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Frewen College, Sussex

School Details
School Crest
United Kingdom,
TN31 6NL

Tel: +44 1797 252494
Fax: +44 1797 252567

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Mr Nick Goodman, BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH

PA to the Principal:
Annabel Baker

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
ISBA, DFE, UK, BSA, ISC, BDA, NASEN, CReSTeD Specialist Provision (SP), ISA Independent
Religious affiliation:
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
7 - 19
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Assessment, Interview, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Educational psychologist's report, Please apply to school, Visit school, Residential assessment, Report from previous school, Statement of needs, This is a Special School, Trial day at school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Boarding, Senior school entry, Junior school entry, Siblings, Financial need, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Means tested assisted places, Music

What we offer

  • Painting/Sculpture
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Photography
  • German
  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Fitness training
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Table tennis
  • Water sports
  • Fencing
  • Touch rugby
  • Swimming
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Rock climbing
  • Chess
  • Orienteering
  • First aid/life savers
  • Sailing
  • Rowing
  • Language club
  • Canoeing
  • Adventure training
  • Horse riding and management
  • Drama productions
  • Skiing
  • Horticulture
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Vegetarian
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • Aspergers Syndrome
Head Photo“We can’t believe the difference in our daughter in just a few weeks. It’s been absolutely phenomenal, we can’t thank your staff enough.” Mr H

One of the great privileges of my role as Principal of Frewen College is to be the regular recipient of comments such as these from parents, who are quite often shedding tears of relief as they speak. Typically their children are of at least average intelligence, but they have been held back and their confidence undermined because their Specific Learning Difficulties have either not been recognised, or have not been properly addressed.

With 65 years experience of specialist teaching behind us at Frewen, we like to think we know what we are doing!

We are one of the very few SpLD schools to offer 'all through' education from age 7 right through to age 19. Our classes are very small (usually 4-8), and our classroom staff, including TAs, all have specialist training. Their experience, combined with input from our in-house therapists and counsellors enables us to tailor our teaching and support to each individual pupil’s needs. We celebrate their strengths and encourage them to believe there are no limits to what they can achieve, meanwhile teaching them how to cope with their difficulties and challenging them to overcome life’s obstacles. We boost their self belief and show them that school can be fun! Typically they will achieve 7 GCSE passes, and either move up to our own Sixth form, or obtain a place at College elsewhere.

Our comprehensive website will tell you all you want to know about our outstanding rural location, excellent facilities, and exciting activities. We have real strengths in Art, ICT, Music and Design & Technology, and pupils regularly achieve good passes in these subjects. A full range of Games and Outdoor Activities is offered, and Year 9 pupils are encouraged to enter the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. As part of our continuing development, this year we are building a mountain bike trail, an assault course, and a conservation area.

Pupil numbers continue to increase steadily, and girls now represent a third of our total. We have extended our girls’ boarding house twice within two years of opening, and we welcome Services and Overseas pupils. Please see the website for more information, and details of our regular Open Mornings. We look forward to seeing you.
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