Felsted is delighted to announce our best ever IB Diploma Programme results in 2018. This year Felsted once again achieved a 100% pass rate and improved our average point score to 35.5 out of a possible 45, 5.5 points above the world average. This result is equivalent to an average score of 2 A*s and an A grade at A Level and shows how well pupils have performed in these demanding examinations, based on an absolute world standard.
In all subjects, over 85% of results were graded at 5 points or above (the maximum is 7) and 61% of all results were graded at 6 points or above (seen as the equivalent of an A grade at A Level). Five students achieved scores of over 40 points which puts each of them in the top 6% worldwide.
Imogen Gander achieved 43 points and met her offer to read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge. Imogen, who has ambitions to be a Barrister after university, was an academic and music scholar at Felsted, and has been involved in every area of school life, including being involved in Model United Nations events and playing netball. Imogen also made her acting debut as Cosette in Felsted’s production of Les Misérables last year, having shown a great passion for music and singing throughout her time at both the Prep and Senior School. However, what makes her achievement even more commendable is that Imogen is still only 17, having studied above her natural year group since she joined Felsted.
I have loved taking part in the IB Diploma over the last two years. Not only has it allowed me to carry on with many of the subjects that I love, but it has enable me to build strong friendships with those from across the world, as we navigated a challenging, but rewarding programme.
Jana Stredanska, a full boarder from Slovakia, also achieved a world class 43 points, and will now go on to study Management and Spanish at King’s College London. A school prefect, Jana balanced her studies with a love of athletics, having previously won bronze in the Slovak High Jumping National Championships in 2015. Since joining Felsted she has also developed her public speaking skills in several competitions, as well as taking part in Felsted’s Model United Nations Conference.
Bethan Hudson Lund achieved 42 points and will go on to read Biological Sciences at Durham. Bethan, an academic and music scholar, balanced her final year of studies with a lead role in Felsted’s production of Les Misérables School Edition, wowing everybody with her performance as Eponine.
Imogen Gander / Jana Stredanska / Bethan Hudson-Lund
Anna Kloos, a full boarder from Germany, achieved a superb 41 points, achieving her offer to study Architecture at Manchester University. Remarkably, Anna is still only 16 years old, another top achiever to be studying a year above her natural year group at Felsted. During her final year of study, Anna joined many of her fellow Felstedians on a life changing trip to the Magic Bus Centre in Mumbai, one of Felsted’s charity partners, making a difference to the lives of street children during her time there.
Camilla Marzi, a full boarder from Italy, achieved 40 points and will study Law at Bristol. During her time at Felsted, Camilla entered into all areas of school life, including debating at the Felsted Model United Nations Conference. Reflecting on her time completing the IB Diploma Programme she said: ‘While completing the Diploma I learnt that challenging yourself is essential to grow and develop as a person. I really enjoyed my two years at Felsted and I am especially glad to have been able to choose challenging subjects and not easy options. This forced me to go beyond my comfort zone and develop new abilities’.
Deputy Head Girl, Ella-Rae Coleby, achieved 39 points to read Philosophy at Durham. An Academic Scholar, Ella-Rae fully embraced Felsted life, taking part in sports fixtures, being on the charity team and chairing the Felsted 2017 Model United Nations Conference.
One of Felsted’s highest scoring boys was Jan-Felix Heymann, a full boarder from Hamburg, who achieved 36 points to study Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Jan-Felix involved himself in Model United Nations events at Felsted, won the school Chess Competition this year and also played for the 2nd XI football team.
Anna Kloos / Camilla Marzi / Ella-Rae Coleby / Jan-Felix Heymann
“This is an outstanding set of results from a superb 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.”
Chris Townsend, Headmaster
- 94 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2017
- 35% of all grades were A* or A (an increase of 4% on 2016, despite the new reformed A Levels, which are supposed to be more difficult)
- 66% achieved A*-B and more than 87% of all grades were C or better
- The pass rate was higher than 99%
- 22 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 100% pass rate. If IB results are combined with A Level grades, the A*-B percentage is 73% overall, with 90% of all grades A*-C or the equivalent
- Many subjects achieved exceptional results; German, Physics, Latin and Further Maths all achieved 100% A*-B, with History, Government & Politics, Art & Design, Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Theatre Studies all achieving more than 75% A*-B grades
I am delighted to see so many outstanding results, reflecting the hard work of our students and teachers. As a result of these achievements, many Felstedians will be going off to the best universities around the world. Combining both our IB results with A Level grades, the A*-B grade percentage is 72% of all entries. With A Levels undergoing significant reform, there was always a slight concern that this year’s results would see a dip, but in fact, Felsted students have improved on their performance across the board. Congratulations to everyone who took exams at Felsted, and the very best wishes for your future studies or careers.
Chris Townsend, Headmaster.
Felsted’s top scorer was Luke Johnson, who gained three A*s in Business Studies, Maths and Further Maths, plus an A grade in Geography. Luke, an Academic Scholar, will be taking up his place at Deloitte’s, on their BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship Programme.
Bypassing university and leaping straight into a professional ‘earn-while-you-learn’ career, Luke will be a qualified accountant within five years. Luke balanced his studies at Felsted with playing football and squash.
Felsted’s top girls were Emily Butler and Katie Smith. Emily, an Academic Scholar, who also played for Felsted’s 1st hockey and netball teams, gained three A*s in PE, Psychology and Geography, exceeding her offer of AAA to read Geography at Exeter next year. Meanwhile, Katie gained an A* in Art, 2 As in Biology and Maths and a B in Chemistry, achieving her offer to study Biology at Bristol.
Luke Johnson & Katie Smith
Felsted’s Other Top achievers included:
Ugo Eze, a traditional boarder from Nigeria, gained an A* in Maths and three B grades in Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths, achieving his offer to read Maths at Exeter. Ugo enjoyed playing top rugby for the School.
Triplets Tom, Ben and Elicia Carrington all achieved their top offers. Tom gained an A* in History and Maths, plus an A grade in Economics to read History at Bristol. Ben achieved three A grades in Geography, Economics, Maths to read Economics and Finance at Edinburgh (where his older sister is also currently studying).
Both Tom and Ben were academic scholars, balancing their studies with playing 1st team hockey and football. Elicia, an Art Scholar gained an A* in Art and B grades in English and History of Art and will be going on to read Fine Art at Newcastle University. Indeed Elicia gained a perfect paper in one of her History of Art exams on Art and Architecture of 15th Century, following an inspirational field trip to Florence at Easter.
Angus Muir gained an impressive A* in Economics and Geography, with an A grade in Religious Studies. He achieved his offer to read International Relations at Edinburgh, but is hoping to defer entry until 2018, as he is currently working at St.Kevin’s School in Melbourne for a year. Angus, an Academic Scholar, enjoyed balancing his studies with playing first team hockey, alongside prefect duties.
Lara Peck gained an A* in Chemistry and Maths and an A grade in Physics. Lara was also an Academic and Sports Scholar at Felsted and captained the 1st XI hockey to the National Finals at the Olympic Park a few months ago. Lara has decided to take a Gap Year travelling to South America and gaining work experience, before applying to university next year.
Yifan Yao, a full boarder from China gained two A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, and an A grade in Chemistry. She achieved her offer to read Computer Science at University College, London.
Hannah Barratt achieved an A* in German and two A grades in Latin and French. As an Academic and Music Scholar, Hannah fully immersed herself into Felsted School life. Hannah is planning to take a year out to study abroad.
Matt Morley-Jacob gained an A* in Geography and A grades in Economics and Maths, achieving his offer to read Geography at Exeter University. Matt, an Academic Scholar, played 1st team hockey alongside captaining boy’s tennis. Alongside his team members, he reached the Aegon School’s Mixed National Finals two years in row.
Photo: Angus Muir / Lara Peck / Hannah Barratt / Matt Morley-Jacob
Felsted pupils have recorded more outstanding results in their GCSE exams, following on from excellent results in A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2017.
Among the standout performers were Shola Akindayini, Chloe Green, Peter Hipkin, James Austin, Matthew Hudson-Lund, Barnaby Stoner, Bertie Webster, Siosi Tameifuna, George Harvey, Amber Aitken, Harry Sturge, Bram Emsley and Silas Turner Jones. Many others also outperformed their predictions.
- 98 students took GCSEs in 2017
- 40% A* or A grades
- 71% A* to B grades
- 93% A* to C grades
- 96% achieved five A* to C grades
- 95% gained 5 A*-C including Maths and English
- The following departments gained over 85% A* to B grades: English Language, English Literature, Greek, Latin, Maths, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies
Felsted’s top performer was Shola Akindayini who gained ten A*s and two As. Shola has aspirations to study Medicine and will be studying A Levels at Felsted in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Latin. She balances her studies with a keen love of dance, performing in the Felsted Dance show earlier this year. Shola commented; “ I am so happy that my hard work has paid off, I couldn’t have done it without the support of all my teachers”.
Close behind were Chloe Green and Peter Hipkin, who gained 9 A*s and 2 A grades respectively. Chloe is also a keen musician and cricketer, playing Clarinet in the Felsted orchestra and reaching the national indoor cricket final at Lord’s with the Felsted U15s in 2016.
Chloe also has aspirations to study medicine and will be joining best friend Shola at Felsted Sixth Form to take A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Latin. Peter Hipkin gained a Felsted record in his Latin result; achieving a perfect 400/400 UMS score.
Peter aims to study History, Economics and Spanish at A Level, with a view to studying History at university. Peter particularly enjoys getting involved in Model United Nations at Felsted and balances his studies with playing hockey and cricket for the school.
Photo: Felsted’s top achievers (from left) Shola Akindayini, Peter Hipkin and Chloe Green
James Austin gained 8 A*s and 2 A grades. James, an academic scholar, balances his studies teaching junior cadets and playing 2nd team cricket for Felsted. He is also a member of the academic society and CCF. He will be staying at Felsted next year to study 4 A Levels in Economics, Government & Politics, French and Maths.
Matt Hudson-Lund achieved a clean sweep of A grades (7 A*s, and 3 As) and will be going on to study 4 A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Geography at Felsted. Matt balances his academic work with playing rugby and hockey for the school.
Barnaby Stoner achieved an awesome 7 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade, a superb achievement whilst being a member of the England U17 Hockey Performance Squad. Barnaby, a sports scholar, will be studying Maths, Economics and Geography A Levels from September.
Bertie Webster secured a whopping 7 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade and will be staying on at Felsted Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Design Technology. He has high aspirations to study either Engineering or Architecture at Cambridge and has been spending the summer setting up 'Aquaponics' (crayfish farming) on his family farm.
Siosi Tameifuna gained an impressive 6 A*s, 4 As and 1 B grade and will be spending her sixth form years studying in Hong Kong, where her family have just moved. Both Siosi and Shola studied Greek GCSE off timetable, securing an additional A* grade each for their academic portfolios. Siosi fully involved herself in Felsted School life, particularly in the music department where her beautiful voice was able to shine in many concerts throughout the year.
George Harvey secured 5 A*s, 4 As and 1 B grade. An academic scholar, George has a particular passion for Science and Design Technology, which he will be studying at Felsted from September (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology A Levels).
Amber Aitken gained 5 A*s, 3 As and a B grade. A sport scholar and natural linguist she is particularly happy to have secured A*s in French, Latin, Spanish and English. Amber is currently on Hockey Tour in South Africa, returning next week to start studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Felsted, majoring in Economics, Spanish and Sports Science whilst studying Maths, French and English at standard level.
Photo: Amber Aitken and Siosi Tameifuna
Harry Sturge gained 4 A*s and 7 A grades, a fantastic achievement considering his commitment to top level sport. Harry is a sports scholar at Felsted, playing for the 1st teams in rugby, cricket and hockey. However, it is at rugby that he particularly excels, as an England Academy Player and member of the Saracens U18 squad. He will be studying A Levels in Maths, Physics and DT at Felsted.
Bram Emsley achieved a clean sweep of As (4 A*s and 4As). Bram particularly enjoys playing bass guitar in the Felsted Funk Band and will be staying at Felsted to take A Levels in History, Maths and English Literature. He also enjoys cricket and rugby and is a member of the Felsted Academic society and CCF.
Silas Turner- Jones gained 3 A*s, 7 As and 1 B grade. Silas is on track to achieve his ambitions to study engineering at university as he has just secured a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. He will be taking A Levels in Maths, Physics and Design Technology.
There are some exceptional results this year, with 23 pupils achieving 7 or more A* and A grades, and 40% of all GCSE exams being graded at A or A*. English and Maths again excelled, with pass rates of 97% and 98% respectively, and 55 A* grades shared across these subjects. English Language, English Literature, Greek, Latin, Maths, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies all achieved more than 85% A*-B. 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 achieving these results.
Chris Townsend, Headmaster
League Tables 2017: Headmaster's Statement
I have received a few emails over the past few weeks regarding Felsted's position in the recently published GCSE Government performance league tables for all schools nationally. Last year we were delighted to find ourselves equal with Eton College on these league tables, but not quite so happy that this was because both our schools (and many others) were shown to be achieving 0% on the measure of pupils achieving 5 A*-C, including English and Maths. Please click here to read more