Farnborough Hill is dedicated to educating the whole person within a caring Christian community where each individual is valued.
Farnborough Hill marries the very best of the traditional values of compassion, respect and team spirit with the forward-thinking qualities of tolerance, energy and ambition. The result is that Farnborough Hill is a fabulous community grounded in the Christian faith of the Roman Catholic ethos. The school fosters self-esteem, service, academic excellence and a true belief in an all-round education.
About the school
Our mission is to educate girls, to nurture their personal, social and spiritual development, and to promote academic excellence. The ethos of the school is rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition and we welcome students from other Christian denominations and religious faiths. The school is committed to equal opportunities for all. We want each girl to enjoy her experience of school life so that she is ready to play a full and responsible part in the wider community.
Educating the whole person
Students are encouraged to aim for excellence, to develop their gifts and talents, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dream
We promote the spiritual, moral, creative, physical and social development of each student
Girls learn to become confident, articulate young women, able to take their place as responsible members of society
A caring christian community
Jesus Christ is at the heart of our school community
We live by gospel values in an atmosphere marked by joy, friendship and family spirit
Growth in personal faith is fostered
Our vibrant spirituality is expressed through working and praying together, the sharing of common values and the respect, support and care shown to one another
Enjoyment of school life
We aim to make schooldays happy and fulfilling
Students are helped and supported to set realistic goals
We endeavour to meet the individual learning needs of students
We celebrate achievement and success, instilling a lifelong love of learning
The wider community
We are committed to care for others within the school, in the local community and in the wider world
We believe that each individual's contribution can make a difference in the building of a better world
We encourage commitment to truth, justice and peace Governors, community, staff, parents and students are involved in a creative partnership which explores life through learning, experience and reflection and gives a reason for living and hoping.
Please visit the school's website for information on Scholarships and Bursaries.
School Fees for 2018/2019 are £14,796 per annum (£4,932 per term) and are charged termly in advance. The regulations of the School require that School bills are paid, by cheque or BACs payment, on or before the first day of the term to which they refer.
Sibling discounts are given to the eldest daughter/s and apply whilst two or more daughters are on the school roll. 2nd Daughter - 10% discount 3rd Daughter - 35% discount 4th Daughter - 75% discount
A combined registration and examination fee of £100 is payable when a girl’s name is first registered for entry.
A deposit of £500 is payable to the School on acceptance of a place, which will be refunded in full on the girl's final account.
Farnborough Hill Head, Mrs Alexandra Neil, has praised her girls’ fortitude with the publication of GCSE grades today.
20th August 2020 — Farnborough Hill Head, Mrs Alexandra Neil, has praised her girls’ fortitude with the publication of GCSE grades today.
It has been an unsettling time for pupils around the country, as government systems awarding A level and GCSE grades in place of 2020 examinations changed almost overnight, with the decision made on Monday to base results on Centre Assessment Grades rather than relying on centrally-moderated algorithms.
Alexandra Neil said: ‘Pupils have had their futures plunged into uncertainty since the beginning of lockdown and, with no clarity from the government, they could have easily given up. What our girls did, however, was demonstrate great maturity, looked to the bigger picture and continued working towards their futures.’
Collectively, the girls are to be commended for their outstanding work ethic. They remained committed to their studies right until study leave was due to begin (despite the early cancellation of the examinations). They demonstrated their passion for learning and commitment to their futures by engaging in their studies throughout.
On an individual level, Alexandra earned nine grade 9s, Frances and Renee nine 9s and one 8, and Charlotte and Lyla eight 9s and two 8s. Isabella and Amélie each studied 11 subjects and are celebrating nine 9s and two 8s, and five 9s and six 8s respectively.
‘The results awarded are excellent, and I feel it is important to remember that the girls did earn these results, which were based on work completed over the course of their studies, school examinations and assessments and are the outcome of a robust internal process,’ continued Alexandra Neil.
‘We must not dismiss their achievements, instead we must continue to celebrate and support our girls and those in the wider community as they move to A level study and beyond.’
FARNBOROUGH HILL GIRLS CELEBRATE FANTASTIC RESULTS
2020 has been a tumultuous year, challenging, uncertain and ever-changing. In the midst of this, Farnborough Hill girls have triumphed once more; they have been rewarded with outstanding results, with the School’s outgoing Head Girl becoming the third in a row to secure a coveted Oxbridge place.
13th August 2020 — 2020 has been a tumultuous year, challenging, uncertain and ever-changing. In the midst of this, Farnborough Hill girls have triumphed once more; they have been rewarded with outstanding results, with the School’s outgoing Head Girl becoming the third in a row to secure a coveted Oxbridge place.
The majority of Farnborough Hill students have confirmed places at their ambitious first-choice universities; their hard work and tenacity has been reflected in their grades, but their places were not earned on grades alone. The girls’ commitment to the life of the School and the wider community has enriched their experiences and secured their futures. From tutoring younger peers to undertaking charity projects, volunteering at care homes, to completing Gold DofE, this cohort has done it all.
Tabitha was one of three students from the School to gain Oxbridge entry this year, with 3A* grades earning her a place to study History at Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall. Isobel will study French and Italian at St Hugh's College, Oxford, thanks to A*AA grades, while Jennifer's 3A*s mean she will study Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. In addition, Jennifer has spent the summer honing her research skills as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in a COVID-19 research lab as part of a team assembled by Imperial College, London and Ipsos MORI.
Katherine also secured 3A*s and a place at Exeter reading Economics. Other top individual performers include Jessica and Shika (2A* A) and Lily, Abby and Catherine (A*AA).
Overall, a fantastic 66% of grades were at A* or A, while 86% of grades earned were A*, A or B. The School was particularly delighted to see the breadth of subjects in which the girls earned the top grades, with Historians, Classicists and Modern Linguists achieving particularly strong results.
Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, shared her pride in the girls, saying: ‘I am hugely impressed by the maturity and fortitude shown by our A level pupils, and I am thrilled that today’s results, in the main, reflect their hard work. While I am disappointed for the girls that they did not have the opportunity to display their prowess in an examination setting, I am delighted that the results they have been awarded are predominately reflective of their continued dedication to their studies.
However, I cannot help but feel frustrated at the system which has bluntly lowered some of our girls’ grades, with the outcome being a result which has not allowed our girls to prove their ability. I am hopeful that these anomalies will be rectified so that all girls are fully rewarded and I am confident that the characteristics of resilience and tenacity so beautifully displayed by all will stand them in good stead as they move through university and beyond. I look forward to following their future successes and hearing about their positive impact on this ever-changing world.’
Farnborough Hill Students’ Launch Free Online Tutoring Service
• Sixth Form students from top school Farnborough Hill have set up an online tutoring service
• They are especially keen to reach pupils from other local schools who may have been struggling with learning during lockdown
10th June 2020 — Eleven students from the sixth form on the hill are providing a free online tutoring service for girls in Years 10 to 12 who may be struggling with aspects of GCSE and A level learning at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Covering a range of subjects including English Language and Literature, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Psychology, Politics, Economics and Maths, the Year 13 students feel they can bring an up-to-date perspective on the curriculum. They would like to help younger girls, who are struggling or feel isolated, with one to one tutorials, useful hints and tips, online resources and video.
Their intention is to help those who may not have parental support or the notes required to help them complete the assignments and school work they have been set. Others may simply want to continue their education during lockdown. The Farnborough Hill girls are all extremely passionate about their learning and want to help enthuse other students to adopt the same level of pride in their academic studies.
Craig McCready, Head of Sixth Form, says, “These students are thrilled to be able to offer help and support to any girls in the local area who might feel they need a boost in a particular area. I am extremely proud of their drive and willingness to help others: they are incredible role models and excited to create a female-focused learning environment.”
If you would like to sign up, please visit farnborough-hill.org.
Farnborough Hill launches a bespoke A level Foundation Course
Farnborough Hill is extremely excited to launch a bespoke Year 11 programme: the A level Foundation Course.
7th May 2020 — Farnborough Hill is extremely excited to launch a bespoke Year 11 programme: the A level Foundation Course.
There is no denying the cancellation of the GCSE examinations as a result of the current pandemic came as a surprise, but thanks to a lot of hard work Farnborough Hill teachers have crafted an innovative and exciting A level Foundation Course which is being offered to Year 11 pupils to give them a head start on their A levels and a taste of Sixth Form life.
Each pupil has signed up to take three subjects of their choice, from an extensive list of almost 30 subjects. After the pupils finish their GCSE course today (Thursday 7 May), they will receive guidance and preparation materials from each of their chosen subjects, to be completed ahead of Monday 1 June when several hours of lesson time and further hours of independent study and research time will be undertaken each week. It is hoped that, by focusing on subjects of their choice, pupils will keep learning with the motivation and dedication that has characterised their time in lockdown so far. The chance to hone university-level skills during this period is one not to be missed: time management, research skills, critical thinking and so on will all be required in abundance as the girls step up to this next level and bridge the gap between the more teacher-led GCSE course and the independence of A level study.
The maturity displayed by the pupils at this time is incredible; despite the examinations not going ahead they have remained engaged and focused. The cancellation of the examinations has given the gift of more teaching time and it would be foolish not to exploit that to the girls’ advantage. Their positive attitudes and this bespoke programme will put them in a strong position for Summer 2022 when they sit their A levels; it might feel like a long time away but when it comes around they will be delighted to have taken advantage of the opportunity to participate in this unique foundation course.
Farnborough Hill pupils celebrate the legacy of the RCE Sisters
Farnborough Hill has changed the names of its Houses to reflect inspirational women in the school’s history. Pupils marked the occasion with the introduction of a ‘House Book’, a journal in which to record their own seven year journey through school.
4th February 2020 — Top girls’ school Farnborough Hill has celebrated the Sisters of the RCE this week with a special ceremony to mark the contributions of five of the Sisters to the development of the School.
At the beginning of this academic year the five school Houses were renamed after five RCE Sisters: Bickford, Dutertre, McCormack, Mostyn and Roantree. This was a change driven by members of the Year 7 Social Justice Group who questioned why, in a girls’ school, the Houses were named after male reformation saints who actually had no connection to the School. They felt that the Houses should be named after the inspirational women who had a pivotal role in shaping the School during its illustrious history.
This week each pupil received a journal, a ‘House Book’ which details the remarkable life of their House Patron and gives space to record their own remarkable journey through Farnborough Hill.
The books were presented by special guests: Mrs Ann Berry, Old Girl, former Head of PE and now Governor, remembered Sister Bickford from her own time as a pupil and so presented the Bickford House books. Sister Bickford was instrumental in developing the current school site, adding a large classroom block in 1966. Mrs Alexandra Neil talked about Sister Marie-Anne Dutertre, one of the four Sisters who started the order under Abbé Louis Lafosse in France in 1817. Sister Elizabeth McCormack, Headmistress between 1988 and 1996, gave an insight into her own philosophy of life and gave out her namesake books. Miss Jacqueline Thomas, Headmistress from 1997 to 2007 paid tribute to Sister Dorothy Mostyn, who taught at the School and wrote ‘The Story of a House’. Mrs Laura Craven, former English teacher and co-author of ‘From Hillside to Farnborough Hill’, as well as writer of the House books’ foreword, reflected on the life and immense contribution of Mother Syra Roantree who was instrumental in the setting up of the School, first at Hillside and then at its current home of Farnborough Hill.
Alexandra Neil, Head, commented, ‘It is wonderful to be able to celebrate these strong and inspirational women who were instrumental in developing the School to make it the success it is today. I am thrilled their stories will not be lost in the mists of time and we will continue to celebrate their legacies for generations to come. The fact that our girls can write their own Farnborough Hill story alongside that of their House Patron is a marvellous thing and I hope they treasure their books for years to come.’
UNIVERSITY LEVEL SKILLS DEVELOPED IN YEAR 9 PUPILS AT FARNBOROUGH HILL
A group of 35 tenacious and extremely hard-working pupils returned to school this week to learn of the outstanding grades they earned in their Level One Project Qualification, taken in Year 9; 20 girls earned an A*, nine an A and six achieved B grades.
10th September 2019 — A group of 35 tenacious and extremely hard-working pupils returned to school this week to learn of the outstanding grades they earned in their Level One Project Qualification, taken in Year 9; 20 girls earned an A*, nine an A and six achieved B grades.
The pupils chose to challenge themselves by undertaking the project, during which they studied a topic of particular interest, and gained a qualification in recognition of the research they carried out. They worked independently on their project, spending time planning and researching, before presenting their findings to an audience of teachers and peers. The Level One Project Qualification is designed to enhance research, time-management and presentation skills; it can be likened to a mini dissertation and allows the pupils to experience first-hand what university work will potentially be like.
The scope for research is endless. Topics this year included: ‘How have the people in Rwanda affected the mountain gorillas?’; ‘What does high-performance swimming teach you that can enable academic success?’; ‘Is the gender pay gap inevitable?’ and ‘How far would an EU ban on plastic bottles reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans?’ Just as diverse was the pupils’ motivation for undertaking such a huge piece of work. Charlotte commented, “I have always enjoyed writing, and when we were given the opportunity to write an essay that we really cared about, I was very excited. I also hoped it would give me good experience for writing essays further on in school and beyond.”
Head Alexandra Neil was delighted with the pupils’ work, ‘The creativity and dedication displayed by the young pupils who undertake the mammoth task of the project is inspirational. They reach beyond their curriculum to educate themselves, their peers and their teachers on a topic that they find interesting. The diverse interests of the pupils at Farnborough Hill continually amaze me and I look forward to the project presentations every year. Congratulations to all the girls on not only completing their research but on earning top grades.’
Entrance by exam at 11+ and a meeting with the Head.