Farnham: best-rated primary and secondary schools

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Good schools in Farnham, Surrey
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Most of Farnham’s primary schools perform well, although the stand-out school is South Farnham in Menin Way. The school is judged “outstanding” by the government’s school’s watchdog Ofsted.

Others similarly rated are: St Polycarp’s RC in Waverley Lane and Folly Hill Infants (ages five to seven) in Coniston Drive.

The two best performing comprehensive schools are: Weydon School (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) in Weydon Lane and All Hallows RC (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Weybourne Road, both are judged “outstanding”. Farnham Sixth Form College in Morley Road is the local sixth form college; it is part of the Guildford Colleges group which is judged to be “good”. Another sixth form option is Farnborough Sixth Form College which is judged “outstanding.”

The local private prep schools are: Barfield School (co-ed, ages two to 13) in Runfold; Edgeborough (co-ed, ages two to 13) in Frensham. Frensham Heights (co-ed, ages three to 18) is a private progressive all-through school.

Some parents opt for private schools outside the immediate area; popular choices are: The Royal Grammar School, RGS, (boys, ages 11 to 18); Tormead (girls ages four to 18); St Catherine’s Bramley (girls ages four to 18) and Guildford High (girls, ages four to 18) all of which are in or near Guildford. Other options are Farnborough Hill (girls ages 11 to 18) in Farnborough and Alton Convent (co-ed ages three to 18) in Alton.

The Farnham campus of the University for the Creative Arts (there are other campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Maidstone and Rochester) on Falkner Road offers foundation, degree and post-graduate courses in fine art, photography, textiles, graphics and journalism.

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