Farleigh School

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Farleigh School
Established 1953
Type Preparatory day and boarding
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Fr Simon Everson
Location Red Rice
SP11 7PW
Coordinates: 51°10′26″N 1°30′57″W / 51.174°N 1.51572°W / 51.174; -1.51572
Local authority Hampshire
DfE number 850/6015
DfE URN 116542 Tables
Students 430~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–13

Farleigh School is a Catholic preparatory day and boarding school in Andover, Hampshire, England. Situated in 60 acres (240,000 m2) of parkland in the Test Valley, Hampshire, it educates around 430 children. The current school comprises a pre-prep department (ages 3–6) and the main prep school (ages 6–13).


Farleigh was founded as a boys' boarding school in 1953 at Farleigh House, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, the seat of the earls of Portsmouth, by the late Jocelyn Francis Trappes-Lomax. It started out with 35 boys.[1]

Since moving to Red Rice in 1982, the school has acquired an indoor swimming pool, a new art and DT facility, and a new headmaster. Father Simon Everson, in addition to his duties as headmaster at Farleigh School, also takes responsibility as chaplain at the school.

Since 1982 it has been located in a Georgian country house previously named Red Rice House, where the future George IV of England (then still Prince of Wales) was believed to have secretly – and illegally – married the Roman Catholic Maria Anne Fitzherbert in 1785. The legend was disproved in 1905 when Mrs Fitzherbert's papers were made public.[2] The house is situated in the hamlet Red Rice, near Andover, Hampshire.


Boarding is available to both boys and girls aged 7 (Year 3) and above. Around 40% of pupils board either full-time or on weekdays. The younger boarders are housed separate sections of the Junior House. Boarders in Year 7 and above reside in three senior houses (2 for boys and 1 for girls).[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Former staff[edit]

The former Hampshire cricketer and Crystal Palace and Southampton footballer, Bernard Harrison, was for many years a teacher of Mathematics and Sports at the school.[6]


  1. ^ About Farleigh - History
  2. ^ US Archive https://archive.org/details/mrsfitzherberta01wilkgoog
  3. ^ Boarding Houses
  4. ^ Book - Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet By Harry Eyres. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2013. ISBN 1408814587
  5. ^ Financial Times. 21 June 2013. [1]
  6. ^ "Hampshire Cricket remembers Bernard Harrison". www.rosebowlplc.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 

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