Located close to the quaint market town of Horsham, on the West Sussex/Surrey border, the independent Farlington School provides a top-class all-round education and boarding facilities for girls aged 3-18. The school has contains a co-educational Nursery, and is just 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
Farlington is a school that educates for the confidence and personal development of its girls, whether in Prep School, Senior School or Sixth Form. Music, art, drama and sport are central to life at Farrington. The School has a strong sense of community and each girl’s cultural, spiritual and emotional education are all valued. Christian principles largely define the School’s outlook, though girls are welcomed from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds.
Farlington sets its own examination for entry, and interviews are compulsory.
A genuine homely atmosphere and family feel is guaranteed to the 46 boarders who reside in the comfortable boarding house. Younger boarders are housed in three dormitories with up to six beds, while senior girls have single or double rooms. Full, weekly and flexi-boarding are offered, with the girls benefitting from a wide-ranging and imaginative choice of trips and activities.
“It feels like Farlington has become my second home.
The Prep School offers an enhanced National Curriculum, with specialist teachers for languages, PE, art, drama and music. For girls wishing to face the National Curriculum, transition from Prep to Senior School is automatic.
Years 7–9 are based on the National Curriculum, but with added challenge and a wider range of subjects typical at boarding schools. Most teaching takes place in tutor groups. During Years 7 and 8, all girls study Latin, French and Spanish. German and Italian are available in later years at the School.
At GCSE level, girls take the core subjects and can choose from a further 12 subjects. Moreover, girls complete the Short Course GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics in Year 10. The IGCSE syllabus for Mathematics is followed, while IGCSE Science is available as either a double or triple award.
A wide range of AS and A2 courses is offered at Sixth Form. Most girls follow four AS courses in the Lower Sixth and three A2 courses in the Upper Sixth, although the programme is flexible. Farlington also runs the popular Extended Project Qualification. Acceptance rate at top universities is very high.
An extensive programme of enrichment activities is available. All Lower Sixth girls take part in Young Enterprise and Voluntary Service, and it is common for pupils to achieve the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
EAL (English as an additional language) is offered as an organised programme for foreign students, leading to all levels of examination.