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William Farr C of E Comprehensive School aims to provide the highest quality of education whereby everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do and each student is known, valued and achieves as an individual.

We will know that we have achieved our vision when:

  • Every student has the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding through a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Every individual is confident and behaves in a way that reflects the Christian principles on which the school was founded
  • Everyone knows they are valued.


William Farr Comprehensive School is a Church of England school for 11 - 18 year olds, located in the village of Welton, near Lincoln. It was opened in 1952 on the site of the RAF Dunholme Lodge, a WW2 bomber station, which had been bought for £600 in 1946 by William Farr, the vicar of Welton. The school was named after him when he died in 1955. It acquired comprehensive status in 1974, and Grant Maintained status in 1992 and in 2000 William Farr signed up for the latest education initiative and attained Technology College status. It is also an associate school of the University of Lincoln. In 2001 William Farr achieved the distinction of having the best comprehensive school A-level results in England.


In 2006 William Farr received an outstanding award in every category in an OFSTED inspection, the best in the country. In 2007 the school changed its Specialist Schools and Academies Trust status to a Science College and added the additional distinctions of being a Leading Edge school and A Raising Achievement and Transforming Learning school.

On 1 January 2011 William Farr became an Academy ceasing to be maintained by the LA and receiving all its funding directly from central government. The Governing Body and Academy Trust are directly responsible to the Secretary of State for Education as an autonomous public limited company registered at “Companies House” and a Charity registered with the “Charity Commission”.

The Lawres Chapel

The Lawres Chapel was built as “a place of quiet reflection, contemplation and prayer” and was opened in 2004 by Rt. Rev. John Saxby Bishop of Lincoln. It is home to the Helen Alwyn memorial window and the RAF Book of Remembrance which honours those who served and died during the Second World War and were stationed here at RAF Dunholme Lodge. Every day, members of Year 7 have the responsibility of turning a page. Each Wednesday, Holy Communion is celebrated here and all members of the school community – students and staff – are invited. Prayers are said for the school community and the wider world. ‘Chill Space’ happens in the chapel every Thursday lunchtime and students can come along, eat lunch, chat and play games.

The chapel is available to all members of the school of any faith or none.

The chapel is always open.

Striving for Excellence

William Farr is unique in being the only Church of England 11 - 18 Comprehensive School in the Diocese of Lincoln and perhaps even more unique for having originally been paid for from the personal savings of the local vicar whose name it now bears. It is proud of its reputation for the very highest levels of Teaching and Learning , sporting and cultural achievement gained through a continuing recognition of the needs and capabilities of each child as an individual.

William Farr is consistently oversubscribed and one of many reasons for this must be its reputation for both traditional standards and innovation across the curriculum. Extra-curricular achievement is always high with regular representation up to and including national level. Many Departments work closely with the Prince’s Teaching Institute with English, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, music and modern foreign languages being recognised for their outstanding work to date.

The special nature of a Church of England School is an underlying moral attitude. The responsibility and compassion shown by our pupils is no better emphasised than by their great generosity towards the less fortunate. All charity work is generated by the local pupils themselves and, although there is support for national appeals, the bulk of our initiatives are with programmes where there can be personal involvement and long term improvements.

The school is well resourced, the environment respected and well cared for.

The History and Geography ‘Banks Building ’was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in October 1996.

In 2000 the school embarked on an ambitious £7m expansion programme to allow numbers to grow to 1500 (300 in the Sixth Form). This programme had included, in 2000 the ‘Wolfson Building’, a £750,000 ‘centre of excellence’ for Science, Mathematics and Business Studies with two further laboratories built.

In 2004 additional facilities for Mathematics were opened by Prince Edward, 2005 new accommodation for RE, an extension of the tennis courts, car park and new gymnasium.

In 2006 our £1.7m building for Performing Arts and refurbishment and extension of the Art Department and catering facilities was opened.

In 2007 an addition to Wolfson provided a new ICT suite, high quality accommodation for Learning Support Education, a quiet room/chapel “The Lawres Chapel” and further Design and Technology facilities.

The final phase to link Art with Design and Technology and provide a completely re-modelled foyer was completed May 2008.

In 2012, the newly refurbished Physical Education facilities were opened by Baroness Sue Campbell.

Currently we are in the process of extending English and Science accommodation with the building of a new Science laboratory and two classrooms.

The overwhelming advantages of comprehensive education at William Farr must be the provision of curriculum continuity with consistency and proven quality. Continuity, through an advanced programme of primary liaison and pupil induction, is an essential part of our programme of Care and Guidance and our development of personal, social and moral education. This means that no pupil comes to us labelled as a failure and all can be consistently known and valued as individuals.

William Farr is a vibrant community with a great sense of achievement, pride and purpose which recognises the demands placed upon it by its excellent and continually growing national reputation for a broad and balanced curriculum far beyond that demanded by the National Curriculum. In 2006 and again in 2009 OFSTED Inspectors declared that the school was ‘outstanding’.

The Revd William Farr would be very pleased with the results of his original vision and investment.


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