Felsted is the leading co-educational, independent, boarding and day school in the East of England. 991 pupils aged 4 to 18 – 521 in the Senior School and 470 in the Preparatory School - are currently on roll and the School’s main aim is to cater to the individual, bringing out the very best through a strong academic programme and a vast array of activities and opportunities that spark life-long passions. The school remains in the top 30 of International Baccalaureate schools in the UK according to best-schools.co.uk. Felsted is also a ‘Country Life Top 50 School’ and a ‘Tatler top 225 independent school’.
Felstedians are young people who are willing to apply themselves wholeheartedly to whatever they do and to meet challenges head-on. While at the School, they develop independence, confidence and self-belief through personalised learning programmes and co-curricular activities that inspire and stimulate. They leave Felsted self-assured and with a good understanding of the world around them and their place in it.
The school is set on a beautiful 80-acre rural site in the heart of an idyllic English village, yet 15 minutes from Stansted airport and within easy reach of the cultural centres of Cambridge and London. It was founded in 1564 and is made up of stunning Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as state-of-the-art modern facilities.
Felsted School’s principal goal is to provide an environment and ethos which enables young people to discover their varied talents and develop them to the best of their ability, whilst at the same time deriving from their daily challenges a sense of purpose, self-discipline, and respect for others.
Felsted Preparatory School & Pre-Preparatory Department
Felsted Senior School
- 521 Pupils
- 85% boarders 15% day pupils
- 8 Boarding Houses - 4 boys, 4 girls
- 2 Day Houses – 1 boy, 1 girl
- 240 Sixth Form Pupils – IB Diploma and Advanced Levels
Typical year group sizes are:
- Yr 9 - Yr 11 – approximately 90 each
- Lower Sixth - 126
- Upper Sixth - 110
In Year 9, pupils make no choice of subject other than either German or Spanish. The core subjects – Mathematics, the three Sciences, English, Classics/Latin and French – are taught in five sets based on ability with the Humanities and other subjects in mixed ability classes. All Year 9 pupils follow a PSHCE, an ICT and a Study Skills course. In Years 10 and 11, the core subjects remain setted with most pupils selecting four further optional subjects. There are very few sets which are greater than 20 and the typical class size is 16. Summer 2011 saw Felsted’s GCSE pupils achieving 40% A* and A grades.
In the Sixth Form the International Baccalaureate is offered alongside AS/A2 with about 25 of the Lower Sixth opting for this. The remainder of the Lower Sixth study four AS Levels along with a non-examined course in Complementary Studies. In the Upper Sixth most of the A Level students will study three subjects at A2 and 95% proceed to university. Summer 2011 saw Felsted’s Advanced Level students achieving a 97% pass rate and 32% achieving A* or A Grades. An average of 32.8 points was achieved by students that followed the IB Diploma Programme. Typical class sizes in the Sixth Form are about 10-12. The School follows a two-week timetable of 58 periods with each period being 55 minutes long.
There are nearly 70 members of Common Room, 40% of whom have been appointed during the last five years. There is an even cross-section of ages and of experience. The staff is fully engaged in the duties and opportunities which the boarding school environment offers. During the last five years members of the School have moved onto Headship and others have become Heads of Department either here or at other schools. Staff are encouraged to undertake exchanges and sabbaticals. The teacher-pupil ratio is currently 1:8.6.
SITE and FINANCES
There has been a continuous programme of development and expansion in recent years so that, today, the School has extremely good facilities. September 2008 saw the opening of a Sports Hall at the Preparatory School and a new Music School with concert hall, classrooms, practice rooms and office space at the Senior School. In recent years the Cromwell Centre and Courtauld Centre have also been built. The former provides a social area for pupils in Years 9 through to 11 and the latter provides 5 classrooms, 2 laboratories and a Computer Suite for Years 7 and 8. All the science laboratories have been refurbished in recent years, a second astro pitch laid, and a Modern Foreign Languages computer based VLE opened. In September 2005 a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre was opened which combines a study area upstairs with a social area downstairs. There are plans for the building of additional classrooms.
Most members of Common Room teach in their own classroom or laboratory. There are two fully equipped computer suites, one serving as a VLE in addition to the Language Suite. The well stocked School Library also contains a suite of PCs. There is an extensive School-wide intranet which is accessed by over 450 PCs. All classrooms contain a PC; all teaching areas possess data projectors, and all teaching areas now have at least one interactive whiteboard. A high proportion of pupils have laptops.
The Schools have a turnover of approximately £13 million p.a. and generate reasonable surpluses. Over £1 million p.a. is provided in scholarships and bursaries. The Schools are aware of the need to demonstrate Public Benefit and the Schools are reviewing their policy on the award of Scholarships and are increasingly making the facilities available to the public.
LATEST INSPECTION REPORT
An Outstanding Senior Ofsted Boarding and Welfare Report from June 2011 is available by clicking here
An Excellent Preparatory ISI Inspection Report from March 2011 is available by clicking here
An Outstanding Preparatory Ofsted Boarding and Welfare Report from December 2009 is available by clicking here
An Outstanding Ofsted Pre Preparatory Inspection Report for Early Years Provision from June 2008 is available by clicking here
An Excellent Senior ISI Inspection Report from December 2009 is available by clicking here
There are many out of lesson activities catering for pupils and members of Common Room are expected to participate in the running of these. Sport, Music, Art and Drama activities flourish and there are over thirty societies.
Academic Societies and Clubs
The School has a strong history of academic societies and extra-curricular activities which traditionally have been centred on a former manor house called The Bury. Most departments run academic societies and there is a range of meetings on Wednesday afternoons as part of the Academic Enrichment Programme. The Houses compete against each other in a large number of activities from chess to singing and from sports to general knowledge. Debating, Model United Nations and Public Speaking are particularly strong with pupils involved in many prestigious, external competitions; the Lord Upjohn Declamation is a high profile school competition judged by the Recorder of London. The Drake Society exists to challenge the more able pupils in Years 9-11 through a series on invited speakers and debates, while the Andrew Society is the meeting place of the most academic Sixth Form students and membership is by competitive interview. There is an Oxbridge Reading Party at the end of the Summer Term for the Lower Sixth along with a series of “Pudding Lectures” and supervisions. The termly Cromwell Lectures are a chance for all to hear prestigious speakers. There is an annual Arts Festival at the end of each Spring Term.
There are a number of School and visiting drama productions each year and large numbers of pupils and CR are involved in all areas of production. Felsted has its own TV editing facility and a studio theatre.
The Music Department offers opportunities for performers of all kinds, and CR are always welcome to participate in ensembles if they have an interest in singing or playing. The Senior School boasts a brass ensemble, jazz band, wind band, orchestra and a range of choirs. In recent years tours have been organized to Bermuda, Catalonia, Cyprus and USA and there are three weekly concerts during term time of which Music for a Summer’s Evening is the high-light.
Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
The School boasts one of the country’s oldest Combined Cadet Forces with Army and RAF Sections and competes with distinction in national competitions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is also thriving at Felsted, with pupils regularly achieving large numbers of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, one of the highest completion rates in the country. Small-bore shooting continues to thrive at Felsted and a number of pupils are selected for international honours every year.
Sport at Felsted plays a significant role for both the pupils and the Common Room. The school offers a range of sporting activities for the pupils to excel whether it is in the swimming pool or on the sports field. The major sports teams all tour on a regular basis. This success is mainly due to the effort and talent of the pupils at Felsted, however it would not be possible for us to extend these talents if it not for the help from the members of the Common Room.
The Common Room has many talented coaches and you will be actively encouraged and expected to lead a side or run an activity during your time at the school. Members of Common Room are also given the opportunity to attend coaching and umpiring courses to develop their knowledge, understanding and confidence with coaching. Felsted offers a wide variety of sporting activities; however, it is always possible to extend the programme to match the strengths and interests of a new member of Common Room.
The School excels in the major games and can boast numerous successes in recent years in Rugby, Hockey and Cricket. The Cricket 1st XI have won the 20/20 Independent Schools National Championship twice in recent years. The Hockey 1st XI has reached the National Finals on numerous occasions. The 1st XV Rugby has recently toured Italy. The success on the sports field does not overlook those whose talents lie elsewhere and the games programme offers the pupils to participate in Basketball, Football, Fitness, Golf, Squash, Swimming, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Tennis and Athletics.
The School’s sports programme offers an extensive range of sporting activities for girls. The four major sports are Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Rounders, while there are other options such as Aerobics, Swimming, Dance, Fitness, Badminton, Running and Squash if a girl’s talents lie elsewhere. The school has had much success in Hockey - U14 Essex Champions and U18 East of England champions. The U18s have reached the National Finals three times in recent years. Tennis is also very strong with the U15 girls reaching the Eastern Finals.
INDUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
There is a sharp focus on the professional needs of Common Room. A full induction programme is provided for all new members of Common Room. Newly Qualified Teachers are fully supported through the School’s mentoring system and can obtain Qualified Teacher Status after their first year. The Common Room enjoy up to date ICT facilities in their own mini computer suite in the Lord Riche Hall.
The school has a very generous INSET budget and members of Common Room are encouraged to extend their professional development through the attendance of courses. There is an effective biannual Professional Review system. The Summer Term for the Senior School finishes two and a half days before that of the Prep School with the time being used for whole school and department INSET.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
The aim of this policy is to safeguard our pupils’ welfare, by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. Felsted School fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect and support the pupils in school. There are three main elements to our Child Protection policy:
- Encouraging and maintaining a positive and caring school atmosphere with strong teaching and pastoral support to pupils so that all pupils feel valued and nurtured.
- Ensuring that all staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond sensitively and appropriately to Child Protection concerns.
- Supporting pupils who may have been abused and the staff who deal with them.