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Farlington Girls can someone give me the low down

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Flappingandflying Wed 05-Mar-14 22:11:00

Do you recommend it? What is its financial status (bit wary after what has happened to Dunotter), is it selective? Any info would be useful.


LargeBustedMamma Thu 06-Mar-14 02:03:10

Sorry I only have second hand information but hope it helps. DD's friend was a boarder at Farlington. Left 2 years ago with 3 good A Levels and now at a Russell group uni. Parents picked the school after her previous school closed down so I imagine they were more cautious about the financial side of things.
Have you gone on the charities commission website and looked at Farlington's accounts? That may also be helpful in making your decision,

Spindelina Thu 06-Mar-14 13:56:32

If you're in Horsham, why not Millais? (not criticising, just making the point that it's a question you should ask yourself.)

inthename Thu 06-Mar-14 16:24:28

Farlington has a local reputation for being 'nice', its not overly academic, but pastoral care is good. Have lots of friends with dd there, but mainly in the prep school. Millais (girls state school) is the choice if you are in catchment as has the feel of an independent school without the fees. Preference at senior level tends to be Hurstpierpoint or St Catherines.

Flappingandflying Thu 06-Mar-14 16:58:22

Thank you. I know that Millais is a big draw and the numbers at Farlington are low which is a concern

Rivvy Thu 06-Mar-14 17:23:53


I never normally post on here but:

Farlington does seem to have a reputation for being very 'nice' and slightly less academic however as someone 'in the know' I would disagree.

It is an amazing school with fantasic pastoral care and it teaches every child to their abilty. I have two very academic daughters and since they moved to Farlington they have been challenged and extended (which never hapened before). More importantly though they are happy and their confidence in who they are has rocketed.

I don't think numbers are low, the years I know have healthy class sizes and it has always been a small school which is one of it's advantages.

Hia3 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:32:53

I am also interested in sending my daughters to Farlington.
They are both bright girls.
Farlington is not particularly selective, but class sizes are small- bright girls do well, as do girls that struggle.

I have spoken to parents who have very academic girls at the school( predicted A* in all GCSEs ) they seem very happy with the school.

Farlington does have the reputation of being and happy/nice school- is that bad!

My nieces went to St Catherines and though they did well academically, both would never describe their school as a happy place- one ended up with an eating disorder .

Hurst does have a good reputation- academic results similar to Farlington's.

manijoem Mon 16-Mar-15 13:06:03

I'd support everything that Hia3 has said. My DD is at Farlington and is doing really well. She is bright and being stretched, but there is no sense of the pressure associated with local 'hothouses'. Friends' daughter left last summer with 2 A* and 2A and is now at St Andrews - friend can't speak highly enough of the place. Being small is definitely an advantage - really good staff:pupil ratio and girls are known as individuals. Pastoral support is key - teachers really do go the extra mile for the girls. I'm delighted that DD is somewhere where she will be challenged and encouraged to achieve her potential but she can still do music/sport/drama/DofE etc, etc. The Sixth Form are a great advertisement for the school. I'd recommend a visit

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