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Welcome to Farlington

We are a school that values individuality, celebrates diversity and encourages our pupils to have the confidence to think for themselves, whilst emphasising the importance of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility.  Each child, from Reception through to Sixth Form, is known and valued as an individual, and contributes uniquely to our happy, successful and purposeful environment.

It is our goal that students leave Farlington as well-educated young people with strong interpersonal skills and a broad range of interests. They will have the confidence to pursue their personal goals and to make a positive contribution to the wider community.

Louise Higson (BSc, PGCE)

To book a personal tour contact Louise Mursell, Head of Admissions, on 01403 282573 or

Our Ethos

At Farlington our vision is to inspire our pupils to embrace learning in all its forms. We are a forward-thinking school where academic success and co-curricular achievement are valued equally. Every pupil is nurtured here and encouraged to fulfil their potential and engage with opportunity.

Your child is unique; we foster individuality and nurture success. No subject is considered off limits, no position of responsibility unattainable. We are proudly and intentionally a smaller school where each pupil is valued and where opportunities abound. Pastoral care is paramount, with the happiness and well-being of every child at the core of daily life. Farlington’s ‘can-do’ philosophy instils confidence in our pupils enabling them to thrive as they go out into the world and shape their own future.

Our Academic Success

Our aim is to instil within our pupils a long-lasting love of learning. We stretch the most able and support the least confident so that they each fulfil their individual academic potential.

Our most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report described Farlington as providing ‘an excellent curriculum with outstanding teaching.’ Our staff pride themselves on an ability to harness your child’s academic talents and their priority is to provide an education which challenges and inspires.

Our Results

  • A Level Results 2019
    Grade A* 16.2%
    A 31.8%
    B 27.8%
    C 13.1%
    D 9.1%
    E 2.0%
    Overall Pass Rate A* to E 100%
    Grades A* to B 75.8%
    Grades A* to C 88.9%
  • Year 11 GCSE Results 2019


    9 7.8%
    8 10.5%
    7 19.2%
    6 19.5%
    5 15.0%
    4 18.1%
    3 7.6%
    2 1.9%
    1 0.5%
    Overall Pass Rate
    9 to 4 90.0%
    9 to 7 37.5%
What makes our location so special?

Our Location

Farlington is set within 33 acres of beautiful parkland on the borders of leafy Sussex and Surrey and offers a perfect rural backdrop with plenty of space to grow.

Rolling countryside surrounds us with the South Downs National Park only a short drive away. We are only 25 minutes from Gatwick International Airport, 55 minutes from London Heathrow Airport and 1 hour by train from central London. We are also lucky enough to be a stone’s throw from the historic market town of Horsham.

Our Pastoral Care

We pride ourselves on our outstanding pastoral care which helps our pupils feel valued, happy and confident..

Our staff are always ready to support pupils and work hard to ensure new children settle in quickly and make good friends. We promote confidence and self-esteem through a wide range of activities and children are encouraged to rise to new challenges at every opportunity. Our caring environment allows each individual to appreciate that they are valued for who they are and not just for what they can do. Farlington’s core pastoral values of integrity, endeavour, compassion, resilience and contribution are at the heart of daily life.

“Pastoral care and guidance are excellent and make a very positive contribution to pupils’ personal development and their overall achievement” 

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Our Extended Day Care

We appreciate that parents lead extremely busy lives and we are pleased to offer extended day care which is available for pupils in Nursery upwards.

Children can be dropped off from 7.30am and join our Breakfast Club. At the end of each day, following activity clubs, prep or matches, we will provide supper. Parents are able to collect their children at any time up to 7.00pm.

  • Extended Day Care Fees
    • Breakfast Club (all pupils) from 7.30am (£2 per day)
    • Ducklings Club (Prep 1-2) 4.30-5.45pm (£7 per day)
    • Extended Day (Prep 3 to Prep 6) 4.30-5.45pm (£7 per day)
    • Extended Day Plus (all pupils) 5.45-7.00pm (£7.50 per day)

Part of Bellevue Education

Farlington is part of Bellevue Education.

Bellevue Education is committed to excellence in education. Each Bellevue school is run independently but shares the same values: we believe in broad curricula delivered in innovative ways that excite and engage children; we believe in investment – in teachers, buildings and technology; and we believe that exceptional results should be a by-product of the education that we offer, not the exclusive focus.

We recruit the best teachers and head teachers and make sure that they are fully supported with innovative resources, shared best practice and focused training. We involve parents in their children’s education with not only regular meetings and written reports, but also with head teacher blogs, social media and parent workshops. Most importantly, we treat every child as an individual with their own unique set of talents.

Bellevue pupils are encouraged to aim high, and we provide them with everything they need to succeed.

For further information about Bellevue Education, please visit

Farlington’s History

For many years upper and middle-class boys went to school but their sisters remained at home, often under the care of an unqualified governess. However by the mid 1800s a few determined individuals craved a life of greater independence and from them grew a movement to improve secondary and higher education for women. It was in the context of this movement that, in 1896, two sisters, Miss Edith and Miss Mary Buller, founded Farlington. In looking for a new school in Sussex they chose Haywards Heath that at the time was a burgeoning new town with good main line railway connections between London and Brighton.

Isabel and Charlotte Moberly took over the School in 1898. Their vision and inspirational leadership ensured that the School grew and prospered through the first half of the 20th century, surviving both the hardships of two world wars and the challenges of the Depression Era.

In 1948, after an inspection by the Ministry of Education, Farlington became officially recognised as an Independent School. Partly as a consequence of that recognition, Effie Simpson, then Headmistress, realised that in order for the School to prosper it needed larger facilities. In 1954 she purchased Strood Park, the last day at the Haywards Heath site was 15th December 1954 and the School opened in its current location at Strood Park on 20th January 1955.

Facility Rentals


Our facilities are available to rent in and outside of school term time (subject to conditions) and include:

  • An all-weather sports pitch
  • Sports hall
  • Netball courts
  • Large halls for social activities

For further details, please contact or call 01403 282564.

Adult Education