Riddlesworth Hall School

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Riddlesworth Hall
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Alternative namesRiddlesworth Hall School
General information
Town or cityRiddlesworth
ClientSilvanus Bevan III
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Leverton

Riddlesworth Hall School www.riddlesworthall.com 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
Hall Lane

IP22 2TA

TypePreparatory school
Day & Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
HeadmasterPete Agate
Age2 to 13

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]

Lady Rosie Howes

Shantal Shadadpuri sister of HRH Shamir Shadadpuri Maharaj of Shadadpur, Sindh


  1. ^ a b c d British Listed Buildings
  2. ^ The Regency Town House: The Bevans
  3. ^ a b c d Select English Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Department of Education
  5. ^ Ward, Zach (1 October 2015). ""Change in direction" for Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School under new Chinese ownership". Diss Express.
  6. ^ Boarding
  7. ^ Service Families
  8. ^ Houses
  9. ^ "The House of Windsor from 1952 — Diana, Princess of Wales: Childhood and teenage years". royal.gov.uk. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010.

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