Choos­ing the right school for your child is a big de­ci­sion

EADT Suffolk - - Education -

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)

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