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Frewen College

Frewen College


We accept boys and girls, with dyslexia and associated needs, aged from 7 to 19. Students can join mid-year, at any point in their school career, though we cannot admit new students into Years 10 or 12 after the first half-term, or Year 11, as this would involve their joining an exam class mid-way through.

We take boarders from Year 7, or Year 6 if there is a suitable cohort. 

We welcome day and boarding pupils, and boarding is fully flexible.  

We welcome international students, provided that English is their first or strong second language.

Please note that availability is very limited in some year groups.

Special Educational Needs

All of our students have Specific Learning Difficulties, and their primary needs are typically Dyslexia and/ or Dyscalculia, often together with some Dyspraxia, Speech and Language and/or Sensory Integration disorders. We only admit children we consider will fit into and benefit from our school community. We do not admit children with Emotional Behavioural or Social Disorders.

Click here to see a copy of our Disability Equality Policy if your child has physical disabilities.

How does the admissions process work?

Pupils are admitted to the school on the basis of educational need, by the following steps:

Step 1 : Contact Form

Please complete our short enquiry form to register your interest and we will be in touch. Alternatively, contact our office, directly through email: or telephone: 01797 252494

If Frewen appears to be the right school for your child, the admissions will request copies of their latest reports, such as:

  • recent educational psychologist's report
  • EHCP if issued
  • further professional documentation if available
  • current school reports

Step 2 : Open Morning  

Parents are strongly encouraged to join to our Open Mornings, which are held regularly as a virtual event though Microsoft Teams. To register your interest, please choose one of the available dates for our Open Mornings on our on-line booking form, and we will send you an invitation.

Step 3 : Parent Visit

If our initial assessment confirms that Frewen appears suitable, we would invite parents/guardians, with the child, to visit the school for a more detailed discussion and to see the school first hand.

Step 4 : Evaluation

Arrangements would then be made for a full evaluation in school.

  • This consists of one or two school days for those applying for day places, and three days and two nights in school, including a residential assessment, for boarding applicants.
  • The evaluation will focus on the suitability of any applicant for the specialised educational support on offer, and their ability to become a fully integrated member of our ‘family’.
  • Where considered relevant an appropriate reference may be sought from the current school.

There is a small charge towards our costs in undertaking the Evaluation and Assessment - please see our current fees. 

Step 5 : Evaluation Feedback

We will normally be able to let you know within a few days of completion whether we will be offering a place. We will also write a comprehensive evaluation report, and send this to you. 

Step 6 :  Registration

If your child is successfully offered a place, we will write to you with a formal letter of offer along with a registration form to complete and return. A non-refundable registration fee of £150 will be due.

Step 7 : Acceptance of Place 

The final stage of the admissions' procedure to secure the place will be to sign the contract and terms of conditions. At this stage the refundable deposit will be due. Providing that funding is in place, new pupils can start straight away, or at an agreed later date.

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?"

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