A very warm welcome to Service Families
This section is especially for Service families, although it may also be of interest to those making general boarding enquiries.
A message from Mrs Anne Moore-Bick
Governor of Frewen College, Past Chairman, SSAFA Forces Help, Western Europe and latterly, Sussex Branch, with a continuing involvement in the SSAFA Adoption Agency.
“As a former Service parent, I warmly recommend Frewen College as the provider of a secure, family environment in a lovely historic building in the beautiful surroundings of the Sussex countryside. I would have been happy to think of my own child being educated in such a school whilst we were abroad, especially when my husband was deployed on active service.”
Welcoming Service Families
NO FEES TO PAY!
Frewen College is approved by the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) for payment of the Special Educational Needs Allowance (SENA).
Fully flexible boarding is available, with no additional charge for full boarding. Our generous fee discounts for Service families mean that fees are fully covered by the SEN Allowance (except for individual music lessons, riding etc). This means that Service parents with children qualifying for SENA will have nothing to pay.
Boarding at Frewen
Our warm and homely boarding houses are at the heart of what makes Frewen so special.
Jane and Richard Sage, our Joint Heads of Boarding, have a wealth of experience, both with Service families and with special educational needs. As well as having raised their own three children, they were foster parents for over 20 years before taking on their first boarding house. They are also qualified teachers, so provide a valuable link between the academic and pastoral aspects of the school.
Jane and Richard and their team are keen to make Frewen feel like ‘home from home’, so provide a relaxed environment within a well-ordered and disciplined structure. Activities are very varied, including sports, cinema and theatre trips, camps, skate-boarding, Playstation, judo and swimming. Boarders are expected to join in with activities for at least an hour each evening to help develop their social skills, but we ensure there is plenty of choice for those less keen on physical activities.
Week-end boarding is available at no extra cost, and nearly half our boarders usually stay over. We provide train transport to London for exeats and half terms. We can also provide transport to and from Gatwick at the beginning and end of terms and half terms, subject to arrangement.
Fully flexible boarding on site for girls was introduced in September 2009 and has proved so popular that we have already built two extensions to provide additional places.
Continuity of Education
A recent very comprehensive Ofsted Report recognises the adverse impact on Armed Forces children of frequent changes of school and home, and has whole-heartedly endorsed the importance of minimising the disruption of children's education.The problems are exacerbated for children with special educational needs, and the benefits of a stable and continuous education are all the greater. This is why we at Frewen aim to offer continuing education and special needs support from the age of 7 right through to 18. We have attached the full Ofsted Report below, together with an extract of the section relating to SEN in case you don't want to read the whole 45 pages!
Squadron Leader S writes:
“When searching for a specialist dyslexia school that struck the correct balance of academic and life skills, Frewen College became our first choice. That it turned out to be a SENA approved boarding school was the icing on the cake. Within one term, we have found a huge turnaround in our son’s approach to schooling, and he is much happier as a result.”
.... and Cpl & Mrs G say:
"Richard seems to be having a wonderful time with you...... In fact the changes we and our family have observed in Richard, even in the short time he has been with you, have been nothing less than miraculous, and we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Sports and Activities
We recognise the importance of encouraging growing children to participate in games and outdoor activities, to help develop social and team skills and healthy bodies. However we also recognise that children are individuals, so we do not force the issue if they really don’t want to join in.
For such a small rural school we have excellent facilities for sports and other activities. Our latest introduction is a mountain bike trail within our own grounds, designed by our pupils. Please see the 'Outdoor activities' and 'Facilities' sections for more information.
Bed and board
Catering, cleaning and laundry are exceptional, and regularly commended by inspectors.
Catering is undertaken in-house, and uses locally sourced produce wherever possible (including some from our own gardens). We were one of the first schools to adopt the ‘National Nutritional Guidelines’, and we currently cater for 17 special diets. The food is regarded by all as delicious: go to the dedicated pages to learn more.
Cleaning and laundry are also undertaken in house, with all bedrooms cleaned every day.
If you are reading this you will probably already have identified that your child has special educational needs beyond those that their existing mainstream school can deal with effectively. You have probably discussed their needs with their teacher, and you may have arranged for an assessment by an Educational Psychologist.
A message from Mrs Linda Smith, Principal
I am delighted to welcome you to Frewen College, and I do hope to have an opportunity to meet you face to face.
The Services have always been very important to Frewen College. Indeed, it was during his Navy career that Admiral Frewen realised how many very able young men had not been obtaining the support they needed at school, and determined to do something about it when he retired.
Time and again parents tell me how amazed they are at the change in their child’s attitude to school as they are at last taught by teachers with the time and specialist training to help them achieve their potential.
Once you have had time to study our website, I hope you will contact me to discuss how we can help your child.
- Ofsted Report: Children in Service Families
- Ofsted Report: Children in Service Families SEN Extract