Norwich School Boat Club has long been training young rowers to success on a national stage. Our boathouse is located in the picturesque Whitlingham Country Park and pupils participate in a weekly programme of between five to six sessions, depending on their age. 

Pupils can choose to join the club from Lower Fifth, when both boys and girls will be taught the discipline of sculling. From Middle Fifth onwards the boys squad will focus on rowing.

In 2020 a new introduction to our programme in the form of an inter-house indoor rowing competition was launched allowing our youngest Senior School pupils an opportunity to try the sport for the first time.


Recent national successes

National Schools Regatta         

2017: J15 1st VIII Gold, J15 2nd VIII Bronze, J16 4+ - Gold

2018: School Fours Gold (1st IV) , J14 Octopules Silver

2019:  Gold J15 Championship VIII's, Silver J15 2nd VIII's

2018 Scullery Head:  J14 Octopule Won


Schools' Head of the River Race

J16 1st VIII Pennant Winners (2015, 2018)


Henley Royal Regatta

The Princess Elizabeth's Cup qualifiers (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)


2018:  Great Britain representation in Paris at J16 Anglo / French match in the GB J16 VIII


Mr Doug Barrell, Head of Rowing

Mr Barrell started coaching at Norwich School in 2014 and has been Head of Rowing since September 2016.  His involvement in rowing started over 30 years ago, and he has coached many successful junior crews at a national level and has coached rowers to gain representations for the Junior Great Britain Team at both Norwich School and Bedford Modern School.