Support for Learning (SfL)

Our aims

The Support for Learning Department provides outstanding support to students at Felsted with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in order for them to be suitably challenged and fulfil their potential in a safe environment. Please provide relevant reports (Ed Psych, medical and school) to the Admissions Team when applying so we can assess if we can support your child. We can arrange meetings with our SfL Team as part of your admissions visit to discuss any relevant learning needs.

How do we do this?

  • We provide in class support where appropriate.
  • We teach in small groups of 3 or 4. Year 9 have lessons instead of studying a second Modern Foreign Language (4 lessons a fortnight). Year 10/11 opt for SfL and take one less GCSE (6 lessons a fortnight). Sixth Form have 4 individual lessons a fortnight with a specialist teacher. These lessons incur an additional charge.
  • We undertake psychometric testing to assess students for access arrangements for public examinations. This mainly involves extra time for those who qualify under the JCQ regulations.
  • We liaise with outside agencies where necessary.
  • We write IEPs (Individual Education Plans) for those students who have SfL lessons.
  • We provide prep support on a Tuesday afternoon between 15.30-16.30 and on Thursday evening between 19.00-18.30 in the SfL Department. 
  • We liaise with parents and teachers on a regular basis. Parents are invited in each term for a meeting to discuss their child’s progress. Tutors and Housemasters or Housemistresses are invited to these meetings too.

Contact Information

Mr Jeff Hipkin, Senior School, Head of Support for Learning

Mrs Georgina Clifford-Smith, Prep School, Head of Support for Learning & SENCO


My son has set his heart on studying on English at University; we think it is a testament to Felsted that you can turn a profoundly dyslexic child into an aspiring English undergraduate. Thank you for all the support you have given him over the years, his progress has been nothing short of phenomenal!