"A love of learning inside and outside the classroom"
About the school
Barfield School is a co-educational Independent Prep and Pre-prep, with its own Nursery, set in 12-acres of Surrey countryside. We take great pride in everything we offer our pupils and we strive to provide them with a wide curriculum, combining exciting and enjoyable experiences with a high standard of education. We give our pupils the academic, sporting and cultural opportunities to ensure they have an excellent start in life and the rounded education enables them to further their studies at prestigious senior schools of their choosing. They leave us with the independence, enthusiasm and enquiring minds required for their futures.
Join Barfield School on Friday 28th February 9.30am - 12.00pm for our Open Morning
17th January 2020 — On Friday 28th February join us for a cup of tea and homemade refreshments at 9.30am, meet our new Headmaster Andy Boyle and enjoy a tour of our magical School. Register online at https://www.barfieldschool.com/form/?pid=29&form=22
Barfield is a co-educational independent school for ages 2-11 in Farnham, Surrey. Barfield is a safe, caring, family-orientated school and we believe that if you are happy and supported, you will achieve great things, both academically and socially. At Barfield, your child always come first and our pastoral care is outstanding... this is best measured by a visit to the school yourself, where you will be instantly aware of a sense of family and belonging, and of the warmth and support that permeates throughout the whole school.
Mr Andrew Boyle begins as the New Headmaster of Barfield School, Farnham
Barfield School has great pleasure in announcing that Mr Andrew Boyle has started as Headmaster of Barfield School, Farnham
14th November 2019 — Barfield School has great pleasure in announcing that Mr Andrew Boyle has started as Headmaster of Barfield.
Andy joins Barfield from Chandlings School in Oxford where he spent seven years as Deputy Head Pastoral. Andy has a passion for education excellence, understanding wellbeing and emotional needs, and combines energy and zeal with a warm and friendly manner.
Andy is recently married to Jo and they live at Barfield with their cocker spaniel Tank. Yorkshire man Andy is a keen sportsman, having played semi-professional Rugby and acted as Director of Rugby for an amateur rugby club in Oxford. He also enjoys cricket, golf and skiing and is hoping to bring back the Barfield Ski trip. Andy’s love of sport and outdoor activities equates with Barfield’s ethos of the importance of outdoor learning in building confidence, stamina and resilience in children.
Andy writes: "I am thrilled to have been appointed as Headmaster of Barfield. From my first visit back in June, I have been blown away by how kind, supportive and welcoming the whole Barfield family have been. My vision for Barfield is simply to build on the amazing foundations that are already in place. I think what excites me the most is the huge potential that I see here at Barfield. There is no doubt that we have the right people in the right places to make the future really bright here at Barfield and I feel blessed to be the one charged with leading such a fantastic school."
If you are considering a place at Barfield School please contact admissions to arrange a tour and meet the Headmaster. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next open day is 28th February 2020
Note to Editors
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Scholarship Success: Barfield School celebrates with a third of Year Six obtaining Scholarships to top Senior Schools.
15th March 2019 — A third of the Year Six pupils at Barfield School in Farnham have been awarded Scholarships to their chosen Senior Schools.
Seven Scholarships have been awarded across academia and sports to Schools spanning King Edward’s School, Witley; Salesian College, Farnborough; Lord Wandsworth School, Hook, Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire and Prior’s Field, Godalming.
Headmaster, James Reid says: “These fantastic results are a well-deserved representation of the enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of the children and teachers throughout their time at Barfield. I am very proud of all of our Year Six pupils, who have, without exception, achieved to the best of their ability.”
The results continue an unbroken record of 25 years obtaining Scholarships, across academia, art and sport, to chosen Senior Schools and marks the 21st Sports Scholarship in the past ten years.
One of the pupils, who was awarded both an academic and sporting Scholarship, Alex Blake-Pead, commented: “I just feel so happy at Barfield. I think that the fact we get the freedom to discuss and we learn in a fun way, both in the classroom and on the sports pitch, helps me to remember what I need to learn. This is what I think has led to our Scholarship successes. My examinations were very challenging and I was speechless with pleasure when I heard that I had obtained two Scholarships.”
Full list of Scholarships obtained by Year Six Barfield School pupils:
Academic Scholarship: King Edward’s School, Witley, Surrey
BARFIELD SCHOOL NAMED ONE OF BRITAIN’S TOP 50 PREP SCHOOLS FOR CRICKET
Barfield School, in Farnham, has been named as one of the top 50 Prep Schools for cricket in the 2019 Good Schools Guide, published by The Cricketer magazine; the only school in the local area to be featured.
23rd November 2018 — Barfield School, in Farnham, has been named as one of the top 50 Prep Schools for cricket in the 2019 Good Schools Guide, published by The Cricketer magazine; the only school in the local area to be featured.
Competition for inclusion in the list was fierce, with hundreds of schools submitting detailed information about their Cricket Programme including: the facilities, coaching and match fixtures.
The accolade adds to the schools excellent record of sports scholarships. Nineteen children have been awarded scholarships to top senior schools in recent years.
Ray Taylor, Director of Sport at Barfield School says: ‘I am truly delighted by the news. For a small prep school we punch well above our weight in sports and this award formally recognises the dedication, enthusiasm and skill of our staff and the children. Our wonderful facilities and the team building and leadership training we offer our pupils, via our Three Peaks Activity Centre, all feed into the success we see on the Cricket Pitch in the Summer.
The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes commented: “This serves both as an informative guide and as a tribute to all those teachers and coaches out there who are nurturing the talents of future club, county and international cricketers. I have been lucky enough to visit a number of school matches this summer, and am pleased to note that the standard of cricket, coaching facilities and enthusiasm for the game has been as high as I can recall.”
NOTES TO EDITORS: TOP 50 PREP/JUNIOR SCHOOLS
Abberley Hall; Abingdon Prep School; Barfield School; Beaudesert Park School; Bede’s Prep School; Belhaven Hill School; Blundell’s Prep School; Caldicott School; Cheam School; Clifton College Prep; Cranmore School; Cricklade Manor Prep; Cumnor House School; Dorset House; Dragon School; Elstree School; Foremarke Hall; Horris Hill; Hurlingham School; Lambrook; Ludgrove; Millfield Prep; Moulsford; Newland House School; Nottingham Academy; Orley Farm School; Packwood Haugh; Papplewick School; Parkside School; Rokeby School; Salisbury Cathedral School; Sherborne Prep; Shrewsbury House School; Spratton Hall; St Andrew’s Prep; St Faith’s School; St Hugh’s St John’s School, Northwood; St Mary’s, Melrose; St Olave’s, York; Summer Fields School; Taunton Prep School; The Elms School; Town Close School; Twyford School; Wellesley House School; Westbrook Hay School; Winchester House School; Witham Hall; Woodcote House School
The Cricketer is the world’s best-selling cricket magazine. Established in 1921 by Sir Pelham ‘Plum’ Warner, The Cricketer has retained its position as the most respected voice in cricket and now has a rapidly growing digital presence with a distinct online voice. The Cricketer is also proud to organize and run the 300-team National Village Cup, a nationwide cricket competition which culminates in a final at Lord’s.
Arts Week at Barfield School Is a Resounding Success
On many occasions over the past 4 years, pupils at Barfield School in Farnham have commemorated the centenary of The Great War, including some very poignant poppy displays on Remembrance Day. This year’s Arts Week was a wonderful opportunity in the final year of the centenary to further commemorate The Great War and to extend the children’s understanding of the wider impact of this defining period in British history.
19th February 2018 — On many occasions over the past 4 years, pupils at Barfield School in Farnham have commemorated the centenary of The Great War, including some very poignant poppy displays on Remembrance Day. This year’s Arts Week was a wonderful opportunity in the final year of the centenary to further commemorate The Great War and to extend the children’s understanding of the wider impact of this defining period in British history.
Staff and pupils enjoyed a fantastic week of activities as they stepped back in time to find out what life was like 100 years ago. Through art, drama, design technology, dance, music and creative literature, the children – from the youngest in the Nursery to the oldest in the Prep School – enjoyed activities which focused on this year's theme of "British Life 1914-1918". Activities included cooking with rationed ingredients, learning about the work of Beatrix Potter who wrote prolifically during this period, researching and writing letters to loved ones away at war and a visit from a serving soldier!
The whole school worked collaboratively to create its very own Barfield quilt which commemorates the resourcefulness of life during The Great War. A second utility quilt was created using old school uniform and it is hoped that this will be used to fund raise in the future. The children’s commitment and sense of pride has been amazing to watch and the finished results of these, and all the children’s work, is now displayed around the school for all to see.
Mrs Christina Tupper, Director of Studies, said, “Arts Week is an important event in the school calendar. It is an opportunity for children to learn about social history and cultural influences. There has been a real buzz of excitement around the school and the children are very proud of what they have achieved.”
A flurry of sheep, a twinkle of stars, kings, travellers, angels and a beautiful baby boy. The Pre-Prep Nativity performance of “A King is Born” truly marked the start of Christmas at Barfield School in Farnham.
11th December 2017 — A flurry of sheep, a twinkle of stars, kings, travellers, angels and a beautiful baby boy. The Pre-Prep Nativity performance of “A King is Born” truly marked the start of Christmas at Barfield School in Farnham.
The children performed to three sell out audiences who were all extremely impressed by the confidence of the children, some who are as young as 2 years old. Whether they spoke, sang or danced, the standard was exceptionally high and very well received by the audience. As you would expect, the odd halo slipped over a child's eyes and the occasional tail was tugged by a fellow sheep but all of this simply added to the charm and the magic of such young children taking to the stage.
Thanks to the generosity of parents, grandparents and friends in the audience, our charity collection at the end of the performances raised a massive £628.82 for Surrey Young Carers. This money will make a big difference to the charity which supports young people, under the age of 18, who provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill.