Sir John Leman High School > **ABOUT US**

Welcome to our School


On our school website we have tried to capture something of the life, ethos and philosophy of the School. We have the highest expectations of all our pupils.  Sir John Leman High School has a reputation for achieving high standards by working closely with parents, partner primary schools and the community. Partnership is the key to your child's success. Regular meetings with parents to discuss progress as well as numerous school events help to create a deeper understanding between home and school. Regular Parents' Evenings twice a year give the opportunity for pupils, parents and staff to review progress and to set targets for improvement.

The school places a great emphasis on the celebration of achievement and has a rewards system developed through the school council. Pupils, parents and staff enjoy the opportunity to recognise achievement at our annual awards evenings and celebration evenings for all year groups.

If you still have questions you want to ask please telephone or email the school and either I, or one of my colleagues, will be pleased to help you.
Our Pledges to Students & Parents
Personal response from the Headteacher within 24 hours
Guaranteed meeting with the Headteacher within three days, following an initial conversation
Regular homework in all subjects
Wide curriculum choice
Strong extra-curricular provision

Our History

Sir John Leman High School was established in 1631 and has been on its present site for a hundred years.  The old school is now the Beccles Museum.  Our school has produced many generations of well-educated young people.


Sir John Leman was a Suffolk man who went to London in the 1580s and made his fortune by dealing in dairy products.  He became a leading citizen of London during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.  In 1632, when he died, he left a bequest to educate forty four students from Beccles, two from Ringsfield and two from Gillingham.  In the summer of 2007 we celebrated 375 years of school life.


A number of highly successful people have attended Sir John Leman High School.  These include Professor Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, the Nobel Prize winner and the actor Sir John Mills, and former FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous.


In 1914 the school became the County mixed grammar school on its present site in Ringsfield Road.  In 1971 we became a comprehensive high school and grew in size. From 2012 we have welcomed Year Seven and Eight students.  Last year an exciting major refurbishment programme was completed to ensure that our school offers excellent facilities for many years to come.
Our School Aims, Ethos and Vision

At Sir John Leman High School we strive to provide the very best in education and we are proud of what we have achieved together in recent years, with our focus being on four key areas: achievement, ethos and values, opportunities and relationships.

Our students are happy, ambitious, resilient and successful; they thrive in a friendly, purposeful environment characterised by high expectations and exemplary standards of behaviour.

Working together as a learning community, we value every student as an individual, developing confidence and self-esteem and inspiring our students to achieve in all areas of school life. We have an excellent reputation for challenging our most able students and for supporting those who require additional help with their studies along with a clear programme of support through each of the key ‘points of transition’. Our commitment to developing a wide range of opportunities for our students to engage in enrichment activities beyond the classroom is exceptional.We aim for all of our students to achieve their potential and to be prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Sir John Leman High School is a well organised, caring and successful school, where creativity is encouraged; so too, risk taking within our supportive community. Our academic achievement is the result of high quality teaching, excellent relationships, shared aspirations and an ethos of co-operation and respect; ensuring our students develop awareness and understanding of British values and of the diversity of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities within the United Kingdom. In our rural location in particular, partnerships are a key part of our on-going success.


As well as being a popular school with parents, we are proud to be the highest-performing school in the Waveney area, as well as being recognized for being in the fasted-improving 3% of schools in the country.