The Schools

Sir Robert Hitcham School

Address: School Corner, Debenham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6PL Telephone/fax: (01728) 860201 Email:
Status: Open - now the Primary School

  • 1648 - The Sir Robert Hitcham School is a charity school that was founded by Sir Robert Hitcham in 1648.
  • 1668 - New building built on the site of the original Market Cross, and after which the building is named. The top floor was the schoolroom and the ground floor was often used as a Corn Market.
  • 1818 - 50 attended, 20 were taught free
  • c. 1870 Moved to it's current site on School Corner.
  • 1994 - The School was extended and remodelled.
  • 1999 - Nursery Unit added.

Registered Charity 310407 (Sir Robert Hitcham's School Foundation)

Amalgamated with The National School

The National School

Public Elementary School built in 1835 on Cherry Tree Green by Mr. Pollard for £140 10s 6d. and accomodated 70 boys and 70 girls

Amalgamated with Sir Robert Hitcham School

The High School

Contact Details: Debenham High School, Gracechurch Street, Debenham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6BL.
Telephone: (01728) 860213 Fax (01728) 860998.
Status: Open

The Debenham High School was officially opened on 9th October, 1964 - the first pupils having arrived on 9th September.  Church of England Comprehensive for pupils from 11 - 16.

The first headmaster was Arthur Holifield.

In 2011 the School changed its status to an Academy.