Old Buckenham Hall

Telephone 01449 740252
Address Old Buckenham Hall School, Brettenham Park, Suffolk IP7 7PH

Old Buckenham Hall is a leading co-educational preparatory school for children aged 3 – 13 years and has been educating children for over 150 years.

OBH is very special place for your child to begin their educational journey. Here, children remain just that. They experience, they learn, they grow, but they do so within one of the most idyllic environments imaginable.

We are proud of our beautiful school, but it is what goes on inside these old walls and in the grounds that really matters. Every teacher at Old Buckenham Hall is committed to delivering the very best for every child.

For us this means inspirational academic and co-curricular teaching, outstanding pastoral care and embracing risk and challenge. Children here feel happy and safe and they have a chance to explore their aspirations and develop their character.

At Old Buckenham Hall we have two key aims. Firstly, children should leave the school having developed intrinsically important and recognisable characteristics that will support them, and the communities in which they live, for the rest of their lives. Secondly, every child who attends the school will be stretched and challenged academically according to their ability, so that they have developed a love of learning and they are able to achieve first choice entry to a range of public schools.

To achieve these two aims, the School has a set of values called the OBH Way. These values underpin the behaviour of all members of the OBH community and all of our activities, whether academic, pastoral or co-curricular. The OBH Way defines the ethos and culture of the School.

Crucially, the OBH Way was created by every child at the school contributing what they judged to be important.

These were then discussed by teachers, the Senior Management Team and Governors. Almost nothing was changed.

The OBH Way



perseverance, individuality, commitment


compassion, forgiveness, helpfulness


appearance, honesty, conduct


courtesy, politeness, awareness


organisation, initiative, leadership


inclusivity, diversity, loyalty

Situated in the heart of rural Suffolk, near the historic town of Lavenham, Old Buckenham Hall is just 20 minutes away from Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket; and 35 minutes from Colchester. A range of transport options are available, including morning and evening bus routes and accompanied train journeys to London. Stowmarket and Colchester train stations are both direct lines to London Liverpool street.

Find out more at www.obh.co.uk