A smattering of students with mild SEN are supported by a team of four SEN teachers across the junior and senior school. Support is ‘done quite subtly’ – at breakfast and lunchtime clubs, for instance – and students with dyslexia will do one foreign language rather than two. However, this isn’t the place for more than a low level of need, and parents should check that the school is able to support their child.
Freemen’s Scholarships are awarded in recognition of excellence, achievement and potential in academic study or music. They carry considerable prestige for the award holder, but are of limited financial value. Academic and Music awards are offered on entry to Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+). They are available to both external candidates and to current Freemen’s pupils. For further detailed information please see below.
Freemen’s is committed to providing academically able students, whose parents may not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of fees, the opportunity to attend our School. Bursaries of up to 100% of the fees are available to pupils entering Year 3 (7+), Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+). Bursaries are awarded based on performance in the entrance examinations and are subject to financial means-testing and annual review.
When I first came to see Freemen’s for myself, I was immediately struck by how warm and inviting the people and the place were. It seemed like somewhere that I could feel at home easily; a school where professional, first-rate teachers were busy; where open-hearted children were happy to be; where academic excellence was an expectation, but unabashedly rooted in a supportive environment where every child matters. Indeed, it felt like home very quickly. In post as Headmaster, those qualities still strike me every day, and they certainly strike visitors to Freemen’s.
Scratching the surface, looking into the history of the school, I was persuaded by the initial ethos and benevolent outlook of Freemen’s. The City of London Freemen’s School was set up to look after the orphaned children of Freemen of the City. The school was founded in Brixton in 1854 to educate boys and girls – we have always been co-educational, it is an essential part of our character. Not only committing right from the start to a charitable, co-ed, broad education, we have also continuously admitted boarders alongside our day pupils.
Roland J. Martin