Schools & Education
Lowestoft has a number of primary schools, including four 11–16 high schools. Some of the best primary institutions include Carlton Colville, Poplars Community and Roman Hill.
The town has a total of four high schools. Some of the best include East Point Academy and the Benjamin Britten High School. East Point Academy is Lowestoft’s top performing high school. In its Autumn 2016 assessment Ofsted rated it as good with outstanding leadership and management. Pakefield High School (for under 16s) has also been rated as Good by Ofsted.
For those willing to venture slightly further afield, Sir John Leman High School in nearby Beccles has also been rated as moving from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.
Post–16 education is provided at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, which opened in September 2011 as part of the school reorganisation, and Lowestoft College which provides a range of academic and vocational courses.
For more information on researching and finding schools and colleges in the Lowestoft area consult the School Guide.
Things to do in Lowestoft
Far from being just another dreary washed up seaside town there is all manner of things to see and to in Lowestoft, including two piers, a zoo, and even an award-winning theme park.
The town has a beautiful blue flag beach, making it a perfect day out for the family. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy the views, pretty beach huts, the pier, miles of sand and traditional fish and chip shops. Pakefield Riding School is a must visit which allows for riding horses along the beach (like something out of a Llyods TV Ad!).
To the south of the town is the Africa Alive! wildlife park and to the west, the woodland walks of Carlton Marshes nature reserve. The town’s highly rated Marina Theatre offers an excellent programme of West End shows and is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Take a drive and enjoy the pretty villages and towns, which surround Lowestoft, such as Aldeburgh, Beccles and Bungay. The Suffolk Coast, including the Victorian seafront gardens are the perfect place to explore come rain or shine. Pay a visit to the Oulton Broad which offers year-round water sports, little cafes and riverside restaurants, or for a serious case of wanderlust, venture further afield to the stunning Broads national park.