Academic Overview

Whether your son or daughter becomes one of our Oxbridge candidates, or successfully achieves a much-strived-for C grade in end of year exams, you can be confident that he or she will have been stretched to achieve their personal potential.

Much of the academic challenge comes from within, from our relentless focus on a growth mindset, working hard and being the best you can be. This is summarised formally in the Senior School, in the qualities of our Philosophy of Learning – readiness, resilience, reflection, resourcefulness and responsibility – on which your child’s curriculum and learning experience will be founded. Our tutor system ensures that your child’s individual needs are constantly being met and reviewed, whether that’s through our Very Able Pupils’ programme or personalised learning support.

Mindful of the current pressures on young people, particularly in adolescence, academic challenge is accompanied by generous helpings of support, nurture and encouragement so that your child does not fall prey to the pitfalls of performance anxiety.

Felsted has been instrumental in our son's journey over the past few years, not just with his physical and academic achievements, but mental also. From a value added academic perspective, our son has gone from failed SATS in Year 7 to achieving A*’s, A’s and B’s in his GCSE’s, to actually doing A' Levels, something we never really thought he would be able to do. We do not underestimate the role that Felsted has played in this, who saw more in our son than academic achievement. But more than that is how his mental well-being has been supported, particularly as a boarder with Type 1 diabetes. We know that he has got to the end of Year 13 successfully due to all the support he has received, and this is a testimony to the school. When our sons joined Felsted we were told that there was something about the Felsted community, and for both our boys, in different ways, it has been a special place for them to have been. Thank you.