The Anthony Roper School is a Foundation school, serving both the local villages of Eynsford and Farningham and also attracting pupils from the surrounding areas of Swanley and West Kingsdown. The school is popular and has been oversubscribed for many years.
We aim to provide our children with a balanced and inspirational education, encouraging each child to reach his/her full potential and to experience and explore all possibilities. We strive to broaden their horizons and strengthen their self-belief. The aims of the school embody the philosophy of Equality of Education for all and this is reflected in the provision and curriculum.
We aim to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which every child can develop to their full potential those relevant skills, interests, abilities and attitudes appropriate to his or her needs, in accordance with the National Curriculum.
We are very proud, not only of our high academic standards, but also of our sporting success, our music and drama, our art and our design and technology. We pride ourselves on the nurture of self-esteem and self-confidence whilst developing individual talents.
We aim to develop perseverance, self-discipline, honesty and tolerance in all of our children and believe that education should be an active partnership between pupils, parents, the school and the wider community.
We hope that every child enjoys their time at Anthony Roper and leaves our school with confidence, equipped with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm that they will need to face their future challenges.
We opened on our current site in Eynsford in April 1973 replacing the former Farningham Church of England Primary School (built in 1873) and the Eynsford County Primary School (built in 1905).
Anthony Roper, Lord of the Manor of Farningham, died in 1597, aged 53. He left a legacy by ‘charitable purposes’ for the benefit of the people of Farningham, Eynsford, Crockenhill and Horton Kirby for all time. Anthony Roper was Sir Thomas More’s grandson and his name was chosen for our school as it is an important historical link between Eynsford and Farningham – the two communities that we mainly serve. The school badge incorporates a stag’s head,
representing a part of the Anthony Roper Coat of Arms. The Nursery unit was opened in 2011 and, although not part of the school, it is on the same grounds and therefore provides continuity for many children from 2 and a half years old until 11.