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It would be disingenuous to suggest Frensham is anything other than selective, but they are more interested in you fitting in with the school’s broad-minded ethos than helping them soar to league-table-topping prominence. Arguably, the most impressively led art department in the country, offering oodles of GCSEs and A levels (eight in total). Art school vibe – and it looks like one too, with the students relishing every inch. No uniform and teachers called by first names. Reasonable expectations and modelling of good behaviour substitute rules, all accompanied by heaps of personal responsibility. Even extends to...

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Frensham Heights is a highly distinctive school in a world of educational conformity. From a strong foundation of mutual respect and tolerance and through a dynamic modern curriculum, we build on each child’s innate strengths to ready them for life as courageous independent thinkers, problem solvers and socially conscious change makers who are committed to making the world a better place. Frensham Heights is a place where children can learn in their own way and can flourish naturally which has been recently recognised by ISI - in its inspection of the school in January 2022, ISI found both the quality of students’ academic achievements and their personal development to be excellent. The report commented that our students are ‘supported by teaching that is strongly focused on the individual’ and ‘develop outstanding levels of self-knowledge, confidence, self-discipline and resilience’ - attributes which are immeasurable but invaluable. ...Read more

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Since January 2019, Rick Clarke BA PGCE (40s). Previously deputy head at Warminster School. Born and raised in South Africa, his career choice must have delighted his parents (father was a teacher and mother was an ed psych; he did his degree in English and psychology at the University of Natal then PGCE). Worked his way up the ranks in South African schools to head of English at St John’s College in Johannesburg before heading to the UK where he became a protégé of the transformational head Sir Anthony Seldon when he was head of English at Brighton College and housemaster at Wellington College. But parents (and there were some) who worried he was going to Wellington-ise Frensham need not have fretted. ‘He’s just the breath of fresh air we needed – pulling the...

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Special Education Needs

Frensham Heights provides group lessons from Year 1 for those considered to have mild learning difficulties. These lessons not only offer support, but enable the teacher to monitor individual progress. From Year 7, the school uses diagnostic tests to assess the learning needs of all students. This then influences how lessons are planned and how those with learning needs are managed. Frensham Heights does not have a Special Needs Unit. Our provision is managed by a Director of Support for Learning and a Head of Support for Learning (Junior School). They work with a team of peripatetic specialist teachers who also provide support on a one-to-one basis. Where this is required, it is charged separately. Support teachers and tutors attend a number of continuing professional development courses annually to ensure that they are fully conversant with current theories and strategies in order to support students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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