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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 or more GCSEs at grades 9 - 4, to those for whom a combination of Level 1, Functional Skills and Entry Level passes represent an excellent personal achievement.

Because of their dyslexia, and the fact that they have not received sufficient levels of specialist support in their previous schools, students' scores upon joining the school. are often well behind what would normally be expected for their age, particularly in English and Maths.

Our small classes focus on encouragement, and use of dyslexia-appropriate strategies 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 is 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 assistive technology) in external examinations. 

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, or 9 of they choose to study a Modern Foreign Language.


GCSE and Equivalent (Level 2 courses)

95% of exams taken were at Level 2.

At Level 2, candidates exceeded their CAT projections by an average of 0.9 GCSE grades across all subjects taken, in spite of their dyslexia and related needs.

Value Added positive in all subjects, and was best in IT (3 grades), Geography (2.5 grades) and Maths (1.8 grades)

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

Of all of the GCSE results gained by our students this August, 100% were between 9 - 2  (or equivalent) and 66% 9 - 4 (or equivalent) compared to 100% and 79% in June 2021. 

In Maths GCSE, 80% of Year 11 candidates achieved  9 – 4, and 100% 9 -2. In English Language, these figures were 50% and 100%, and Science 63% and 100% Other headlines include Art (100%, 100%), Drama (100%, 100%), Design Technology (100%, 100%), Geography (100%, 100%) and IT (100%, 100%). Students who have yet to gain Level 4 in English or Maths will continue to study these subjects in the Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Courses

We maintained our 100% pass rate for all Sixth Form courses, including A Levels and BTEC qualifications. Notably performances included students achieving a Distinction* on their Art & Design Course and  Child Care; and Merits on their ICT course, and Sport and Public Services course.

We also had students who secured their placements at university, including one starting at the Royal Agriculture University. 





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