Framlingham College

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Framlingham College
Framlingham College coat of arms.png
Motto Studio sapientia crescit
(Wisdom grows with study)
Established 1864
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr. P. B. Taylor, BA (Hons)
Chairman of Governors Mr A W M Fane MA, FCA
Founders The Suffolk Memorial to Prince Albert
Location College Road
Nr Woodbridge

IP13 9EY
Coordinates: 52°13′36″N 1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392
DfE number 935/6046
DfE URN 124884 Tables
Staff 81
Students 691[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–18
Houses 7
Colours Sky blue, Chocolate brown
Former pupils Old 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 2 to 18 years of age.

History of Framlingham College[edit]

Prince Albert, 1840

Framlingham College was originally called the Albert Memorial College 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 Thomas Hitcham in 1636 to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge (Pembroke College, 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, Honey reviewed the 64 leading public schools of the time. He classified Framlingham as being in 'Group 4' of these schools considering Framlingham to be a school that interacts 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'.

Post war austerity continued at Framlingham until the reforming Headmaster L. I. Rimmer was appointed in 1971. Rimmer began the process of turning the college into the modern school that now exists. A major building programme began and continues to this day. The admission of girls began at both the College and its prep school in September 1976 and pupils numbers began to climb to the levels that they are today.[2]

The school[edit]

Framlingham College
Brandeston Hall

Paul Taylor became Headmaster in September 2009; he was formerly Lower Master (Deputy Head) at the King’s School in Canterbury. 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 All Saints church of Brandeston.


The most recent ISI inspection (2015) adjudged the teaching and learning at the College as 'Excellent'.


view of the school from the nearby Framlingham Castle

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 features 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 Headmasters[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–present P. B. Taylor BA (Hons).

Framlingham College in print[edit]

A number of books have been written about the College, they include:

  • The Framlingham College Register
  • The First Sixty Years
  • Remembering Days
  • A History of Brandeston Hall
  • The Second Sixty Years
  • Into the Third Millennium
  • 'On an Eminence' Remembering 150 years of Framlingham College

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 are 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,[9] 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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Framlingham College". EduBase. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
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  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. ^ Telegraph: Robin Ludlow, royal press secretary - obituary - Telegraph, accessdate: February 8, 2016
  9. ^ "Distinguished Old Framlinghamians: Victoria Crosses". The Society of Old Framlinghamians. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Distinguished Old Framlinghamians: George Cross". The Society of Old Framlinghamians. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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