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  • Framlingham College Prep
    Brandeston Hall
    IP13 7AH
  • Head: Mr Matthew King
  • T 01728 685331
  • F 01728 685437
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 275
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £8,172 - £14,218 pa; Boarding + £35 - £38 per day
  • Open days: November, January, and May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Framlingham College

What says..

Pupils well-mannered and friendly, very at-ease in their school, ’Not precocious, but not scared of adults either’....

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What the school says...

Brandeston Hall is located in an idyllic setting in a tranquil English village situated in East Suffolk, nestled in the Deben Valley. While Brandeston Hall enjoys an excellent reputation in its own right, it maintains close links with Framlingham College. While most children join Brandeston at nursery or pre-prep, entry is possible at any age group, and a number of pupils choose to join the school at 11 (Year 7), when Academic, Sport and Music Scholarships are available. Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance all have gained entry to their first choice school. While the majority choose to move onto Framlingham College, a number also progress to other leading independent senior schools. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2016, Matthew King. History degree from Nottingham; began his teaching career in Surrey before moving to Dorset, where he met his wife Emily while both were teaching at Dumpton School in Wimborne. Deputy head and then head of Pennthorpe School in Sussex, where he spent eight happy years before being appointed head here. He is a keen sportsman and writer who has taught subjects ranging from geography to drama and from cricket to ancient history.


For entry to the nursery and pre-prep, pupils are invited to spend a day (or morning) for an informal assessment; same for year 3 upwards but their day includes an entrance test. Scholarships at 11+ for entrants to the senior school (Framlingham College) - academic, music and sport.

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Special Education Needs

Framlingham College Preparatory School has a Learning Support Department which enables children with mild to moderate difficulties to access the curriculum. We have experience of children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Aspergers, Specific Learning Difficulties and Moderate Learning Difficulties. As well as in class support during Maths and English, we can offer small group teaching and one to one support. Each child is assessed for their specific needs and a programme is drawn up to support their difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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