William Farr School
|Motto||Striving for Excellence|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Location||Lincoln Road, Welton
|DfE URN||136415 Tables|
|Houses||Witham (blue), Ermine (purple), Stonebow (orange), Brayford (yellow), Fosse (red) and Lindum (green)|
|Colours||Black blazer and blue shirts|
|Buildings||Arkwright, Banks, Curie, Darwin, Escher, Fibonacci, Galileo, Halley, Irving and Wolfson|
William Farr School is a Church of England academy school for 11- to 18-year-olds in Welton, Lincolnshire, England, 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of Lincoln, near the A46, and close to the neighbouring village of Dunholme.
It lies in the ecclesiastical parish of St Chad and the civil parish of Dunholme. The nearest Church of England church is St Mary's in Welton. St Chad's and St Mary's are in the Welton, Dunholme and Scothern Benefice. The school focuses on the 'soft' Christian values, not literal theology. It is overseen by the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education and Training.
Secondary modern school
The school was opened as a secondary modern in 1952 on the site of RAF Dunholme Lodge, a WW2 Bomber Command station, which had been bought for £600 in 1946 by Rev William Farr, the vicar of Welton. The school was named after him when he died in 1955. The old former wartime buildings were replaced in 1960.
The school acquired comprehensive status in 1972, whilst Brian Sawyer (BA) was the headmaster. The sports hall was built in 1974, and the sixth form added in 1995. In 2000 William Farr signed up for the latest education initiative, Technology College status.
The school is also an associate school of the University of Lincoln. Queen Elizabeth II visited the school in 1996 to open a new Humanities building. In 2001 William Farr achieved the distinction of having the best comprehensive school A-level results in England. The school changed its Technology College status in 2007, to become a Science College.
In March 2003 a French school, the College Descartes-Montaigne from Liévin near Lens, was due to send an exchange visit to the school, but this was cancelled due to all schools in the Pas-de-Calais department being told Britain was too dangerous to visit.
The school became an independent academy on 1 January 2011 although head teacher Paul Strong, prior to his retirement in August 2011, stated he did not want to rename the school; it kept its full title, William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School.
There is no uniform in the sixth form. The school is currently oversubscribed.
Design of the school
There are 10 different buildings, each based around a subject: Arkwright (Design and Technology), Banks (Geography and History), Curie (Modern Languages), Darwin (Science and English), Escher (Art and Canteen), Fibonacci (English, Science and IT), Galileo (Mathematics and IT), Halley (Religious Education and Mathematics), Irving (Performing Arts, music and Languages), and the Wolfson building, named after The Wolfson Company (Science, English and Business Studies). There is also a gymnasium and sports hall.
The school also has two large playing fields, with football, rugby and hockey pitches, and several outside courts that are used for physical education and extracurricula activities.
On 28 April 2004 the Earl of Wessex opened the Galileo Block. On 11 October 1996 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the school, on the same day she opened the new University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, after arriving at RAF Waddington. She met headteacher Paul Strong and Maurice Keyte, Chairman of the Governors, and opened the Banks Block. The school is now an Associate School of the University of Lincoln. The university's Riseholme Campus is nearby to the west.
In September 2010 plans were unveiled for a community swimming pool to be built on the school site.
Paul Strong Head Teacher 1986 -2011. National Teaching Awards -Head Teacher of the Year -Commendation 2009,Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, Awarded O.B.E. n Queens Diamond Jubillee Honours 2011.
In its foundation document the school states its aims as:
- "... to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils."
The school motto, included on the badge on the uniform, reads "Striving for excellence".
Campus radio station
The school formed a radio station, WFR (William Farr Radio) that is broadcast around the school through the school internet system. It was opened by BBC Radio Lincolnshire radio presenter Rod Whiting. The service started on Wednesday February 24th 2010. Due to recent changes there are now shows every day of the week mostly focusing on the aspect of radio concerning music.