Our average class size is 14. Occasionally classes go up to 18 and that is when we look at the class as a whole and decide if it would be beneficial to split the class.
Children as young as Reception are split up into small groups. Children from Year 3 are split into sets for spelling. However, children are not formally put into sets until they reach Year 5, when they are then set for English and Maths. Year 6, 7 & 8 are set for all subjects.
The entrance examination focuses on a child’s ability in English and Mathematics and is not really something the child is able to revise for.
The bus can be booked for just one morning or afternoon a week or as many as 6 days a week morning and afternoon, space permitting.
Years 7 & 8 are the only year groups at Framlingham College Prep School to have Saturday school. It starts at 8.40am and ends at 3.00pm. Younger boarders and those day students who wish to attend go to Saturday Club. Saturday Club is an enjoyable and usually educational activity, sometimes off site, sometimes on site and sometimes with a creative or sporty theme. The Jimmy’s Farm trip is a firm favourite.
Your child will be given a tutor who will be your first point of contact for any pastoral or academic issues. You will have their e-mail address and can contact them at any time if you are concerned or worried.
If your child joins us in Year 7 they will be guaranteed entry to our Senior School, Framlingham College. Children who join us before Year 7 will be advised on entry as to their suitability for the College and the school will highlight any areas of concern.
Those who join us in Pre-Prep will be warned early on in their child’s school career if there are any concerns; however, it is very rare that a child does not go up to Framlingham if they want to.
Most Framlingham College Prep School children do go on to our senior school; we have a handful each year who go to other schools. In recent years our children have left for destinations such as Rugby, Stowe and Millfield.
As long as there is space, children can board as little or as often as required.
We have 4 types of boarding:
Occasional boarding – when children book in on an adhoc basis;
Part-boarding – when children stay a set night or nights each week and these are booked in advance;
Weekly boarding – when children go home at the weekends;
Full boarding – when children stay full time and only go home at holiday time.
We have several ways of managing food allergies and intolerances. Firstly, we like the kitchen staff and Matron to meet parents and discuss, in detail, the nature of the allergy. From here a strategy will be put in place and all other staff will be informed. We currently have children with nut, gluten and dairy allergies or intolerances.
If you let us know the flight times for your child we can arrange transfers to and from the airport. The taxi company we use is experienced in dealing with unaccompanied minors and we are able to make all the arrangements for you.
Of course, we welcome children who require support. It is important that you let us know in advance if your child has specific needs so we can ensure that their needs can be managed within our Learning Support provision. Please also let us know before your visits, interviews or assessments if your child has special educational needs or a physical disability so we can ensure that adequate provision can be made for them. Our full Learning Support Policy can be viewed here.
Please ask the office for a scholarship booklet or look at it online here and do feel free to discuss it, in the first instance with the Admissions Department.
Yes we do. This is all dealt with confidentially between you and the Finance Director. Bursary Forms can be downloaded and can be completed and sent straight in to the Finance Office.
All year groups start school at 8.25am; please note that your child can be booked in for breakfast club which starts at 7.45am if required.
For Pre-Prep the school day finishes at 3.50pm; after school club can be booked and provision is available until 6.00pm.
In Junior Prep (Years 3, 4, 5) school finishes at 4.50pm but there are a couple of opportunities for early leave if, for example, your child struggles, at first, with the long day or they have an interest outside school they wish to pursue.
For the Senior Prep (Year 6, 7 & 8) school finishes at 4.50pm every day.
Wednesdays are slightly different for Year 3 and above. Wednesday is match day. If your child is not in a match then school will finish at 3.50pm. If they are in a match you will need to look at the team sheet to see what time they finish. Team sheets are available through the Parent Portal and can be viewed on the sports notice board in the White & Black Hall.
Year 7 & 8 are the only year groups at Framlingham College Prep School that have Saturday school; it starts at 8.40 am and ends at 3.00pm.
The daily routine can be downloaded here.
As a boarding school we have excellent after-school provision and would be happy to discuss this further at any time so we can devise with a suitable routine for your child.
There are currently c. 420 students on the school roll at the college. 60% of these are weekly or full boarders and 40% are day students (of the day students many will stay either on a regular basis or occasionally). The boy/girl split is also 55/45.
15% of the school roll is international although there are a higher number in the Sixth Form than in the lower year groups. We currently have students from the following countries; China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine.
The student/teacher ratio is 8:1
There are 4 boys’ houses and 3 girls’ houses. Details of all the Houses and how they work can be found in the Pastoral section of the website here.
If there is a pre-existing connection (grandparent, parent or sibling) with a particular House then students are automatically given the option to follow into that House. For Year 9 entry we then allocate to Houses with careful consideration and consultation with current school. The strengths of individual students is looked at alongside all other pupils joining and we then allocate to get a good mix of students in each House.
For entry into all other year groups we are more limited as it will depend on where spaces have become available. If you have a particular preference for a particular House please do let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate such requests.
Information on Careers can be found here.
There is an extensive bus network which runs to Aldeburgh, Bury St Edmunds, Diss, Harleston, Ipswich and Southwold. Full details of the bus service including stops and charges can be found here.
Exeats only take place in the Autumn and Spring Terms, and only in half terms that have five or more weekends. Exeats start after school on Fridays (4pm) with boarders returning either on Sunday evening or Monday morning, and lessons resuming as normal on the Monday. Those boarders who are unable to stay with their parents or their guardians are be able to remain in school for exeat weekends, and we keep one house open (on rotation) for this purpose. We normally aim to place the exeat weekend in the middle of the relevant half of term, and where possible we ensure that they coincide with exeat weekends at the Prep School. Term dates can be found here.
All junior pupils are expected to do a minimum of 3 activities, at least one from each of the Skill, Volunteering and Physical categories. Sixth Form pupils are encouraged to make their own decisions as to how much time they wish to commit to the Activities Programme. There are also a range of events that take place in the evenings. These include: lectures, debates, academic and co-curricular societies, music and drama performances, as well as a range of cultural, educational and recreational visits.
The weeks are very full in term time and the programme is further supplemented by activities taking place during the holidays. These include various sporting and cultural tours, as well as Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and journeys of self-discovery overseas.
Details of where students go onto after A Levels can be found here.
Details of the examination results can be found here.
We welcome pupils who require learning support, providing the specific needs of the child can be managed within the school’s normal provision. However, we advise parents of children with special educational needs or physical disabilities to discuss their child’s requirements with us in advance so that adequate provision can be made prior to visits, interviews and any necessary entrance exam or assessment.
Parents must provide a copy of an Educational Psychologist’s report or a medical report to support their request, for example for extra time or other special arrangements. The full learning support policy can be viewed on the Policies page here.
The College’s daily routine can be found here.