Frewen College: Northiam, Rye, East Sussex,UK

Rye, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Frewen College: Northiam, Rye, East Sussex,UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Frewen College is an independent specialist school in East Sussex for boys and girls aged 7 to 19 years with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia, and Speech, Language and Communication needs.  

Boarding is fully flexible, and the school makes no additional charge for weekend boarding. About half boarders usually stay at the weekends.

Frewen College accepts boarders from age 9. 

The main aim  of Frewen College is that each child in our school will be:

- Well educated with an interest in learning, ready to engage with a wider world;
- Happy and self-confident with a good sense of humour;
- Generous in spirit, kind to others and aware of others’ feelings.

There are ca. 110 pupils on roll. The great majority of  pupils have Specific Learning Difficulties, their primary needs are Dyslexia and/ or Dyspraxia, together with some Dyscalculia. 

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 9 19 28
Day School: 16 51 67
Year of foundation:
Some history: Frewen College is based at Brickwall House, near Rye in East Sussex. Brickwall is a 17th century country house and estate, and was home to the Frewen family, for over three hundred years.

Dyslexia was first described by Dr W Pringle Morgan in 1896, whose practice was based at Seaford in East Sussex. It is known that Morgan’s practice encompassed a number of schools in the area and it seems likely that these included Down House School, then based at nearby Rottingdean. Down House School was established in 1910 by Seaburne Godfrey Arthur May Moens, an amateur historian born in India. The school was evacuated to Herefordshire during the Second World War and upon its return settled at Brickwall House. We know that, by this time, the school already possessed specialist experience with dyslexics.

Down House changed its name to Brickwall House School, and then to Frewen College after Admiral Sir John Frewen GCB transferred the school into an educational trust. Since 1972 the school has specialised in dyslexia and related learning difficulties.

Campus size and facilities: This special school for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia, and Speech, Language and Communication needs is located in the beautiful Wealden countryside, on the borders of Kent and Sussex, just on the outskirts of the historic village of Northiam. The school is based in and around a Grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion that was the family home of the Frewen family for over 300 years. 

The Preparatory School is based in a Grade 2 listed Queen Anne farmhouse, and even the Art and Design block has its own Grade 2* listing. These historic buildings are supplemented by a number of modern purpose-built facilities. 

The school is set in listed gardens that were originally laid out in 1681, and include the oldest walled gardens in Sussex. They incorporate an arboretum (with the Lady Jane Frewen bluebell walk, shown here) and a topiary chess garden, and are opened each year under the National Garden Scheme, and for the local Hospice. We have introduced vegetable and fruit gardens which pupils help with, and over the next two years will be developing a sensory garden, a nature walk and a conservation area. We have just opened a mountain biking trail, which some of our older pupils helped to design and build. 

In the boys’ boarding house there are two common rooms - junior and senior (both equipped with large plasma screen TVs) and a quiet room. We encourage boarders to personalise their rooms and nearly all are en suite, with a maximum of four beds in junior bedrooms, and two in the senior rooms.

Girls’ boarding is located in a comfortable modern house (previously the Head’s house), with its own private garden, and facilities that at least match the boys’. The girls join in with the boys for most meals and many activities, but have their own common rooms 

Accreditations: This boarding school for Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia, and Speech, Language and Communication needs is accredited by the ISA, registered by the DCSF, BSA and CReSTeD, and a supporting corporate member of the BDA. Average class size 6 pupils with on-site therapists. Forces and Expat children welcomed. 

Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a traditional curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, with additional English and Literacy, and, where required, additional support and therapy.

At Key Stage 4, pupils study English, Maths, Science, plus four option subjects. Pupils may take GCSEs, Entry Level, vocational subjects, or a mixture of these depending on their ability in individual subjects. They also follow a programme of PSHE, Games, and Literacy sessions.

Tel: +44 20 30 269 440

Contact school: contact-us


Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 11,468 per term

About the school

Long description: Special Educational Needs

The great majority of pupils have Specific Learning Difficulties, their primary needs are Dyslexia and/ or Dyspraxia, together with some Dyscalculia. The school also cater for Speech and Language and Sensory Integration disorders. Frewen College only admits children who will fit into and benefit from the school community. Frewen college doesn't admit children with Emotional Behavioural or Social Disorders. 


Frewen College teaches boys and girls aged from 7 to 19, but doesn't admit new pupils into Year 11 or 13, nor usually Year 10 or 12 after the first half term as it is too disruptive to others. The college prefers early years admissions as that gives the school the best opportunity to make the biggest difference. International students, provided that English is their first or strong second language, are welcomed.
Boarding is fully flexible.  

Sixth Form

The aim of the Sixth Form at Frewen is to offer a holistic education, providing support where needed, whilst encouraging each student’s movement towards greater independence in preparation for higher education or adult working life. The emphasis is on tailor-made teaching and learning through a personalised programme of study and support. 

The partnerships with Bexhill College and Plumpton College mean the college is able to offer Sixth Form students a wide variety of academic and vocational courses at a range of levels, so allowing us to cater for students of all abilities who want, or need, to retain access to the specialist support our team provides. 

Sixth Form students are expected to play an active role in school life, developing their independence, leadership skills and self-confidence in doing so. This can take many forms including involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or Young Enterprise, musical, dramatic and sporting activities, organising whole school events, or taking on roles with younger pupils such as "buddies" for Year 7 pupils, reading seniors and peer mentors, or by helping out at lunchtime clubs. They also organise and present their own school assemblies each term and have a representative on the student council. 



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