The schools thrived as independent communities into the 1970s, heralding with the new decade a change in thought: that, together, greater things were possible. By 1986, the schools united as Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS), honouring their independent histories and the limitless possibilities of their united future.

  • 1912

    Teachers and friends, Julia McDermott and Dora Atkins, emigrate from Britain to Canada

  • 1913

    Miss McDermott and Miss Atkins open Norfolk House School for girls

  • 1917

  • 1932

    Major Ian Simpson opens Glenlyon Preparatory School for Boys

  • 1986

    The schools unite as Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS)

Strength in numbers

Our students will come and go, graduating into bigger classrooms and broader life lessons—but the spark in their minds, sparked and stoked at GNS, will stay with them wherever their journey takes them. By directing $2 million to the GNS endowment, we endeavor to strengthen our commitment to and faith in our students through reinvestment. Join us in shepherding these vibrant students from our classroom to the classroom of life.




were enrolled at Norfolk House School on opening day in 1913



were enrolled at Glenlyon Preparatory School in 1945


To Purchase

the property now known as Pemberton Woods in 1931




are enrolled at GNS across The Beach and Pemberton Woods campuses


in scholarships

 was earned by our last 5 graduating classes – on average



are completed by our Senior Students every year – on average

Campaign Goals

A school for the future

We believe in future-proofing: designing a state-of-the-art learning environment is not enough if it fails future generations. We are leveraging years of leading research to optimize the new GNS for students of today and tomorrow. Designed to be flexible and inclusive, our new learning spaces will accommodate advances in learning and changes in technology to keep pace with our exceptional students. Your impact on our students’ lives could be limitless.