Farney Close School

News & Information Board

Summer Break

As we shut today (16th July) for the summer break I wish you all a wonderful summer.

Parents, carers and social workers will have all received end of year reports by now. Please contact our reception if you have not received your child’s report.

Thank you for your support over this COVID experience and thank you for all your wonderful feedback about how we have supported our pupils over this time.

All care and education staff are taking the summer off but Ray and Steve and I will be working on a rota basis, contactable via email.

Stay safe, look after each other and we look forward to reopening for all children (hopefully) on Monday 7th September 2020. I will be in contact to confirm arrangements at the end of August.


BLACK LIVES MATTER poster competition

blmBLACK LIVES MATTER poster competition for all children and young people to take part in.

- Please produce an individual or group poster supporting this view (whilst remembering to socially distance).
- Poster can be crated in school, on the House units or at Home.
- Your House staff will be happy to help you with this.

The closing date is 17th July 2020.

Please give your entries to your Link Worker.


Back to School - COVID-19 Questions & Answers


Children's Questions and Answers.

Things you might like to know when returning to school residentially

Childrens COVID Information (pdf)


Phased Return to School

Farney Close is open from the 22nd April for the children of Key Workers and identified ‘Vulnerable’ pupils only. If you have not been contacted and offered a place, please do not send your child to school as we have staffing shortages. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

stay home website info

AGM Postponed

This is to inform you that the AGM that was scheduled to take place at Farney Close School on Saturday 9th May 2020, has been postponed until further notice. This is due to the fact that the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced that schools will close “until further notice" and they have advised against all unnecessary contact to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

We will be back in touch once we are able to provide you with further information.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Carrington

Company Secretary


Coronavirus - School Closure

Farney Close School will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 due
to the Coronavirus significantly affecting our staffing numbers.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated
as much as possible. We look forward to reopening at the earliest opportunity.




Good afternoon Parents / Carers / LEAs

Re Coronavirus

Please be aware that we are following the Government advice with regards to the Coronavirus to ensure that to the best of our ability, our pupils and staff stay well.

Realistically it is looking more and more likely that we will be instructed to close in the not too distant future. With this is mind we will inform you, as soon as we are able, if we have to take such action.

Should we close, pupils will be sent home with school work, either via email or in paper version. We would ask that you encourage them to complete this work.

Please do not let my message cause any panic, I am merely preparing you for the direction we may need to take.  

Please keep an eye on our website – check it out on Sunday evening in case we are not able to reopen after the weekend.

Kind Regards


Staying Happy and Healthy - COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Farney Close has been following advice and guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education and although everyone in our community is currently well and healthy, apart from the usual coughs and colds, we will notify you appropriately if this situation changes.  We will contact you directly and post any significant updates or changes on our website, so please have a look at the information there first before calling the school if you have any concerns. 

The UK government in association with Public Health England has produced advice and guidance for schools and colleges and this has been displayed around  the school. This provides general principles which help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, for example regular hand washing and carrying a pack of tissues.  If you are worried about your symptoms or those of your child, government advice is to call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. 

link to the government poster regarding virus prevention advice and guidance is on below.


As usual we will do all we can to keep everyone at Farney Close happy and healthy.

Many thanks


World Book Day

Calling all parents, carer, pupils and staff,

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Please don’t forget your costume for world book day on Thursday (5th March).

Come dressed as a character from your favourite book. Prize for best costume. Pictures to follow

Internet Safety Day

Today in Internet Safety Day. Please see below a link which provides some clear guidelines to support you in keeping your child safe on line.


I hope you find it helpful.

Kind Regards


A few notes from the Principal

Hi Everyone,

Firstly I would like to welcome Ray Lau to Farney Close. Ray started with us at the beginning of 2020 as our new Vice Principal. He is quickly settling into post and enjoying getting to know pupils and staff.  I am sure that on visits to the school you will get to meet Ray; please make yourselves known to him.

We have had a busy half term which unfortunately have seen lots of staff off with this horrible flu bug. The pupils have managed well with the change that this has brought and teaching has not been disrupted.

We are however, looking forward to the lighter nights and summer months, which enable us to make the most of being situated in such lovely surroundings.

With the academic year being nearly half way through, our year 11s are starting their exam preparation and completing outstanding course work. It is hard to accept, for them and us, that they are quickly moving to the end of their secondary schooling at Farney Close; many have been with us throughout their secondary school years. It is a really important time for both them; we look forward to supporting your child as they move onto their next venture.

Best Wishes to all parents, carers and friends of Farney Close,

Sara Hack

Christmas Period at Farney

Dear Parents and carers,

 Christmas has well and truly arrived at Farney Close. The post box is up for those wishing to send friends or members of staff a Christmas card. Rehearsals for the school Christmas production is well underway and the carols have been picked for the carol service by members of the school forum.

Next Wednesday (11th) staff and pupils are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers with a donation going to the charity that we support, Ankoma. On the following Tuesday (17th) we have our whole school Christmas dinner where we encourage everyone to wear smart dress. 

We would really appreciate your support in encouraging your child to get involved in all these activities.

 Thank you



Policy Updates & Safety on Line Links

Dear parents and carers,

Please navigate your way to the Policy section on our website and take a look at the “Relationships and Sex Education Policy (RSE)”. Your feedback would be appreciated. We will also be consulting with staff and pupils so that we can gather their views as well. Please send your feedback to Sara Hack, Principal



I hope that parents and carers may find these link helpful,  in supporting your child if you feel that they are being bullied and also in ensuring that they keep themselves safe online.


Thank you


Generous Donation From Fairfax ‘Building Young Futures’.

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Harlequins star James Chisholm visited us on 10th October 19  to mark another generous donation from Fairfax ‘Building Young Futures’.

Farney Close School was delighted to benefit from new machinery, including a new garage scissor lift for the car maintenance workshop whilst the Food Technology department were thrilled to have all their ingredient costs met for the second academic year in succession.

J. Thompson (mechanics instructor), V. Owens (food technology teacher) and S. Deane (Chair) are pictured with James who captained Harlequins last season and is well on the way to completing 100 appearances for the club. As an ambassador, he was warmly welcomed to the school and enjoyed a cup of tea with some freshly cooked cake served by some of our young people.

Thank you to Fairfax, “Building Young Futures”, a framed copy of the picture can be found in the entrance of the Vocational Unit.

Travelling Trends Fashion Show


Travelling Trends Fashion Show

On the 24th October, there will be a Fashion Show hosted at Farney Close by Travelling Trends to raise money for the school. The doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be free refreshments available and a raffle on the night. Tickets cost £6.00 per adult and £3.00 for under 16’s.

If you are interested in attending please contact the school on 01444 881811 to ensure you don’t miss out on getting a place.


Welcome Back

We hope you have all had a fun summer and are rested for the term ahead. Staff have been engaged in training for 3 days, are prepped and ready for the year ahead and looking forward to welcoming students back to Farney Close on Monday. 

Have a Great Summer!

We at Farney Close, would like to wish all of our students, staff and their families a wonderful summer. We have a number of staff working through the holidays and are very grateful for their efforts to get us ‘ship shape’ for the new academic year, but hope they get a little rest and sunshine too. May we take this opportunity to thank you and all of our strategic partners for your support during the year and in the year to come. We look forward to welcoming you back to Farney Close soon.

Anybody who is anybody……

BugsyMaloneLogoWhat a brilliant end to the term for all of us. The school production of Bugsy Malone was an absolute treat. Students had worked so very hard, ably led by Eimaer, supported by Vickie, Sue and a number of other staff. Our set and props elves in the form of Chris and Gerrard did an incredible job of transforming the stage a making another car to add to the Farney Fleet.

Our students performed exceptionally well and it was hugely rewarding for staff to receive such positive feedback from families about the fact that for some pupils this was the first time they have felt able to be part of a performance. Our heartfelt thanks, goes to all of the pupils and staff who worked so very hard to bring together a performance that will be the benchmark for us going forward. Well done everyone!


Work Experience Week

Work ExperienceOur year 10 pupils have had their first experience of the work place this week and have undertaken their work experience placements. Some pupils did their experience close to home and some from school as a base. Feedback from employers was generally very positive about our young people and the progress they made as part of a proper work force.

We are always impressed by just how mature some of our pupils can be when they are in a workplace and a number have received glowing references as a result. Our pupils have made a booklet of their placements which will be available to visitors soon.

Activity Week – What a Blast!!

Well another activity week has come and gone at Farney Close this week. All students in the School are offered a plethora of activities on and off site to enjoy. This year’s offer ranged from Off-site activities like camping, climbing, museum visits, birds of prey centres, to activity parks and a range of on-site activities including movie making.

Students were enthusiastic, responsible and great ambassadors for Farney Close School and feedback from our events and their experiences were overwhelmingly positive. Activity week is always a tiring but rewarding time and our thanks goes out to all of the staff that put in so much hard work to make it happen.

Activity Week

Exam Season Begins

It is hard to believe we are at exam season already. We have a number of pupils who have been studying vocational courses who have been compiling some evidence over the year. All pupils completing the GCSE courses in subjects will now have exams and have been supported by staff to prepare for them. Exams are stressful times for everyone, so please talk to us if your young person is struggling. All students that need adjustments such as a scribe or additional time have been properly registered and we hope this maximises their potential to show their very best. In the mean time our recommendations for everyone this exam season is, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg that helps keep us all functioning at our best.

Staff Changes at Farney Close


We are delighted to announce that Steve De Souza, who has been a long standing member of our care team, has recently been appointed to the role of Head of Care. Steve has a wealth of experience at Farney Close and an eye for detail. We really look forward to seeing our care provision move from strength to strength under Steve’s leadership.

In addition, the governing body have recently made the decision to add a Vice-Principal role into our leadership structure, to help with our capacity to drive our vision for the school forward even further. Due to this being a recent decision we have appointed Emily Hopkins-Hayes as an Interim Vice-Principal to work with us in the short term, in order to allow us to run a full round of recruitment in the autumn term. We expect to have our permanent Vice Principal in post from January 2020 and will keep up to date. Emily said “I am really excited to be supporting the team and young people at Farney Close School and look forward to some hard but rewarding work ahead.”

Sara Hack - Principal

sara I am proud and honoured to have been appointed as Principal at Farney Close School, as of the Summer term 2019. I move into this position having been Head of Care since 1998 and Acting Head since September 2018.

I am a registered Social Worker and take on the role of Principal with 37 years’ experience of working with young people experiencing Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH), in a school setting.

I am completely dedicated to Farney Close and the young people that attend our school. I look forward to working with a hugely committed staff team to ensure that Farney Close continues to provide high levels of academic and social education, with each young person having the opportunity and support to be able to achieve their potential.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Dear Parents/Carers,

I thought I would take this opportunity to announce that as of now we are now running the Duke of Edinburgh award at Farney Close School. This is a completely new experience for the young people that we work with. The award has 3 awards Bronze, Silver & Gold and is open to pupils from year nine upwards. We currently have five young people enrolled in the award for this academic year and will be looking to expand on this from September. We have also been very fortunate that the Duke of Edinburgh award have granted us a start-up fund which has been greatly appreciated and gives us the ability to purchase some much needed outdoor equipment relevant to the award. We look forward to sharing the successes of the young people that attend Farney Close in the near future.

For more information please see the below link:


David Rainsford-Holt

World Book Day

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2019

Great news World Book Day is looming (next Thursday just in case you forgot to highlight it in your diary!)
This year the English Department would like to enlist your help.

1. Can you select your favourite book (child friendly editions please) and select a passage from it to read to your class/ house on World Book Day. Please can you let either Trish, Kate or Carol have it with your favourite section highlighted to be printed out. Please e-mail Trish the slip below.

2. Everyone’s a Character |

Please can you come in Fancy Dress for the day or Props for those who are less inclined to indulge … so that it creates a surreal atmosphere where everyone is someone or something. BAH Humbugs included….
If stuck for ideas, please ask the English Department

Competition Time

Will you be the 2019 Winner of Best Character Award? (There will be one for pupils too)

3. Mystery Competition

Please complete slip below and e-mail to Trish asap – no later than Friday 1st March 3.30pm.
Each member of staff on the premises will be given a sticky label with the name of a book on it. Pupils and staff need to find out Who is each book.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Please reply (with the details below) to TE by Friday 1st March 2019.

Name :
Favourite Book:
Why do you like this book?



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School Open

Snow has gone and the school is open as normal.

Possible Snow !

I am sure that you will have seen the recent weather forecast stating that it is likely we will have extremely cold weather and possible snow fall during the next two weeks. We are expecting to keep the school open throughout this time but only if we have sufficient staff on site to do so. Obviously we need the staff in to look after the young people, feed them etc. We also need to ensure that the site is safe for us to move around.

Should I have to take the decision to close the school or reopen on Monday we will ensure that the website is kept up to date and endeavour to contact all parents/carers, taxi companies and transport co-ordinators. Thank you for your support with this.



 Fashion Show 8th February

 Fashion Show 8th February


Basketball Court Mural


HarpoArt is a street artist from Brighton, UK. People call him "the owl guy" from his signature owls on garage doors and shop shutters. He has also undertaken large projects in public playgrounds and within schools. Farney Close commissioned Harpo to design and decorate our newly reburbished Basket Ball Court. We are very pleased with the results.

Thank you Harpo.


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See our Activities Gallery page for larger images

Supporting Pudsey

Farney Close are supporting Children in Need at school this Friday (16th November 2018).


Temporary Email Problems



Please note that currently we are experiencing problems with our internet connection, so we cannot receive any emails and have not been able to since 4pm on Friday, 5th October.

If your enquiry is urgent, please do phone the office which is fully manned from 9am to 5pm during weekdays.

We will update this message once our systems are up and running again.


Welcome back to school (on the 5th !)

I hope that you all had a wonderful Summer, making the most of what has in the main been beautiful weather. We look forward to welcoming our pupils back on Wednesday 5th September from 8.30am onward. Our staff team will be in from Tuesday for a training day and staff will attempt to make contact with all parents and carers to see how your summers have been. We look forward to a busy term with lots of new pupils joining us whilst we make the most of the last throws of summer.

We made an exception to the rule last term, due to the extremely hot weather, and allowed pupils to wear shorts during the school day. As the weather is far cooler we expect all pupils to return to wearing trousers or skirts in line with our uniform policy. I would also ask that you ensure that your child returns with school shoe that fit them and are able to be polished. Thank you for your support with both of these issues.



Privacy Notice

The School Privacy Notice has been added to the website. You can view this document either on our 'Policies' page, or via the 'Privacy Notice' link on the right hand side of the main page.

This Privacy Notice sets out how we may obtain, use, process and store your personal information. and includes:

  • Making sure that information that we have on you is accurate
  • What data we collect about you, for what purpose and on what grounds we process it
  • How we collect your personal data
  • Who will we share your personal information with
  • How we keep your data and information secure
  • How long will we keep your data
  • What your legal rights in relation to the data and information that we keep on you are

School Closure

Good Afternoon Parents / Carers / Transport arranger’s / Taxi companies and Staff

It is with regret, that after what has already been a very disruptive week, we are having to make the decision that we are closing for the remainder of the week. This is obviously due to the weather forecast in place for the remainder of the week.

We cannot express enough how sorry we are that we have had to take the action that we have this week and look forward to opening on Monday morning as usual (weather dependant).


Henrik, Emma and Sara

School Closed


School closed today due to severe weather for all pupils .All staff due in if it is safe to travel.We will review this Thursday morning,please phone the school after 7.30 AM Thursday .Thank You for your support.


School closed today due to severe weather for all pupils and staff.We will review this Wednesday morning,please phone the school after 7.30 AM Wednesday .Please do not let your child travel in untill you have spoken to someone from the school,Thank You for your support.

Weather update

Good evening.

Thank you all for your support today. The weather has not been as expected and we continue to get very mixed forecasts for the weather overnight tonight. We unfortunately remain in the same position, regarding being unsure if staff will be able to travel into school safely in the morning to receive the children. With this in mind please do not let your child travel in until you have spoken to someone from the school. Our aim is to have the phones answered from 7.30am. For those pupils that attended today and as a result used up their taxi journeys for the week, we will attempt to transport if we are open.

Thank you

Henrik, Emma and Sara

Weather Update

Good Evening parents / Carers, taxi drivers, transport arrangers and staff.

Further to our communication with you on Friday. 

Due to the uncertainty of the severity of the impending winters storms we have decided, for the safety of our pupils and staff, to take the following steps:

  • Open on Monday as usual for those that can travel into school and home again the same day. We realise that this will depend on the ability for transport arrangers and taxis to agree to transport. We will look to transport local children home (within an hour of the school).
  • We will make a decision as to whether we are opening, based of the Met-Office forecast, on a day to day basis.
  • Our decision will be made by 6pm each day so please remember to check your inbox and our website. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but our pupils and staff safety is paramount.
The safety element refers to the ability to move around the site as well as traveling to and from Farney Close.

For those pupils unable to attend school we will post or email work home to them on Monday. 
Staff are expected to attend their normal shifts as long as it safe for them to travel.

We will attempt to have someone answering phones from 7.30am each day - until that time the phones will go to answer phone.

Thank you for your support with this.


Henrik, Emma and Sara 

Snow Coming !

Re. Local Weather Forecast

I am sure that you will have seen the recent weather forecast stating that it is likely we will have extremely cold weather and significant snow fall during the next two weeks. We are expecting to be able to keep the school open throughout this time but only if we have sufficient staff on site to do so. Obviously we need the staff in to look after the young people, feed them etc.

At this point the met office are pointing towards us having a significant snow fall Monday afternoon into Tuesday; this will mean that we will have to consider not opening on Monday as staff will not be able to travel safely into work Tuesday morning. Likewise, they are also saying we may get snowfall on Friday which may mean, if we have opened, we may need to close on Thursday. I am really sorry to be so vague about this but I am sure that you understand we can only respond to the information that is shared with us and that the safety of children and staff is paramount.    

Obviously weather forecasts change on an hour by hour basis so we will not make any decisions until later Sunday afternoon.  If we are not opening or opening late we will post a note on the message board on our website by 10pm Sunday. Please check the website before allowing your child to travel into school. Thank you for your support with this.

Kind Regards

Sara Hack
Head of Care

Measles Outbreaks in the News Again

measels poster

We have been asked to pass this information on by the Immunisation TeamSussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Below is a pack of leaflets and information (various languages) for your information.

Measles Information Pack


Christmas Timetable


Farney Close would like to wish all pupils (past and present), parents, carers and all parties involved with the school a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

 For present pupils here is a reminder of the week ahead:

Monday 18th December

Christmas Jumper day – swap your school sweatshirt for a Christmas Jumper in aid of the charity we support (Ankoma).

  • Usual school day until 3pm
  • 3pm – Carol Service

Tuesday 19th December

  • Usual school day until 12
  • 12 – All pupils to Houses
  • 12.30 – Christmas Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Break
  • 2pm – Afternoon Activities with Education Staff (no break)
  • 4pm – Back to Houses
  • Tea on Houses
  • 7pm - House decoration judging with Sara, Jane and Lester.

Wednesday 20th December

  • 9.30am – Tutor time.
  • 10.30am – Parents / carers invited for coffee and mince pies. There will be a raffle and tombola before the Play takes place.
  • 11am – School Christmas Play (Parents/cares invited)
  • 12 – All pupils leave for Holiday either with parents, carers or in taxis.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Start of term.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child's play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys.


Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.
The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.

Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here:


Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)

Parents can also contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002

September 2017 Term

New academic Year 2017

Please note that pupils return to school on Wednesday 6th September

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