OUR MOVE TO CO-EDUCATION
Farlington is moving towards being a fully co-educational school, from Reception through to the Sixth Form. From September 2020, we are welcoming boys into Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10 and Lower Sixth.
This new chapter in the School’s life has received the backing of pupils, parents and staff alike. The School has long been associated with providing an excellent, balanced and all-round education to girls, and we very much look forward to extending this provision to include boys.
Our move to co-education will make Farlington the only coeducational independent school from age 4 to 18 in the Horsham area.
We appreciate that there may be questions surrounding this exciting development, and hope that the respnses below will help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Department, who will be happy to help you.
Which year groups are welcoming boys?
In September 2020, Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10 and Lower Sixth will be co-ed. In addition, siblings and children of members of staff will be able to join any year group.
In September 2021, boys will be welcome to join all year groups.
How do your existing students feel about the move to co-education?
The overwhelming feeling is one of excitement about the future and optimism about the positive changes co-education will bring.
Will this affect the number of school places available?
The total number of school places available will not change. One of the key benefits of Farlington is that, as a smaller school, every child is personally known and valued for the contribution they make to our community. We believe this adds huge value to the very special educational experience here.
What do you expect the girl/boy ratio to be in the next five years?
We expect a gradual transition to a fully co-educational environment with boys making up 10-15% of the school in 2020 and around 50% by 2024.
Will class sizes increase as a result of the changes?
No they will not. We will still retain our smaller class sizes because our excellent pupil:teacher ratio is a crucial part of the Farlington learning experience.
Will the changes affect after School clubs?
We constantly review our after-school clubs and ensure that they suit the needs of all.
Will the changes affect the selection and scholarship process for School places?
All pupils, regardless of gender, will be selected on their own individual merit. Scholarships are also awarded on merit and the application process will not change.
Will the School be providing separate toilet and shower facilities for boys and girls?
The current provision meets regulations and best practice for boys and girls.
Will the pastoral care change?
We have a very experienced and dedicated pastoral team. All pupils, regardless of gender, will be treated as individuals and their pastoral needs will be fully met.
Do the staff have experience of teaching in a co-educational environment?
There is a wealth of co-educational experience amongst staff across the entire school.
Will subject choices change in the Senior School?
We do not believe that there are any subjects which are off limits to any gender - our ethos is centered around the individual. We offer a broad range of subjects and regularly review our provision; this will not change.
How many male staff do you have and do you need more?
We have many male teachers across Prep and Senior, and male support staff too.
Where are male boarders going to sleep?
From September 2020, Fishponds House will become the boys' boarding house.
Are you going to be investing in the facilities?
Of course! Our mission is to deliver the very best educational experience and this will involve investment in facilities over time.
Will you have a Head Boy and a Head Girl?
We will have two Head Students. These highly regarded and important positions will be awarded on merit.
How do you expect to maintain balance in the classroom?
Our skilled teachers manage the classroom environment so that everyone has equal opportunity, regardless of gender. We have highly qualified, specialist staff, excellent resources and small classes, which enable this to be effectively and easily managed across all year groups.
Are there any other things I need to know about?
The School Houses are being renamed in September 2020 and our pupils are going to nominate and vote on the new names. We will keep you updated!