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Headmaster's Welcome


When I first came to see Freemen’s for myself, I was immediately struck by how warm and inviting the people and the place were. It seemed like somewhere that I could feel at home easily; a school where professional, first-rate teachers were busy; where open-hearted children were happy to be; where academic excellence was an expectation, but unabashedly rooted in a supportive environment where every child matters. Indeed, it felt like home very quickly. In post as Headmaster, those qualities still strike me every day, and they certainly strike visitors to Freemen’s.

Scratching the surface, looking into the history of the school, I was persuaded by the initial ethos and benevolent outlook of Freemen’s. The City of London Freemen’s School was set up to look after the orphaned children of Freemen of the City. The school was founded in Brixton in 1854 to educate boys and girls - we have always been co-educational, it is an essential part of our character. Not only committing right from the start to a charitable, co-ed, broad education, we have also continuously admitted boarders alongside our day pupils.

In 1926 the City Corporation moved us out to Ashtead Park, which I do consider to be a stroke of genius! We really do enjoy the best of locations - a leafy Surrey Hills site, but wholeheartedly connected to the square mile and only a short train journey into Waterloo or Victoria.

Since then, our site has expanded to accommodate swelling numbers and to support our children’s development in excellent facilities. You can be sure that the interests of the children will always come first here. Both teaching and learning across all age ranges will always be at the heart of any ongoing and future decisions which I and my team will make, taking Freemen’s forward. Boarding students are now housed in a custom-built boarding house and our new music school is replete with modern technology and an acoustically exceptional recital hall. We are in the midst of an ambitious development of the school’s provision: our ultra-modern, award winning, swimming pool is spectacular; our sixth form is being reformed- within and without the fabric of the buildings, with our dynamic Free Minds programme. It is an exciting time to join Freemen’s.

I should very much like to invite you to visit us at Freemen’s to see what we offer yourselves. We have various opportunities throughout the year for prospective families to visit; information is available on this website as to when these will take place. Furthermore, do please contact admissions@freemens.org if you would like more details, or to register your interest if you are considering choosing us to educate your son or daughter.

With every good wish,

Roland J. Martin

About us

Mission Statement and Aims

Our Mission:

We want children at Freemen’s to learn, to lead and to make a difference.

Our Aims:

We will do this by:

nurturing a community of learners – adults and children – who are ambitious about what they might achieve in and out of the classroom;

providing relevant opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons intellectually and socially; athletically and creatively; emotionally and spiritually;

establishing an environment at Freemen’s where everyone involved in the community is respected, trusted and supported;

encouraging responsibility and capability; honesty and reliability; pride and passion;

promoting determination and innovation; flexibility and adaptability; kindness and consideration;

fostering in our pupils the confidence, curiosity, independence and wisdom to succeed in the next stages of their lives.

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Join Us


  • Job Title

    Caretaker/Maintenance Assistant

  • Location

    Ashtead Park

  • Posted

    20th November 2020

  • Salary

    £23,200 to £25,000 per annum

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Fixed Term Contract to end September 2021 Required as soon as possible Salary £23,200 to £25,000 per annum inclusive of all allowances You will be an experienced all rounder joini ...

Working for us

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These are exciting times at Freemen’s. There is a new senior leadership team in place which is moving the school in new and challenging directions. We are introducing a Free Minds programme in the Sixth Form to stretch, challenge and broaden their horizons. We are also introducing a Scholarship Programme across the School to develop the intellects and skills of our most academically able. Many new and stimulating management roles have recently been created at the School as we aim to nurture and develop the skills and talents of all of our staff. We believe that if we can motivate and inspire pupils and staff to give of their best at all times, the School will continue to grow and thrive.

There are approximately 100 full and part time staff in the Junior and Senior schools. A small number of staff involved in boarding live on site. Staff facilities include a modern and well equipped staff room in both the Senior and Junior Schools. There is substantial technical support in the Sciences and technical subjects and an up to date reprographics centre provides staff with excellent facilities to support teaching and administrative duties.

Transport links are good; the School is a mile from Ashtead station with regular services to Epsom and London and south to Leatherhead and Guildford. The M25 junction 9 is a seven-minute drive from the School.

As well as enjoying the beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities at Freemen’s – including lunch , working here brings with it a number of other benefits.

We are all employees of the City of London Corporation, an organisation steeped in almost 1,000 years of history. In addition to providing the normal functions of a Local Authority, the City proudly maintains its heritage through a series of ceremonial functions, including the Lord Mayor’s Show, that uphold the distinctive nature of the City and the City of London Corporation and all staff at Freemen’s are encouraged to get involved.

The City offers an attractive employment package which includes a competitive salary and pension scheme. Beyond the monetary benefits, our links with the City mean that we are able to provide excellent training and development opportunities. We have a structured induction process for both teaching and non-te3aching staff and are keen to provide as many opportunities as possible to develop staff. Annual appraisals underpin the process, providing a formal means of acknowledging and rewarding staff for their contribution, and identifying development opportunities and training needs. Staff are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities which add to the educational experiences of the children as well as their own development.

We have high expectations of our staff – as we do our pupils – and provide the structure and support to enable them to reach their full potential and give their very best at work. Our staff are proud to work for Freemen’s and that is evident in the way they are committed to achieving their very best in all that they do.

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