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Barfield is a co–educational Preparatory School for children aged 2 to 13. We aim to give our children a complete educational experience, with outstanding academic teaching in an excellent pastoral setting, and to prepare them fully for the senior school of their choice. Our central belief is that our children should be happy and positively challenged in what they do, and they will achieve to very high levels. In September 2016 Barfield School joined the Cothill Educational Trust which comprises a number of educational establishments. Cothill Educational Trust was established in the 1970s and each of the member schools is encouraged to retain its own individuality while benefiting from belonging to a larger group, which gives it financial security and allows the sharing of educational ideas and best practice. 

All of the schools in the Trust share a common purpose: to offer outstanding, varied and inspirational education to children of Preparatory School age. Set in 12 acres of beautiful grounds, one mile east of Farnham, the school was founded in 1933 and became an educational trust in 1963. It is a co-educational preparatory day school, providing the best possible education for the 21st century.

A happy and respectful rapport between children and staff at Barfield is a wonderful platform for engaged learning. Small class sizes ensure children can work at their own pace while being encouraged, challenged and rewarded in all aspects of their school life.

About Us

There is something magical about Barfield which sets it apart, and it is not just the exceptional teaching and the beautiful surroundings. Here, children feel safe and confident enough to be themselves, take risks and discover what excites and inspires them. Situated in 12 acres of beautiful grounds just outside the market town of Farnham, we offer a complete educational experience for children from 2-13 years of age.

High quality teaching, using both traditional and innovative methods and small class sizes enables children to fulfil their potential. We pride ourselves on having the perfect blend which combines the highest of expectations, excellent academic teaching and learning, and outstanding pastoral care, thereby ensuring that children develop and flourish.  In February 2016 we were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. I am delighted that we were awarded "Excellent" in all of the eight assessment areas. Barfield pupils are confident, happy children who bound into school with excitement.

Every day is an adventure, and not just for the pupils, but for staff as well. Children move on from Barfield to their Senior Schools as independent learners with a strong sense of social responsibility, equipped with all the skills required for life-long learning, but best of all, they leave with very happy memories. I would be delighted to welcome you to Barfield School, a place whose magic has to be experienced in person.    

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. 

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"From the moment we stepped foot into Barfield, we knew it was a special place. The teachers passion and commitment mixed with the warm and caring environment is a recipe for very happy, productive children. The teaching is both nurturing and academically rich. Our boys can't wait to get to school each morning, they are both happy and confident in their learning environment." Mrs Walker

"You have gone the extra mile Barfield. Thank you and well done!' Mr Smith

“Both of our children began their academic journey at Barfield and I could not have wished them a better start. All the staff were very nurturing and highly professional. Barfield has a unique atmosphere making it particularly wonderful for the youngest pupils.” Dr and Mrs Hua

“Barfield is a very happy school. My children ask to go to school, they race into school happy and leave happy. Their education is progressive, the atmosphere is caring, there’s lots of fresh air and fun.” Mrs Close

“We are very happy to be part of the Barfield Family. Our daughter is eager to get to school each day and join in with the many opportunities on offer. It is a happy, caring, nurturing environment. There is focus on the whole child, building confidence while achieving great things. We are glad we chose Barfield for our first schooling experience. It has made the process of starting education an enjoyable experience. It has a sparkling atmosphere and our 2yr old can’t wait to start next September.” Family Freer

“Uplifting and Enlightening” Harrison Lewis

“The pre-prep department is excellent, pushing each child as an individual and adjusting work to reflect each child’s ability. The facilities and activities available through Three Peaks are fantastic. Social activities for both children and parents are very good. My children’s memories and our memories of Barfield will be ones filled with great affection for all the happy, happy times we have all had there.” Mrs Wooding

“Great! Nothing like it.” Matthew Cobbett (School Leaver)

“Barfield is just AWESOME!” Sean Craven (School Leaver)

Cothill Educational Trust

The Cothill Educational Trust comprises of eight schools each retaining their own identity and ethos.

Cothill Educational Trust (CET) may be viewed as a commonwealth of schools. In being a commonwealth each member school retains individuality but shares a common purpose: to offer outstanding, varied and inspirational education to children of preparatory school age.

Further to providing excellence in the field of preparatory, independent education, CET has a strong responsibility to extend the opportunities it offers to those for whom independent education may be inaccessible. The Trust has developed strong partnerships with the maintained sector and works hard alongside several primary schools and academies to enhance the educational offering for a wider group of children.

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