Felsted is delighted to announce continued strong performance in the IB Diploma Programme in 2019. Felsted once again achieved a 100% pass rate and maintained our three year average of 34 points, 5 points above the world average.
Across all 174 individual subjects taken by the 29 students, more than three quarters of results were a Level 5 or better; this is seen as equivalent to a B grade at A level. 43% of examinations were awarded a Level 6 or 7, equivalent to an A or A* at A level. Five students secured 38 points or more, placing them in the top 10% of students globally.
Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: “There are many outstanding results among this excellent group of students. The IB is a very demanding, but hugely rewarding course that encourages those that study it to become academically inquisitive, socially aware, and globally literate. Thanks to these results, the students are well prepared for highly successful university careers. Thanks to the ethos and breadth of their education, they are well prepared to go out into the world and make a real difference. I would like to congratulate all the students and wish them every success in their futures.”
Felsted’s top performer was Olga Adhikari, age 17, a full boarder from Poland, who achieved a world class score of 43 out of a possible 45 points. She hopes this will secure her offer to read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Homerton College, Cambridge University. During her two years in Felsted’s Sixth Form, Olga inspired others in her commitment to environmental issues including food waste reduction, meat free meals and measures to reduce the use of single plastics - she managed to replace all plastic milk cartons at Felsted with glass milk bottles! Olga also gained huge experience editing the Felsted Politics Magazine and chairing the Environmental Committee at Felsted’s own Model United Nations Conference. She was also Vice Chair of the Felsted Round Square Conference held in 2018 and took an active part in a MUN Conference in Athens.
Lea Wolf, age 18 from Germany, gained 39 points, securing her academic scholarship to The American University in Paris to read International Business Administration (major) with Environmental Sciences/Global Communications (minor). As well as excelling in her studies, Lea contributed a great deal to an outstanding 1st XI Hockey squad, helping Felsted to reach the national quarter finals earlier this year.
Amber Aitken, 17, from Great Leighs achieved an excellent 39 points and will be going on to study International Business with French at the University of Birmingham in September. At Felsted since the age of four, Amber was Deputy Head Girl and a Sports Scholar, captaining the 1st XI to reach the final eight in the country earlier this year and helping the 1st VI tennis team to an unbeaten season this summer. She also gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year, a huge achievement for someone still at school and embraced many international opportunities at Felsted, not least going on an exchange to Colombia while in Year 10 and volunteering at Felsted’s International Summer School over three summers.
Amber Aitken / Lea Wolf
Jannik Ugelstad, age 19 from Norway, has secured his place at St Andrews University to read Economics & Philosophy by gaining 38 points. He hopes to begin in 2020 after completing his Military Service at home in Norway. Having never played rugby before Felsted, Jannik realised his ambition to learn and went on to represent Felsted in school matches. Jannik joined Felsted Sixth Form as a full boarder and comments; “all the teachers have been so supportive and I have enjoyed my experience at Felsted so much”
Josephine Molfino, age 18 from Japan, also scored 38 points, securing a Purple and Gold Scholarship to the University of Washington, where she is looking forward to securing her ambition to be a Doctor by majoring in Biochemistry. Josephine balanced her studies with playing 1st team badminton for Felsted, co-leading the Biosciences Society and being a member of the Andrew Academic Society.
Josephine Molfino / Jannik Ugelstad
The following students not only secured top results but also demonstrate the range of future career opportunities open to holders of the IB Diploma.
Anel Alpysbayeva, age 18 from Kazakhstan, secured 36 points and aims to go on to study Architecture at the University of California. Anel, a prefect, enjoyed taking part in Model United Nations events whilst at Felsted.
Fiona Bourlos-May, age 18 from Germany, secured 36 points. A keen artist, Fiona is hoping to secure some work placements in the field of Art to pursue her passion.
Tatiana Diakonova, age 18 from Russia, also gained 36 points and is going on to pursue her passion for Graphic Communication at Norwich University for the Arts.
Marlene Hertenstein, age 18 from Germany secured 36 points and is planning to study Economical Law in Austria. Marlene was a school prefect with a passion for music taking part in many musical events at Felsted. She was also an active member of the Felsted Combined Cadet Force. She comments; "studying the IB definitely opened my eyes to many global issues, different cultures and different approaches to whatever challenge one might face.”
Marlene Hertenstein / Fiona Bourlos-May / Anel Alpysbayeva
Hana Smart, age 18 from Bishop’s Stortford, gained 36 points and is heading to Loughborough to read Industrial Design and Technology. Hana enjoyed taking part in the Felsted Combined Cadet Force, the Felsted Steel Band, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (currently completing Gold) and representing the school in both hockey and tennis.
Ben Page, age 17 from Great Waltham, gained 35 points and will go on to study Biochemistry at Kings’ College London. He balanced his studies with playing badminton for the school.
Tatiana Diakonova / Hana Smart / Ben Page
Felsted School pupils gained a very impressive set of A Level results in 2019, with 82% achieving A* to C grades and a 99.6% pass rate.
- 92 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2019
- 82% of all grades were A* to C
- The pass rate was 99.6%
- 29 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 100% pass rate. If IB results are combined with A Level grades, the A*-B percentage is over 70%
- Many subjects achieved exceptional results; Latin and Italian achieved 100% A*/A, with History and Classical Civilisation achieving 100% A*-B and Politics more than 80% A*-B grades
- English Literature, Drama, Chemistry, Music and PE achieved 100% A*-C
Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: “This is a very encouraging set of results, being the result of a great deal of hard work from students and teachers. I am particularly pleased to see so many Felsted pupils going off to some of the best universities around the world, as well as to take up some very exciting apprenticeship opportunities. When A Level and IB results are combined for this year group, over 70% of entries are graded at B or higher.
I am very proud of the hard work done by this outstanding group of young men and women and am particularly pleased that two of our top achievers were supported by the school with full bursaries.
Congratulations to everyone who took exams at Felsted, and the very best wishes for your future studies or careers.”
Felsted’s top performing boy was Jack Huang, a full boarder from China. Jack scored an incredible 3 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, securing his place at Cambridge to read Mathematics. Jack, who hopes to become a professor, held the school’s prestigious Wallis Scholarship, named after former Felstedian and Mathematician, John Wallis, who is most famous for inventing the infinity symbol. The Wallis Scholarship is awarded annually to a pupil who shows great potential and passion in Maths and intends to study this at the highest level at university and beyond. Jack balanced his studies by playing badminton, one of Felsted’s many co-curricular activities.
Photo: Jack Huang / Shola Akindayini
Felsted’s top performing girl was Shola Akindayini, age 18 from Braintree. Shola achieved a clean sweep of 4 As, exceeding her offer to read Medicine at Edinburgh. A school prefect, Shola took advantage of many opportunities during her nine years at Felsted, including being an active member of the medical society and completing her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. She comments “I would like to thank all my teachers for their support throughout my time at Felsted and I am so happy that I am one step closer to my dream career in Medicine.”
Photo: Felsted students with George Masters - Senior Deputy Head
Head Boy Peter Hipkin, age 18 from Felsted, scored an impressive A* in History and 3 As in Economics, Latin and Spanish. Peter, an academic scholar at Felsted, will be taking up his first choice offer to read History at Durham. Peter was a 1st XI hockey player at Felsted and played a key role in the Model United Nations. Peter hopes to combine his passions for travel and work by pursuing a career in the Diplomatic Services.
Eric Xiao, age 18, a full boarder from China, also achieved 1 A* and 3As in Maths, Further Maths, Classical Civilisation and Physics respectively. Felsted was able to accomodate Eric in his unique combination of A Level subjects and provided the support needed in EAL (English as an Additional Language) to develop the essay writing skills required to pursue his passion for Classics. Eric will be accepting his offer to read Classical Studies at St Andrews.
Photo: Peter Hipkin / Eric Xiao
Matthew Hudson-Lund, age 18 from Wickham Bishops achieved A* A A, securing his first choice place at Durham University to read Geography. Matthew was a keen sportsman at Felsted playing for both the Hockey and Rugby teams whilst fully immersing himself in all areas of school life. Matthew was delighted with his results and is looking forward to celebrating on holiday with his family before moving to Durham in September.
Elliot Reeve, age 18 from Writtle, achieved an A* in English, and 2 As in German and History, to take up his first choice place at Exeter to read History and German. Elliott is a keen public speaker and secured first place in the school’s recent Upjohn Declamation public speaking competition. Elliott was also fully involved in Felsted’s Model United Nations and was Secretary General for the 2019 conference.
Photo: Matthew Hudson-Lund / Elliot Reeve
Our other top performers include:
Agne Pasvenskaite, age 18 from Grays, gained 3 As in Economics, History and Psychology to study History at King’s College London. Since joining Felsted in the Sixth Form, Agne has taken advantage of many opportunities at Felsted including joining the charity team on a life-changing trip to Uganda in 2018. She was also Head of House in Year 12, a peer counsellor and member of the History and Academic Societies.
James Austin, age 18 from Dunmow, gained 3 As in Economics, French and Maths to study Economics at Southampton. A school prefect and keen thespian, James took a lead role in Felsted’s production of Les Miserables (School Edition) in 2017 as well as playing for the Felsted Rugby and Football teams.
Photo: Agne Pasvenskaite / James Austin
Harry Sturge, age 18 from Chelmsford, has achieved 3 As in Mathematics, Physics and Design Technology and will be taking up his first choice offer to study Architecture at Bath. Harry, who has been at Felsted since Reception, is a sports scholar, school prefect and was Head of House in Year 12. A keen rugby player, Harry is an England Academy Player for Saracens and is also on the Felsted 1st team who have just returned from their Rugby tour to South Africa.
Jonathan Hoile, age 18 from Tillingham, achieved 3 As in Classical Civilisation, Government and Politics, and History. Jonathan, who has been at Felsted since Reception, has taken every opportunity Felsted has given him. Jonathan was a music and sports scholar, a member of the 1st XI cricket and hockey teams and represented both teams on tours to Australia and South Africa. Jonathan gained full cricket colours in 2019 as well as achieving Grade 8 in cello. He will be taking up his first choice offer to study Politics and International Studies at Warwick.
Photo: Harry Sturge / Jonathan Hoile
Head Girl, Sara Faraj-Dellipiani, a full boarder from Gibraltar gained 1 A*, 1 A and 1 B in Government and Politics, Business Studies and Spanish respectively. She will be taking up her offer to read Philosophy and Politics at Leeds and hopes to pursue a career in Human Rights.
Leo Wang, age 18, a full boarder from China, achieved an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics and will be going on to study Maths at Bristol next year.
Sara Faraj-Dellipiani / Leo Wang
These results follow on from a 100% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate Diploma earlier this summer. Across all 174 individual subjects taken by the 29 students, more than three quarters of results were a Level 5 or better. 43% of examinations were awarded a Level 6 or 7. Five students secured 38 points or more, placing them in the top 10% of students globally.
Felsted’s top IB performer was Olga Adhikari, 17, an international boarder from Poland, who achieved a world-class 43 out of a possible 45 points. This secured her offer from Cambridge to read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with Persian and Arabic.
Felsted pupils have recorded outstanding results in their GCSE exams this summer, following the excellent results in A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Headmaster, Chris Townsend, comments: “There are some exceptional results this year, with seven pupils achieving at least six GCSEs at grade 9, 18 pupils achieving a full set of 9 - 7 grades (the equivalent of A and A*) and 46% of all GCSE exams being graded at 9 - 7. Drama, English, Latin, Music and Religious Studies all achieved more than 80% at grade 6 or above.
Achieving these results requires a team effort from all the teaching staff, pastoral support, parental commitment, and of course, the hard work and determination of the students.
- 103 students took GCSEs this summer
- 46% of all entries were graded 9 - 7 (A*/A)
- 80% of all entries were graded 9 - 5 (A*-C)
- 95% of all entrants achieved five GCSEs grade 9 - 4
- 91% gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 - 4 including Maths and English
- 100% gained 9 - 8 in Latin
- Over 80% gained 9 - 6 grades in the following subjects: Drama, English, Latin, Music and Religious Studies
Emilia Mackenzie, from New Zealand, was Felsted’s top performer achieving an incredible nine 9s and an 8 grade in her GCSEs. What makes her achievement so impressive is that Emilia returned to New Zealand in January this year with her parents, and was supported over the next five months in her learning from afar, returning only to sit her exams this summer. At Felsted since Year 9, Emilia was an Academic Scholar, fully embracing academic life at Felsted, including being a member of the Roberts Academic Society and entering creative writing competitions. Half Polish, she will be studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in New Zealand before returning to the UK with the aim to study Engineering at Imperial College London.
“The amazing relationships I was able to build between myself and my teachers were unquestionably one of the main reasons behind my good results. The resources they gave me whilst distance learning were so useful.”
Felsted’s other top performers were:
Alexandra Crossey, a full boarder, gained an impressive seven 9s and three 8 grades. As an Academic and Music scholar, she has taken advantage of many opportunities at Felsted, performing in the School’s production of Les Misérables (School Edition), and playing the violin, piano and saxophone with the Felsted Orchestra and String Ensemble. She will be studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics in September, with ambitions to study Medicine at university.
Francesca Slater, a day pupil, achieved a remarkable seven 9s and two 8 grades. An Academic and Music Scholar, Frankie plays flute (at Diploma Level) in the School’s Orchestra, is an active member of the Steel Band as well as being a Lance Corporal in the Felsted Combined Cadet Force! Frankie is also a talented thespian, playing lead roles in Felsted productions and was chosen to join the National Youth Theatre on their Summer programme. She also completed a Round Square school exchange to Beijing in 2018, a challenging but unforgettable experience. Frankie will be studying the IB Diploma at Felsted in September, studying English, Music and Physics at higher level, and French, Maths and Philosophy at standard level, with future aspirations to study law.
Alexandra Crossey / Francesca Slater
Milly Adshead-Grant, a boarder, gained an impressive seven 9s and two 8 grades. An Academic Scholar, Milly is joint president of the Junior Academic Society and a member of the Medical Society. She will be studying the IB Diploma in September, taking Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level with the ambition to pursue a career in medicine. Milly enjoys balancing her studies with playing tennis.
Georgia Millar, a day girl, gained six grade 9s and four grade 8s. Georgia is an Academic Scholar and member of the Junior Academic Society. A talented rider, Georgia recently competed for the Felsted Riding Team at the NSEA Eventers Challenge Championships at Hickstead. She will be studying A Levels in Economics, Maths and History in September.
Milly Adshead-Grant / Georgia Millar
Henry Barker, a boarder, gained six 9s, three 8s and one 7 grade. An Academic and Music scholar, Henry plays grade 8 piano and is working towards his grade 8 in trumpet and guitar. An all-round performer, Henry is a member of the School Orchestra and Senior Chapel Choir and took a lead role in Felsted’s production of Les Misérables (School Edition), where he had the opportunity to travel to New York with the Drama Department last summer. He is also a keen rugby player, who recently joined the Felsted rugby team on a tour to South Africa. He will be taking A Levels in Maths, Economics, Psychology and Business Studies.
Holly Pilcher, a day pupil, achieved six grade 9s and three grade 8s. At Felsted since Reception, Holly is an Academic and Music Scholar, performing saxophone with the school Jazz Band as well as being an active member of the school Steel Band. With ambitions to become a vet, Holly is a member of the School Medical Society and will be taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Latin.
Henry Barker / Holly Pilcher
Elliott Gander, a day pupil, gained five grade 9s and five grade 8s. An Academic and Music scholar, Elliott performs with the school Jazz and Funk Bands on his electric guitar (grade 4) and acoustic guitar (grade 6). Joint president of the Junior Academic Society, Elliott will be taking A Levels in Maths, German, Geography and Physics, with a view to being an Actuary in the future.
Poppy Evans achieved five 9s and four 8 grades. An Art Scholar and a member of the Junior Academic Society, Poppy balances her studies with playing tennis, hockey and performing in the Felsted Steel Band. She is taking the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and came second in the Felsted Bake Off last year! Poppy, formerly a day pupil, will be boarder from September, studying A Levels in Art, Biology and Chemistry.
Elliott Gander / Poppy Evans
Jasmine Irvine-Scott, a day pupil, achieved four 9s, five 8s and one 7 grade. An Academic and Drama Scholar, Jasmine is a regular performer in School productions, recently cast as the lead role of young Cosette in Felsted production of Les Misérables (School Edition). She will be studying A Levels in English, Drama, History and Latin with ambitions to be a Journalist or TV Presenter.
Tom Conlon, a day pupil, achieved four 9s, four 8s and two 7 grades. An Academic Scholar, Tom took part in a Round Square Exchange to Landheim School in Germany last year, in addition to taking part in a Model United Nations Conference in the Hague. He will be taking A Levels in English, Government and Politics, History and Theology, Ethics and Philosophy in September, with a view to pursuing a career in Politics or Anthropology.
Jasmine Irvine-Scott / Tom Conlon
League Tables 2019: Headmaster's Statement
In January 2019, the Department for Education published their league tables for schools across England. These measure progress made across three levels: Primary, Secondary, and Sixth Form. Because we do not make our pupils take SATs, we do not have a score for Primary, and as we are doing some iGCSEs, alongside GCSEs, we do not have a score at Secondary level either.
The discussion over the relative merits of iGCSE and GCSE is perhaps for another post, but as I have pointed out in previous years, it puts us on an equal footing with Eton at the end of Year 11, because the iGCSE grades are not counted in these measures, and we both score 0% for five good GCSEs, including English and Maths (our real score is around 98%).