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Frewen College

Frewen College

Exam Results

At Frewen we support young people across a very wide ability spectrum, from those capable of obtaining up to eight GCSEs at grades A* to C, to those for whom an Entry Level pass represents an excellent personal achievement. Many of our students have struggled in other schools, and  can find the stress of examinations very hard to cope with, so too much pressure can be counterproductive. Our small classes, focus on encouragement, and use strategies to break subjects down into manageable chunks, and to make them as interesting and practical as possible, help us to achieve our aim of ensuring that each pupil makes as much progress as possible, given their starting point when they join us.

All pupils are tested to establish baseline scores, and progress monitored regularly to ensure that they are making necessary progress. Regular, targeted literacy support helps pupils to increase their reading, writing and spelling scores. Many pupils qualify for, and receive,  additional time or support (readers, scribes, use of laptops) in external examinations. 

Results, based on pupil progress and achievement against their CATS projections, has increased steadily over the last three years, and the 2016 results were the best ever. Congratulations to all the students - and their teachers - for all their hard work and commitment!


In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) the school offers a wide range of subjects and examinations include GCSE and other Level 2 courses (Creative iMedia, BTEC, Functional Skills Level 2) as well as Level 1 Courses (Level 1 Functional Skills). All students study English, Maths and Science, plus options, including Humanities, Arts, Technology and Sports subjects, and may take up to 8 GCSEs.

GCSE and Equivalent (Level 2 courses)

The pass rate at GCSE was 100%, with candidates exceeding their CAT projections by an average of 0.4 grades across all GCSEs taken.

The subjects taken at GCSE were English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, Design Technology (RM), and PE.  The GCSE equivalent exams taken were ICT (Creative iMedia Level 2).

Of all of the GCSE results gained by our students this August, 85% were between A* - E and 50% A* - C (80%, 46%)

In English Language GCSE, 100% of candidates achieved A*-E grades, and 50% A*C. In Maths, these figures were 63% and 25%, and Science 92% and 52%. Other headlines include Art (100%, 83%), Performing Arts (100%, 60%), Geography (67% A*-C) and History (75% A*-C). In Creative iMedia, 100% of students attained the equivalent of A*-C grades.

Other Qualifications:

Less than 30% of exams taken were Level 1, Functional Skills or Entry Level. Of these, 80% of candidates achieved the top grades possible within the qualification.






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