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What is City of London Freemen’s Global School

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Freemen’s Global School has been established to teach GCSEs and A Levels to students attending partner schools around the world. Using state-of-the-art technology, originally developed for Harvard University, Freemen’s Global provides an opportunity for ambitious schools across the globe to partner with City of London Freemen’s School to attract and retain high achieving students who wish to study UK qualifications.

They will be taught in English through live lessons by Freemen’s UK qualified teachers. 

Freemen’s Global has been set up to ensure those international students studying with us, but attending our partner schools, are supported to achieve their ambitions for University entrance and beyond. 

Partner schools will establish a Freemen’s Global centre within their own school. Their students will join others on a video wall from around the world in small classes taught by Freemen’s Global staff who will use the same teaching and learning methods which have made Freemen’s a top 5 UK school.

Once students have joined Freemen’s Global, they will become part of an international network of Freemen’s alumni, with access to former pupils from across the world in all fields of work.

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Academic results 

Freemen’s has a long-established reputation for ensuring students from both the UK and abroad achieve outstanding academic outcomes. Freemen’s results place it amongst the best schools in the UK. 

In 2022:

  • GCSE: 86% of grades were awarded 7, 8 or 9, 42% were the top possible grade (9) 
  • A Level: 75% of grades were A*/A, 45% were the top grade (A*) whilst 90% of grades were A*-B. 

The Good Schools Guide reports: 

"Stellar results at both GCSE and A Level." 

"It’s a clever child’s school but doesn’t feel intense or pressurised," said one parent. Students report "excellent support" from the teachers, as well as "a good rapport – you feel respected."



Meet the team 

Head of City of London Freemen’s Global and Director of International Business Development

David Boddy has a wealth of both British and international school development experience. A former head teacher of St James Senior Boys’ School, London, and Chair of the UK’s Society of Head Teachers, he has undertaken school development projects in India, the Middle East and Far East. 

David is the author of ‘Mind Your Head – An Emotional Intelligence Guide for School Leaders’, and ‘Mind Their Hearts – Creating Schools and Homes of Warm Heartedness’, both published by John Catt Educational Ltd. 

He has worked closely with X20 Media to bring to the UK the virtual learning platform, originally developed for Harvard University. 

He has been involved in the development of Freemen’s Global since September 2021. 

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Hykin joined Freemen’s in 2018 as Director of Digital Services and has led the transformation of technology across the School; he is now Chief Operating Officer for Freemen’s Global. Paul has worked across the education sector for over 30 years and has extensive EdTech business experience from around the world. With an engineering and IT background, Paul has led on many school development projects in the UK and overseas and is a Trustee of Marymount International School in Paris. 


Freemen’s Global is overseen by the Governors of City of London Freemen’s School, led by the Headmaster of the School, Mr Roland Martin. 

The School has undertaken to work with international accreditation bodies, such as COBIS, to devise an accreditation framework suitable for the model of education that is being developed with our partners. This work is ongoing. 

Local partners will be required to ensure they are compliant with local regulatory frameworks.