Our Aims and Objectives

  Farrowdale House is a highly successful Independent Preparatory School in Shaw. At Farrowdale House Independent Preparatory School, we aim to provide a modern education with traditional values for our pupils within an environment which fosters a family atmosphere. We nurture the potential, placing great emphasis on pupil wellbeing and educating the whole child.

To educate all our children in a secure and loving environment, working together to ensure that we provide the positive experiences of success that give confidence and motivation for forward, future learning.

 To develop a set of spiritual and moral values – honesty, tolerance, integrity, respect, and good judgement.

 To encourage children to become articulate and motivated learners through both independent and cooperative learning.

 To equip our children with the necessary life skills and experiences to become responsible, participating citizens.


Our School

Walking around our school, you will see that all our classrooms are comfortable and inviting. Happy and relaxed children are taught in small classes (approximately 15 children per year), where they receive individual attention whenever they feel they need it. Respectful, well-mannered children work together and support each other. Older children voluntarily look after the younger members of our school at break and lunchtime. From age 3 to 11 we are all under one roof, with every child taking part in whole-school activities together. In addition to the usual classroom facilities, Farrowdale has an ICT suite which is networked to classroom computers and interactive whiteboards with wi-fi access throughout the school. We also have a multi-purpose hall which has an original sprung maple polished floor making it ideal for PE and sports lessons. The hall’s domed acoustic ceiling makes it perfect for elocution, music and drama productions. Our choir also use the hall to rehearse which has served them well as they have been invited, year after year, to sing in Manchester Cathedral at Christmas, for charity.
Whilst we could tell you more and more about the school of which we are so proud, there is nothing like seeing things for yourself, so please come and visit us; we’ll be glad to show you around!

Early Birds

Children are welcome at school from 7.30 am at no extra charge.

After-school provision

We run an after school club each day until 5.30 pm. Children take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and are given a sandwich or healthy snack and drink. There is a charge for this service.

*A daily charge of £5 is made for children using the service up to 4.30pm

*A further £2 charge is levied for every subsequent 30mins from 4:30pm  until 5.30pm.

*All children must be picked up by 5.30pm


Both staff and specialists run a range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school. These include: choir, dance, netball, guitar, ukulele, football, jujitsu, and LAMDA. Some clubs are run by outside specialists incurring an additional fee.
At various points throughout the year we also hold a range of events when parents are welcome to share with us and celebrate their children’s success and achievements. These events include: concerts; talent show; sports’ afternoon; and other sporting activities. Children who take part in clubs both inside and outside of school have regular opportunities to showcase their talents at these events.

Classes also take part in a number of trips over the course of the year, plus a fun day out at year end which this year was to ‘Play’ for Early Years,  Eureka for Key Stage 1 and Blackpool zoo for Key Stage 2. In addition, there is a residential trip during spring term open to our Key Stage 2 children, this year they enjoyed an exciting week at PGL.