|Perry Street, BR7 6LR, UK Chislehurst|
+44 (0)208 467 0256
I am delighted that you have chosen to consider Farringtons for your child's future education.
Our aims at Farringtons are many, but clear; to enable our students to be the best that they can be in all areas of their lives. We pride ourselves on providing the best education for every student within our happy, secure and supportive Christian environment.
What makes our School so special?
I believe it is the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and positive relationships between our students and their teachers; because we are a small school, we are able to foster traditional values and give each student individual attention.
I warmly invite you to come and see for yourself our beautiful school, and would welcome the opportunity to meet you and your daughter, or son personally.
Mrs C E James MA
Aims of Farringtons
Farringtons School aims to:
• Provide the best education for every student within a supportive Christian environment.
• Promote the holistic development of each person.
• Ensure every student attains the academic achievement of which he or she is capable.
• Offer a wide variety of extra curricular pursuits.
• Enable students to rise confidently to the challenges of higher education and employment.
• Develop as a vibrant seat of learning in the twenty-first century.
The Foundation Stage is the first part of the National Curriculum focussing on children aged 3 to the end of reception year. The philosophy underpinning the Foundation Stage curriculum is that learning should be structured with an emphasis on fun, relevant and motivating activities.
We understand that you want the very best for your child. We appreciate the importance of childhood and how the learning and development in the early stages of your child's education are critical for setting positive attitutudes and a joy for learning, which will continue throughout his or her school life.
We offer an exciting, enjoyable and stimulating environment, meeting individual needs and ensuring your child is happy, secure and reaching his or her full potential.
Pre-reception children may stay for full days or choose between five mornings or five afternoons each week. Reception children are expected to be at school for five full days each week.
KEY STAGE ONE
Key Stage One marks the beginning of the children’s educational journey at Farringtons School – from their first day within our Foundation Stage through to their final days in Year Two.
Specialist teaching takes place in all year groups for both physical education and music. Extra curricular activities for children within Key Stage 1 currently include: gymnastics, jazz dance, tap, ballet and tennis.
Key Stage One Co-ordinator
Ms Vanessa Coatz
Throughout their time with us, children experience a broad, balanced curriculum differentiated to their individual needs. Our focus is child-centred at all times, with children being supported and extended through their learning – so enabling them to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment. Our expectations are always high but personally achievable. Learning through exploration and investigation is encouraged, allowing the children the opportunity to discover through experience and so have a fuller understanding of the world around them.
Our aim is to foster an atmosphere where risks can be taken and mistakes made and learned from, an atmosphere that promotes the joys of learning and one that celebrates all achievements.
KEY STAGE TWO
In Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) we offer our pupils a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. Classrooms are full of activity within an atmosphere that is calm, caring and conducive to learning, with a respectful and close rapport between pupils and staff.
Pastoral care is given high priority and pupils are looked after and supported by teachers in all aspects of School life. There is always time to listen, to talk and to help. Homework is given to all pupils, and parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child's learning.
Teaching combines traditional methods with the use of new technology and the development of reasoning skills to enable pupils to become creative thinkers and increasingly independent learners. Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers conduct lessons at a pace that maintains the interest and motivation of each pupil and encourages them to explore a range of activities to develop confidence and skills.
The curriculum includes English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, R.E., Art, I.C.T., Music, P.E. and French. The children benefit from an effective blend of class and specialist teaching which increases during Key Stage Two and helps to ensure a smooth transfer into the Senior School.
Pupils have the opportunity to become involved in the Junior School choir, orchestra or string group. Each pupil learns either the violin or recorder in a weekly instrumental music lesson and a wide range of other instruments is taught by visiting music teachers. Concerts are held throughout the year and the children are also involved in the Harvest, Christmas and Easter services in our School Chapel.
Sport flourishes at Farringtons and the Junior pupils take part in a wide range of activities including netball, gymnastics, dance, athletics, tennis, hockey and swimming. There is an extensive programme of inter-school fIxtures and house competitions. Many extra-curricular clubs further enhance the P .E. curriculum.
Whenever possible, our teachers bring learning to life through a programme of outings, residential trips and workshops. We believe that class work is enriched by these experiences and that they provide invaluable opportunities for children, staff and parents to learn together.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
“The great source of pleasure is variety” – Samuel Johnson
A wide range of activities is on offer before School, at lunchtime and after the School day. As with all aspects of School life, staff are keen to nurture the enthusiasm and energy of our pupils by encouraging them to sample these activities freely. Some of the activities change termly but favourites such as the early morning Running Club, the lunchtime Reading Club and the after-school Cookery, Drama and Tennis Clubs are offered all year round.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) Curriculum
The Senior School follows the National Curriculum with, as its goal, almost all Year 11 students taking 10 GCSE examinations.
Farringtons has a long commitment to excellence and opportunity in girls' education. The curriculum reflects this, providing a wide range of modern and traditional subjects from which to make the final GCSE choices.
During the first 3 years in the Senior School, the emphasis is placed on sound preparation in basic academic skills and, at the end of year 9, thorough advice on appropriate GCSE options is provided.
In addition to the National Curriculum, core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, plus Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language, girls in Years 7 -9 will also study subjects which they may choose as an option at GCSE such as History, Geography, Information Technology, Art & Ceramics, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Food Technology and Textiles.
French is offered in Year 7 in addition to Spanish. In Year 7, no previous knowledge of French is assumed. Careers education also begins in Year 9.
A structured Personal and Social Education course is also delivered by school staff aided by visiting speakers. PSE introduces and discusses key moral, ethical and social issues at appropriate times in the girls' lives. It aims to foster a greater understanding of today's society and to assist them in taking responsibilities for their own and their fellows' well-being.
Enthusiastic commitment to sport, music and drama is also encouraged since they all build confidence and develop the team working skills so essential in life beyond school.
In the Senior School, each Year is divided into 2 forms, with an average of 22 - 24 girls, all following the same syllabus in each subject. Year 7 & 8 girls follow an integrated Science course until Year 9 when the 3 Sciences are taught separately. The Senior School timetable is divided into 40 periods of 40 minutes duration.
Most students at Farringtons will take 10 GCSE subjects at the end of Year 11. We currently offer the following subjects at GCSE:
Food and Nutrition
Religious Studies (short course)
All girls study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science ("Dual Award" - a course covering all 3 sciences but giving 2 grades at GCSE) and Religious Studies, then option subjects are added to give the total of 10. In addition, girls have PE and games periods eachweek.
All girls are cared for as individuals in one of our three boarding houses.
West House is for students aged 11 – 16, where girls normally share comfortable twin bedded rooms and are looked after by our residential Housemistresses, Ms Buchanan and Miss Wiseman.
Lower Sixth students are based in East House, where they have well-appointed study bedrooms, with internet access in all rooms, as well as dedicated private study areas and common rooms.
Our Upper Sixth students enjoy a more independent lifestyle as preparation for university life. Each girl has her own spacious study bedroom with internet access and has kitchen and common room facilities.
Our Sixth form students are in the care of Mrs Dunckley and Ms Ellis.
All students are allocated an individual locker in which to keep items of personal value.
Apart from school uniform, girls will need a sufficient amount of personal clothes to wear in the evenings and at weekends. This should include at least one smart skirt/blouse or dress, and at least one pair of jeans/leggings. Girls will also need nightwear, dressing gown, slippers, 2 duvet covers (optional), and necessities such as toiletries, mending kit, name tapes and materials for shoe cleaning. Space is limited, but girls may bring photographs and ornaments, toys, games and books. All personal items should be clearly marked.
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