NACE Challenge Award

Felsted School is incredibly proud to have been credited with the NACE Challenge Award for excellence in provision for Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils. The award is given for sustaining high quality work by the whole school, teachers and governors, in challenging all pupils, especially those with high abilities, to achieve their best over the last four years.

Felsted Senior School joins the already twice accredited Felsted Preparatory School as one of only a small number of Independent Schools to achieve this prestigious award.

The award is given by NACE: the National Association for Able Children in Education, a leading national education organisation and registered charity established for over 30 years. 

NACE Chief Executive Sue Riley said: “Felsted School has worked hard to win the NACE Challenge Award status. It has shown itself to be committed to developing a school and providing an education where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be.”

Headmaster of Felsted Senior School, Mr Chris Townsend commented; “I am delighted that the outstanding work being done at Felsted has been recognised by the National Association for Able Children in Education. The encouraging comments show an acknowledgment of the impact for every child at the school.”


Assessors for the award were impressed by the strong leadership and management of provision which keeps the needs of more able learners at the forefront of the school’s work, supported effectively by governors. They judged the quality of the school’s work by observing lessons, interviewing the pupils, teachers, parents and governors and by looking at the pupils’ work. The accreditation was made on the basis of the high quality and commitment they saw across the school.


Academic Overview at Felsted