit]

Matthew Fletcher, 3 months before his death from Leukaemia.

Matthew was a sufferer of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, which took his life on the 23 November 2006[10] at age 16. Born 26 September 1990, he lived all his life in Cawston.

First diagnosed in November 2005, Fletcher achieved fame for his constant struggle against the illness while studying at Reepham High School, Norfolk, UK. He is credited for doing much to raise awareness for Leukaemia sufferers, particularly through his work with the Anthony Nolan Trust.[11] His work and life earned him considerable attention in the local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, often to the size of double-page-inside spreads.

Matthew recorded an audio diary for BBC Radio Norfolk. Extracts from this audio diary were played on the BBC Radio 4 programme Pick of the Week presented by Robin Lustig.

The week before his death Matthew was given the “Community Student of the Year” award from Reepham High School and a recorded video message from him was played to the school.


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Retrieved 2010-10-21
  3. ^ High School Website
  4. ^ a b New playing field for Reepham High School, Eastern Daily Press, 16 May 2010, Retrieved 2010-10-21
  5. ^ Hill, Chris (11 July 2011). "Reepham High looks forward after half-century celebrations". Dereham Times. Archant Regional. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Sixth Form Website
  7. ^ Ofsted rank Norwich school ‘outstanding’, Eastern Daily Press, 6 January 2006
  8. ^ Ofsted inspection report
  9. ^ "Carl Rogers". The Cricketer. TestMatchExtra. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Tributes to courageous Norfolk teen, Eastern Daily Press
  11. ^ Goodbye to an inspiration, Eastern Daily Press, 17 November 2006