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  • Frewen College
    Rye Road
    East Sussex
    TN31 6NL
  • Head: Mr Nick Goodman
  • T 01797 252494
  • F 01797 252567
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 18 with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia), and related difficulties such as speech and language and sensory integration problems
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 100 (about a third boarders); sixth formers: 23: 17 boys, 6 girls
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £17,643- £26,799; Boarding £26,082 - £37,929 pa
  • Open days: Contact school
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Certainly has the wow factor. You are greeted at the top of the drive by the stunning main house and its early 17th century black and white Jacobean façade. The one-time lily pond is now an outdoor pool, used for kayak practice in winter and possibly bracing (unheated) swimming in summer. ‘Our pupils have struggled themselves or been bullied, so they tend to be really supportive of others coming in and make them very welcome,’ says the head. ‘Frewen is above all a very happy school – any issues are…

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What the school says...

An independent specialist school in East Sussex for students with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia), and other related difficulties such as speech and language and communication disorders.
Frewen was recently voted 'Best Dyslexia School' in the British Dyslexia Association's 2018 dyslexia awareness week awards.
A new sixth form was launched in 2014 in partnership with two other colleges, and external applicants are welcome. Approximately two-thirds of the pupils have EHCPs (LA funded), and a third are private. We specialise in building confidence and self-esteem, and ensuring academic progress through small classes, the use of specialist strategies, and a high level of pupil engagement. The arts are an area in which many pupils excel, and the school is set in a country estate of 160 acres ideal for sports. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Nick Goodman. The former art teacher has worked his way through senior roles at the international CATS College Canterbury, mainstream comprehensive Mascalls School in Kent, and as head of arts faculty at Munich International School. He was drawn to the new challenge of a specialist school, ‘where pupils need specialist help, and where it is possible to make a real difference and improve their chances’, as well as a feeling we understood as he showed us round the magnificent grounds of ‘who wouldn’t want to work here?’

He took a fine art degree, and like many an art student, coupled his interest with playing guitar and performing in bands. Pity the neighbours as he still loves experimental music – ‘swinging radios round on ropes, dragging cans through underpasses, and...

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Special Education Needs

The central aim of the school is to help every child realise and achieve their full potential, whether great or modest. Most pupils will have encountered difficulties during their previous educational experiences and many will be far more aware of their limitations than their capabilities. At Frewen, each pupil is seen as an individual with unique talents and abilities. By working to emphasise and develop their strengths, we create the confidence to address their limitations in a positive and creative environment. We offer the full National Curriculum, teaching in small groups (average class size 5.5) through specialist staff, supported by our own full time speech and language and occupational therapists. All new pupils undergo thorough assessment and educational and therapy programmes are tailored to their individual needs. While placing great emphasis on literacy and numeracy, we have particular strengths in IT, art and design, and music. We have a wide range of excellent facilities, including extensive playing fields, gardens, and access to parkland of more than 100 acres. Our principal area of specialisation is specific learning difficulties. Above all Frewen College is a community in which respect for the individual is at the core of our philosophy. Each member of the community has an important role to play and is expected to understand their responsibilities and help others whenever possible.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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