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MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE

Every student within the Middle School is also an essential member of the wider school, learning from our fantastic Senior School students, and leading our younger pupils in the Lower School. Through House challenges and other events, Middle School students truly feel part of the warm, nurturing and aspirational community that is Farlington.

Opportunities exist for all on the sports field, in the swimming pool, the music rooms and on stage, and the range of clubs and activities is endless. Staff throughout the school contribute to the extra-curricular programme so that there is plenty of choice for each pupil.

More information about life in the Middle School can be found below.

 

TIMINGS OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DAY: YEARS 5 & 6

7.30am

Breakfast Club

8.00am

Early Birds

8.30am

Registration - Form Time / Assembly

9.00am

Lesson 1

9.45am

Lesson 2

10.30am

Break Time

10.50am

Lesson 3

11.35am

Lesson 4

12.20pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Life Skills / Quiet Reading / Spelling

2.10pm

Lessons 6

2.55pm

Lesson 7

3.45pm

Prep & After-School Activities / Clubs

4.30pm-5.30pm

After-School Activities / Clubs

4.30pm-5.45pm

Extended Day

TIMINGS OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DAY: YEARS 7 & 8

8.00am

Early Birds

8.30am

Registration - Form Time / Assembly

9.00am

Lesson 1

9.45am

Lesson 2

10.30am

Break Time

10.50am

Lesson 3

11.35am

Lesson 4

12.20pm

Lesson 5

1.05pm

Lunch

2.10pm

Lessons 6

2.55pm

Lesson 7

3.40pm

Lesson 8 (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday)

4.20pm

De-registration (3.40pm Wednesday & Friday)

4.30pm

Tea (3.50pm Wednesday & Friday)

4.40pm

Prep & After-School Activities / Clubs (3.50pm Wednesday & Friday)

6.00pm

Boarders’ supper

MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

There is a wide range of clubs and activities that are organised and run by staff from the Lower School, Middle School and Senior School, as well as outside providers.  These are advertised at the beginning of each term. Pupils may have the opportunity for taster sessions during the first full week of term after which they sign up to join the activity for the remainder of the term.

Music and drama play an important part in the life of the school and parents are invited to attend a range of events during the year including assemblies, musical concerts and school productions.

The majority of Middle School pupils participate in one of our choirs and many play at least one musical instrument.

Individual and Group Speech and Drama lessons are available, with a focus on the LAMDA examinations.

For those children for whom sport is an important part of school life, participation in clubs is encouraged and all Middle School pupils can take part in matches against other schools. A healthy attitude towards competitive sport is promoted, where learning to lose is as important as learning to win. 

Many of our pupils go on to participate in their chosen sport at county and even national level.

Here are just a few of the extra-curricular clubs that we offer:

  • Art 
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Computing
  • Cookery
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Lego
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • STEM
  • Street Dance
  • Swimming
  • Textiles
  • Trampolining
  • Yoga

PUPIL VOICE

Pupil voice is important throughout the school, and Farlington students are encouraged to be part of our School Council, which is made up of pupils from Reception right up to Year 13.

The School Council enables students to contribute their ideas about how to ensure that the school offers the best possible environment for young people. We invite opinion on all matters pertaining to school life, from the range of clubs on offer to the catering provision; from the books available in the Library to the decoration of the Boarding House.

School Council elections take place termly, and meetings are organised on a regular basis.

SCHOOL TRIPS

Throughout their time at Farlington, pupils will be offered numerous opportunities to travel far and wide, from local trips for our youngest pupils, to expeditions around the world for our older students.  

These day and overnight trips underline the school's belief that relevant and enriching trips complement and benefit classroom learning.

Some Farlington trips are directly linked to the curriculum - such as History trips to the battlefields of Belgium and Northern France; Art History trips to Florence; and Drama and Psychology trips to New York - whilst others enable our pupils to put classroom language learning into practice in France, Germany or Spain.

Some of our trips are linked to examination preparation, for example a day trip to Science Live, whilst others are designed to facilitate bonding between new pupils.

For the more adventurous we run an annual ski trip, and there are expeditions which provide life-enhancing and transformative experiences in places as far flung as Zambia, Borneo.... and the Isle of Wight!