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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 for young people between the ages of 7 and 19, with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia  and dyscalculia, and Speech, Language and Communication needs.

Frewen is based in Sussex and our roots go back over 100 years, making it one of the oldest schools for dyslexic children.

Our 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 establishments Bexhill College and Plumpton 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


  • 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 can’t believe the difference in our daughter in just a few weeks. It’s been absolutely phenomenal - we can’t thank your staff enough.


    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


    It’s such a wonderful thing to see him growing in confidence and actually enjoying going to school. I cannot put into words the difference Frewen has made and is making.

  • CReSTeD


    "Staff and pupils are proud of their school and are extremely happy there. Parents are delighted with the provision and feel that their children have made progress, and are supported emotionally as well as for their learning difficulties"

  • Parent


    I commend you for the brilliant schooling you provide for the otherwise ‘forgotten’ children, it is sincerely remarkable.


    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

    Staff are well qualified and have specific expertise in dyslexia and other conditions that they provide for in their lessons.

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
  • Independent Schools Association
  • The Good Schools Guide
  • Elklan's 'Communication Friendly Schools
  • Boarding Schools Association