Very Able Pupils

Felsted‘s Very Able Pupils (VAPs) are given the scope and encouragement to challenge themselves beyond the regular curriculum.

Areas of particular talent are recognised and set out to increase the child‘s understanding and interest. VAPs are nurtured throughout the school by trained and experienced VAP co-ordinators and teachers to help each student achieve his or her full potential.

Stewart House Ages 4-6

Verbal / linguistic: Accelerated Reading Programme; school library; vocabulary and literacy challenges; lead roles in school productions; after-school Spanish lessons and drama club.

Spatial / visual: specialist Year 2 Art and DT teaching; digital photography and video work; national competitions; art holiday camps at Felsted and elsewhere.

Logical / mathematical: problem-solving activities; Maths investigations; Puzzle Solving and Challenge Week; Science Week; Investigations Week; VAP visits; Year 2 visit to Courtauld House Science labs.

Music / rhythmical: solos in concerts and plays (singing, acting and instrumental); recorder after-school club; Stewart House choir; LAMDA drama after-school club; one-to-one music instrument tuition.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: golf, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, jazz dance, football, tennis after-school clubs; links to Prep and outside sports clubs; Sports Day; swimming galas; sport holiday camps at Felsted and elsewhere.

Spiritual: circle times and assemblies; weekly assemblies with the School Chaplain; Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Concert and Easter Service in School Chapel; visiting speakers.

Leadership: Young Leaders‘ Programme in Year 2; fundraising; assemblies; Buddy System with Reception.

Ffrome Court Ages 7-8

Verbal / linguistic: show and tell in class and assemblies; solo and lead parts in Ffrome Court performances; Spanish Show; presentation using ICT; extension writing tasks; English Speaking Board Examinations; Accelerated reading programme.

Spatial / visual: take part in art exhibitions; work with a variety of media; Art and Design activities.

Logical / mathematical: Prep School Science VAPs visit; Year 3 visit Science Labs; Year 4 specialist Science teachers; Junior Science Club; chess for beginners and improvers; Year 4 critical skills lessons.

Musical / rhythmical: solos in concerts and plays; choir; string instrument lessons for all Year 3 pupils.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: specialist PE teachers; League Sports Day; swimming gala; after-school clubs.

Spiritual: fundraising days; participation in the Lent Challenge.

Leadership: Rising Stars leadership scheme; Buddy System with Years 2-3 and Years 3-4; circle times and assemblies; areas of responsibility, such as the school garden.

Cloisters Ages 9-10

Verbal / linguistic: goal to have a poem published; extension writing tasks in all subjects; aim for a Gold in the Year 6 Passport; Speech and Drama classes; lead roles in the Cloisters Play; perform in a Second Language; Accelerated Reading Programme.

Spatial / visual: Outstanding Talent Awards available for Art and Design Technology; Art and Design Technology extension lessons; VAP days; (master classes bring together VAPs from across the county).

Logical / mathematical: World Class Arena classes for Maths and Problem Solving; weekly Maths Puzzles (Maths Leaders play a key role in and preparing the Puzzle board); Critical Skills lessons; participation in 'The Mightiest of Minds National Chess Championship'; critical thinking exercises, logical problem exercises and graded Maths puzzles in Year 6 Passport; Tomorrow‘s Achievers events; Junior Science Club; Quiz Club.

Musical / rhythmical: lead roles in the Junior section of League Music; Chapel choir; Jazz band; practice and perform with Year 7 and 8 VAPs; national concerts; perform in FPS concerts and plays.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: Sports Academy; work with Year 7 and 8 VAPs; matches at regional and national level; individual sports coaching; lead Junior League events; Victor Ludorum shield at Sports Day; lead class warm-up.

Spiritual: Chapel readings; organise charity events; report on newspaper articles; take a role in League Chapel.

Leadership: initiate, plan and run a school event; Independence Challenges; lead and manage the Year 6 Passport; set an example as a True Felstedian.

Courtauld House Ages 11-12

Verbal / linguistic: National Poetry Competition; write for enewsletter; read and discuss Shakespearean plays / historical novels; lead role in cultural days, Green Team, school productions; taster lessons in Greek and Japanese; speech and drama classes; regional events and summer schools; book group discussions; MUN with Senior School.

Spatial / visual: enter national drawing and painting awards; exhibit work locally; attend Art, Design and Technology days at Felsted School; input into school displays; attend art activities and Scholarship classes; visit local and/or national galleries and report.

Logical / mathematical: participate in the World Class Arena classes for Maths, National Team Maths Challenge, National Maths Olympiad; weekly MENSA challenges and Academic Enrichment classes; work towards National BA Crest Bronze Award in Science and Engineering; help plan and organise FPS; National Science Week; QI Leadership programme; Quiz club.

Musical / rhythmical: lead role in League Music; perform in FPS concerts/plays; study theory to Grade 8; join the Chapel Choir, Jazz Band, Steel Band; practise and perform with Senior School; record / compose own music.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: Sports Academy; attend a core skills activity; lead role in skills sessions in games lessons; weekly matches at regional and national level; individual sports coaching; attend a Sports Master Class.

Spiritual: run Chapel services; take a key role in charity events; take part in debating teams; lead and develop.

Leadership: commitment to League; aim for a League position of responsibility; take part in Leadership weekends / days; initiate, plan and run own school events; formal leadership scheme.

Senior School Ages 13-15

Senior VAPs are responsible for their own learning through the Inspire & Challenge programme.

Verbal / linguistic: membership of The Roberts Society, which consists of an academic enrichment programme including lectures, seminars, competitions and educational trips; contribute to / edit student magazine 'Stedy On'; write for school enewsletter; take part in Model United Nations public speaking programme, regular theatre trips, house debating events, local school competitions, Houses of Parliament visit, trips abroad, language conversation classes, Greek club, annual Classics trip, Modern Foreign language plays, sustainability projects, regional events / summer schools and story writing competition; read History articles via 'Desk of Learning‘; develop analytical skills at the British Museum; take a lead role in school productions, speech and drama classes; suggested reading lists to extend learning.

Spatial / visual: national drawing and painting awards; aim to exhibit work locally; input into displays around the school; art activities and Scholarship classes; visit local and / or national galleries.

Logical / mathematical: take part in National Team Maths Challenge, National Maths Olympiad, Murder Mystery event; weekly Maths puzzles and challenges; work towards National BA Crest Silver Award in Science and Engineering; attend master classes.

Musical / rhythmical: take a lead role in House Music; perform in concerts and plays; study music theory; one-to-one musical instrument tuition; join the Chapel Choir and/or one of the many musical groups; record or compose own music; participate in music tours.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: take a lead role in House Sport and skills sessions in games lessons; attend Sports Academy sessions, a core skills activity; play weekly matches at regional and national level; individual sports coaching; attend a Sports Master Class and attend and / or help with sports summer camps.

Spiritual: run a Chapel service; take a key role in charity events; take part in debating teams.

Leadership: commit to House; aim for House position of responsibility; take part in Junior Leaders programme in Year 9 and choose between Combined Cadet Force or the Duke of Edinburgh‘s Award Scheme in Years 10 and 11; take part in the Apprentice Challenge; initiate, plan and run a school event.

Sixth Form Ages 16-18

Verbal / linguistic: membership of The Andrew Society, which includes lectures, seminars and preparation for Oxbridge applications; be part of the student committee that organises the annual Felsted Model United Nations event; take a lead role in school productions.

Spatial / visual: attend art activities and Scholarship classes; visit local and/or national galleries.

Logical / mathematical: work towards the National BA Crest Gold Award in Science and Engineering; opportunity to be an academic tutor for younger pupils; attend master class talks, including DNA structure, forensic science, accountancy, law and medicine; learn about dissection and teach peers.

Musical / rhythmical: take a lead role in musical and dramatic events in the school.

Bodily / kinaesthetic: take a lead role in sporting events and activities in the school.

Spiritual: take a key role in all spiritual events in the school.

Leadership: take a lead role in school events; set an example to peers and younger students; aim for a formal leadership role such as Prefect or Captain.

Every one of my teachers went above and beyond to make sure that I was being challenged academically, often giving up their free time to do so. An all-round education is important to Felsted and being able to balance my studies with sport and other extra-curricular activities meant that I was happier, more productive, and therefore more successful in the long-run

Eliz Peck - Former History student at Trinity College, Cambridge
Felsted '00-'14

The enthusiasm of the teachers at Felsted most certainly rubs off onto the students, making the experience of learning both fun and rewarding. The support I received throughout the process was brilliant, both from the Classics department and throughout the entire school.

Aidan Quinlan - Classics Student at Somerville College, Oxford
Felsted '13-'15