Located in the heart of the Essex countryside yet just a 15-minute drive from Stansted Aiport, Felsted School is a coeducational private boarding school that educates pupils between the ages of the 4 and 18. Founded in 1564, Felsted is one of the oldest schools in the country and this was formally celebrated in 2015 with a special visit by HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip. The school prepares learners for top UK universities through a challenging curriculum of GCSE core subjects, over 25 A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate. Thanks to the wide range of subjects on offer Felstedians construct an academic programme to suit their particular strengths and interests, and small classes, rigorous academic teaching and close monitoring give Felsted Sixth Formers the best chance of success in their chosen academic programme.
Among Felsted's impressive, modern facilities are the Hunt Theatre, the Music School, science laboratories, art and design studios and a board room for meetings as part of the economics course. Besides the gym, physical training facilities include a weight training room, cardio suite, squash courts, a core training area and a combat training room. Outside facilities include Cricket Nets, Hockey Astroturf, Grass tennis courts and a Forest School.
Sports and Arts
Sport inspires so many Felstedians, with teams and individuals competing regularly at school, regional and national level in all major sports. Indeed, Felsted has nurtured 18 Olympic athletes, more than 50 first-class cricketers and national representatives in a very wide range of other disciplines. Partnerships with professional clubs such as Saracens Rugby, Essex Cricket and Blue Hornets Hockey strengthen Felsted's sporting pathways, providing additional expertise in specialist areas.
Felsted has a reputation for drama productions of the very highest quality. Felsted's Hunt Theatre is technically equipped to the standard of any small professional theatre. Larger scale productions tend to be staged in the School's Grignon Hall, which can seat an audience of 400. Felsted boasts wonderful facilities to study Art as part of the curriculum, as an extra-curricular activity and a hobby,
The Good Schools Guide says 'You won't find many schools with a longer list of extracurricular options', and this is certainly true. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or the Combined Cadet Force both offer pupils the opportunity to develop qualities including self-reliance and leadership. There are also opportunities to participate in Model United Nations and Round Square Exchanges. There are many academic extension activities available, charity and fundraising events for the wider community, educational visits and inter-house competitions.
Dormitories and Student Life
Felsted School has eight boarding houses: six for boarders in Years 9 to Lower Sixth and two for Upper Sixth boarders. Each house offers unique environments for study and personal development, supported by a Housemaster or Housemistress (HM), Assistant HM, Resident Tutor, Matron and a Tutor team. Houses are lively and friendly places with either single or shared rooms, which are comfortably furnished. Younger students are accommodated in dormitories of between two and six.
The new girls' Follyfield House opened in 2014. Follyfield can accommodate 62 girls in a variety of rooms with 40 ensuite showers and toilets. It has spacious common rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, plus study and relaxation areas.
Location: Felsted, Essex
Estimated start date: beginning of September
Estimated end date: end of June / beginning of July
Eligibility: School entrance assessment, school report and Head interview. 5 'B' grades at GCSE for Lower 6th entry.
Sport and Music
University acceptances in previous years: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, King's London, Durham, Nottingham, Birmingham
% of students moving onto university: 92%
Nearest international airport: London Stansted (STN)