THE FRENSHAM SPIRIT

There is an energy about Frensham which is hard to describe. It's a feeling of happiness and lightness, a sense of freedom. It comes from all the children being comfortable in their own skins, their own clothes. With no prefects or head boys and girls, everyone is on a level playing field. They can be who they are. And it comes from our foundation of exceptional pastoral care which thrives on the genuine relationships which develop between all members of the community - looking out for one another.

Frensham in three words - listen to our students and teachers trying to sum up Frensham in just three words...

FIRST NAMES & UNIFORMS

If you ask someone who’s never visited Frensham, they’ll probably just say we’re a school that uses first names and doesn’t have uniforms. It might be said with a hint of doubt. That’s a bit weird, right? But, if we look around at our modern society – the workplace, family life – is it really so strange?

These are actually very simple things, very natural things and their effect in a school setting is quite refreshing – ultimately by taking away that hint of doubt about doing something differently, that worry about being a bit weird.

Junior School students play outside
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Ours is an environment that says come and be you. If you love dancing, then do that. If you love science, then great do that. If you love wearing woolly hats all year, that’s fine too. Be yourself, be open-minded and you’ve already created the perfect environment for learning.

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A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

As from our founding days, everyone at Frensham is on a level playing field. When you come here, you can just relax and be yourself. The teachers don’t hide behind titles or formal clothes and the children’s individuality isn’t hidden behind uniforms or false respect. Egos are left at the door. The Head, the littlest nursery child, the newest teacher, the shyest sixth former, the part-time TAs, the support staff. Everyone is an equal, important, valued part of the community.

Teachers don’t have to spend time telling students to pull up their socks, instead they have conversations, build relationships. Really special relationships built on genuine, mutual respect and interest. Relationships that spark learning.

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FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY

Contrary to what many believe, Progressive Education is not without boundaries. Respect underlies everything we do at Frensham; respect that is earned, not demanded or assumed. We give children more freedom than at other schools, but with freedom comes responsibility and we have high expectations of everyone in our community.

There is a misconception that a school without uniforms and with children walking together rather than in lines is a school without discipline. It is true that we don’t give detentions and the sanctions we do give out are not done on a whim for minor mistakes. What we do, and this takes much more time and patience, is talk and listen.

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MAKING MISTAKES

Our students make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes and that is okay, it’s how you grow. You own your mistakes, learn from them and move on. But, the first time is a mistake, and the second time is a choice and you will find then that there are consequences at Frensham, just like at every other school. In any other tight-knit community.

Being shut down or shut out is an easy option all around. It stops the conversation, shuts the door and doesn’t allow anyone to move forward or grow up. At Frensham, discipline is based on conversations. It’s not an easy, laissez-faire option. These are difficult two way conversations about putting your hands up and owning and accepting your choices, rectifying, moving on and becoming the best version of yourself.

 
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The freedom is here to help our students grow into open-minded, courageous, well-rounded individuals and for the most part they stand up and embrace the responsibility and the trust that goes along with that. It is truly refreshing and the perfect opportunity to get ready for life beyond school.

OUR COMMUNITY

PE Gap Student

PE Gap Student

Frensham Heights PSHE Teachers

Frensham Heights PSHE Teachers

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Student and Teacher

Student and Teacher

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Ceramics Teacher

Ceramics Teacher

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Deputy Head and her dog

Deputy Head and her dog

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Business Studies teacher

Business Studies teacher

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Junior School Teachers

Junior School Teachers

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Frensham Heights teachers

Frensham Heights teachers

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Deputy Heads

Deputy Heads

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PE Teachers

PE Teachers

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Geography Teachers

Geography Teachers

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Director of Sport

Director of Sport

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Two teachers

Two teachers

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ICT Teachers

ICT Teachers

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Teacher and Student

Teacher and Student

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Senior School Teacher and student

Senior School Teacher and student

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Senior School Teacher and Student

Senior School Teacher and Student

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Sixth Form Student and Teacher

Sixth Form Student and Teacher

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Senior School Teacher and students

Senior School Teacher and students

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Head of Junior School and Student

Head of Junior School and Student

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Junior School Teachers

Junior School Teachers

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Teacher Student and Greenpower car

Teacher Student and Greenpower car

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PE teachers

PE teachers

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Frensham Heights teachers

Frensham Heights teachers

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Teacher and student

Teacher and student

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Performing Arts Teachers

Performing Arts Teachers

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History Teachers

History Teachers

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Junior School teachers

Junior School teachers

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PRE teachers

PRE teachers

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Sixth Form teacher and students

Sixth Form teacher and students

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Sixth Form teacher and students

Sixth Form teacher and students

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PE teacher and student

PE teacher and student

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Maths teachers

Maths teachers

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Senior School teacher and student

Senior School teacher and student

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Student and Teacher

Student and Teacher

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PE coach

PE coach

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Geography Teachers

Geography Teachers

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Sixth Form Art teacher and student

Sixth Form Art teacher and student

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Nursery teacher and child

Nursery teacher and child

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Sixth Form Creative Arts Teacher and Student

Sixth Form Creative Arts Teacher and Student

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Headteacher

Headteacher

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Maths teachers

Maths teachers

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student and teacher

student and teacher

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laughing teacher and student

laughing teacher and student

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smiling student and teacher

smiling student and teacher

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teacher and student

teacher and student

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Outdoor Education teacher

Outdoor Education teacher

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teacher and student

teacher and student

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