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Pupils are charming, considerate and articulate – a little less polished and streetwise than at other schools, in the best possible way. Parents are friendly, full of humour and, importantly, grounded. More Volvos than Range Rovers kicking up the gravel driveway. Roughly half are Catholic, the rest from all and no faiths, the latter groups feeling genuinely included. Parents claim teaching is ‘superb’ - ‘They really know their stuff’. Exceptional sport, led by a new director described by parents as a ‘powerhouse’. There is a sport-for-all ethos, with all ability levels get...

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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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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004, Father Simon Everson, previously the school’s chaplain for five years. Educated at Caterham School. When veterinary aspirations derailed, he worked for a year as a mental health auxiliary nurse, then studied theology at Leeds Collegiate, followed by a three-year certificate in theology at Oxford. After 13 years as an Anglican curate and vicar in south London, he became chaplain at Hurstpierpoint College. Found ‘joy, colour, light, generosity and warmth’ among Sicilian friends and says it was this – along with a visit to Westminster Cathedral – that inspired his and his wife’s conversion to Catholicism. He lives on site with his wife (immersed in school life and a wizard with cricket teas, we heard); they have two adult daughters.

Parents say he is the school’s ‘DNA’ and that ‘he...

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Special Education Needs

Due to the 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, support with organisation, ELSA for years 1–5 and FEIPS (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support) for year 6 upwards. 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 support for learning includes the use of educational psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, plus a child psychotherapist and a play therapist who work in the areas of social and emotional development. The ISI inspection report of 2013 remarked, ‘Pupils with SEND benefit from excellent support. Identification of their additional needs is efficient with prompt screening and appropriate help provided. Where necessary, pupils are provided with an up-to-date individual education plan. The school keeps track of all their progress through careful monitoring and record keeping. Support for pupils with SEND, those with EAL and those who are gifted and talented is excellent. Pupils with EAL or SEND make a high rate of progress.’

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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