Farlington School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
4 - 18
Independent School

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
GCSE results at grade 9-7

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Flexi, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations


Co-educational nursery

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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

+ 0.54 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

2017 2018 2019 17% 25% 31%

% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

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School Prospectus

Strood Park
RH12 3PN
01403 254967

School Description

Founded in 1896, Farlington School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school, providing exceptional, all-round education for boys and girls aged 4 to 18. Located on the West Sussex/Surrey border, Farlington School enjoys a location that is both idyllic and convenient, just 25 minutes' drive from Gatwick Airport and within easy reach of Central London and the South Coast. We are very proud to be the only independent school for boys and girls from Reception right through to Sixth Form in the Horsham area.

Farlington School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“A brilliant school”

Farlington is a brilliant school – all the staff are so loving and caring, and offer the best support to students whenever they can. My daughter enjoys her life as a boarder at Farlington so much
“Informative and useful Open Day”

We found the Open Day hugely informative and useful; it was a pleasure to get a feel for your facilities and approach to education. We are delighted that our son is registered to start at Farlington next September – the tour only solidified our decision.
“Our son is thriving at Farlington.”

Our son is thriving at Farlington. For us, the move has been positive in every way. Socially, he has formed wonderful friendships and his confidence has grown enormously. Academically, he enjoys the breadth of the curriculum taught and is really engaged in his learning. The community at Farlington is warm and inclusive and the setting is beautiful. We are very pleased with our son’s progress since joining two years ago.
“Blown away”

I am consistently blown away by Farlington School.
“Very Well Done All!”

The structure and timetable of lessons has been consistent and comprehensive. Apart from the loss of actual physical interaction between pupils, I don't think there has been any meaningful drop in the level or quality of education received via remote learning, which is quite a remarkable achievement by Farlington staff … Very Well Done All!
“Above and Beyond”

Staff at Farlington go above and beyond to secure the very best from the pupils in their academic performance.
“Exceeding Expectations”

On every level, Farlington exceeds my expectations.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Farlington School

Last update: 22 June 2022

We are here to make your application to Farlington, from first conversation to first day at school, as smooth and as easy as possible.  

Our Autumn Open Day will be held on:

Saturday, 24th September 2022

10am to 1pm

Advance booking essential

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Farlington students are celebrating another set of outstaniding GCSE and A-level results, despite another unusual academic year this year. The hard work and commitment of our Year 11 and Upper Sixth students has been recognised through the submission of Teacher Assessed Grades.

Our A-Level students proved their merit through a rigorous process of tests and assessments and gained a 100% success rate, with an incredible 71% achieving grades A* to A and 93% achieving grades A* to B. Our students are going on to study at some of the UK's top universities to study a variety of subjects from Animation to Criminology.

Farlington's Year 11 students also celebrated brilliant results in their GCSEs, with 67% of students achieving grades 9 to 7 and 100% achieving grades 9 to 4. 

Behind these amazing results lie the stories of individual students who have shown commitment and perseverance to acbieve beyond their expectations. Their results are a testament to their dedication, resilience and strength of character. With the support and encouragement of excellent teachers students have been able to achieve outstanding results across a broad range of subjects. We are proud of each and every student. 


More about Farlington School


Farlington School, near Horsham in West Sussex, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Headmaster, Mr James Passam, who will join the school at the start of the Autumn Term.

Currently Deputy Head at Seaford College in neighbouring Petworth, where he has been for the past eight years and has played a major role in the recent success of the school, Mr Passam was previously Head of English and Boarding Housemaster at St John’s School, Leatherhead. He therefore brings to Farlington extensive knowledge and experience of local independent education in the region. Prior to this, Mr Passam taught at Truro School in Cornwall.

After achieving his degree at the University of Manchester, Mr Passam worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in The City, before being drawn to the world of teaching and achieving a PGCE from the University of Oxford. He also holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

“Following an extensive search and rigorous recruitment process, attracting a very strong field of candidates, I am delighted that we have appointed Mr Passam,” comments David Williams, Education Director at Bellevue Education group, of which Farlington is a member. “Throughout the process, we were very impressed with his grasp of the opportunities that lie ahead for Farlington as it enters an exciting new era and period of growth as a fully co-educational school.”

“We are especially delighted that Mr Passam will have an immediate involvement in appointing a new Deputy Head this month. He will also be involved in recruiting key members of his senior team shortly afterwards, in a new leadership structure that will harness the considerable talent that lies within the staff at Farlington.”

Keen to celebrate Farlington’s unique position as the only co-educational independent through school in the Horsham area, Mr Passam will be focussed on delivering high-quality teaching and learning at the school, as well as outstanding co-curricular provision. 

“I have been hugely impressed by the students, staff and parents at Farlington,” says Mr Passam, who also recognises the school’s pastoral strength. “I have been struck by the considerable heart the school possesses, and by its warmth and welcome. I am extremely excited about Farlington’s future.”

Mr Passam will succeed current Headmistress Ms Louise Higson, who has been Head at Farlington for nine years, and was previously Deputy Head from 2005. During her time as Headmistress, Ms Higson has overseen not only Farlington’s successful transition into the Bellevue Education group, but also the school’s move to co-education and its excellent ‘Virtual School’ provision throughout the challenging Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Passam will be joined at Farlington by his wife Zoë and their two daughters, all of whom will live on the school estate.

Find out more about Farlington School


  • Individuality

We celebrate individuality and encourage pupils to be true to themselves, helping them to develop resilience and self-worth. Teachers meet pupils at their point of need, challenging and supporting them to strive for personal and academic excellence

  • Opportunity

Confidence leads to participation and participation leads to success. We encourage pupils to breach familiarity, discover their strengths and recognise opportunity. Horizons are limitless.

  • Community

Within our community, every pupil is valued as an individual and each contributes in their own unique way to our happy environment. We recognise the value of a strong partnership with parents so that we can work together to achieve every child’s potential.

Farlington's Vision & Mission

Farlington School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.