MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR BUSY FAMILIES
At Farlington, we recognise that one size does not fit all, and we work hard to provide a flexible provision for our pupils and their families.
We offer a number of 'wraparound care' options, to help ensure that everybody's day is as stress-free as possible. Lower School children may be dropped at school at 8am, and students in Year 5 and above may stay for a hot supper with the boarders at the end of the day, easing the parental burden of racing to pick up.
To make Farlington accessible to day pupils who may live a little further away, we run a network of school buses - these routes are frequently reviewed and more information can be found on our School Transport page.
Whilst you may not have previously considered boarding as an option for your child, our flexible boarding options can provide a handy solution for busy working families - see below for more information about weekly, flexible and occasional boarding.
FLEXIBLE BOARDING PROVISION
Boarding at Farlington can be as flexible as you need it to be. Many flexi boarders stay in school for one, two or a few nights per week on the nights when they have a busy schedule of after-school activities, or simply to ease domestic arrangements for the rest of the family. Flexi boarding can be arranged on a week-by-week or term-by-term basis. Occasional boarding can also be arranged if spaces are available.
For pupils who live closer to the school, there is the option to become a weekly boarder. This enables students to go home at weekends, fully immersing themselves in school life during the week. Many students see this as a ‘best of both worlds’ option, allowing them to concentrate on their studies, extra-curricular activities and friends during the week, then spend a day or two with their family at the weekend.
Alongside weekly and flexi boarders, we also have many full boarders, who remain at school throughout the term, ensuring there is always plenty going on at weekends too!
Please see our Boarding section for more details.
We offer a number of 'wraparound care' options, to help ensure that everybody's day is as stress-free as possible. Lower School children may be dropped off at school at 8am, and students in Year 5 and up may even stay for a hot supper with the boarders at the end of the day, easing the parental burden of racing to pick up.
Before-School Supervision - Lower School
Lower School children may be dropped off at our Early Birds club, to be supervised by a member of staff, from 8am.
After-School Supervision - Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
For those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, after-school supervision is offered each day from the end of the school day until 4.30pm. This includes clubs and supervised Prep activities. There is no additional charge for these sessions. Charges may apply for external club providers.
If you are delayed in collecting your child, they will automatically go into our Extended Day provision. At no point will your child be left unsupervised.
Afternoon Tea - All Pupils
All pupils are welcome to stay for Afternoon Tea, after school and before optional activities begin. Students will need to sign up in advance for Afternoon Tea using a Google Sheet, which will be circulated.
The cost for Afternoon Tea is £1.00 and this will be added to your end-of-term account.
Extended Day - Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
For our younger learners in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, there is the provision for additional supervision from 4.30pm to 5.45pm (following after-school supervision, clubs and Prep). The children will be offered a snack and have the opportunity to participate in some relaxing activities. This is fully supervised by a member of staff and there is a charge for this provision. This is charged at £7.50 per session.
After-School Supervision - Year 3 & Up
For all students in Year 3 and up, after-school supervision extends to 5.30pm to allow for clubs, sports fixtures and Prep. There is no additional charge for these sessions. Charges may apply for external club providers.
Extended Day Plus - Year 5 & Up
From 5.45pm to 6.30pm, all pupils in the Middle and Senior School are welcome to a hot supper, before being collected by parents or guardians. The charge for this is £3.00. All charges will be added to your end-of-term account.
If you would like your child to take part in Extended Day Plus on an ad hoc basis, please let the School Office know in advance or on the morning of the day you would like your child to stay later, confirming the time you will collect.
PLEASE NOTE: there is limited Extended Day provision on the day before Half Term holidays, and none on the last day of term.
We are delighted to offer a private minibus service to and from Farlington. Please visit our School Transport page for details of current bus routes. Please note that routes are subject to availability and may change depending on demand.
We would be very happy to organise transport to and from Horsham Station (approximately 10 minutes' drive from the school) so that Senior School pupils may travel by themselves.
Horsham Station is 50 minutes by train from London Victoria.
We are always very happy to consider alternative transportation requirements, so please contact the Finance Office on 01403 282564 or via email if you would like to discuss options.
THE BENEFITS OF AN ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
Many pupils join Farlington in the Lower School, continue on to the Middle School and the Senior School, and from there to the Sixth Form. There are many benefits to an all-through school - transition between phases is seamless as pupils get to know staff, routines and facilities. Likewise, staff get to know the pupils in their care - their personalities, needs and personal situations - and many of our staff will comment on the joy they derive from watching the students develop over the course of their time with us.