Farlington School - Educating for confidence

Farlington is a girls’ school set in 33 acres of beautiful parkland at the historic Strood Park, off the A281 near Horsham.

On-site Nursery and Pre-Prep offer an early entry point to the school, with many girls continuing right through the Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form. There is a real sense of a close-knit community and ‘old girls’ are always welcome back for a visit.

Others join the Farlington family later in the school. A 15-year-old pupil told me enthusiastically how warmly she’d been welcomed when she started at the school a year earlier. Since then, she says her love of Drama, Science and Maths have flourished along with a passion for languages, which are taught interactively with great success. “There are so many doors opening up for my future, it’s really exciting,” she says.

In addition to a strong reputation for excellent academic results, the School’s ethos ensures that its girls have every opportunity to discover their talents, and explore them to the full.

Elegant buildings are home to a small full-time multinational boarding community as well as weekday and flexi-boarders; some of the girls live close by but enjoy being part of the boarding community. A look around makes it clear why – they can take advantage of magnificent grounds, excellent study resources and supportive staff. The Boarding House is a comfortable home-from-home. Boarders can invite friends for a sleepover, and mix seamlessly with the day pupils who form the majority of the School’s 400 intake.

Unique strengths

Louise Higson joined Farlington in 2005 and was appointed Headmistress in December 2012. She says the most important thing is that all the girls are treated as individuals. “They each have their own unique strengths and talents, not everyone is the same. We give our girls lots of opportunities and we value each individual’s contribution to the School community” she adds.

“We give our girls lots of opportunities and we value each individual’s contribution to the School community”

Louise Higson

Getting to know the girls well is key to this success; parents are also closely involved with school events and projects.

Extra-curricular talents are highlighted in many ways. The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), equivalent to an AS level, gives students the opportunity to explore a self-driven project entirely of their own choosing. One bright budding architect described how with the help of her inspirational teachers, she became fascinated with Art History and Architecture and opted to design her own church or chapel for her EPQ. Another pupil with a passion for horses organised and promoted her own riding show, attended by more than 20 other schools.

Life-skills are taught hand-in-hand with traditional subjects. Learning how to manage finances, cook a healthy meal and even change a tyre ensure a Farlington girl leaves knowing well how to cope in the outside world.

Sporty pupils enjoy the excellent facilities, with a chance to try fencing, golf, jazz and ballet dancing, judo, tennis and trampolining as well as the usual track and team sports.

Music and drama events are extremely popular, with an intimate studio for performances in what was once a chapel. Speech and Drama is offered as an extra-curricular activity, and girls with a musical leaning can have lessons in anything from clarinet and violin to the drums.

Artistic outpourings hang on walls all around the school, with the art rooms themselves a sight to behold. Clay creations line the benches, waiting for space in the kiln, and easels show studies in pencil, charcoal and acrylic.

Students are also encouraged to expand their experiences through the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, volunteering in the surrounding community or fundraising. One group is currently raising money to fund a trip to Zambia where they will be working with the local communities on various different projects.

Other cultural and social trips provide opportunities for the girls to interact, whether it be in a castle or museum, or on the ski slopes.

The separate Sixth Form building has a series of small rooms where A level classes can be taught. Spacious and airy common rooms offer Years 12 and 13 the opportunity to relax or study in comfort between lessons.

Farlington exudes a warm comfortable atmosphere, like one big nurturing family, supporting and encouraging its pupils to develop into confident and capable young women.

In the words of one girl: “You’re encouraged to learn in a really fun way. I love it here!”


Note from the Head

At Farlington we value individuality, celebrate diversity and encourage our girls to have the confidence to think for themselves, whilst emphasising the importance of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility.

It is our goal that girls will leave Farlington as well-educated young women with highly-developed inter-personal skills and a broad range of interests. They will have the confidence and self-belief to pursue their personal goals and make a positive contribution to the wider community.

We are extremely proud of our consistently successful public examination results throughout both the Prep and Senior Schools. In addition to striving for academic excellence, we firmly believe in the importance of education in its broadest sense, and we are equally as proud of our girls’ achievements in activities such as sport, drama, art and music. Each girl, from Reception through to Sixth Form, is known and valued as an individual, and contributes uniquely to the happy, successful and purposeful environment here at Farlington.

Our girls are justly proud of their school and are always keen to act as personal guides to visitors. If you are unable to come to one of our publicised official Open Days, then you are most welcome to make an individual appointment to meet me and enjoy a tour of the school; such visits can be arranged by telephoning the Registrar.

I do hope to be able to welcome you to Farlington in the very near future!

Ms. Louise Higson

Testimonials

”I have been at Farlington since the end of Year 4 and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I am always challenged with an array of wonderful, fun things to have a go at, which I love. The lessons are very interesting and I never get bored, which is very different from my last school. As well as exciting lessons, there is also a wide range of extra activities, ranging from Morris Dancing to Razzamajazz (a jazz band). I take part in a lot of things in school time, some of which I would never have had a chance to try otherwise. I also enjoy taking part in the riding team outside of school which is great fun. Part of the reason I love Farlington is that it enables me to make friends in different year groups that I wouldn’t have had before. I am definitely glad that I moved to Farlington as I am enjoying every second of it!”
Ella Bubb, Prep 6

“Farlington Sixth Form offers a real community spirit that gives you the best possible opportunities to build your confidence and maximise your future. The Sixth Form is unique, we have fun, we work hard, we have close and open relationships with our teachers, we bond as a whole group, and are still highly involved and contribute to the wider Farlington community. The Sixth Form is so much more than a learning environment; it is a place of support, care and encouragement. Coming to the end of my first year, there is no place I would rather be.”
Gemma Turner, Lower 6th

“Choosing Farlington School was the best decision we have ever made. The teaching staff inspire our daughters, challenge them, nurture them and above all, know the individual girls so well that they draw out the very best in each and every one of them. Our daughters are thriving, achieving and maturing into happy, confident young women. We could not ask for more.”
Lucy Bell, Current parent

School news

18th Jul 2017
As part of The Salters’ Festival of Chemistry program, Farlington School’s Ellen Cherriman, Julie King, Nikita Patel and Mercedes Hernandez visited the University of Sussex on Thursday 29th June. Working in the undergraduate chemistry labs, under the guidance of a PhD student, ... more
6th Jul 2017
Farlington Senior School hosted its first Aspiring Medic Workshop on Thursday 22nd June. This was aimed at students considering a career in the medical field and was attended by 57 students from Farlington and other local schools. The workshop was run by Operating Theatre Live, a travelling, ... more
6th Jul 2017
Farlington Senior School celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the publication of The Philosopher’s Stone today with a special assembly dedicated to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, organised by Professor Cox. Professor Farman gave a ‘Harrius Potter’ reading in Latin, and pupils Megan Rimer and ... more
27th Jun 2017
We had always planned to send our daughters to State schools, boarding was never seriously considered although always a possibility. As our home posting date got closer, my husband came back from Bangalore to secure two places at a school close to our new home in Horsham, West Sussex. It ... more
27th Jun 2017
Farlington Sports Scholar Gabriella Eltham has been awarded SportsAid support to help her in her quest to become a medal winner. Gabriella,16, who is part of the GB Modern Pentathlon Talent programme, was encouraged to write a CV and reasons why SportsAid would be valuable to her. Having ... more
27th Jun 2017
Farlington School’s Year 8 girls enjoyed their three-day bonding trip at Blackland Farm in East Grinstead as part of the Key Stage 3 Physical Education curriculum and to develop peer group relationships. The camp is run every year for the 12- and 13-year-olds and develops and enhances their ... more
27th Jun 2017
The fathers of Farlington’s Prep 2 girls enjoyed a fun-packed afternoon of Forest School activities with their daughters on Friday 16th June. The fathers were welcomed to Farlington by their six- and seven-year-olds, Mrs Willis and Mrs Hunting.  They were then led to the Forest School area ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Farlington Prep School took part in a “Rainbow Mufti Day” to raise funds for the BIG Foundation - an education charity based in Kenya. This was selected by the pupils’ School Council as the recipient of this year’s fundraising activities The pupils from Nursery to Prep 6 came to School ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Farlington Year 8 Geographers successfully completed their ‘Weather Day’ fieldwork recently. Students worked in teams to make their own weather instruments, using only the materials found in their resource boxes. With strict time-limits this was a tough challenge, but the students excelled ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Farlington School’s Prep 6 girls started their first day of ‘Bikeability’ recently. ‘Bikeability’ is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. The ten- and eleven-year olds undertook a week ... more
24th May 2017
Farlington School was delighted to welcome Dr Jorella Andrews, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, to deliver a Vive Lecture and her talk really did not disappoint. Dr Andrews very graciously accepted Farlington’s Head of Art History ... more
16th May 2017
Farlington School’s fourth Jazz Workshop for instrumentalists took place on Saturday 29th April. Pupils from local Prep and Primary schools worked with music teacher, Brian Dallimore, to develop their musical performance, improvisation and composition skills. The children worked effectively ... more
16th May 2017
The Year 7 girls at Farlington School proudly displayed the results of their bridge-building challenge. This project fitted into the topic on Forces they have been studying. The teachers gave the girls some different bridge types to think about and discussed different functions, such as ... more
16th May 2017
Friday morning’s Radio 4 Today programme interviewed a researcher from ‘education data lab’ who had been part of a study looking into the ‘Kent Test’ results: essentially their 11+ examination. They had shown that the majority of candidates from the maintained sector and receiving the Pupil ... more
16th May 2017
The girls from Farlington School’s Upper School took part in a spectacular production of ‘Grease’, providing one of the highlights of the year for the Senior School students. Farlington was commended for it “highly successful prep and senior school drama productions” in its recent Independent ... more
27th Apr 2017
Farlington School Year 11 and Sixth Form students have completed a 10-week climbing course at the K2 High Sports Centre in Crawley. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to widen their experience of different sports and acquire some new skills. Benefiting from some excellent climbing ... more
27th Apr 2017
Spring has officially sprung, and what better way to celebrate than an evening of musical entertainment provided by over 120 fine young musicians at the Farlington School Spring Concert! The evening began with the Orchestra performing Borodin’s Polotsvian Dances, followed by a vivacious ... more
5th Apr 2017
Farlington School’s Prep 6 girls were lucky to have the opportunity to act a few lines on the Globe Theatre’s stage when they went to London recently.  As they were studying Macbeth in class, they took part in a drama workshop at the theatre and learned lots about the Bard of Stratford from ... more
5th Apr 2017
Farlington School’s Prep 4 visited Fishbourne Roman Palace as an introduction to their ‘Romans’ topic. The size of the plot and the ruins helped the girls to appreciate the grandeur of the Roman palace. They all agreed that it would have been an honour to have been a guest of Tiberius ... more
5th Apr 2017
The girls from Farlington School’s Prep 5 and 6 took part in a spectacular production of Bugsy Malone, providing one of the highlights of the year for the Prep School students. Farlington was commended for it “highly successful prep and senior school drama productions” in its recent Independent ... more
5th Apr 2017
On Friday 24th March the girls from Farlington School’s Reception and Prep 1 classes invited their mothers to a special Mother’s Day Tea in advance of Mothering Sunday. The Prep 1 girls created cards, an ‘I Love You to Pieces’ jigsaw gift and a Mother-inspired Scrabble board. In the morning ... more
30th Mar 2017
Farlington School pupil, Issy Hayes, competed at the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships held at Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium on Saturday 25th March and came away winning the event and the title of National Champion. The modern biathlon is a two-discipline event made up of a ... more
30th Mar 2017
Grey skies didn’t dampen Farlington School’s Prep 5’s enthusiasm when they visited Hooke Court in Dorset for their three-day Tudor Experience. The Court is a beautiful Tudor manor house and was once the home of a powerful Tudor family; it now offers children the opportunity to experience ... more
23rd Mar 2017
The children from Farlington School’s Nursery and Reception classes have been enjoying their Forest School sessions in the spring sunshine. These classes were recently praised in the Independent Schools Inspectorate report where it commented that Early Years Foundation Stage “children ... more
15th Mar 2017
Farlington School’s Science and Maths teacher, Emily Cox, joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for a marathon training day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Emily, who only took up running in August, gained her place in the London Marathon through the ballot ... more
22nd Feb 2017
Farlington School’s Teresa Stonestreet is ‘walking all over cancer’ again this March to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Last year she exceeded her fundraising target of £1000 and hopes to do the same this year. She will be walking a minimum of 10,000 steps everyday, the equivalent of 150 ... more
10th Feb 2017
Farlington School hosted a talk from Baroness O’Cathain, a member of the House of Lords, on Friday 20th January to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.   Baroness O’Cathain met with Year 11 Sociologists and all Year 10 students for an hour ... more
2nd Feb 2017
Farlington School had great success at the Medway Big Splash Aquathlon on Saturday 14th January. Issy Hayes, 12, from the Senior School and Eloisa Symonds, 10, from the Prep School won their respective categories at the event. Issy from Horsham had to swim 300m followed by a 3000m run ... more
26th Jan 2017
A brand new club called Interact has arrived at Farlington. It is the Rotary’s International Service club for 12- to 18-year-olds, designed to enable students to organise events and raise money for good causes. Its motto is ‘service above self’ and the club will complete at least two ... more
19th Jan 2017
The Spring term at Farlington has seen the girls in Year 7 commence every Geography lesson with a reading activity. This has been introduced by Mrs Edgar in Year 7 to provide a context for encouraging the girls to engage in reading across the curriculum. A report compiled by the ... more
19th Jan 2017
On Tuesday 7th February, Farlington will be hosting its annual GCSE Choices Evening for Year 9 pupils, as a preparation for deciding which of the 21 qualifications on offer girls would like to study from September 2017. GCSE Choices is open not only to current parents and pupils, but anyone ... more
19th Jan 2017
The Farlington Prep 4 Trip to the Winchester Science Centre was a great success. The girls started the morning with Dr Phil, who began with the premise that ‘Science is Boring’. However, he went on to prove that that was definitely not the case! The girls all learned how the digestive system ... more
10th Jan 2017
In December Farlington’s Lower Sixth Geographers, accompanied by Geography teacher Mrs Edgar, participated in two days of fieldwork at the Field Studies Council (FSC) centre at Juniper Hall in Dorking. The girls were completing their first A Level fieldwork investigation which now forms a ... more
10th Jan 2017
On 15th December, 32 pupils from Farlington School headed to Italy for the ski trip to Folgarida. This annual event is open to all pupils of all abilities in Years 7 to 13 and provides many girls with their first opportunity to ski. Each day the girls went to ski school for five hours and ... more
10th Jan 2017
Our second Farlington enrichment Vive lecture of this year was delivered Mr Adrian Mellor, a qualified Safety Assessor, who conducts facility audits of cosmetic manufacturers and has 30 years’ cosmetic experience. The talk was entitled: ‘The Science behind our Skin, the Sun and the Art of Safe ... more
10th Jan 2017
At Farlington Lower Sixth students are given the opportunity to do Voluntary Service.  Volunteering can make a real difference to the girls’ own lives and to the lives of those in the local community. It develops and enhances skills such as team work, organisation, communication, time ... more
10th Jan 2017
Imaginative, creative play and make-believe are the cornerstones of good Early Years education and link to the prime areas of communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. To learn effectively, young children need to play in order to have fun, ... more
16th Dec 2016
Recently, the Farlington Music Department held a joint concert with Wonersh and Shamley Green Primary School (WSG). “Sing, Strum and Drum” celebrated the musical progress of Farlington girls alongside children who have taken part in Farlington’s inaugural Music Outreach project for this ... more
8th Dec 2016
Scrooge is such a well-known story that it can be difficult to bring it back to life without the ghosts of productions past!   Emma Spires and her young performers achieved sparkling originality in one fell swoop by throwing away the script – quite literally - and devising their production ... more
8th Dec 2016
Relatives and friends gathered in Farlington’s New Courtyard Hall last week to watch a heart-warming performance of the Nativity. The youngest children of the school from Nursery through to Prep 2 performed as Mary, Joseph, stable animals, kings, shepherds, inn keepers and angels. They ... more
8th Dec 2016
Recently, five fearless Farlington riders travelled to the National Schools Equestrian Association Regional Championships where they competed against other schools from London and the South East. Georgia Stephens (Year 5), Florence McKenzie, Roseanna Savage, Lucy Bugler (Year 7) and Lucy ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Farlington is delighted to have a student selected to exhibit at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Spring Exhibition in London next year. A piece by Jacqueline Zhang, 18, who completed her Art and Design A Level in the summer, has been chosen to exhibit at this prestigious ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Farlington School’s Lower Sixth Young Enterprise team will be setting up for business at Horsham’s trade market on Saturday 3rd December. Their company, ‘Woven’, will be selling stylish, quality knitwear accessories at affordable prices. The young entrepreneurs have already had success ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Making a list – stirring the pudding – wrapping presents – stuffing the turkey…. there are so many jobs to get done before Christmas and we were reminded of some of these at our beautiful Christingle Service yesterday, held in St Mary’s, Horsham. As ever, the Prep girls rose to the ... more
24th Nov 2016
Farlington School has an active and dynamic Geography department. Here’s a sample of what it has been up to this term. Year 7 Geography is always in the news!! September 2016 To start their Geographical journey at Farlington Senior School, Mrs Edgar challenged the girls in Year 7 to a ... more
24th Nov 2016
The Farlington community has done a terrific job of raising money for Nalango School in Uganda over the last 12 months.  Since the Headteacher of Nalango School visited us in September 2015, we have held a number of fundraising events and have raised a wonderful total of £725. So far, ... more
24th Nov 2016
Farlington’s Year 11 to 13 PE Watersports group is close to completing its introductory course to kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding. The 9-week programme is being conducted at Southwater Watersports Centre on Friday afternoons as a PE option. The 10 girls are enjoying the instruction at the ... more
18th Nov 2016
Staff at Farlington School wore purple and bought purple cakes recently to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and highlight the importance of early diagnosis. The ‘Wear Purple Day’ was organised by Sue Cooper, Farlington’s Head of Textiles, whose brother, Adrian Bunting, died from ... more
11th Nov 2016
The Farlington Eventers Challenge show was held recently at Coombelands Equestrian Centre, Pulborough.   The event itself has taken a year to plan and was co-ordinated by Farlington sixth former, Ella Heron. She undertook the task of organising and running the event as her EPQ (extended ... more
2nd Nov 2016
At Farlington, an all-through, girls’ independent school, our Year 6 pupils are entered for the Government’s end of Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Despite all of last year’s controversies surrounding these, including the ... more
20th Oct 2016
At Farlington School on Friday 7th October the whole Prep School gave a musical and thought-provoking Harvest Festival assembly to a packed hall of family, friends and staff. Colourful imagery, harvest harmonies and poignant poems abounded. The girls delivered their lines and lyrics with ... more
12th Oct 2016
Farlington School, near Horsham, is offering its Vive Scholarship for a third year. The award for entrants into Year 7 in September 2017 offers a 50% reduction on the annual tuition fee to girls who can demonstrate academic excellence and expertise in at least one other extra-curricular area. ... more
12th Oct 2016
Farlington’s Head of Geography John Dwyer cycled from the Pyrenees to Sussex this year with 40 other cyclists to raise money for the One Mile Closer Charity. So far, he has raised over £900 from this venture. The charity, which was founded by the friends and families of Rob Gauntlett and ... more
5th Oct 2016
On Friday 23rd September senior girls, and staff, took part in ‘Jeans for Genes’ day. The event, organised by Genetic Disorders UK, raises money to give care and support for children and families who are affected by a genetic disorder. The school has supported the annual event for the ... more
5th Oct 2016
On Friday 30th September Farlington School took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Parents and staff were invited for coffee and pastries to the Music Patio from 8.30am. The one-day event runs throughout the UK and encourages people to make ... more
22nd Sep 2016
The Musical Theatre Workshop ran its 8th annual summer five-day workshop at Farlington School during the holidays, which culminated in a spectacular 45-minute show. It was, as always, a challenging, but fun-packed week of song and dance. The enthusiastic group of 20 girls and boys worked ... more
7th Sep 2016
Farlington School is holding its Open Morning on Saturday 17th September. Visitors will be able to hear an address by the Headmistress Ms Louise Higson and the Prep Headmistress Mrs Frances Mwale, have a guided tour of the school and grounds, and meet key members of staff. The morning will ... more
25th Aug 2016
Ms Louise Higson, Farlington’s Headmistress, comments on the School’s superb GCSE results: “Congratulations to the Year 11 girls at Farlington on their excellent GCSE examination results!  55% of all grades were A/A*! “We are delighted with their performance; these brilliant results are ... more
18th Aug 2016
Ms Louise Higson, Farlington’s Headmistress, has commented on the School’s A-level results. She said: "Another successful year for Farlington! " I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of the girls has been so well rewarded; there is much cause for celebration.   "University ... more
17th Aug 2016
Farlington’s well-established and successful approach to teaching modern languages incorporates drama at the heart of its learning strategy. In addition to the three classroom stages, a new outdoor performance space has been constructed, thanks to the generous funding of Farlington’s ... more
28th Jul 2016
Moving to Senior School can be a time of mixed emotions, for both you and your child; everything will be different. They will no longer be 'a big fish in a little pond', they will be one of the younger ones working their way up in a much bigger environment. They will be surrounded by many new ... more
13th Jul 2016
Farlington School students from Year 6 to Upper Sixth entertained a captivated audience of friends, family and staff with a selection of scenes from many much loved musicals. The evening was directed by Farlington’s Jane and David Thomas, with stunning choreography by Lucy Cooper and Natalie ... more
23rd Jun 2016
The Year 7 girls at Farlington School proudly displayed the results of their bridge-building challenge. This project fitted into the topic on Forces they have been studying. The teachers gave the girls some different bridge types to think about and discussed different functions, such as ... more
15th Jun 2016
This year’s ‘Farlington Apprentice’ for Year 10 was a great success. With a series of challenges, both mental and physical, being undertaken until a winning team emerged. This year had a very different format to previous years - 32 Year 10 boys from Richard Challoner School, Kingston joined the ... more
2nd Jun 2016
Farlington Belles, Farlington School’s morris dancing side, comprising 12 girls from Prep 3 to Prep 6, gathered in Horsham to dance at the recent Broadwood Day of Dance. The weather was glorious and the girls thoroughly enjoyed participating in the event with the other morris ... more
26th May 2016
Farlington School’s Sixth Form Psychology students recently attended a tour and workshop at Bethlem Museum of the Mind as part of their AS and A2 level studies. Bethlem Museum of the Mind is situated in Beckenham within the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital which is part of the South ... more

Coming events

Open Day
Saturday, 30th September 2017
Time: 10am - 12 noon
Location: Strood Park, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PN
Open Day
Saturday, 3rd March 2018
Time: 10am - 12 noon
Location: Strood Park, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PN

School details

Address: Strood Park, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PN
Phone: 01403 254967
Head: Louise Higson BSc
Founded: 1896
Pupils: 350 girls (co-ed nursery)
Ages: 3-18
Website: http://www.farlingtonschool.com/
Email: office@farlingtonschool.com
Prospectus: Request a Prospectus

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