Framlingham College

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Framlingham College
Framlingham College
College Road

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IP13 9EY

Coordinates 52°13′36″N1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392 Coordinates: 52°13′36″N1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392
Former nameThe Suffolk Memorial to Prince Albert
Type Public school
Private day and boarding
MottoStudio sapientia crescit
(Wisdom grows with study)
Religious affiliation(s) Church of England
Department for Education URN 124884 Tables
Chairman of governorsT. W. Rimmer
PrincipalJ. Louise M. North
Gender Coeducational
Age3to 18
Enrolment691 [1]
Colour(s)Sky blue, Chocolate brown
Former pupils Old Framlinghamians

Framlingham College is a public school (private 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, originally called the Albert Middle Class College in Suffolk, [2] 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 considered Framlingham as interacting less than it should with other leading schools.

In 1940, because of Framlingham's position close to the Suffolk coast, considered 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 died in the world wars.

The school

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 in 1899, was extended in 1998.

The school has two campuses situated on approximately 135 acres. Between the college and Framlingham Castle lies the 34-acre Framlingham Mere, a nature reserve owned by the college and managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The prep school campus at Brandeston Hall is a mock Tudorbethan hall set in its own grounds, facing the medieval All Saints' Church, Brandeston.


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; an indoor rifle range; tennis, netball and squash courts; and a golf course. Home matches for golf 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.

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In the media

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

Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients

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

Recipients of the Victoria Cross

Recipients of the George Cross

  • Henry De Beauvoir Tupper. 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]

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