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17 April 1950 at 12.25pm, the first students arrive at Holt Hall. The first pupil at the Hall was Mr Peter Jarvis.


14 girls and 17 boys arrived in a Cullings Radio Coach at 12.25pm and were met by Dr Lincoln Ralphs. This was the first residential co-educational school to be opened by an education authority in England.  Norfolk and Holt Hall led the way!

An education committee official told the press: “During the course they will do a certain amount of studying, but will spend most of their time learning the things which will help them fit in with the life of the county.  After cultural activities, boys will learn handicrafts and stock raising while girls will learn needlework and home-craft generally”.

On 18th April 1950, the EDP reported on the new school: “Yesterday Holt Hall welcomed the first pupils of a new type of school – the only school of its kind in the country.  The aim is to make the children self-reliant and they will be encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves and for each other”.

70 years later – this is still encouraged at the Hall.




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