"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.
Barfield School joins fight to save outdoor education
Barfield School is opening up its award-winning outdoor pursuits department to local schools and inner-city London schools in a bid to rescue adventure trips that have been cancelled due to the pandemic.
16th October 2020 — Barfield School is opening up its award-winning outdoor pursuits department to local schools and inner-city London schools in a bid to rescue adventure trips that have been cancelled due to the pandemic.
According to UK Outdoors, two million British children a year usually go on trips and since March some 1.5 million children have missed out as lockdown and social distancing rules mean overnight excursions have had to be cancelled.
Andy Boyle, Head of Barfield School, says: “We see first-hand how children thrive on outdoor education and never has there been a time when the restorative powers of nature are more needed than now. Problem-solving, teamwork and resilience are just some of the vital life skills children will take away with them, boosting their confidence and creating life-long memories.”
Barfield School’s dedicated outdoor facilities, Three Peaks, features a full-size climbing wall, zip wire, low-rope and high-rope courses, off-road quad bike tracks, archery range, aeroball trampoline, wooded area for campfires, an obstacle course and treehouse classroom.
Karl Gibling, who heads up Three Peaks Barfield, says: “It’s a tragedy to think millions of children across the country are missing out on life-changing opportunities; moments when their eyes light up, moments when they truly believe in themselves, moments when they collaborate and tune in to those around them to overcome challenges. As part of a wider community of educators championing outside learning, we just can’t see these moments lost to a generation.”
Junior schools in commuting distance to Barfield School, Farnham, that have had to cancel school trips this year are invited to contact the school to apply for a free morning or afternoon adventure session.
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.
Andrew Boyle begins as the New Headmaster of Barfield
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."
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.
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.”