Basic Information & Location
Framlingham College is a vibrant boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, set in the tranquil beauty of rural Suffolk.
An ambitious learning culture permeates all that the school does, both within the classroom and beyond. It nurtures skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, good judgement and decision-making. Above all, it is committed to instilling a lifelong curiosity and love of enquiry in its pupils. It celebrates the individual and enables each child to find the confidence to follow their own path.
Studio sapientia crescit (Through Zeal Wisdom Grows)
At the core of Framlingham College’s teaching and learning philosophy, throughout the whole school, is a commitment to encouraging pupils to love learning, apply critical thinking and achieve their very best. Lessons are engaging and challenging and the school expects pupils to take an active part, to ask questions, challenge assumptions and take charge of their own learning.
At the Prep School, the focus is upon allowing the children to enjoy learning, and to give them the foundations they need to build a life-long love of study. Naturally, this also prepares pupils well for the Senior School. By the time pupils are in Years 9 to 11, the programme of lessons allows them to maintain a sense of diversity within their subject choices and they can extend their interests through trips, talks and competitions. In the Sixth Form, the emphasis is still on breadth of study with a diverse range of A-Levels, Pre-Us and BTECs on offer. Pupils in Year 10 and 12 have the opportunity to complete the Higher Project Qualification and highly regarded Extended Project Qualification which involves an extended piece of research.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
Pastoral care lies at the very heart of all the school does. Pastoral care is about forging a strong understanding of each boy and girl through close relationships between the College staff, the parents and the boys and girls themselves. Regular communication, through clear pathways, will allow for potential issues to be well managed and will allow the college to provide absolutely the best education for them, both inside and outside the classroom.
At both the Senior and Prep School the school has a strong pastoral team headed up by the Pastoral Deputy Heads, Tom Caston and Jo Coventry-King. They work closely with tutors, heads of years, Housemasters / mistresses and the Medical Centre. The school Chaplain is also a trained counsellor and provides a vital niche in the pastoral life of the College. The school also does have support from two counsellors should a pupil need more in-depth guidance. The school also works collaboratively with parents to ensure children are fully supported and host termly talks on pastoral issues.
At Framlingham College, the boarding experience aims to develop the academic, cultural and physical talents of each child as well as increasing their independence, their social skills and their self-confidence. More tangibly it is fun, full of opportunities and experiences and where life-long friendships are built.
Extra-curricular & Personal Development
The College is committed to helping all Senior and Prep School pupils achieve excellence in every aspect of their lives. This means the school focuses not only upon providing a first-class education; it is also determined to deliver a balanced programme of enrichment.
The school’s enrichment programme, including sport, art and technology, music and drama, encourages pupils of all ages to acquire new skills, interests and experiences – all within the context of a well-balanced, holistic education.
From Years 3 to 13, pupils have several timetabled opportunities each week to try out Skill-based Activities. This rich and varied “Learning for Life” programme includes sessions in drama, ballet, gardening, fencing, cookery, coding, critical thinking, drone flying, debating and Model United Nations.
From Years 9 to 11, these Skill-based Activities are on two afternoons a week. A third is devoted to Volunteering, meaning that all of the Year 9 pupils take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In Year 10, Volunteering involves participation in the Framlingham Community Service Programme or the College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
Given the demands of A Levels, Sixth Form pupils make their own decisions about their level of commitment to the enrichment programme. However, they are strongly urged to participate in some form, and they all continue to have compulsory timetabled sessions in sport and exercise.