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  • Frewen College
    Rye Road
    Northiam
    Rye
    East Sussex
    TN31 6NL
  • Head: Mr Nick Goodman
  • T 01797 252494
  • F 01797 252567
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.frewencollege.co.uk/
  • 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: 129 ; sixth formers: 21: 20 boys, 1 girl
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £18,348- £27,870; Boarding £27,126 - £39,444 pa
  • Open days: Contact school
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Committed maths teachers who love their subject always seem to have a Tiggerish aspect to them and the head of maths pleasingly satisfied our unscientific categorisation. Eloquent about the barriers with which students arrive in his classroom, with low confidence and phobias about maths, he sets about making maths accessible to all, engaging them in number through cunning devices such as playing poker...

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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

Principal

Since 2014, Principal, Nick Goodman, BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH. His path to teaching originated in art at St Gregory’s Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells, followed by head of the arts faculty at Munich International School, and then Assistant Head at Mascalls, a large Kent comprehensive, gaining the school specialist status in visual arts, before moving to Vice Principal at CATS College Canterbury. In 2013, his attention was drawn to the post of Principal at Frewen College and he arrived for two days of interviews by governors, who were persuaded by his vision of Frewen becoming more than a haven for dyslexics, but a centre of excellence for dyslexia teaching. Unusual to spend the morning with the head of a school and hear no bull, no flannel, no jargon; it happened. Goodman speaks with quiet...

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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