William Farr (C of E) Comprehensive School's vision is to provide all members of the school community with the opportunities to engage with 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10) through the highest quality of education, encouragement and endeavour. We are committed to striving for excellence and ensuring that all students are known, valued and can achieve.


Our core values are:

Compassion    Friendship        Perseverance 
Respect           Responsibility   Wisdom

Each value is associated with one of our Houses.

The students consistently attain high standards of grades, and their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary - not only do they respect one another, but they have respectful and excellent relationships with all the staff.

Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Please take a look at the school video below:



On behalf of the staff, students and governors, I extend a very warm welcome to our school.

William Farr is a fully inclusive, Church of England comprehensive school with a strong reputation and rich local history. The school was founded in 1952 by the local vicar, William Farr, after whom the school is named, and whose intent was that it remained a local school. Our Christian distinctiveness is at the heart of our ethos and values.

Our overarching aim is to develop students into well-rounded young people who have the skills and attributes to make informed choices, be responsible and principled citizens who are ready to take their place in the outside world. We achieve this through high quality teaching and learning and supporting children through excellent care and guidance where students are recognised and rewarded as individuals.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and an extensive range of curricular and extra-curricular activities together with wide range of educational visits to complement learning.

What is fundamentally important to us is that children who attend our school are happy, successful and enjoy their time here. They say students at William Farr never leave and that is very true as children here make friends for life. With careful nurturing from school and support from you at home, students demonstrate the Christian values which are contained deep within the spirit of the school. Students show respect, are tolerant, kind and offer friendship to one another.

We are very proud of our students and staff and look forward to welcoming you into our school community.

Jonathan Knowler BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip.H.E, NPQH.

William Farr C of E Comprehensive School wins national award for performance

William Farr C of E Comprehensive School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network.

William Farr C of E Comprehensive School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment.

The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools for a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards. William Farr C of E Comprehensive School will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

“I am delighted that William Farr C of E Comprehensive School has won an Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.”

Other Awards for William Farr School in 2019-2020:


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