Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Day and boarding school for boys since 1939

Telephone02 6764 8600



Our school can help with enrolment queries throughout the year.

If you have a son in Year 5 who would like to attend Farrer in 2021 you MUST register him with the Selective Schools Unit between 8th October and 11th November. He will sit the test in March 2020.  Selective Schools Unit

Becoming a Farrer student

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School is unique; it is the only Government day and boarding agricultural selective high school for boys in Australia. Farrer offers a diverse range of educational opportunities in a rural setting, 10 kilometres from Tamworth.

Our open day is held each February, however, if you would like a personalised tour please contact our enrolments officer.  

Students in Years 9 – 11, we currently have a limited number of vacancies. For further information, and an application form, please contact our enrolments officer – Kerry Hussey on 02 6764 8607 or kerry.hussey@det.nsw.edu.au.

What does ‘Selective School’ mean and how does it work?

  • students wishing to attend Farrer in Year 7 will be required to sit the Selective Schools Test.
  • to sit the test you will need to register your son, when he is in Year 5, through The Selective Schools website.  This site will be open between 8th October and 11th November 2019 for registrations.
  • in March your son will sit the Selective Schools test. (Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you in February.)
  • during the first two weeks of July you will receive notification of his placement, or otherwise.
  • once your son has been accepted into Farrer an enrolment package will be posted to you during the last week of July.

We encourage you to visit the selective schools website as it contains useful information, including sample test papers, which will help prepare your son for the exam.

Download and view fees brochure 2020

Enrolment enquiry

If you would like further information regarding joining the ‘Farrer family’ please contact Kerry Hussey, our enrolments officer, on 02 6764 8607 or you can email Kerry at: kerry.hussey@det.nsw.edu.au.


Local enrolment area

Most schools have designated local enrolment areas. School Finder shows our local enrolment area. Note: local enrolment areas are subject to change.

How to enrol 

Contact us when you’re ready to enrol your child in our school. You may need to attend an interview with the principal. There you can discuss any medical conditions or other special circumstances before your child starts school. We may also complete a risk assessment on the enrolment.

For more information, visit:

Download an application to enrol (PDF 5.9MB).

The application form must be completed in English. However, a translated application to enrol may help you to fill out the form in English.

Temporary visas and international students

For information about eligibility and forms to complete, visit the Temporary Residents Program.

Non-local enrolments

As outlined in the department’s enrolment policy, our school may accept enrolments from outside our local enrolment area if places are available.

We will assess applications for non-local enrolment on a case-by-case basis.

Distance education

Distance education is an equity program for students who are geographically isolated or whose individual circumstances prevent them from regularly attending school. Students must meet one of the conditions in the Distance Education Enrolment Procedures to be eligible to access this program as a full-time student.

Distance education schools also provide single subjects for students in Years 9 to 12 to enhance curriculum choice. Please contact us for details.

For more information about educational opportunities in rural areas, visit Rural and distance education.