Our Church Distinctiveness


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.  In 2009 William Farr again received an outstanding award in every category of the Ofsted Inspection.

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.

Once a month on a 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.

'Fusion' happens in the chapel every Monday lunchtime and students can come along, eat lunch, chat and play games. 'Explore' happens on a Thursday lunchtime, run by our Christian Union in school, where students study the Bible.

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.  We have had many new additions and changes to our buildings over the years, and more information about our transformations can be found on the 'About Us' page in the menu on the left.

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


The school's Virtual Learning Enviroment

Log in

School Brochure

Find out more about William Farr School


My Child At School

Our web-based system for accessing student details

Log in