Framlingham College, Framlingham,弗瑞林姆中学 弗瑞林姆学院
Suffolk IP13 9EY
Tel: 01728 723 789 Fax: 01728 724546
• CO-ED, 3–18 Day, 8–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 710, Upper sixth 90
• Termly fees £2863–£3753 (Day), £4603–£5839 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Registrations Manager
What it’s like
Founded in 1864, it has a splendid rural site on a hill overlooking Framlingham
Castle and the town below. There are 80 acres of gardens and playing fields. The
well-designed buildings are excellently equipped and provide comfortable
boarding accommodation. It has a particularly fine library, a large science
school, design and technology school, a floodlit, artificial grass pitch and
indoor swimming pool. Religious worship in the Anglican tradition is encouraged.
The academic expectations are high and exam results are consistently good. It is
particularly good at technology and is also strong in music and drama. There is
an excellent range of sports and games, in which high standards are achieved,
and most pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships awarded at 11, 13 and
16; academic, all-rounder, art, drama, music, technology, science. Bursaries
available; reductions for children of armed forces. Parents not expected to buy
textbooks; other extras minimal.
Parents 50+% live within 50 miles; 20+% live overseas.
Head & staff
Head: Mrs Gwen Randall, in post from 1994. Educated at Mary Datchelor
Girls’ School, London, and Bristol University (French). Previously Deputy Head
at Dauntsey’s and Head of Drama and of Modern Languages at St Mary’s (Calne).
Teaching staff: 53 full time, plus music staff. Annual turnover 5%.
Average age 37.
GCSE: In 2003, 69 pupils in Year 11: 99% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 53 (52 over 5 years).
A-levels: 77 in upper sixth: 29% passed in 4+ subjects; 57% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 334.
University & college entrance 85% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (17% after a gap year). 30% took courses in science &
engineering, 12% in law, 30% in humanities & social sciences, 6% in art &
design, 14% in vocational subjects eg agriculture, management, drama. Others
typically go on to farming, family business.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 23 AS and
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 30% take science A-levels; 50% arts/humanities;
20% both. Key skills not taken.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Special classes with specialist teachers for ESL with
additional tutorial support; also help for dyslexia and provision for the
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Links being developed with Eastern Europe.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Year 9) and
across the curriculum. 100 networked computers for pupil use (open all day),
with email and internet access.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include choirs, barbershop, orchestra, wind band,
rock bands, jazz bands, recorder, variety of ensembles.
Drama: Drama offered. GCSE and A-level theatre studies may be taken.
Majority of pupils are involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 45 take GCSE, 25 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography, jewellery making also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Games/sports compulsory 2 afternoons per week. Options: hockey,
rugby, netball, cricket, cross-country, athletics, sailing, shooting (.303, .22,
clay-pigeon), squash, swimming, badminton, football, archery, gymnastics,
multiple indoor games, tennis, sailing, golf, riding, rounders. GCSE in PE,
A-level sports studies may be taken. Regular county and divisional
representation at rugby, hockey, golf, swimming and cricket; international
representation at shooting, swimming and hockey.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service both optional from age 13+. Charity events for
local and national charities. Over 30 clubs, eg electronics, chess, website
design, bridge, karate, cookery, desktop publishing, printing, pottery, drama,
photography, debating, clay-pigeon shooting, gymnastics, football.
Uniform: School uniform, modified in the sixth form, worn throughout
formal part of the day.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, head of
house and house prefects – appointed by Head and housemasters/mistress.
Religion: Religious worship (C of E) encouraged.
Social: Debates, choral productions, dances. Organised trips and
expeditions abroad. Pupils may drive to school. Meals self-service. School shop.
Sixth-form centre. No tobacco allowed; limited alcohol allowed for upper sixth
(in own centre).
Discipline Any pupil involved with drug or substance abuse on the
premises must expect to have his or her right to remain at the College removed.
Boarding Most sixth form have own study bedroom; Years 10–11 share
with 1–3; Year 9 in dormitories of up to 9. Single-sex houses (day and
boarding). Qualified nurse, medical centre. Central dining room. Pupils can cook
light snacks (microwaves in houses). Flexible exeats, except when there are
other commitments. Visits to the local town allowed.
Alumni association is run by Norman Poster, Rill Cottage, Kiln Lane,
Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NJ; website www.oldframlinghamian.com.
Former pupils Gen Sir Patrick Howard Dobson (former ADC to the
Queen); Capt G M Flowerdew VC; Capt A W S Agar VC DSO; N F Borrett (GB hockey
captain and former world squash champion); J F Larter (cricket international); A
Hancock (rugby international); Sir Alfred Munnings (artist); Ashley Cowan
(England cricketer); Dr David Bull (TV presenter); Charlie Simpson (pop star).