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Termly News from Development and the Farleigh Society

Summertime 'Blues'

The 'blue' in question hasn't always been the colour of the sky this term, yet it has been very evident in the Farleigh sports kit worn around the grounds as matches and competitions have got into full flow for the summer term.  

Sometimes term-time can feel like a sprint - or hurdle race! - to make it to the holidays, but behind the scenes, we are working to support the school and its pupils, long-term as well as day-to-day.  The establishment of Development is part of this process, to increase opportunities, events, and strategic appeals, all set to help secure the future of the community set up through the generosity of the Trappes-Lomax family in 1953. The Farleigh Society is also integral to continuing the life of our community and we love to hear from you - so please pass this on to alumni and past parents who don't receive this newsletter.

Wishing you a joyous end to the summer term and blue skies over the holidays,

Eleanor Marsden (Director of Development) & Diana Nelson (Farleigh Society Secretary)

Reminder: Alumni!

Reminder - Sunday 26th June:
Farleigh Society Reunion 2016

Midday onwards
Please contact Diana Nelson if you would like to attend but have not yet booked.  

Paving the Way for our Music School


The Music School is coming on apace! It is really exciting to think that we will soon have this brand new facility up and running - estimated completion is autumn 2016.

You will see some imagery going up around the site, as the project enters its next phase during the summer.

There are also opportunities to make your mark on this landmark project; this is a one-off building project and there are numerous ways to recognise your own or your child's time at Farleigh by getting involved if you so wish.  (The clue is in the title... more information to follow soon!)

Alex Lewis (1993)
You may have watched The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis on Ch.4 in April. Alex attended Farleigh and still lives in the area with his family. We were lucky enough to have him visit the school on the 16th June to lead an assembly.

Anyone wanting to find out more or support The Alex Lewis Trust can visit the website.

Dates for your Diary

We are really lucky to be welcoming Jane Means as our Autumn Farleigh Tree headliner on Friday 18th November 2016.

An author, presenter and designer, Jane has her own gift-wrapping training academy, running workshops in the UK and Singapore. Known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru', she trains staff for Harrods, has appeared live in the windows of Liberty London and even wrapped for the Queen.

Jane has appeared in the press and on many TV shows including Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Christmas, This Morning, The Great British Sewing Bee, and  Alex Polizzi's Christmas Fix.

Come and see Jane demonstrate her tricks of the trade and solve your trickiest wrapping dilemmas!  Booking is now open online.

Leavers' Gift 2016
Farleigh is lucky to have a history of gifts which have helped to make the school the place it is today.  2016's Year 8 parents have elected to raise money for a 'trim trail' to add to the programme of outdoor learning, especially for older children.

If you are a Year 8 parent and would like to contribute if you haven't already, details can be found online here at the Development pages.

Recognising our Donors: 

Landscape Legacy Fund & the Outdoor Classroom

It was fantastic to see so many happy children and families at the annual Summer Soirée on 16th June - despite the typically British weather!
We were also delighted to welcome back some of those who donated to outdoor projects over the past few years, with a drinks reception and tour of the Outdoor Classroom, plus a celebration of the trees planted by the generosity of the Landscape Legacy Fund donors in 2013.

Standing Out from the Crowd?

If you are one of our 2,300+ Farleigh alumni, why not tell us about your new career, most exciting life-change, relocation, new venture or new addition to the family!

We are also keen to profile some of our alumni in this newsletter; please get in touch if you'd like to submit a profile or let others know about your life after Farleigh.

Watch this space for more ways to do this, especially on our website.

Farleigh's Second Full Bursary Award

We are delighted to announce that another new pupil will be joining us in September, thanks to our partnership with SpringBoard.  We believe that time at Farleigh will give this child the chance to blossom in a safe and familial environment.

We are enormously grateful to the donors who have made this possible.
Past Support 

Farleigh would not be the place it is today without the support of previous pupils and their families - or indeed without the generosity of the Trappes-Lomax family. Projects and items funded by donations include: 
  • The cricket pavilion
  • Many of the prizes awarded at Prize Giving
  • Fortress Farleigh
  • The new Farleigh cedar tree
  • The swimming pool
  • Restoration of the Chapel
  • The chicken coop...
...And many more.  We are immensely grateful to all those who have helped to support the school by making a gift and sharing in the future of the school.

Save the Date:

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 30th September
8.15am-12.00pm, Sports Hall

Please put the date in your diary for another amazing Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  We would welcome your home produce and cakes for the sale; biscuits, bread, chutney etc. are also always very gratefully received.

Working as a Charity

Farleigh, like many other independent schools, is a registered charity (no.1157842). Fee-paying independent schools with charitable status were set up for the public good, with a clear vision and ethos. Every year, we register our annual accounts on the Charity Commission public website so that our activities are completely transparent.

In order to be a charity, a school must provide public benefit. This includes working to share facilities and resources with the local community, and offering bursaries to those unable to afford full fees - something which resonates deeply with Farleigh's ethos and goes beyond duty.
  • As a charity, we are VAT-exempt, meaning that we do not charge 20% VAT on our fees;
  • We work very closely with a number of local charities;
  • We will be accepting our second full bursary recipient in September, generously funded by donations and referred through SpringBoard;
  • Working with new charity, Kids on Track, we will be sharing our facilities with children from the local area;
  • We continue to have an in-house bursary fund for those in need of fee assistance or who fall upon hard times.
To find out more about independent schools' status as charities, see  

Remembering Mr Steve Leek 

Former parents and alumni will be saddened to learn that our former Head of Science, Steve Leek, passed away on the 24th May, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family and friends.

Anyone who would like to pass on a message of support to the family can email the school office.

If Farleigh had Wheels...

Thanks to all who completed our recent online questionnaire. The responses are helping us to shape our programmes into the future and you will hear more about this in the next academic year.

We had some wonderful answers to 'What sort of car is Farleigh?', with many thought-provoking answers. Volvos, BMWs and Audis featured heavily; here are some of the more unusual...

"VW camper van - An icon, friendly, fit for purpose / good at what it does, loved, long lasting (impact on its alumni) and a home from home." 

"Bentley - Solid, stylish, reliable, dependable, British.  Slightly ponderous at start then off at a gallop!"

"A tandem - much more fun than a car!"

"Land Rover Defender - Unpretentious, sturdy, reliable, no longer on the production line!"

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - For the sense of family verging on the magical!" (Our favourite...!)
If you would like to participate, it's not too late:  the survey is still open online here.
If you know of others in the Farleigh family who would like to stay in touch, please forward them this email and ask them to contact us with their up-to-date contact details.  
  • Alumni:  please contact Diana Nelson at
  • Parents:  please contact the School Secretary at
  • Past parents and family:  please contact
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