Barfield is a co–educational Preparatory School for children aged 2 to 13. We aim to give our children a complete educational experience, with quality academic teaching in an excellent pastoral setting, and to prepare them fully for the senior school of their choice. 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.
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.
The Nursery caters for children aged 2-4 years old and they work within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. Purposeful Play and Outdoor Learning are central to our Early Years Education at Barfield. Much emphasis at this stage is on Personal, Social and Emotional Development, which underpins positive progress and achievement in Physical, Creative and Academic Development.
Our nursery children benefit from a 'head-start' to their learning, as they experience a very broad range of activities, including swimming, music, cookery, gardening, chicken-feeding, forest adventures, as well as practising early Literacy, ICT and Numeracy skills, through fun and experiential ways.
The Pre-Prep consists of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2:
- Reception - the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage, where children turn 5 during this year.
- Year 1 - the start of Key Stage 1.
- Year 2 - the final year of Key Stage 1, during which children are ‘prepared’ for the Prep School, with more lessons, such as, French and Art being taught in addition to Music and Sports by Prep School staff.
Whilst the children are still taught in very practical ways with teachers employing a range of strategies and resources to suit all types of learners, as the children enter Year 1, they move towards more formal lessons, with traditional Subjects being taught. All Pre-Prep children are able to stay on to participate in after-school, extra-curricular activities and twice weekly, Year 2 children are also given the opportunity to attend 'pre' Junior Prep, when they can work quietly on their homework. This is supervised by their own class teacher.
Throughout the Pre-Prep, Outdoor Learning continues to play a crucial part in their education at Barfield.
The children can also develop a wide range of responsibilities, from School Council ‘Reps’ to House Captains, Librarians to Head Boy and Head Girl.