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Every so often, we visit a school which is enjoying a real purple patch and getting most things right. Parental plaudits say it more succinctly than we could - ‘It hasn’t sacrificed values for academic successes,’ and ‘They are unwavering in their advice, honest and direct.’ The arts are thriving - modern, bright art block (two large rooms with high ceilings for painting, ceramics etc) doubtless contributes to the healthy number of art scholarships gained by pupils, who can use it whenever they like in free time. Singing is a popular choice and nearly…

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What the school says...

A leading co-educational IAPS boarding and day Prep School for children aged 3-13 situated in 70 acres of beautiful parkland in the Test Valley of Hampshire, just over an hour from London. Boarding and day pupils alike benefit from excellent teaching and pastoral care of the highest standard in a warm, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, supported by a large number of resident staff. The school's Catholic identity, which is caring and values each and every individual, encourages enquiry and produces confident, open and thoughtful young people. The broad and stimulating curriculum is complemented by extensive opportunities for sport, music, drama and art. Farleigh pupils thrive in an environment where they begin to discover who they are, develop interests and find their talents. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004, Father Simon Everson BA Cert in theology (50s). Educated at Caterham School, studied theology at Leeds Collegiate and Ripon College, followed by three year certificate in theology awarded by Oxford University. An Anglican curate and vicar in London for 14 years, he moved to Hurstpierpoint College as senior chaplain in 1996. Following his conversion to Catholicism, he was appointed as chaplain and teacher at Farleigh in 1999, then head five years later.

A modest, softly spoken and self-effacing man, he doesn’t engage his inner salesman straight away - prospective parents take note and beware of making snap judgements. Current parents and pupils were falling over themselves to tell us how highly they rate him (one mother phoned three times) and that he is an outstanding head. Whilst watching...

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Special Education Needs

Due to the very nature of learning, all pupils require support at some time in their school life, whether it is educational, social or emotional. Support for our young learners includes literacy, numeracy, study skills, gross and fine motor skills, access to word processing and support with organisation. In school, the Learning Support team works with the staff, both individually and through INSET, so that they too feel informed and supported in working with all aspects of special educational needs. Our provision of support for learning includes the use of educational psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and child therapists who work in the areas of social and emotional development. The ISI inspection report of 2003 remarked 'The teaching within the Learning Support Centre is excellent. It is highly skilled, well organised and appropriate to the needs of the pupils and is a major factor in the progress made by pupils.' An exciting new area for us is working to meet the needs of our able and gifted pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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