Farlington School

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Farlington School
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Strood Park
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PN,
Coordinates 51°05′11″N 0°22′51″W / 51.08639°N 0.38083°W / 51.08639; -0.38083
School type Independent, day and boarding
Established 1896
Ofsted number SC014512
Headmistress Ms Louise Higson
Gender Girls
Age range 3-18
Enrolment 350
Campus 33 acres (130,000 m2)

Farlington School is an independent school day and boarding school for girls aged three to eighteen in Horsham, West Sussex, England. Farlington was founded in 1896 originally in Haywards Heath but moved to its present site at Strood Green near Horsham in 1955. It is situated in 33 acres (0.1 km2) of parkland about 3 miles (5 km) west from Horsham on the A281 road to Guildford.

Farlington has approximately 350 girls as students although the Nursery (which opened in September 2008) is co-educational. For the most part, girls attend as day pupils, however Farlington also offers a Boarding House where girls can board from the age of 8, on a full, weekly or occasional basis.

The school site is made up of buildings ranging from the Jacobean Mansion House formerly known as Strood Park, which houses Reception, the Library and the Headmistress' study on the ground floor as well as the Boarding House on the upper floors, to the new courtyard building named after former headmistress, Trina Mawer, which opened in 2008, and houses a large multipurpose hall, kitchens, further Prep School classrooms and the Nursery. Other buildings named after former headmistresses are the Peto Building (housing Prep School classrooms), the Simpson Building (Science block) and the Moberly Building (housing classrooms for Maths, English and the humanities). Other notable buildings include the Sixth Form Centre and Sports Hall, which is adjacent to the all-weather pitch.

Farlington states that its intention is "to educate for confidence" by providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all age groups, as well as a large range of musical and sporting activities. The school motto is "Vive ut Vivas" or "Live Life to the Full".

The Senior School is organised into five faculties, with the aim of encouraging cross-curricular learning. These are the Faculty of Creative and Expressive Arts, the Faculty of Languages, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Curriculum Support.

Farlington's distinctive uniform features a kilt composed of three colours: dark green, navy blue and white.

Farlington plays an important role in initial teacher training in Sussex and has longstanding partnerships with both the University of Sussex and the University of Chichester.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jill Hyem, formerly an actress and now a successful British radio and television writer.
  • Romina Hytten, actress


  • Miss Edith Buller (1986-1898)
  • Miss Isabel Moberly (1898–1942) & Miss Charlotte Moberly (1898–1936)
  • Miss Effie Simpson (1942–1971)
  • Mrs M Shewell (1971–1974)[1]
  • Mrs Dorothy Khoo, later Harrington (1974–1976)
  • Mrs Olive Peto (1977–1987)
  • Mrs Patricia Metham (1987–1992)
  • Mrs Trina Mawer (1992–2006)
  • Mrs Jonnie Goyer (2006–2012)
  • Ms Louise Higson (2012 - date)


  1. ^ Farlington School Centenery 1896-1996 by Elizabeth Garrett

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