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Frewen College

Frewen College

Service Families


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.

Mrs Anne Moore-Bick

Welcoming Service Families

Frewen College is situated in ‘Brickwall House’, the family seat of the Frewen family for 300 years. In 1972 the school was generously gifted our beautiful Jacobean house and grounds by Admiral Sir John, and an educational trust set up.  Frewen has a long history of supporting the needs of service children, providing a link back to its benefactor.

The MoD may help with fees for eligible personnel to pay for the boarding school education of your child through the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) and the SENA - Special Educational Needs Addition.   Please see our web page on the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) to find out more.

Boarding at Frewen

Our warm and homely boarding houses are at the heart of what makes Frewen so special.

Hannah Lewis, Head of Boarding, has extensive boarding experience, that includes both Service families and children with special educational needs. Boarding staff are also involved in various aspects of the day school, providing a valuable link between the academic and pastoral aspects of the school.

The Boarding 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, cycling at Bedgebury Pinetum, paddle boarding, pottery painting, cinema and theatre trips, ten pin bowling, Laser tag, gravity trampolining, beach trips and swimming.

Continuity of Education- we are an all-through school

Armed Forces children can experience frequent changes of school and home, which can disrupt their education. The problems are exacerbated for children with SEND, and the benefits of a stable and continuous education are all the greater. At Frewen we aim to offer continuing education and special needs support from the age of 7 right through to 18.

Next Steps

If you are reading this you will probably already have identified that your child has educational needs beyond those that their existing mainstream school can deal with effectively.  If you have not already done so, you should now contact the Children's Education Advisory Service, who will be able to advise you on how to apply for the Special Educational Needs Allowance (SENA).

CEAS Website:

Individual Grants

Armed Forces Education Trust exists to help ease the difficulties that sometimes happen with the education of children of members of the Armed Forces as a result of their parents’ service. The Trust believes the education of children and young people is a vital part of their lives and our society, and that no child should miss out.

An individual grant is a grant awarded to an individual child who needs funds to support his or her education.

Individual grants – Armed Forces Education Trust

A message from Mr Nick Goodman, 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.     

Nick Goodman,


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