Prep Admissions (ages 7-12)

We understand what a big decision it is for you to choose the right school for your child. We aim to make the process as simple as possible and have a number of options below for you to get to know Felsted. Please also read through our admissions procedures for each entry point, found at the bottom of the page.

1. Open Mornings

You are welcome to join us for a Whole School Open Morning, which are held on a Saturday in May and September each year, where you will be able to hear our Headmaster speak, meet our teachers and be taken on a tour of the Prep School by one of our young Felstedians. If you have the energy, and recommended for those thinking of joining Year 7, you may also visit the Senior School afterwards and enjoy a delicious school lunch.


2. Taster Mornings

We host a number of taster days throughout the year for your child to get to know Felsted better. Your child will be able to sample a mixture of academic lessons and some of our co-curricular activities.


3. Individual Visit

Book an individual visit at your convenience to meet Headmaster, Mr Simon James and the appropriate Head of Phase, and enjoy a full tour of the Prep School by some of our young Felstedians. Please allow 1.5hrs for this visit.

Register with us

We encourage you to register with us by completing our Registration Form and fee as soon as you are ready; once we have this, you are then included on our list of applicants for the appropriate year and will be contacted for taster days and testing. Please contact the Admissions Office before registering for 2018 entry, to ensure we have places remaining.

We would like to make this process as smooth as possible for our prospective families, so please do contact us at any stage if you would like further clarification.

Admissions Registrar: Mrs Susan Godfrey
Address: Felsted School, Felsted, Essex CM6 3LL
Tel: 01371 822 611, Email:

Many schools claim to be child-centred, focusing on each individual across a wide ability range, but not all achieve it. Felsted does, providing a busy, bustling and largely fun environment, where the ethos is all about doing the very best you can and finding your key strengths.
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Admission Procedures

Ages 7 - 10 Entry (Frome Court and Cloisters)

For entry into Years 3 to 6, we encourage families to register their interest as soon as possible by contacting the Admissions Department for availability. Places can become available at different points in the year, so it is worth calling to discuss availability and to be placed on a waiting list, if required.

Following registration, all prospective students looking for entry into Years 3 to 6 are required to take an entry assessment, further details of which are available from the Admissions Department.

Age 11 Entry (Courtauld House)

Following registration, all prospective students are required to take our Standard Entry examination, which takes place in the December prior to entry. These examinations are taken in English (National Curriculum Level 4/5), Mathematics (National Curriculum Level 4/5) and Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning. An interview with the Headmaster and a confidential report from the child's current school are also required. International pupils applying for entry into years 7 and 8 are also required to complete the International writing assessment task, and for those whose mother tongue is not English, an online English test.

Once Standard Entry is gained, top candidates will be invited to apply for an Academic Scholarship, which will be held in the January prior to entry. Examinations are taken in English and Mathematics (of 11+ Grammar School standard) and practical Science (this tests logic and deduction more than scientific knowledge.) A scholarship interview with the Headmaster is also required.

Candidates who possess genuine musical promise in two or more instruments, which might include voice, may apply for a Music Scholarship following a Standard Entry offer. This examination is held in the January prior to entry. A prepared piece should be performed on each instrument and there will be sight and aural tests. As a guideline, the standard is Grade IV. A scholarship interview with the Headmaster is also required.

Candidates are invited to apply for a Mary Skill Award following a Standard Entry offer. These Awards are held in the January before entry. Candidates should possess a talent in academic subjects other than English, Mathematics and Science, or in areas such as Art, Design & Technology, Drama, ICT, Languages, Sport or any other hobby/interest that demonstrates commitment, skill, passion and genuine talent. Candidates will be required to present and discuss at interview with the Headmaster a portfolio of their work and achievements in up to three disciplines; they will also undertake a practical assessment. Applications should be supported by a reference from a School or Club. The School makes the final decision as to who should be awarded a Mary Skill Award.

All Scholarships and Mary Skill Awards may be supplemented by a means-tested bursary. Terms and conditions apply for all awards.