Set in picturesque Chislehurst, Kent, Farringtons occupies 25 acres of parkland. The School is just 12 miles from central London. It also 45 minutes from Gatwick Airport, 1.5 hours from Heathrow International Airport, and a 20 minute train journey to Charing Cross and Waterloo stations.
Within a joyful, secure, supportive Christian environment, Farringtons has clearly defined aims. These are to provide the best in education for every child in its care, and to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities in order to promote the healthy development of each individual.
The criteria for entry into most years are an entrance assessment, a reference from the student’s current school, a report and an interview with the Headmistress (wherever possible).
Warm and friendly surroundings are guaranteed for boarders, with separate residences for each age group. House staff do their best to provide excellent care, and regular liaison with parents, guardians, form tutors and other staff ensures the wellbeing of each student. Each living area provides cosy bedrooms for its students, together with common rooms, games rooms and kitchens, TV and video rooms, and other facilities appropriate to the age group. Farringtons allows pupils to board for short periods when parents are away.
With most pupils proceeding to prestigious universities, Farringtons sets very high academic standards. Small classes and dedicated staff ensures each pupil receives the required level of individual attention. In 2012, 91% of students gained 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*–C, with a 100% pass rate at A-level in 2013.
Pupils in the sixth form have their own common rooms and kitchens, as well as bedrooms which have internet access. Sixth formers are granted a great deal of freedom, yet they are required to be active in the functioning of the School and some heads or prefects of the three competitive houses. The role of sixth formers in the School Council is also of crucial importance because they are expected to communicate ideas for improvements in the School which are suggested by younger pupils. Sixth-form leavers regularly go on to degree courses at prestigious universities in their chosen subjects, including medicine, law and engineering.
Beyond the classroom
With the School’s aim of nurturing the whole individual, learning does not cease when the bell rings at the end of the day. After tea, from 4.15pm to 6pm each day, pupils are free to participate in supervised prep sessions which allows them to consult staff about their work.
Several of the many interests available to pupils at lunch times and after school include a debating society, tae kwon do, football club, a maths club and maths clinic, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, a textiles club, a drama club, jazz dance, fencing, Business Enterprise, ballet, trampolining, a choir, a concert band and an orchestra. Sporting fixtures are organised at weekends, while there are supervised outings to the theatre, cinema, ice rink, shopping centre, museums, roller-skating rink, waxworks and local tourist sites. London can be reached in 15 minutes.
“Every pupil should leave us equipped to take up the challenges of higher education and employment in the 21st century.”