Riddlesworth Hall School

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Riddlesworth Hall
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Alternative names Riddlesworth Hall School
General information
Type Manor
Town or city Riddlesworth
Country England
Completed 1792
Client Silvanus Bevan III
Design and construction
Architect Thomas Leverton

Riddlesworth Hall School is a former country house. It now serves as a boarding school, it is located in Riddlesworth, Norfolk, England.


It was acquired by Silvanus Bevan III (1743–1830) in 1792.[1][2]

It later became the seat of the Compton-Thornhill baronets, including Sir Thomas Thornhill, 1st Baronet (1837-1900) and Sir Anthony John Compton-Thornhill, 2nd Baronet (1868–1949). The second baronet had no heirs and the hall was converted for use as a school.[1][3]


It was designed by architect Thomas Leverton (1743-1824) as a Georgian style three-storey manor house in 1792,[1][3] it is surrounded by 12 hectares of parkland.[3]

It was listed by English Heritage as a Grade II building on July 21, 1951.[1]

Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School[edit]

Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School
Established 1946
Type Preparatory school
Day & Boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Paul Cochrane
Location Hall Lane
IP22 2TA
United Kingdom
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–13
Houses 4
Website riddlesworthhall.com

In 1946, Riddlesworth Hall School was established as a predominantly girls' school but now caters to both boys and girls aged 2 to 13;[4] in October 2015 it was announced that Riddlesworth joined the Confucius International Education Group, which runs several international schools in China. Riddlesworth was rebranded Confucius International School-Riddlesworth Hall (CISRH) as a result.[5]


Full and part-time boarding is available for children from age 7. Enrolment is intentionally kept small to maintain a "family" atmosphere amongst pupils and teachers, the Headmaster and his family live on campus and personally take responsibility for pastoral care of boarders.[6] Riddlesworth also specially caters to children of British Armed Forces personnel and offers escorted travel to and from airports for families posted abroad.[7]


Pupils are allocated to four houses, which are named after prominent British women. Points are awarded for "achievement, effort, behavior and generosity of spirit".[8]

House Colour Namesake
Aylward      Gladys Aylward, missionary
Cavell      Edith Cavell, nurse
Fry      Elizabeth Fry, reformer
Nightingale      Florence Nightingale, nurse

Notable former pupils[edit]


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Coordinates: 52°23′39″N 0°53′16″E / 52.3943°N 0.8877°E / 52.3943; 0.8877