We place great emphasis on equality. From the start, Frensham has welcomed boys and girls as students. Yet equality goes deeper than that. By recognising that each member of our school community has an equal responsibility towards maintaining that community, we create an atmosphere that is relaxed, engaging and tolerant.
Our character is non-hierarchical. We are on first name terms, we do not have uniforms, we do not have prizes and we keep competition to the sports field. We do not have head boys, head girls or prefects. Instead, we have a democratic School Council where students from Year 4 upwards represent the views of their peers and learn to understand how democracy works.
We also believe that recognition of equality is fundamental to the recognition of individuality. Being called by our first names rather than ‘sir’ or ‘miss’ not only creates a greater sense of relationship and shared purpose with our students but also defines us as individuals with strengths and weaknesses. In other words, it recognises the essence of our humanity.