Sir John Leman High School

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Sir John Leman High School
Motto Achievement For All & Also: Disce aut Discede (Roughly Learn or Go)
Established 1631
Type Academy
Headteacher Jeremy Rowe
Deputy Headteachers Mr M. Taylor & Mr M.Wilson
Location Ringsfield Road
NR34 9PG
Coordinates: 52°27′02″N 1°33′30″E / 52.450423°N 1.558253°E / 52.450423; 1.558253
DfE URN 137055 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c.1700
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Heracles (Hercules), Zeus, Athena and Poseidon
Colours          Blue and black
Publication The Dolphin
Website Sir John Leman High School

Sir John Leman High School is a coeducational 11–18 secondary school with academy status serving part of the Waveney region in north Suffolk, England. The school is located on the western edge of the town of Beccles and serves the surrounding area, including Worlingham. Students from Norfolk villages such as Gillingham also sometimes attend the school. The school has approximately 1400 students, including a sixth form of around 260 students.[1]


Sir John Leman High School was established in 1631, and it has been on its present site for 100 years. The old school has been converted into the Beccles museum. The school was established when Sir John Leman left money after his death to educate 44 pupils from Beccles, two from Ringsfield and two from Gillingham. In 1914 it became the County mixed grammar school on its present site in Ringsfield Road. In 1971 the school became a comprehensive high school and grew in size. In recent years building work has gone on to expand the school.

Until September 2012 the school only took 13- to 18-year-olds. Due to the reorganisation of schools in Suffolk it now takes 11- to 18-year-olds. Year 7 and 8 temporarily went to the Lower School site on Castle Hill. This was previously the Beccles Middle School site. This site was occupied by the Beccles Free School in 2014 when it relocated from Carlton Colville.

Ofsted reports[edit]

In the Ofsted inspection report dated February 2006 it was rated as a 'good' school with a 'good' sixth form. In February 2009 it was again rated as a generally 'good' school, although with some features which were judged 'satisfactory'. The sixth form provision was judged as achieved an overall effectiveness of 'satisfactory', although post-16 curriculum provision was judged 'good'. The school's most recent inspection report again graded it as 'good' overall in October 2011.[1]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sir John leman High School, Ofsted, 7 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  2. ^ Dodson.G (2002) 'Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin, O.M. 12 May 1910—29 July 1994', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society vol 48, pp179–219. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  3. ^ Doll.R (1998) Obituary: Sir Francis Avery Jones, The Independent, 13 May 1998. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  4. ^ Brian McFarlane, ‘Mills, Sir John Lewis Ernest Watts (1908–2005)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, January 2009 (available online, accessed 28 August 2012.
  5. ^ Pawson.A (2004) ‘Rous, Sir Stanley Ford (1895–1986)’,rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press ([1]). Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  6. ^ ‘ROUS, Sir Stanley (Ford)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 (online). Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Westwood - obituary", The Times, p. 45, 26 May 2008 

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