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  • South Farnham School
    Menin Way
    GU9 8DY
  • Head: Claire Donnachie
  • T 01252 716155
  • F 01252 718260
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.south-farn…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 817
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 15th June 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 19th September 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Outside, seven acres of space with grass, Astroturf – school regularly does well in matches - dipping pond and attractive courtyard area complete with looming model heron. Inside, two floors of vibrant corridors with eye-catching displays – letters from linked Japanese school, all 42 Unicef Children’s Articles, year 6s cover one a week. Architecture – best-quality 1930s municipal, topiary-fronted, much improved and deceptively square-shaped – ‘It took me two terms to find my way round,’ said year 6 guide. Grandfather clock and scholarship board residual reminders...

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What the school says...

South Farnham School stands on two attractive 11 acre (total) sites lying, as its name suggests, south of Farnham. The accommodation includes 5 libraries, a music suite and 4 practical rooms. There is both an assembly hall, two studios, gymnasium, cloakrooms and changing rooms. The 7 acres of play area include 3 hard tennis courts and grassed sports fields and pavilion.

Parents are able to state a preference for this school for their child irrespective of where they live unless the school is oversubscribed. Most of the children move on to Weydon Secondary School when they leave at 11 years of age, although once again parents have the right to choose any secondary school. We maintain close contact with Weydon to preserve continuity in our children's education.

South Farnham School was one of the first schools in England to be granted teaching school status a new designation entitling it to lead the initial teacher training and professional development of schools in their locality. Following an Ofsted inspection in June 2013, the school has once again been graded as 'Outstanding'.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Claire Donnachie, who is also director of teaching school here. She has previously been director of school centred initial teacher training (SCITT) at George Abbot and director of teaching school at Esher High. South Farnham was one of the first Teaching Schools; she has several qualifications as a leader of education and has worked with Ofsted and the DfE on developing SCITT programmes and teaching standards.


Non-selective, oversubscribed, sense of fabulous sweetshop surrounded by disappointed parents pressing noses to glass. Now 90 places at 4+, two more classes added at 7+, many from four feeder infant schools. After standard queue jump priorities - looked after children, siblings - success hinges on home to school distance. Dozens of families, turned away outright, don’t even get that far. No wonder local estate agent pays...

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The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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