Local Schools

We are very fortunate to have excellent educational establishments in this area.

Jenyns First School and Nursery

Jenyns School is a county maintained First School which is steeped in History. In September 2004 we moved into a brand new building at the top end of the school field. The first records of the school date back to 1710 although it is thought that the construction of the original school building began as early as 1860. Today the school is within the Buntingford three-tier system and caters for children from the age of three and a half up to the age of nine.

For more information please visit the school website here >>>

Ralph Sadleir Middle School

At Ralph Sadleir our students follow a rich and full curriculum which includes a comprehensive range of subjects: English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, French, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Art and Technology (which includes Food Technology, ICT, Craft, Art and Design). Students in Year 8 also study German.

During their first two years, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with the exception of Mathematics where they are placed in groups according to their ability. We expect the lower year groups to spend much of their time in school being taught by their form teacher, but increasingly as they progress through school, they will be taught by specialist teachers so that they will become familiar with the subject centered approach which they will meet in Year 9 and above.

At the start of Year 7 they are placed in groups according to their ability for French, English and Mathematics. This enables us to specifically target the educational needs of all students right across the ability range. Decisions in respect of group setting are taken against a background of general progress in basic subjects, assessments in numeracy, language and work-study skills, as well as teacher recommendation.

At present, a total of twenty-five hours per week are spent on lessons, with additional time for assemblies, breaks and registration.

For more information please visit the school website here.

Freman College

‘A lovely place to be educated.’ – Ofsted, June 2009

Freman College is a successful and over-subscribed upper school for students aged thirteen to eighteen. It was recently judged by Ofsted to be good with many outstanding features. Exam results have been consistently high and have risen year on year. In 2010 91% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* - C. A level results are also very high.

The College’s students are drawn largely from Edwinstree and Ralph Sadleir Middle Schools(aged 9 – 13) with whom Freman College shares joint specialist status. Students in the college’s two partner middle schools are given priority for admission to the college.

The college and middle schools work very closely with their partner first and primary schools – Anstey, Hormead, Jenyns, Layston, Millfield and Roger de Clare - to ensure high quality education for children from the age of four to eighteen.

Freman College is in many ways a unique institution. We believe that many of our strengths derive from the unusual character of the college.

  • Our vertical pastoral system brings students, across the age range, together twice a day and provides a ‘family unit’ for every student in the college. Older students act as mentors and role models for those younger than themselves.
  • Our House system fosters a sense of collective responsibility and provides a wealth of house activities including sport, drama and music.
  • Our status as an upper school means that we are staffed with teachers with outstanding experience in teaching their specialist subjects to GCSE and A level.
  • Our relationship with our two partner middle schools is extremely close, enabling us to ensure a smooth transition from middle school to the college.
  • Our range of extra-curricular opportunities is exceptional, offering students a remarkable number of lunchtime and after school activities as well as exciting extended educational trips.

Visitors to the college often remark on the warmth of the relationships they see both between students themselves and between staff and students. This lies at the heart of Freman. Respect for the individual underpins all that we do and as a result students and staff feel an enormous sense of loyalty and commitment to each other and to the college.

For more information please visit the College website here.