Reepham High School and College

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Reepham High School (Academy)
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Motto Comprehensive Excellence
Established 1961
Type Academy
Principal Mark Farrar[1]
College Director John Randall[2]
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[3] and has around 1050 pupils on roll.[4] 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.[5]


The school opened with around 200 pupils in 1961 as a secondary modern school. The first head was Edward Riddell Smith.[6]


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.[7] A new £280,000 playing field, predominantly used for sporting activities,[5] and additional science classrooms have also been added in recent years. In the next few years, the school could gain a new sports hall as part of a local housing development programme. A new languages block is due to be finished in October 2015[8]


In 2006, the Eastern Daily Press reported that Reepham High - a Comprehensive secondary school under Local Authority control - was the only school in Norfolk to carry Ofsted’s “Outstanding” ranking.[9] In September 2008, the school was ranked “Outstanding” for a third time, and the school scored the highest overall grade possible. [10]

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.

After converting to Academy status (in 2012) the school subsequently lost its "outstanding" rating in the OFSTED inspection of May 2013.[11]

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.[12] In addition, Bruce Fielder (also known as Sigala) attended Reepham High School.