Felsted Sixth Form / Ages 16-18
Being involved in the education of young people is a real privilege; as is working in an environment like that of Felsted. Why? Because Felsted is a genuinely welcoming place, a community where aspiration is admired and individuality encouraged. We seek to develop young people who are kind, considerate and caring, with respect for themselves, and respect for others. We’ll expect you to do well, and the expectations are high, but they are set appropriately for each student as we want your education to be fun and enjoyable. That’s why we provide a huge range of opportunities for development outside the classroom to support the challenging and inspiring academic education. We also want you to recognise the great potential you have within, that will be realised through hard work, commitment and real passion.
“I can do it all at Felsted, combining my passions for debating and hockey with my academic work!”
Making a difference
A Felsted education is about more than exam preparation though; it’s also about preparing you to have an impact in life. Just as we seek to make a difference through the experiences that we will provide, we want you to understand that you have a responsibility to make a difference to the world on leaving Felsted.
When you leave school, you will face a very different world from the one that we see now, with an increasingly global society and a future workplace that we cannot easily predict. If you are to flourish fully in future life, development of character is vitally important: a can-do attitude, and a growth mindset; the so-called soft skills such as versatility, resilience and endeavour; the ability to empathise with, lead and serve others; the capacity to work effectively as part of a team. Academic success remains critical, and we expect you to do your best, combining aspiration and achievement in equal measure.
A rounded, holistic approach
At Felsted, we value emotional and social development as much as academic and intellectual development. From the moment that you join Felsted’s supportive and close-knit community, you will be nurtured and challenged. We take pride in knowing and valuing every student as an individual, stretching them, encouraging them, and appreciating them for every contribution that they make to the community. Characteristics such as compassion towards one’s peers or resilience through adversity are developed just as much as creative, academic or sporting prowess.
We believe that our rounded and holistic approach, supported by the global Round Square network to which we belong, is what will make a difference to your path through life. In return, we hope that you will also develop into someone who seeks to make a difference to the lives of others at school and in the wider world. Leadership, Service, Charity and Internationalism are core values here at Felsted.
“It’s just an amazing place - nurturing, crazily busy, inspiring. You get insane support from your friends and teachers. It has helped me become who I am and I am really happy with who I am.”
Bridging the gap
The Sixth Form is designed to bridge the gap between school and university. Everything is set up to allow you to focus on your studies and school commitments and to practice for university with the security of a safety net.
At the end of the Lower Sixth you’ll relinquish your responsibilities in the main Houses to join one of two Upper Sixth Houses for your final year of study: Garnetts for girls and Windsor’s for boys. Students tell us that these Houses are a real haven. Practically, they offer an ideal environment for independent study. You’ll be amongst your peers and have your own internet-equipped study-bedroom. There will be a strong staff team around you who understand your needs at this crucial stage. They’ll encourage you to spend as much time at school as possible so that you can take full advantage of the support and opportunities on offer.
Much of your success will be down to you, but staff will help you develop the skills you need for independent study, such as time management. If you know you work best in the morning, we’ll help you go to bed and rise early. If marimba practice or running keeps you sane, we’ll ensure it’s built into your day.
There’s also an emphasis on creating the good habits and self discipline that will serve you in later life, such as showing respect by being on time for appointments and getting up in time to eat breakfast.
The Sixth Form centre is the other focal point for Sixth Form life. As well as offering a mezzanine computer suite and desk areas for quiet study, there is a lounge and bar area for all-important relaxation. Here you’ll enjoy a full calendar of socials, quizzes, debates and other events organised by a student-led committee.
“Felsted provides the perfect environment to study. There are so many opportunities to expand your interests and learn new skills, providing much needed balance to academic life.”