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Welcome to Old Buckenham Hall

Welcome to our OBH website. I hope you will enjoy exploring these pages and pick up something of the rub of the stones here at Old Buckenham Hall.

OBH has been at the forefront of academic achievement in the prep school world for 150 years, offering real challenge and opportunity for all pupils whatever their level of ability or particular area of interest. We are fortunate to enjoy a wonderful 80 acre parkland setting in the heart of East Anglia, some 20 minutes south-east of Bury St. Edmunds.

OBH delivers a superb and modern academic education which combines top-class sport, arts and activities programmes with a curriculum that seeks to develop pupils’ learning skills alongside knowledge strands in each subject and at every level. We prepare pupils for entry into all of the UK’s leading independent senior schools.

Our school ethos is built upon the the twin pillars of kindness and tolerance: all pupils are expected to pay attention to the relationships that bind us all together and to understand the concept of a global society with all that that entails. My team and I are committed to providing a creative, challenging environment for children where each individual child has the opportunity to discover and learn about how the world works and how they fit into it.

So why come to OBH? We are a pioneering prep school, having introduced the hugely popular 11-day full boarding model to suit modern families. We have developed our very own pupil tracking system which monitors every child’s progress – and reports back to parents. We have created a unique, curriculum-embedded orienteering programme through which our children develop confidence, establish boundaries and gain a Diploma. This year our Year 8′s will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge and white water rafting down 70km of Welsh rivers, living under canvas with total self sufficiency. It is just one example of the broad preparation we offer for the wider world

At its heart, OBH remains very much a family school. My wife, Clare, and I fully embrace the roles of pastoral care and leadership and understand the needs of modern, busy families. Please do come and visit us – we will be delighted to see you and show you more of this very special place!

With kind regards,

John Brett MA


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