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Frewen College

Frewen College

Welcome To Frewen College

The Dyslexia School

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Frewen College - a unique school in East Sussex for young people between the ages of 7 and 19. Our students have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, and Speech, Language and Communication needs.

Frewen is based in East Sussex and our roots go back over 100 years. We believe we are the oldest dyslexia school in the country, and possibly the world.

Our day and boarding dyslexia-friendly school has a friendly, "family" feel, and the pupils are courteous and cheerful. In a recent Ofsted Inspection, inspectors judged the pupils’ behaviour to be "outstanding", and commented on the school’s "highly appropriate focus on the pupils’ specific learning difficulties".

SpLD can affect children of all abilities, and we are committed to ensuring that every Frewen pupil achieves the highest level of success possible. Each child’s needs are thoroughly assessed, and individual support provided, in small classes, supplemented where appropriate with one-to-one tuition or therapy, the setting of ambitious but achievable expectations, the careful tracking of progress and the provision of quality feedback.

Pupils joining Frewen College from other schools may have been working as hard as, or harder than, their peers, but they have been held back and made to feel under-valued because their Specific Learning Difficulties have either not been recognised, or have not been properly addressed.

Our team has immense experience in helping children with a range of educational needs. All our classroom staff, including Teaching Assistants, have specialist dyslexia training, and our therapists and counsellors provide additional one to one support on site where required.

The school is divided into three parts: the Prep School, the Senior School, and the Sixth Form, which we run in conjunction with our partner establishment Bexhill College. This means we can provide ‘all through’ education from age 7 upwards, and can admit appropriate pupils at any stage of their school career. We have students from throughout the UK and some international students too.

If you think Frewen may be the right school for your child please contact us and we will arrange for you to visit us. I sincerely hope that we can help you, and I look forward to meeting you.

Nick Goodman


Please read our latest review in The Good Schools Guide.......

"Pupils are free to develop into the people they want to be. Staff encourage them to value themselves and eventually walk , fully equipped, over the bridge to face the world beyond. What more could you ask from their school days?"

Frewen/British Dyslexia Association Videos

Frewen College was asked by the British Dyslexia Association and Patoss (The professional association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties) to take part in a series of information films showing best dyslexia teaching practice.

  • Film 1: Using Multi-Sensory methods

    This film is about how Frewen staff use 'age appropriate' multi-sensory teaching methods to help students memorise and recall information. Multi-sensory teaching can help reluctant learners by making learning fun and you will see how, at Frewen, we enable students to access learning in a variety of ways.

  • Film 2: Dyslexia friendly handouts and resources

    This film illustrates how Frewen College use dyslexia friendly resources and handouts to help support students in class and it provides tips on how to present the printed page and other visual displays of information.

  • The Good School Guide

    The Good School Guide

    There was one constant theme in our interviews with parents, and that was the transformation they witnessed in their child’s self-confidence after being placed here. ‘Miraculous,’ said one

  • Parent


    We are glad Amari, at long last, has found a school where he feels valued and welcomed


    June 2016

    Pupils achieve good outcomes. They make strong progress from their starting points academically, socially and emotionally. They are very well prepared for the next stage of education, employment or training.

  • Parent of Prep Pupil


    George is extremely happy at Frewen and the skills, care, and commitment from all of his teachers was evident to us as parents.

  • CReSTeD

    CReSTeD report 2017

    The school is committed to develping software solutions to enable independence in learning including the introduction of new technologies to enable voice-activated software.


    June 2016

    Pupils benefit from a range of therapies that are used extremely well to supplement the curriculum and help ensure pupils' outcomes are good.

  • Senior School Parent


    Frewen was a revelation; a school with small classes of a similar peer group, a creative curriculum with a multi sensory approach, delivered by experienced and specifically qualified teachers that absolutely understand the children, in a happy and secure environment. We could see our son's shoulders visibly dropping as he started to relax and regain his self esteem.


    June 2016

    The School's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils unanimously describe the difference coming to Frewen has on their self-esteem.

  • Parent


    I feel like Frewen has given me back my child.


    June 2016

    Pupils' outcomes in English are very strong, particularly in reading. This is because of strong teaching in this area. Pupils make exceptional progress in their speaking and listening skills and this helps with their self-esteem.


    June 2016

    Pupils rates of personal, social and academic progress are strong and, at times, exceptional.

  • Parent


    He was so proud that yesterday he came back saying he could spell 'biodegradable' because his teacher had taught him how.


    CReSTeD report 2017

    The school is committed to developing software solutions to enable independence in learning and there has been the introduction of new technologies to enable voice activated software. Sept 2017

  • Ofsted

    Boarding report 2017

    A nurturing atmosphere is evident throughout the boarding house. Boarders form close bonds, socialise across age-groups and support each other.


    CReSTeD report 2017

    The college provides tailored support to enable each individual to engage with the curriculum. The ethos of guidance, encouragements and hard work was evidenced in the observed lessons. All pupils were fully engaged during the lessons and indicated the knowledge and care underpinning the lesson to enable access for all pupils.


    CReSTeD report 2017

    Individual pupils expressed how the pastoral care integrated into the learning had changed their perspective and opened up possibilities and aspirations for the future, and consideration of ongoing learning despite the challenges they face. 


    CReSTeD report 2017

    Pupils make excellent progress.


    CReSTeD report 2017

    All staff are well qualified, and many have considerable expertise in the field of SEND.

Our College


Ages 7 to 11

Our separate Prep School for pupils from age 7 to 11 is situated in its own grounds, just across the road from the main school buildings, where pupils have lunch and some specialist lessons.


Ages 12 to 16

Our Senior School is set in the historic  Brickwall estate, in the beautiful countryside of East Sussex.  Pupils follow the National Curriculum and, in KS4,  choose from a range a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications.

Sixth Form

Ages 16 to 19

Our new Sixth form offers a range of A Level and vocational options, in collaboration with our Partner Colleges, with additional Frewen courses and support, plus boarding if required.


Everything you need to know: the profile of Frewen pupils, the application process, opportunities to visit, evaluations etc.

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How to Find Us

Frewen College, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6NL

01797 252494 | 01797 253388

  • British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
  • Crested
  • The Good Schools Guide
  • Boarding Schools Association
  • Elklan's 'Communication Friendly Schools
  • Independent Schools Association