Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision
Do you follow the crowd and send them to that school down the road? Or do you stop and really think about what makes your child tick? What sort of environment will bring out the best in the them, make them believe in themselves and help them develop essential personal skills so crucial for this ever-increasingly competitive world.
In the last few years Framlingham College is emerging as one of the real quality independent schools in the East of England and not just for its phenomenal sports results. The school is absolutely thriving both at the prep school based 4 miles down the road at Brandeston (2-13) and at the College site (13-18) which is set in stunning surroundings overlooking that famous “castle on the hill” in the market town of Framlingham. Being a split site allows the children to grow up at their own pace in a safe and inspiring environment. The school offers outstanding provision from Nursery and Early Years right through to A levels, with an innovative and creative curriculum that seeks to create a genuine love of learning among all pupils. Framlingham College prides itself on producing rounded, decent, articulate and very well-educated young men and women, who leave the College both well-qualified and well-prepared (the two are not the same) for the world that awaits them.
Framlingham is a strikingly modern and forward-looking school where emphasis is placed on educating the whole person as well as (not, note, instead of) the examination candidate. The school embraces a wide range of abilities, believing that breadth and diversity builds a richer environment, and every pupil has a role to play in the community. The teaching is excellent, and with mentoring programmes for the gifted and talented, success at Oxbridge and top overseas universities shows that the brightest student will do as well here as they will anywhere. The strong focus on pastoral care and the individual management of pupils combines with an extraordinarily rich, varied and successful range of co-curricular activities to make this school a vibrant, outward-looking and dynamic community.
More importantly than ever, the right school has to also be a good fit with your family’s hectic lifestyle. The flexible start and end to the day together with the numerous boarding options (flexi to full) really shows that Framlingham College recognises the demands placed on modern parents. As one parent said recently, having moved from London, ‘In London our lives revolved around the school but here the school revolves around our lives!’.
Above all, Framlingham College is a happy school with a wonderful ‘can do’ outlook on life. As Headmaster Paul Taylor explains, ‘Framlingham works - with parents - to create balanced, happy and resilient human beings; ones that have achieved academically and in other areas at the top of their potential, but who also have a sense of self, an innate sense of right and wrong and the moral courage to do something about the difference.’ “In London our lives revolved around the school but here the school revolves around our lives!” Clare, parent of Lucy (Year 7)