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.
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 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.’
Pupils at Farnborough Hill were celebrating this morning as they received their excellent GCSE results. The School is delighted that 56% of all the results were at the top grades of 9 – 7, with an excellent pass rate of 98%.
22nd August 2019 — Pupils at Farnborough Hill were celebrating this morning as they received their excellent GCSE results. The School is delighted that 56% of all the results were at the top grades of 9 – 7, with an excellent pass rate of 98%. Most pupils took 10 GCSEs, choosing subjects as diverse as Classical Greek, Design Technology, German and Computer Science.
There were some truly outstanding individual successes: six girls achieved eight or more grade 9s. Sophia S led the pack by earning a phenomenal nine grade 9s and two grade 8 in her 11 GCSEs, Emily P shone with eight 9s and two 8s, Katherine B achieved an exceptional seven 9s and three 8s and Mia C, Jennifer T and Rachel W each celebrated eight grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7. Caitlin W was delighted to share the academic glory with her older sister Lauren, who last week received two A*s and an A in her A levels, by earning five 9s, four 8s and a 7.
The academic staff also celebrated the wonderful achievements of their pupils, with Music, History, RE and the Sciences enjoying particularly strong results.
Alexandra Neil, Head, was overjoyed with the girls’ achievements saying, ‘The results unveiled today are testament to the girls’ hard work and tenacity; they should be incredibly proud of themselves. They have set themselves up well for the next stage in their education and have laid strong foundations which will enable them to unlock a future of their choosing. At a time of continuing educational change and increased rigor, I am delighted that Farnborough Hill has achieved an excellent pass rate of 98%. It is a joy to see the smiles here today as the pupils not only celebrate their own achievements, but also those of their friends.’
Students at Farnborough Hill were delighted to achieve outstanding results across the board as they received their A level results today, with two thirds of the year group earning an A*, A or B in all their subjects.
15th August 2019 — Students at Farnborough Hill were delighted to achieve outstanding results across the board as they received their A level results today, with two thirds of the year group earning an A*, A or B in all their subjects. The School was particularly delighted to see that 67% of the top grades were in subjects such as Mathematics, History, the Classics and the Sciences, as preferred by Russell Group universities.
On an individual basis, Annabel, Eryl, Madeleine and Lauren W each achieved two A*s and one A grade. Annabel will be studying Economics and Management at Bristol, Eyrl will be going to Leeds to read Economics, Madeleine to Southampton for Medicine and Lauren W will be reading History at Birmingham. Kathryn, Emily, Eleanor, Isabella, Natasha and Abigail earned one A* and two As, while Kimran, Sophie, Nina, Hanna, Roisin and Hannah are celebrating straight As.
The majority of students have secured a place at their first choice university; the girls are encouraged to be ambitious with their courses and destinations and that ambition has paid off today. The breadth of subjects studied are reflected in the university places, from Neuroscience at Exeter to Ancient History and Archaeology at Durham, and Zoology at Reading to Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham. Over a third of the year group will be reading a STEM subject at university. Sisters Hanna and Sabrina both realised their ambitions today: Sabrina has earned a well-deserved place at London College of Fashion, to study Fashion Journalism, and Hanna is off to Durham to read Accounting and Finance.
Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, shared her joy at the continued A level success, saying: ‘I am thrilled with today’s results, which are the outcome of many months of hard work and dedication on the part of both the students and the staff. It is heartwarming to be a part of the celebrations this morning and share in the delight of the girls and their families as they open the door to the final stage of their education. We wish them every success and happiness and we will watch their careers and future progress with pride.’
In June, teachers from Farnborough Hill and the local area came together in the Chapel at Farnborough Hill to hear the gifted and renowned speaker, David Wells.
13th June 2019 — Nelle Dalton, Chaplain at Farnborough Hill writes:
In June, teachers from Farnborough Hill, Salesian College, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School and Rydes Hill Preparatory School came together in the Chapel at Farnborough Hill to hear the gifted and renowned speaker, David Wells.
Catholic theologian David Wells travels the world delivering inspirational talks; he aims to share ‘accessible theology for the busy, burnt-out and bewildered’ and has written several best-selling books on the subject of faith. His audiences range in size from small groups in the local village hall, to tens-of-thousands strong at prestigious events such as the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. He is a former Deputy Headteacher and has guest-lectured at three English universities, as well as serving on several working parties for the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.
Like the prophets who came unexpectedly bringing much needed messages of Truth, Joy and Love, David used humour to win over the hearts and minds of the teachers who came along on a summer afternoon following a full day of teaching. The talk was entitled, “The Graces and Challenges of Catholic Education.” David recounted personal tales and experiences to explore modern challenges. The primary threat that we face today is “losing one’s virtue,” and ultimately one’s joy by giving into the demands of a busy and demanding world. When people are consumed by the endless tasks on ‘To Do’ lists, they begin to live in the “how” of life and lose the purpose or “why” for which they are living. This can happen in regards to one’s vocation as an educator, but also in one’s personal life and relationships with loved ones. David described this threat as the ‘erosion of the meta-narrative,’ where cynicism replaces joy. He challenged the audience to go after our joy, to rediscover the reasons why we became teachers, because “Education…is not and must never be considered utilitarian,” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St Mary’s University Twickenham, September 2010).
David Wells reminded teachers from our local Roman Catholic Schools to be holy and to help our students to work towards this goal of holiness. He defined holiness as being our best and most authentic self. David touched on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, where Pope Francis challenges young people not to be afraid of holiness. Holiness does not inhibit, rather it liberates us and helps us to be more fully alive and joyful. David emphasised that, “The Glory of God is the person fully alive” (St Irenaeus). Our role as educators is to help each one of our pupils to flourish, growing into the person whom God created them to be. David reminded us of the importance of humour and simply smiling at our students.
Finally, David extended a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of the teachers for their work in Catholic schools, and the time and energy they dedicate to helping young people flourish and realise their value and potential. Most attendees would agree that the 75 minute talk went by in the blink of an eye and left everyone feeling inspired and joy-filled.
Entrance by exam at 11+ and a meeting with the Head.