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Here you will learn all you need to know to survive at Farrow Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in England.


message 2: by Dark Angel (new)

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THE HISTORY OF FARROW ACADEMY

Before Farrow was a school, it was an enormous mansion first settled upon Count Arthur Farrow in 1386 as part of his wife's handsome dowry. Before that, it was in the keeping of Earl Henry Mannering. After being passed along to Arthur, it remained in the Farrow family for many generations, becoming their main place of residence in 1610.
The house eventually acquired the title of 'The Reaper's Palace' because of all of the deaths that occurred there. Not natural deaths, but strange and curious deaths. Docile horses turned on their masters and kicked them to death; seemingly loving husbands turned on their obedient wives and brutally carved out their hearts. After a total of 140 deaths, servants included, the house was turned into a school in the year 1889 by Philip Farrow. It was an all-boy school then.

Since then, the death rate has decreased, but still people die occasionally. In 1890, a group of malicious boys raped a frightened servant girl and locked her in a tiny cupboard, where she eventually died. Then, one by one, they all died horrifying deaths. Fifteen years later, two homosexual boys committed suicide together after the school learned of their relationship. Three years later, the sadistic headmaster snapped and murdered all of the 'naughty boys' in a gory spree, before being cut down himself by the English teacher.
That was the last death for many years. In 1960, the school was made co-educational. In 1965, a group of particularly naughty girls were slaughtered in the same manner the insane headmaster had murdered his victims. Little did anyone know, the killings were committed by the same man...or rather, his ghost. An inquiry was carried out, and the headmaster, Dominic, discovered the truth. The school was not only haunted by the ghost of the former sadistic headmaster, but by all those that had died there in the past.
People have continued to die every few years, murdered by ghosts, and the school has covered it up.
But Dawn's death was different...

DAWN FARROW

Daughter of current headmaster Jonathan Farrow and his wife Sybilla, twin sister to Queen Bee Elizabeth, Dawn was born disabled. Unable to speak, Dawn could see and hear, but could only respond through sign language, which she quickly learned. And, although she was very intelligent, she was always a few years behind when it came to emotional maturity. Sybilla feared that Dawn would embarrass them, that the other children would lead her into doing things that were anywhere from humiliating to the family to dangerous for Dawn, so she arranged to have Dawn enclosed in a wing of the school and given a garden of her own. Only certain people were allowed to see Dawn. Elizabeth was given primary care of her social life.
Elizabeth brought a few deaf students to interact with Dawn, as well as her own boyfriend, Lucas. On the night that Dawn died, she had left Lucas alone to read to Dawn. An hour later, Lucas ran to Dawn's father, explaining that Dawn had hit on him and he had rejected her. This had resulted in a show of physical strength from the fragile girl that none had ever thought her capable of, in which she pushed him out of the room and, using a hairpin, locked the door from the inside, before using objects to barricade herself inside. Jonathan told Lucas that they would wait to see if she moved the objects, and if she did not move them by the next day, they would enter the room by force. The next day, the objects were still there, so they entered by force...and found her hanging from her crystal chandelier.


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The It Girls

Ruled by Elizabeth, this group consists of her and her five inner circle of followers, and her outer circle of minions.

Her inner circle know everything about each other. Three years ago, they took a blood vow never to betray each other, lest they unleash the wrath of the spirits upon themselves. They swore especially never to betray Elizabeth. Her outer circle are not told her every secret, but are welcomed warmly by her whenever they greet her.

Elizabeth is known to be a good friend. However, she is also known to be a fierce enemy.

ELIZABETH'S RULES
She expects her followers to obey a set of rules. Most are for her inner circle but some are for her minions too. Should she find you worthy of her friendship, she will hand you a copy on a piece of paper with a golden border, the lettering printed in a swirling golden font that smells of roses.

You may not wear an outfit two days in a row. (Minions and inner circle)

You may not wear neon (Minions and inner circle)

Any potential boyfriends have to be introduced to me. Bring them to the Courtyard steps in the morning and I'll talk to them a while. If I approve, I'll invite them to sit with us at lunch. If I don't, I'll tell them it was nice to meet them. They need never know and you can reject them gently later. (inner circle)

I'll give you a necklace with your first initial on it. DO NOT lose it. I expect you to be wearing it always in my presence. (inner circle)

You can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week. (minions and inner circle).

On the anniversary of Dawn's death, we will wear all black every year, with white flowers as accessories in memorial. (inner circle and minions).

In the mornings, we will meet in the school Courtyard and sit on the steps. I will sit on the top step, the inner circle one step below me, and the minions on the step below them. NOBODY is allowed to claim the top step other than me. (minions and inner circle,)

We will sit at the table in the very centre of the Dining Hall at lunch (inner circle)

On Saturday night, we will have a sleepover in my bedroom. (inner circle).


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GHOSTS

The stronger a ghost is, the more they can interact with and influence the world around them. The weakest ghosts can only do small things, such as interacting with lightweight objects. Stronger ghosts can move heavier objects, while very strong ghosts can perform acts of possession and several tricks unique to them. The strongest ghosts can solidify their body for several hours at a time.

Here are several factors that will contribute to the strength of a ghost...
The way they died: stronger ghosts experience a violent or unjust death.
Unfinished business: if a ghost has unfinished business, it acts as a source of energy for them. The more urgent that business, the stronger the ghost. Equally, the more determined they are to complete it, the stronger the ghost.
Being seen by the living: It is like fuel to them. Those who are seen by the living gain strength from being recognised and believed in.
Being remembered: Spirits can gain strength from being remembered. Every time their story is told, their name whispered, it gives them strength.
How long they have been dead: the longer you have been dead, the stronger you become.
Feeding off the strength of the living: as ghosts become stronger, they develop the natural ability to drain strength from the living. Take too much repeatedly from the same individual and they will die themselves, though in order for this to happen, more than one ghost has to be taking energy from this person. It has happened several times, though usually accidentally. Most ghosts, however, naturally know how to use this ability and know not to take too much from one person. But taking the humans' strength gives strength to the ghost.


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Student Ages

The school takes students from year seven to thirteen.

Year seven -- 11-12 years old
Year eight -- 12-13 years old
Year nine -- 13-14 years old
Year ten -- 14-15 years old
Year eleven -- 15-16 years old
Year twelve -- 16-17 years old
Year thirteen -- 17-18 years old


message 6: by Dark Angel (last edited Jan 18, 2020 06:50PM) (new)

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Student Positions

Head Girl -- a year thirteen student
Head Boy -- a year thirteen student
Deputy Head Girl -- you reach eligibility in year ten. Must have exemplary qualities
Deputy Head Boy -- you reach eligibility in year ten. Must have exemplary qualities
Head of House -- you become eligible for this position when you reach year ten. This person can be a girl or a boy.
Prefects -- you become eligible for these positions when you reach year ten. There are ten altogether.


message 7: by Dark Angel (new)

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Houses

Farrow House -- the largest and most luxurious house, of which Elizabeth is the Head of House and Elena Carthridge is the House Mother. Each student has their own room, with the boys on the third floor, girls on the second, and communal areas on the first. Usually, the wealthiest and/or most popular students are placed in this house. There may be other factors that get a student placed in thous house, such as if they have a very juicy secret or a connection, good or bac, to the Farrows. This house has the most ghost activity, so true believers are naturally placed in this house.

Montague House: This house is named for the wife of one of the previous headmasters, Philip Farrow, whose wife's maiden name was Montague. As it also has the Romeo and Juliet reference, those who lean more towards the arts are usually placed in this house, unless there are other factors that might have them placed in another house. But generally, if you are known for being any type of artist, particularly an actor, this is the house for you. The drama teacher is the house parent. Again, boys are on the third floor, girls on the second, communal areas on the first.

Lambert House: Named for a close friend of the Farrows once upon a time (Connor Lambert) who was a famous sportsman back in his day, Lambert House is the house for all those who place sport above everything else. Unless there are any other factors that would get them placed in another house, this is the house for them.

Winchester House: Winchester House is named for a deceased cousin of the Farrows, Sir Henry Winchester, who was one of the greatest academics in England. If you are an academic yourself, you are almost certain to be placed here.


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SCHOOL RULES

There is no school uniform.

Boys are not permited in girls' rooms past 10pm and vice versa. If you are going to have a person of the opposite gender in your room, kindly let your house parent know and leave the door open so that it makes it easier for your house parent to check on you.

You may leave school grounds if you are not in class. However, on weekdays, we ask that you return to school by 8pm and be in your house by 10pm. On weekends, we ask that you return by 10pm and be in your house by 12pm.

In order for alcohol to be brought onto school grounds, the headmaster's permission must be given. It must be for a special event at which only students aged sixteen or over are attending, and only one glass each will be permitted. Nobody under the age of sixteen will be permitted to drink on school grounds under any circumstances.

No smoking on school grounds.

The use of drugs is strictly forbidden.

Bullying will not be tolerated. We have an anti-bullying policy which we take very seriously here.

NOTE: Though these are the school rules, your character can break as many of them as they wish.


message 9: by Aly (last edited Feb 10, 2020 07:20AM) (new)

Aly (poaly1998) | 145 comments Mod

TIMETABLE

Please click HERE to view the current Farrow Academy student timetable! This will be kept updated as more clubs and societies are added, and should help when choosing extracurriculars, as their dates and times will be noted.

You can also add your own student timetables to this doc! To add your own student timetables, the easiest method is to right-click the tab labelled Template and select Duplicate. This will create a new, blank version of the timetable which you can edit and rename to fit your character. If you are signed into a google account, you can also right-click on the tab for your character's timetable and select Protect Sheet, which will allow you to set it up so that no one can edit that particular sheet but you.

The general school timetable is as follows:


06:30 - 07:15 -- Morning Clubs
07:30 - 08:00 -- Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00 -- Tutor Period // Assembly

09:00 - 09:35 -- Period 1
09:40 - 10:15 -- Period 2
10:15 - 10:35 -- Break
10:40 - 11:15 -- Period 3
11:20 - 11:55 -- Period 4
11:55 - 12:30 -- First Lunch
12:30 - 13:15 -- Second Lunch
13:20 - 13:55 -- Period 5
14:00 - 14:30 -- Period 6
14:35 - 14:40 -- Pause
14:45 - 15:20 -- Period 7
15:25 - 16:00 -- Period 8

16:30 - 17:30 -- Afterschool Period 1
18:00 - 19:00 -- Afterschool Period 2
19:30 - 20:30 -- Afterschool Period 3
21:00 - 21:45 -- Afterschool Period 4

22:00 -- Weekday Final Curfew (in House)
22:00 - 22:30 -- Dinner
00:00 -- Weekend Final Curfew (in House)


* Tutor Periods are a time when students are registered by their tutors, and during which they can work on homework, or socialise with peers. On occasion, they may be replaced by a general school assembly.
* Pause is a 5-minute break between periods 6 and 7 designed to allow students time to return to their lockers, preventing them from carrying around books for four periods worth of lessons in one turn.
* Detentions are held during afterschool periods on Fridays. They are supervised by Prefects or Head Students, who volunteer their time each week, although each must oversee at least one double period session each term.

* On weekends, breakfast is served between 07:30 and 9:30.
* Students are permitted to prepare their own meals in their House kitchens during any free periods, regardless of set meal times.



message 10: by Aly (last edited Feb 13, 2020 12:03PM) (new)

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ACADEMICS

Since Farrow Academy is located in the United Kingdom, it follows the British schooling system, with GCSEs taken in Year 11, and A-Levels taken in Year 13.

Between Year 7 and Year 9, students take all core subjects, with a choice of one modern and one ancient language. Physical Education is also required.

Students begin preparation for their GCSE - the General Certificate of Secondary Education - in Year 10, and take their examination at the end of Year 11. The GCSE is made up of core subjects that all students must take, and electives. Physical Education is required, but not examined unless chosen as an additional elective.

Core Subjects:

English - english language & literature
Humanities - either history or geography (or both)
Language - any modern or ancient language
Mathematics
Sciences - biology, chemistry & physics


Electives:

Ancient Languages - additional classes may be taken separate to the core subject choice
Arts - art & design; design & technology; dance; drama; media studies; music
Business & Enterprise
Creative Writing
Humanities - ancient history; classical civilisation; philosophy; religious studies; sociology
Modern Language - additional classes may be taken separate to the core subject choice
Physical Education
Science & Technology - astronomy; computer science; engineering; geology; psychology


Between Year 12 and Year 13 - also known as Sixth Form - students study for their A-Levels. There are no required courses, but students must take a minimum of three elective subjects, and a maximum of five. One course may be dropped at the end of Year 12. Students take a mock examination at the end of Year 12, and their full examinations at the end of Year 13. Physical Education is optional throughout Sixth Form, and is not examined unless chosen as an elective.

A list of possible A-Level electives can be found HERE.

Exams and schoolwork are graded on an A* - U scale as follows:

Passing Grades:

A* - 80% - 100%
A - 70% - 79%
B - 60% - 69%
C - 50% - 59%
D - 40% - 49%
E - 30% - 39%

Failing Grades:

U - 0% - 29%


Current Professors:

(Year - 13)
Thistle Attaina - Anatomy
Maria Solac - Astronomy
Maria Solac - Chemistry
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Elaine Bonheur - Dance
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin
Cain Smith - Russian

(Year - 12)
Thistle Attaina - Anatomy
Maria Solac - Astronomy
Maria Solac - Chemistry
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Elaine Bonheur - Dance
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin
Cain Smith - Russian

(Year - 11)
Thistle Attaina - Anatomy
Maria Solac - Astronomy
Maria Solac - Chemistry
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Elaine Bonheur - Dance
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin
Cain Smith - Russian

(Year - 10)
Maria Solac - Chemistry
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Elaine Bonheur - Dance
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin
Cain Smith - Russian

(Year - 09)
Thistle Attaina - Biology
Maria Solac - Chemistry
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin

(Year - 08)
Thistle Attaina - Biology
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin

(Year - 07)
Thistle Attaina - Biology
Elena Carthridge - Creative Writing
Rowan Darkwoode - Latin






message 11: by Aly (last edited Feb 10, 2020 04:55AM) (new)

Aly (poaly1998) | 145 comments Mod

SCHOOL STAFF

Jonathan Farrow - Headmaster
Name - Deputy Head

Elena Carthridge - Farrow House Mother
Name - Lambert House Parent
Name - Montague House Parent
Name - Winchester House Parent

Support Staff

Name - School Doctor
Name - School Psychologist
Name - School Counselor

Name - Head Nurse
Name - Nurse
Name - Nurse
Name - Nurse


Service Staff


Name - Cook
Name - Caretaker
Name - Groundskeeper
Name - School Security
Name - School Security

(Farrow House)
Name - Cook
Name - Maid
Name - Maid
Name - Personal Maid to Elizabeth Farrow
Name - Personal Security to Elizabeth Farrow
Robert Bende - Personal Security to Maximilien Amereaux IV Denvers

(Lambert House)
Name - Cook
Name - Maid
Name - Maid
Name - Personal Maid to Student
Name - Personal Security to Student

(Montague House)
Name - Cook
Name - Maid
Name - Maid
Name - Personal Maid to Student
Name - Personal Security to Student

(Winchester House)
Name - Cook
Name - Maid
Name - Maid
Name - Personal Maid to Student
Name - Personal Security to Student


* Please note that students with personal service staff would pay an additional fee.




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