Farlington School Prep Horsham, West Sussex
Farlington School Prep
100 pupils, ages 4-11
Day and Boarding

Farlington School Prep

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Part of the Bellevue Education group, this Sussex school, which is celebrating its 125-year milestone, is small, nurturing and has a wonderful, family-like atmosphere. Teachers know all the pupils very well and everyone is given the room and encouragement they need to thrive. Formerly all-girls, it began welcoming boys in 2018 and will be taking boys into each cohort in 2021 – making it the only all-through (ages four to 18) co-ed day and boarding school in the Horsham area.


Not far from the market town of Horsham on the Sussex/Surrey border, the prep shares 33 acres of rural parkland and pretty woodland (stunning bluebells in spring) with the Little Barn Owls nursery as well as Farlington senior school. There’s such a lovely relationship between the older and younger students that it is very much one cohesive entity rather than two separate schools – aided by the fact that everyone has lunch in the same hall. The prep and pre-prep buildings are modern, and noteworthy on-site facilities include a drama studio, music rooms, science labs and a forest school. Good connections to Gatwick (25 minutes) and London (under an hour).


Louise Higson has been at Farlington since 2005, so she knew the school inside out before taking over as head in 2012. Previous schools she has taught at include Calday Grange Grammar School for Boys in West Kirby, The Sir James Henderson British School of Milan and Croydon High School for Girls. She played an instrumental part in Farlington’s recent decision to switch from girls-only to co-ed. Her black Labrador, Darwin is - understandably - hugely popular with pupils.


All parents and prospective pupils are invited for a tour of the school and to meet the head before applying for a place. For pre-prep, there’s an informal assessment and a report from their current nursery or school; for the prep, pupils complete written assessments in maths and English, and have an interview with Sara Povey, Assistant Head (Prep School).

Whilst restrictions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a face-to-face visit might not be possible. If this is the case, the school would be delighted to arrange a virtual tour for you, as well as a Skype meeting. 

Academics and senior school destinations

One of the biggest advantages to having the senior school on the same site is that children are taught French, sport and music by specialist teachers from an early age. Pupils learn French from Reception, Spanish from Year 3 and Latin from Year 6. Pupils do weekly forest school sessions up to Year 2, with leadership and teamwork days offered to the older prep years.

Lots of praise from parents for setting up a ‘Virtual School’ during Covid closures so that children can access all lessons on their Chromebooks (everyone from Year 3 upwards has one). There’s a tracking and monitoring system in place so that any gaps in prior learning are swiftly identified and plugged, with learning support offered where needed. 

All pupils in the prep gain automatic entry into the senior school – meaning no need to prepare for the 11-Plus – and the majority choose to stay on, transitioning up seamlessly. 


Music and drama are a particular strength throughout the school and, in the prep, over 80 per cent of pupils learn an instrument. The majority also take part in a choir; speech and drama lessons are available, with a focus on LAMDA exams. Opportunities for budding performers include form assemblies, ukulele group and the annual prep drama production. Extracurricular clubs include ballet, judo, tennis, trampolining and riding, which is especially popular. Competitive sports matches against other schools start in Year 3.


Throughout the school, the majority are day pupils but there is capacity for 55 boarders on a full, weekly or flexi basis. Boarding is offered from Year 4 in two boarding houses: Fishponds for the boys and Mansion House for the girls. Both offer a home-from-home where the youngest pupils sleep in cosy dorms. 

School community

It’s not just in the UK where this school’s reputation is growing: it’s also making a name for itself on the international scene and is becoming especially popular with families relocating from places such as Hong Kong, Middle East and South Africa.

And finally....

For those wanting an all-through education in a caring environment, this is a serious contender.

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  • Senior school destinations

    Senior school destinations

    The vast majority of Year 6 pupils transition smoothly into Year 7 in Farlington's senior school, without any need for further assessments or entrance exams.

  • Scholarships for senior schools

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  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 1£2,200
    Year 2£2,500
    Year 3£3,765
    Year 4£4,120
    Year 5£4,645
    Year 6£4,845
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 1-
    Year 2-
    Year 3-
    Year 4£8,180
    Year 5£8,705
    Year 6£8,905

    Bursary contact:
    Director of Finance & Operations Mrs Jo Robinson
  • SEND

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    Dyslexia, mild ADHD, sight/hearing impairment, mild speech issues, diabetes, epilepsy

    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    In-class TA support is available if needed, as well as one-to-one SEN sessions.

    This school currently provides the following support for pupils' mental health needs
    Pastoral care at Farlington is very strong, and excellent relationships exist between home and school. Every individual pupil is known and valued, and class teachers are very aware of individual needs in small classes.
    The on-site medical centre is staffed by fully qualified nurses.

  • Transport links

    School Transport
    School daily bus network

    Public Transport
    Nearest London tube station: Victoria
    Nearest mainline train station: Horsham
    Nearest London Overground station: London Victoria
    Journey time to London by train: 50 minutes
    Nearest international airport: London Gatwick Airport (15 miles)

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Strood Park, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3PN

01403 254967


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