Framlingham College

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Framlingham College
Framlingham College coat of arms.png
Motto Studio sapientia crescit
(Wisdom grows with study)
Established 1864
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr. P. B. Taylor, BA (Hons)
Chairman of Governors Mr A W M Fane MA, FCA
Founders The Suffolk Memorial to Prince Albert
Location College Road
Nr Woodbridge

IP13 9EY
England Coordinates: 52°13′36″N 1°20′21″E / 52.2266°N 1.3392°E / 52.2266; 1.3392
DfE number 935/6046
DfE URN 124884 Tables
Staff 76
Students 661[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–18
Houses 7
Colours Sky blue, Chocolate brown
Former pupils Old Framlinghamians

Framlingham College is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school in the town of Framlingham, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Together with its preparatory school, Brandeston Hall and Little Bears Nursery it serves pupils from 212 to eighteen years of age.

History of Framlingham College[edit]

Framlingham College was originally called the Albert Memorial College in memory of Prince Albert and was founded in 1864 by public subscription as the Suffolk County Memorial to Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, Prince Consort, and was incorporated by Royal Charter. Framlingham College are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of Prince Albert over the course of the next five years. Prince Albert's statue takes pride of place in front of the College, which is set in 85 acres (340,000 m2) in views of the Mere and the twelfth-century castle Framlingham Castle. The College grounds are maintained by an award winning grounds team and the original mock-Gothic buildings have been developed over the years, as a result of significant building initiatives. The building is Grade II listed.

Nearby is Brandeston Hall Preparatory School, located in the village of Brandeston. The school is named after the Tudorbethan manor house that forms its main building. Brandeston Hall was bought by the Society of Old Framlinghamians in remembrance of the 250 boys and masters who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

The school[edit]

Framlingham College

Mr Paul Taylor became Headmaster in September 2009; he was formerly Lower Master (Deputy Head) at The King’s School in Canterbury. He now leads a school that has recently received an excellent ISI Inspection Report in February 2010 and an Outstanding Ofsted report in February 2011,[2] which described the College as highly successful in meeting its stated aims and mission of providing a first class, holistic education, in a safe and inspiring environment, accessible to a broad range of boys and girls.

All students are accommodated in seven fully integrated boarding and day houses: three for girls and four for boys. The excellent facilities at Framlingham College include a theatre with tiered seating for 250, a state-of-the-art Design and Technology Centre, a modern library and a leisure centre that houses an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite and weights room. The original library, which was given to the College by Charles H. Berners, Esq. DL in 1899, was significantly extended in 1998, leaving a light spacious area where pupils can study comfortably.

The College has a fine record in stretching the most able, while the ‘value added’ rating for those pupils who are not automatically destined to achieve A grades at GCSE and A Level stands among the very best in the country. DCSF figures covering recent years confirmed this when placing the College among the top 5% in the country at improving pupils’ grades between GCSE and A level, and this is reflected in the ISI Inspection report which describes much of the teaching as outstanding.

The academic success rates are mirrored by outstanding sporting achievements, commitment to the popular and extremely successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the outward-bound work of the voluntary Combined Cadet Force. From the cut and thrust of the debating society there are visiting speakers and musical performances, charity competitions, formal house suppers and many cultural, educational and recreational visits. Whether it is cookery or the choral society, equestrianism or model making, a round of golf on campus or trekking in Nepal, there is something for everyone.

Sporting Facilities[edit]

view of the school from the nearby Framlingham Castle

Indoor swimming pool, sports and fitness complex and large playing fields. Framlingham College has a Cricket square that last summer hosted an England XI. Other facilities include two floodlit Astroturf with the newest built in September 2011, Indoor Rifle Range, Squash Courts, a nine-hole Golf course and a multitude of other sporting opportunities. The major sports are rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis for boys, while girls have the option of hockey, netball, tennis, rounders, and athletics. Pupils can also take part in squash, soccer, badminton, basketball, golf, swimming, archery, shooting, volleyball and table tennis.

Rankings/League Tables[edit]

In the Financial Times "value for money" league table Framlingham College rose to 8th best value for money school nationally. In the Times A Level league table, Framlingham College was placed as the top boarding school in the Eastern Counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.

Notable Old Framlinghamians[edit]

Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients[edit]

Three Old Framlinghamians have won the Victoria Cross,[4] and one the George Cross (converted from the Albert Medal).

Recipients of the Victoria Cross[edit]

Recipients of the George Cross[edit]

  • Commander Henry De Beauvoir Tupper, GC. Awarded the Albert Medal (later replaced by the George Cross) on 21 February 1919, for gallantry in saving lives at sea on 4 August 1918 while serving on HMS Comet during World War I.[5]

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