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 38 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 pupils gained an impressive set of A Level results, with 65% of all entries achieving A* to B grades and nearly 90% achieving A* to C grades, with a 99.5% pass rate. With the reform of A Levels, pupils have been faced with tougher exams this year, so it is particularly pleasing that so many students have confirmed their places at the country's top universities.
- 84 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2018
- 65% of all grades were A* to B
- Almost 90% of all grades were C or better
- The pass rate was higher than 99%
- 28 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 100% pass rate. If IB results are combined with A Level grades, the A*-B percentage is 74% overall
- Many subjects achieved exceptional results; Spanish, Government & Politics, Further Maths and Theatre Studies all achieved 100% A*-B, with Geography, History, Maths, Psychology and Religious Studies all achieving more than 75% A*-B grades
Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: “This is a very pleasing set of results, especially in a year when there has been a great deal of change to A Levels. They reflect a great deal of hard work from students and teachers, and I am very pleased to see so many Felsted pupils going off to the best universities around the world. If A Level and IB results are combined for this year group, almost three out of every four entries is graded at B or higher.
I am very proud of the hard work done by this outstanding group of young men and women. Congratulations to everyone who took exams at Felsted, and the very best wishes for your future studies or careers.”
Felsted’s top achiever was Alex Manson, who gained three A*s and one A grade in Economics, History, Maths and Psychology respectively, considerably overachieving his offer of a place to read History. He is now looking at an application to Oxbridge and Ivy League Universities next year. Alex, an academic scholar and boarder at Felsted, balanced his studies with playing 1st XV rugby.
Photo: Chris Townsend and Alex Manson
Will Barker, Felsted’s Head Boy, also overachieved his offer from Oxford, gaining three A*s and a B grade in Economics, History, Psychology and Maths respectively. He will be taking up his place to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. Will, aged 18 and a weekly boarder at Felsted, was both an academic and sports scholar, captaining the 1st XI rugby team and was recently awarded the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize in an essay competition run by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
Samuel Barratt also overachieved his offer to read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He gained two A*s and two A grades in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths respectively. An Academic, Music and DT scholar, Samuel truly made the most of his time at Felsted, including playing a lead role in the school’s recent production of Les Miserables (School Edition). Samuel had also succeeded in gaining a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship last year, which has allowed him to pursue his interest in nuclear science, attending many summer schools and conferences, supported by the Nuclear Institute.
Photo: Will Barker / Samuel Barratt
Felsted’s top scoring girls were Scarlett Coote, Megan Abbas, Poppy Timson and Chiara Rocker-Cook.
Head Girl Scarlett, gained an A* in English and two A grades in Classical Civilisation and History, and will be taking up a place to read Combined Honours in Social Sciences at Durham. An academic and drama scholar, Scarlett has performed in many Felsted drama productions over the years, including balancing her final year of study with the lead role of Fantine in Les Miserables (School Edition). She is also a keen netballer, playing for the Felsted 1st team and joining the team on their last New Zealand netball tour.
Megan Abbas gained an A* in Psychology and two A grades in Government and Politics and Classical Civilisation, exceeded her offer of AAA to read Social Sciences at University College London. Megan, a boarder at Felsted, also completed the EPQ (extended project qualification) looking at Psychopath behaviour and balanced her studies with a love of tennis.
Poppy Timson gained two A*s in PE and Psychology and a C in Biology, meeting her offer to read Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough. A sports Scholar, Poppy is a talented young cricket player, playing for the Felsted 1st team and 1st Essex Womens.
Chiara Rocker-Cook is delighted to have secured her place to read Medicine at the University of East Anglia. An academic scholar, Chiara’s ambition to become a doctor is firmly on track having gained A grades in Biology and Psychology and a B grade in Chemistry.
Photo: Scarlett Coote / Megan Abbas / Poppy Timson / Chiara Rocker-Cook
Other high achievers included:
- Tom Beale, who achieved one A* and two A grades in Religious Studies, Economics and Geography to secure his place to read Geography at Durham University.
- Harry Raffan who achieved one A* and two A grades in Geography, French and Religious Studies and gained a place at Durham to study Philosophy and Theology
- Jeremy Salmon, who gained one A* and two A grades in Psychology, History and Maths to read Psychology at Durham University
- Luke Bury, who secured one A*, one A and one B grade in Physical Education, Biology and Chemistry to gain his first choice offer to read Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences at Exeter University.
- Peter Riddell, who gained one A*, one A grade and one B grade in English, Religious Studies and History to secure his place at Goldsmiths to study English Language and Creative Writing.
- Brock Holmes, achieved a clean sweep of three A grades in Business Studies, Economics and Psychology, securing his first choice place to read Business Economics at Leeds University.
Felsted pupils have recorded outstanding results in their GCSE exams this summer, following on from excellent results in A Levels and record results in the International Baccalaureate.
Headmaster, Mr Chris Townsend, comments: “There are some exceptional results this year, with several pupils achieving at least six GCSEs at grade 9, ten achieving a full set of 9 to 7 grades (the equivalent of A and A*) and 48% of all GCSE exams being graded at 9 to 7 (or equivalent).
English excelled, with a pass rate of 100% and 98% of all candidates achieving at least a 6. Drama, English Language, English Literature, History, Latin and Music all achieved more than 90% at grade 6 or above, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology just below that mark.
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. In a year when there has been so much change to the GCSE examinations, both in grading, content and style of question, this is a seriously impressive achievement from an excellent group of students.”
- 98 students took GCSEs this summer
- 48% achieved grade 9 to 7
- 97% pass rate (grade 9 to 4)
- 98% achieved five GCSEs grade 9 to 4
- 95% gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 including Maths and English
- The following departments gained over 90% 9 to 6 grades: Drama, English Language, English Literature, History, Latin and Music
Felsted’s top scorer was Emma Jones, who achieved an outstanding nine grade 9s and an A*, one of only 454 girls in the country to achieve this clean sweep. She will be studying A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Felsted Sixth Form this September. An Academic and Sports Scholar, Emma is a talented young cricketer, who was part of Felsted’s National winning teams both indoor and outdoor last year. She was also invited to play for Hong Kong Women this summer but turned it down to focus on her England aspirations. She is currently a member of the Surrey Stars Development Squad and the Essex Under 17 team.
Photo: Chris Townsend & Emma Jones
Fenella Alexander achieved nine grade 9s and one grade 8. An Academic and Drama scholar, Fenella has been involved with all aspects of Felsted School life, including taking on a starring role in Felsted’s performance of ‘Les Miserables (School Edition)’ last year. She will be staying at Felsted to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma in French, History, Chemistry, Latin, English and Maths.
Sarah Blanc achieved seven grade 9s and three grade 8s. An Academic scholar, Sarah balances her studies playing hockey and tennis. She is also a talented young dancer, performing in the Town Hall Theatre in Times Square, New York this summer. She will be staying at Felsted to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma in French, Economics, Biology and Psychology, English and Maths.
David Townsend achieved seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and one grade 7 and will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in Government and Politics, Maths, Biology and Chemistry. An academic scholar, David combines his studies with a love of cricket and rugby, and is hoping to go on to study Veterinary Science.
Sam Maurer, a full boarder and international scholar from Switzerland, achieved seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and an A* and will be staying at Felsted to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma in German, Geography, Biology, Spanish, Maths and English. Sam enjoys playing rugby and squash at Felsted and also played a key role in the School’s recent production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Araminta Latham achieved six grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7. An Academic and Sports scholar, Araminta balances her studies with a love of tennis, hockey and netball, representing Felsted on hockey tour in South Africa and netball tour in Barbados over the past two years. She will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in Geography, Maths and Physical Education.
Photo: Sarah Blanc / Fenella Alexander / Araminta Latham / Sam Maurer
Felsted’s other top performers were:
Joshua Bird achieved five grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and an A* in music. An Academic and Music Scholar, Josh will be studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in German, Economics, Geography, Biology, Maths and English and hopes to go on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at university. Josh is involved in all areas of school life, playing for the 1st XI cricket and 1st XV rugby and as a talented pianist and saxophonist in the Felsted Jazz Band.
Tilly Atkinson achieved four grade 9s, four grade 8s and two grade 7s. An Academic scholar, Tilly will be going on to study A Levels in Geography, Psychology and Economics at Felsted next year as well as joining the annual trip to the Magic Bus headquarters in Mumbai, supporting one of Felsted’s partner charities.
Alfie Summers achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and a grade 6. An Academic scholar, Alfie is involved in many areas of Felsted life. A keen rugby and tennis player, Alfie plays for the Felsted 1st XI and also plays the drums. He will be studying A Levels in Economics, Maths and Physics at Felsted next year.
Elliot Smith achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, a grade 6 and an A* in Music. An Academic and Music scholar, Elliot is a drummer in the Felsted Funk and Jazz Bands. He will be studying A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Felsted next year and hopes to go on to study Medicine.
Oliver Butler achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and one grade 6. A Sports scholar, Oliver has enjoyed a great deal of sporting success, especially Rugby, being part of Saracens U16s and Essex Elite as well as playing Felsted 1st team rugby and tennis. He will be studying A Levels in Economics, Geography and History at Felsted next year.
Ben Rodley achieved three grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and A grades in Classical Civilisation and Music. A Music scholar, Ben is a keen guitarist and trumpeter, regularly performing with the Felsted Funk and Jazz bands, Ben is also an 'A team' rugby player. He will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in Economics, Geography and Maths.
Holly Earl achieved three grade 9s, five grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6. A sports scholar and aspiring Boxer with Box2Burn Chelmsford, Holly plays netball for both the Felsted 1st team and Chelmsford 3rd team. She also has a love of drama, performing in Felsted’s latest production of Les Miserables (School Edition). Holly will be staying at Felsted to study A Levels in Economics, Maths and Chemistry.
Photo: Elliot Smith / Tilly Atkinson / Ben Rodley / Holly Earl
Photo: David Townsend / Alfie Summers / Joshua Bird / Oliver Butler
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%).