Town Close School
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Town Close School is an independent school in the English county of Norfolk in Great Britain. The School is based around two large town houses, one early Georgian and the other mid-Victorian. Purpose-built classrooms and accommodation have been added in recent years along with an indoor heated swimming pool and a sports hall, attracting national attention.
The school has attained notable sporting success, with pupil Abby Gooderham becoming the under-12 girls’ national javelin champion in July 2011, and pupils Thomas Huckerby and Ben Dugdale also being placed in the National Prep Schools Athletics Championships, held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The school has a playing field situated further out from the city on the Newmarket Road. Norwich City Football Club played at this Newmarket Road site from 1902 to 1908, with a record attendance of 10,366 against Sheffield Wednesday in a second round FA Cup match in 1908. Following a dispute over the conditions of renting the Newmarket Road ground, in 1908, the club moved to a new home, in a converted disused chalk pit in Rosary Road which became known as "The Nest".
Notable former pupils
- Richard Alexander - England hockey international
- Brian Perry - veterinary surgeon and epidemiologist
- http://www.townclose.com/school_pages/Full%20Inspection%20Report.pdf - ISI Inspection Report, 2005
- Town Close prep school, Norwich by LSI Architects
- Town Close school's new sports hall complements the existing structure in UK
- Norwich’s Town Close pupils take national athletics honours
- "Norwich City grounds - 1. Newmarket Road". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
- "Norwich City grounds - 2. The Nest". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
- Norwich’s newest hockey facilities are fit for Olympian Richard Alexander