We’re proud to say that the school has won a number of awards, listed below.
This award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges, focusing on LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to combat HBTphobic bullying. (Homophobic, transphobic and biphopbic)
It is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that we work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in our care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members.
To achieve this, we have had to meet set standards in various areas, such as effective policies, skilled teachers and an inclusive curriculum as well as supportive governors.
Though perhaps the main benefit for the young people will be a dedicated pastoral support team.
Farney Close School was the first independent school to achieve the Healthy Schools Award, back in 2007. It covers four core themes that are particularly relevant to our work: PSHE (including drugs and sexual relationship education), Healthy Eating, Physical activity, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing (including bullying).
The Investor in Careers award recognises organisations that deliver the highest standards of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). At the moment, the school is one of only 12 in West Sussex to achieve the award and only the second special school to do so in the region.
Loraine Rigglesford, our former Head of Maths, was nominated for the prestigious National Teacher Award and managed to attain a brilliant third place in the Special Educational Needs category. This is a real accolade for Loraine and we are very proud of her achievement!