We want to make a difference. It is why we were established in 1854 and it's a key part of what we do at Freemen's today.
We want to teach young people the important concepts of service and giving. These ideas feature heavily in Freemen’s culture, both in and out of the classroom. We want to give our young people opportunities to engage with the local community. We develop partnerships that benefit both the school and the wider community.
Our Work In Numbers
Here's what we achieved in 2022-2023 through our community and partnership work.
spent by staff and governors participating in partnership and community activities
currently in receipt of financial assistance, including bursaries, scholarships and ad-hoc funding
of voluntary service completed as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
21 state schools
and 20 independent schools participated in partnership activities organised by Freemen's
Supporting the Community
Working in the local community is an integral part of life at Freemen's School, with many students and staff taking part in a wide range of volunteering, community service and fundraising activities.
Freemen's staff and students have undertaken a range of projects with local schools and charities, with a particular focus over the past year on maths support, science, languages and sports activities.
We run a Refugee Buddy Club, in conjunction with Epsom and Ewell Refugee Network. The main aim of the club is to provide one-to-one support with English language skills for local refugee families from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria. Freemen's students are buddied up with local refugees, for friendship as well as help with homework, while their parents are offered English language support by Freemen's teachers.
Working with Partners
Our students and staff benefit greatly from being part of the City of London Family of Schools. We participate in a number of activities throughout the year, including a maths partnership network, music concerts and cutting-edge art projects.
Freemen's launched an exciting new partnership in January 2023 with two Star Academy Schools in the northwest of England, Bay Leadership Academy and The Valley Leadership Academy. Year 10 students in both schools will be given the opportunity to attend our careers talks online. A targeted group of Year 10 students will also have the opportunity to attend a residential visit at Freemen's, prior to applying for a full boarding bursary for Years 12 and 13.
Freemen's careers talks are also being made available to all partner schools - local and City of London Schools. The school was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag in 2022, in recognition of the work undertaken by pupils to make the school even more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness with fellow pupils. We will always seek to reuse or recycle any item no longer needed in School, either in the local community or further afield. For example, over 50 boxes of textbooks were sent to a charity in Africa. With a change in uniform, old school blazers have been sent to schools in India and Malawi. Desks and chairs were taken to a new homeless centre in Dorking.
For more information on Community and Partnerships work at Freemen’s, please email Catherine Bennett, [email protected] or call 01372 822 458.