Awards and Achievements

 Some of Our Awards and Achievements include

William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School has been recognised at the very highest of levels and is a National Support School (NSS) and our Headteacher is a National Leader of Education (NLE). NLE along with staff in their school  use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s fantastic that heads like Mr Andrew Stones have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well." “The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”




William Farr was placed on the Ofsted Outstanding schools list in 2006 for providing an excellent quality of education across the full range of its work, and for high levels of pupil achievement.




William Farr School is also honoured to be involved with the Prince's Teaching Institute. We are proud to work with an organisation that believes that all children, irrespective of background or ability, deserve a rich subject-based experience at school - both within and beyond the examination curriculum.

The Prince's Teaching Institute.www.princes-ti.org.uk/about/news/featured-school-william-farr-ce-school-opportunities-for-rigorous-study




The National Healthy Schools Programme is an exciting long-term initiative that is making a significant difference to the health and achievement of children. The school achieved the award for its approach to the physical and emotional well being of its pupils.



Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by the Arts Council England that recognises the school has a high level of provision in the arts. By gaining an Artsmark, William Farr has shown its commitment to the development of students and teachers in the arts.

William Farr School is an exceptionally proud holder of the Platinum Artsmark Award. Only 5 schools have achieved the Platinum award in the region.


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.”



The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.



We have been awarded the Music Mark for Schools for this year by the Charity The UK Association for Music Education.

Here are some comments from Rosie Lowe their Membership and Events Manager:

We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.

Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. Our thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support our collective vision.

Our Headteacher, Mr Knowler, says:

This is great news and testimony to all the work the Music Department has done to develop music at our school.

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