FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know that the process of selecting a school can generate lots of questions and hope that this FAQ section may be of use to you. If you have a question that does not appear below, then please do ask us - there will no doubt be other parents who will also want to know the answer!
Can my child join at any point of the year, or just in September?
Most children join the School in September each year. However, we appreciate that families relocate at any time of the year, and where places are available we are happy to accommodate mid year starts in most year groups.
If you are looking for a space for your child in Year 10 or the Lower Sixth, we would very much recommend a September start date to ensure that they are able to start the GCSE or A Level curriculum at the very start of the academic year.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team
How selective are you?
At Farlington, we welcome pupils with a broad range of academic abilities; what is most important to us is that pupils will be happy and successful with us, and will contribute to the life of the School.
Our sucesss at public examinations each year show that not matter what a pupil's starting point, a Farlington education can help each and every one of them to be the very best they can be. In 2019, the School ranked within the top 1% of schools nationally for "value-added" (a measure of pupil progress vs start point), which clearly demonstrates the value that we bring to our pupils' academic achievement.
Of course, examination results are just one measure of success, and pupils who show potential to make positive contribution to the life of the school through sport, the arts, leadership and many other areas are equally prized and valued.
All children are assessed for entry to the School; whilst we are not only looking for academic high-fliers, it is important that all pupils are able to access the curriculum. Additional learning support is available for those who may need it, subject to assessment.
What will my child have to do for the entrance assessment?
Entrance assessments vary by year group on entry and are designed to gauge potential and fit for the School. They are not designed to be in any way stressful for your child. See our Admissions Process for more information.
How are places allocated?
Places are allocated based on performance in the entrance assessments and spaces available. Applications from siblings of children already in the School are prioritised where possible.
What is the closing date for applications?
It is always advisable to submit your child's Application Form as early as possible (by December of the year prior to September admission) as Assessments are held in early January each year. If places are available in a given year group, we may be able to consider applications at other times of year.
Do I have to register to attend Open Day?
Open Days represent a wonderful opportunity to see the whole School, meet with key members of staff including the Headmaster, Head of Schools, subject teachers, as well as see all of our facilities etc. We ask parents to register in advance if possible so that we have an idea of numbers and can make sure we have enough of our excellent catering available, but appreciate this is not always possible.
Families are of course welcome to visit at other times and see the school in action.
Do you offer sibling discounts?
Yes. We have many families who send more than one child to Farlington, and are therefore delighted to be able to offer sibling discounts as follows:
- 2nd Child - 10%
- 3rd and subsequent children - 25%
Please note these discounts are only applicable whilst all the children are at the school.
Can you support children with SEN requirements?
At Farlington, our aim is to enhance a pupil’s ability to learn regardless of ability, offering a differentiated curriculum that will be accessible to all. The aims and objectives of the Learning Support Department is to offer support to pupils, to staff and to parents by responding to and providing for the individual needs of students as identified by the school.
Our Head of Learning Support, Ms McFarlane is happy to meet with parents to discuss their child's individual needs - she can be contacted via email
Are there any "hidden extras" not included in the fees?
We aim to be as transparent as possible with regard to School Fees.
School fees include all tuition, school meals and most PE acvitities.
Any items charged as extras will be disclosed in advance and added to your termly bill.
What wraparound care options do you offer?
At Farlington, it is our aim to help our families as much as we can. As such, our wraparound care is as flexible as it is broad. Please click here for more details.