Celebrating Felstedian Women in Science

In light of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February 2024, we’re celebrating some of the achievements of our current and former Felstedian women in science.


OF Professor Lucilla Poston CBE’s World Ranking

Professor Lucilla Poston CBE (m70-72) was ranked as one of the top female scientists in the world in 2023, according to Research.com.

Lucilla, who leads a research team in maternal and fetal health at Kings College London, was ranked against her ‘H-Index’ - a scholarly metric which analyses an individual’s scientific contribution according to their number of published papers. 

Mentioned in more than 700 publications (at the time of writing), Lucilla made the top 1,000 out of nearly 167,000 scientists worldwide. Nationally, she achieved a ranking of 63.

Lucilla was one of the first girls to attend Felsted in 1970 and has served as a school governor since 2021. She has been a special guest and contributor at a number of celebratory events including; the opening of our Girls’ House, Thorne, in 2010; Felsted’s Speech Day in 2012, where she was Guest of Honour; and in 2023, where she met with our MedSoc students to offer research insights, career advice, and a day in the life for our aspiring women in science at Guy’s and St Thomas’ campuses. A Felsted science laboratory is also named after her.


"The opportunities I have experienced, such as looking at stem cell research in London, have helped to open my eyes to science and inspired me to pursue a career in medicine,” Poppy H (U6) told us.

Similarly, Eva-Maria V told us: "My time at Felsted has increased my curiosity in the field of science due to the wide range of opportunities, such as visiting a research laboratory at King's College London, organised by Professor Poston. This has led me to apply to Biomedical Sciences at university."

Grace P intends to study Dentistry and told us the experience at the laboratory allowed her to "witness how the innovation of science is integrated into the daily practices of helping and caring for patients".

Felsted’s cohort of Sixth Form students undertaking a science subject (at A Level or IB) has 104 students this year: 68 girls and 46 boys.


OF Izzy Henricks Elected to National Honours Society

We were pleased to learn recently that Isabella (Izzy) Hendricks (tn18-20) was elected by Columbia University to be a member of the Junior Phi Beta Kappa - the United States’ oldest academic honours society representing the liberal arts and sciences.

We are excited to see what Izzy achieves next after completing her degree in Neuroscience.



Tell us about your achievements and milestones by emailing ofs@felsted.org