Framlingham College

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Framlingham College
College Road

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IP13 9EY

Coordinates52°13′36″N 1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392Coordinates: 52°13′36″N 1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392
Former nameThe Suffolk Memorial to Prince Albert
TypePublic school
Independent day and boarding
MottoStudio sapientia crescit
(Wisdom grows with study)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Department for Education URN124884 Tables
Chairman of GovernorsAVM T. W. Rimmer
PrincipalMrs J. L. M North
Age3 to 18
Colour(s)Sky blue, Chocolate brown
Former pupilsOld Framlinghamians

Framlingham College is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school in the town of Framlingham, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Together with its preparatory school and nursery at Brandeston Hall, it serves pupils from 3 to 18 years of age.


Framlingham College was originally called The Albert Middle Class College in Suffolk[2] in memory of Prince Albert and was founded in 1864 by public subscription as the Suffolk County Memorial to Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, Prince Consort, and was incorporated by Royal Charter. The individuals most involved in setting up of the school were Sir Edward Kerrison, 2nd Baronet, Richard Garrett and the Earl of Stradbroke. The land on which the college was built was originally part of the Castle estate, left by Sir Robert Hitcham in 1636 to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. The architect was Fredrick Peck of Furnival's Inn, London. Built to accommodate 300 boys, the college opened its doors to pupils on 10 April 1865.

In J. R. de S. Honey's book Tom Brown's Universe: Public School in the Nineteenth Century, he reviewed the 64 leading public schools of the time and classified Framlingham as being in 'Group 4' of these schools, considering it to be a school that interacted less than it should with other leading schools.

During 1940, because of Framlingham's position close to the Suffolk coast (a likely site for a possible German invasion), and as a result of the crisis unfolding at Dunkirk, pupils from the college were evacuated for a short time to Repton School in Derbyshire.

The college's prep school at Brandeston Hall was opened by Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone in July 1949. The hall had been purchased and restored by The Society of Old Framlinghamians as a memorial to those of their number who "in two Great Wars gave their lives for the freedom of the world".

The school[edit]

Framlingham College
Brandeston Hall

Louise North became Principal of Framlingham College and Head of the Senior School in September 2019. She was formerly Senior Deputy Head at Oakham School, Rutland. The school received an excellent ISI Inspection Report in February 2015 and an Outstanding Ofsted report in February 2011.[3]

Pupils are accommodated in seven boarding and day houses: three for girls and four for boys. The facilities at Framlingham College include a theatre with tiered seating for 250, a design and technology centre, a music department including various studios and recording facilities, a library, a Sixth form centre which opened in 2014, a leisure centre that houses an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite and weights room. The original library, which was given to the college by Charles H. Berners, Esq. DL in 1899, was extended in 1998.

The school has two campuses situated on approximately 135 acres. The college campus sits in an elevated position and looks directly across to the 12th-century Framlingham Castle beyond. Between the college and the castle lies the 34-acre Framlingham Mere, owned by the college and managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The Mere is a nature reserve. The prep school campus at Brandeston Hall is a mock tudorbethan hall set in its own grounds and faces the medieval Church of All Saints, Brandeston.


The most recent ISI inspection (2015) adjudged the teaching and learning at the college as 'Excellent'.[citation needed]


View of the school from the nearby Framlingham Castle, the eponymous 'Castle on the Hill'.

Framlingham College campus includes an indoor swimming pool, multi-gym, weights room and large playing fields. Other facilities include a modern sports hall, two floodlit artificial hockey pitches, indoor rifle range, tennis, netball and squash courts. As well as its own golf course on site, home matches are played at Aldeburgh Golf Club. The cricket square hosted an England XI in 2010. Framlingham College featured in The Cricketer magazine's Top 100 Cricketing Schools for 2016. The major sports are rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis for boys, and hockey, netball and tennis for girls. The girls also have a cricket team and have an annual fixture against the MCC. Pupils can also take part in golf, squash, football, badminton, athletics, basketball, swimming, archery, shooting, canoeing, table tennis, and equestrian.

List of Heads[edit]

  • 1864–1871 The Rev. A. C. Daymond MA.
  • 1872–1881 The Rev. W. W. Bird MA.
  • 1881–1886 The Rev. A. H. Scott-White BSc, BA.
  • 1887–1913 The Rev. Dr O. D. Inskip MA, LLD.
  • 1913–1929 F. W. Stocks MA, JP.
  • 1929–1940 W. H. A. Whitworth MC, MA.
  • 1941–1955 R. W. Kirkman MA.
  • 1955–1971 W. S. Porter TD, MA.
  • 1971–1989 L. I. Rimmer MA.
  • 1989–1994 J. F. X. Miller MA.
  • 1994–2009 Mrs G. M. Randall BA.
  • 2009–2019 P. B. Taylor BA (Hons).
  • 2019- Mrs J. L. M. North.

Framlingham college in the Media[edit]

Framlingham College was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary called Classmates in 2003.[4] The buildings and interiors of Framlingham College were used in series 2 of the BBC comedy Detectorists, first broadcast in November 2015.[5]

Notable Old Framlinghamians[edit]

Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients[edit]

Three Old Framlinghamians have won the Victoria Cross,[8] and one the George Cross (converted from the Albert Medal).

Recipients of the Victoria Cross[edit]

Recipients of the George Cross[edit]

  • Commander Henry De Beauvoir Tupper, GC. Awarded the Albert Medal (later replaced by the George Cross) on 21 February 1919, for gallantry in saving lives at sea on 4 August 1918 while serving on HMS Comet during World War I.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Framlingham College". EduBase. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  2. ^ "List of Charters Granted". Privy Council. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Inspection Reports". Framlingham College. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
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  6. ^ The Times: Norman Borrett | The Times, accessdate: February 8, 2016
  7. ^ "Prince Constantin Karadja (1906-08)" (PDF). The Society of Old Framlinghamians. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Distinguished Old Framlinghamians: Victoria Crosses". The Society of Old Framlinghamians. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Distinguished Old Framlinghamians: George Cross". The Society of Old Framlinghamians. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

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