Felsted offers boys and girls aged four to eighteen a first class all round education, based on a safe, rural 80 acre village campus in stunning North Essex, only one hour from London and Cambridge. We welcome students from all over the world to appreciate a British boarding school education, plus offer day and contemporary boarding options for our more local families, with daily bus routes from across the region.
About the school
Felsted is a leading day and boarding independent school based in a stunning village campus in North Essex. Founded in 1564 by Richard Lord Riche, who had been a Lord Chancellor under King Edward VI, Felsted today provides an exceptional holistic education to approximately 1100 boys and girls aged four to eighteen. We celebrated our 450th anniversary in 2014, one of only a handful of Schools in the country that have claimed this historic milestone. We employ more than 160 teachers and 440 operational staff in a community orientated environment, ensuring our pupils receive the very best in learning and co-curricular activities.
Felsted School has seen some excellent university offers for pupils this year, across a wide range of leading universities, with almost half from Russell Group Universities and three from Oxbridge.
24th February 2020 — Felsted School has seen some excellent university offers for pupils this year, across a wide range of leading universities, with almost half from Russell Group Universities and three from Oxbridge.
Felsted Careers and Higher Education Department supports each student with their individual career path, whether this be applying for appropriate higher education courses, or securing the relevant work experience through the Felsted network of parents and former pupils. The interests of this year's cohort are wide, with offers for over 150 different subjects ranging from the Humanities, Economics and the Sciences (Veterinary Science, Medicine & Psychology) through to Film Production, Fine Art and Graphic Design.
Felsted Year 13 students, who can study either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Felsted, have applied for a range of universities, the most popular choices include Exeter, Warwick, Nottingham, Loughborough, Bristol, Bath, KCL, UCL, Edinburgh, Reading and York.
Emma Jones, secured an offer to read Veterinary Medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Deputy Head Girl and a keen sportswomen, Emma is a member of the Felsted 1st hockey and cricket teams and was recently selected for the Surrey Stars Regional Development Centre as well as playing for Essex Women’s Cricket. Emma turned down the chance to represent Hong Kong last summer, as she hopes one day to break into the England Cricket team. She is also a member of the Felsted media team, Combined Cadet Force and is currently completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma student Dominic Wells holds an offer to study Law at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. Dominic throws himself into every area of school life from playing 2nd team rugby, winning the school’s annual public speaking competition, to being secretary general of this year’s Felsted Model United Nations Conference.
Charlotte Perry is delighted to have received an offer to study Classical Archeology and Ancient History at Somerville College, Oxford. A Felsted prefect, Charlotte is a member of the student-led media team and a founding member of the new Felsted Pride society.
Head Boy, Oliver Butler has four offers to read Politics and International Relations at Bath, Newcastle, Nottingham and Newcastle, whilst Head Girl, Annabel Hills has four offers to read Liberal Arts at Nottingham, Exeter, Leeds and Royal Holloway all of which have been reduced due to her excellent application and EPQ (extended project qualification) result, a qualification that has proved valuable for many Felstedians in their UCAS applications.
David Townsend has received two excellent offers from Nottingham University and the Royal Veterinary College to secure his ambition to become a vet. Jack Tristani and Karathia King have received offers from Durham University to read PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Physics respectively, whilst Charlotte Guild, Rory Aitken and Samuel Hart all have offers to read Fine Art, Business Economics & Finance and Architecture respectively at Loughborough University.
Ms Louise Scofield, Director of Professional Guidance comments; “Many offers have been either unconditional or adjusted very favourably due to the quality of the application, allowing students to achieve lower grades than the advertised entrance tariff.”
Some examples include Natasha Farrow and Francesca Mazzilli who both hold adjusted offers from Exeter to study Psychology and Henry Dean, a top hockey player, who holds a heavily adjusted offer to read History and Political Science at Birmingham University. Victoria Barker holds four really good offers to pursue her ambitions in Hospitality Management, including an excellent adjusted offer from Bournemouth University. Noah Herrmann, an IB student, holds a full unconditional offer from Westminster to study Business Management.
Some Felsted students have applied for some highly specialised subjects, including Cameron Ambrose, who is pursuing a place for the only Horology degree in the UK at Birmingham City University and Louis Taupin, who holds two unconditional offers to study different ESports courses at Staffordshire University.
Felsted School Rugby Players Selected for England U18
Three Felsted School rugby players, Samuel Bryan, Obinna Nkwocha and Tristan Smith, have been selected for the England Under 18 development camp, a camp that will determine final selection for the upcoming international fixtures against Scotland, France and Wales as well as the 6 Nations Festival against Wales, Scotland and Italy. Felsted is delighted that not only has the boys’ hard work been rewarded but also that they have the most boys attending from all schools across the country, alongside Wellington College and Beechen Cliff School.
20th February 2020 — Three Felsted School rugby players, Samuel Bryan, Obinna Nkwocha and Tristan Smith, have been selected for the England Under 18 development camp, a camp that will determine final selection for the upcoming international fixtures against Scotland, France and Wales as well as the 6 Nations Festival against Wales, Scotland and Italy. Felsted is delighted that not only has the boys’ hard work been rewarded but also that they have the most boys attending from all schools across the country, alongside Wellington College and Beechen Cliff School.
Playing for Felsted 1st XV rugby under the guidance of Andrew Le Chevalier, Director of Rugby, all three players also train with the Saracens U18 Rugby Academy. Andrew comments; “we have had boys reach these international heights in the past, but to have three from Felsted in one year is just fantastic!”.
Samuel Bryan, age 18, a weekly boarder from Chelmsford, already has experience of the U17 England development camp, where he played in two international matches as well as a summer tour to South Africa where he captained the side to a victory against France. He is the current Felsted 1st XV & 1st VII and Saracens U18 Academy Captain who has made his debut this season for Saracens Storm Senior team. Sam is studying A Levels in Geography, Business Studies and PE.
Obinna Nkwocha, age 17 and weekly boarder from Hornchurch, only joined Felsted last year, but has already made an impact on the field this season for the schools 1st XV, as well as being involved with Saracens U18 Academy where he has being making a big impact in their recent matches. Obinna is studying A Levels in Music, Economics and Business Studies, playing the piano alongside rugby to balance his academics.
Tristan Smith, age 18 and a weekly boarder from Notley, has played a major part in the success of the 1st XV for two seasons being the cornerstone of the pack as well as being involved with Saracens U18 Academy, where he has put in some outstanding performances. He joined Felsted in the Prep School and is studying A Levels in Business Studies, Design Technology and PE.
Rugby is a strong discipline at Felsted, with success at every level over the last few years. Overseen by former Wasps player Le Chevalier, the school currently holds partnerships with Saracens and Northampton Saints, helping build a pathway to success for current players at all levels. Many current pupils play for league academies including six at Saracens, four in the Lambs National Squad and four at Northampton Saints. There are also a number of former Felstedians playing at professional level including Max Malins and Ollie Stonham (Saracens & former England U18), Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints) and Rory Hutchinson who recently represented Scotland in the opening Six Nations game against Ireland.
Felsted School have continued their mission to make a difference both locally and across the globe by supporting four key charities chosen by the pupils. Felstedians took part in a sponsored 3 mile walk, raising £6,200 for Teach Uganda, The Felsted Mission, CHESS Homeless in Chelmsford and Young Minds.
3rd January 2020 — Felsted School have continued their mission to make a difference both locally and across the globe by supporting four key charities chosen by the pupils. Felstedians took part in a sponsored 3 mile walk, raising £6,200 for Teach Uganda, The Felsted Mission, CHESS Homeless in Chelmsford and Young Minds.
Year 12 member of the Felsted Charity Team, Vivian Beale comments; “The charity team were keen to do a sponsored walk for two main reasons. One was to have the opportunity to reflect on who we are fundraising for, walking in the footsteps of those who fight for access to education or shelter or those who struggle every day with their mental health. The other was to have as little negative impact as possible on the environment, aiming to leave behind nothing but footprints.”
Felsted’s student-led charity team chose the charities to support after ensuring that their help goes directly where it is most needed. In addition to fundraising, the charity team wants to make sure Felstedians have the opportunity to be actively involved with these four charities. At each checkpoint during the walk, QR codes were set up for pupils to visit the charity websites to learn more about those they were walking for.
Pupils regularly visit the Felsted Mission in the East End of London, helping in the night shelter and other community projects. There is also a trip next summer to Uganda where pupils will help out with further developments to Great Lakes High and Nyakabungo Primary School and will have the opportunity to meet the children they have sponsored through the Teach Uganda programme to finish their education.
With an established wellbeing programme at Felsted, including an onsite wellbeing centre, pupils are passionate about championing young people’s mental health and were keen to include Young Minds as one of the school’s new partner charities. They also wanted to choose a charity who did great work in the local community and they felt that CHESS Homeless was a fantastic example of this, with whom they hope to become actively involved in future projects.
Felsted Reaccredited with International School Award
Felsted School has been reaccredited with the British Council International School Award for the fourth time, in recognition of its outstanding work in international education, including links with partner schools overseas.
15th October 2019 — Felsted School has been reaccredited with the British Council International School Award for the fourth time, in recognition of its outstanding work in international education, including links with partner schools overseas.
Felsted welcomes students of all nationalities and routinely celebrates cultural diversity. Integrating international and UK students is an extremely important component of the School’s ethos and Felsted is one of only a small number of schools in the UK to be a member of the Round Square organisation, offering exchanges to and from such places as Australia, South America, South Africa and Europe.
One aspect of Felsted’s wider curriculum which really impressed judges was the ‘Building Bridges – Crossing Boarders’ project which saw pupils use the e-twinning platform to connect with a German school, who visited Felsted Prep School for three days earlier in the year. They took part in a carousel of activities including British baking, rehearsal of German and English songs, joint German and English lessons and a cultural trip to Cambridge. Another activity which judges were particularly impressed with was a wellbeing collaboration with an Indian partner school, where Felsted Prep School pupils conducted shared yoga and mindfulness sessions over Skype as part of their PSHE programme.
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “Felsted’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned this prestigious award. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”
The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop an international ethos embedded throughout the school. Felsted’s Early Years programme includes an ‘are we nearly there yet’ immersive travel experience where the children ‘fly’ to another country, designing their boarding pass, learning about the history and culture of the country and sampling the food! Meanwhile further up the school pupils take part in Model United Nations conferences hosted annually at Felsted and attended abroad, international assemblies, a weekly language café in the library, international themed lunch days and the option of studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma instead of A levels in the Sixth Form.
It was another strong year of IB Diploma results for Felsted with a 100% pass rate, maintaining a three year average of 34 points (equivalent to AAB at A Level).
Felsted International Summer School has also gone from strength to strength in numbers, giving students from 23 nationalities the opportunity to learn, share cultural experiences and make new friends during an intensive yet rewarding six-week programme.
Felsted School have been shortlisted for School Caterer of the Year (Self-Managed) by EDUcatering Magazine. The catering team, led by René Hauret, have introduced and overseen many initiatives to further improve the catering experience, including the introduction of different cuisines, the reduction of food waste, and the Felsted Bake Off competition.
15th October 2019 — Felsted School have been shortlisted for School Caterer of the Year (Self-Managed) by EDUcatering Magazine. The catering team, led by René Hauret, have introduced and overseen many initiatives to further improve the catering experience, including the introduction of different cuisines, the reduction of food waste, and the Felsted Bake Off competition.
The team have contributed to the wide variety of food offered at Felsted which includes a meat and vegetarian hot option, jacket potato and sweet potato station, pasta bar, salad bar, hot and cold desserts and fresh fruit served daily, whilst ensuring that all dietary requirements are catered for. There are also many new initiatives such as ‘International Food Day’, ‘Meat Free Tuesday’’ and ‘Street Food Thursday’ which are very popular among students and staff. Felsted catering team are also committed to using locally grown and environmentally sustainable food where possible.
The food waste initiative involved the catering team working alongside students to plan, monitor and review the food waste produced at Felsted and putting procedures in place to reduce it. This initiative helped reduce Felsted’s food waste by 27.7%.
Felsted Bake Off is now into its fourth successful year, creating healthy competition for all ages to get involved with cooking and baking. As part of this initiative, René created recipes to challenge and interest the teams. The competition also strengthened connections with the local community, with past guest judges including Patisserie Chef, Steve Tittle, from the Wood Tea Room in Felsted, and Emile Galvin, Chef and Front of House Manager at the Galvin Green Man in nearby Howe Street.
Rose Walker, General Services Manager at Felsted School comments; “René and his team’s contributions have strengthened the food service within the school and helped forge even stronger communications between the catering team, students and other Felsted staff.”
Felsted School Achieves Excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma Results
Felsted is delighted to announce continued strong performance in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Felsted once again achieved a 100% pass rate and maintained our three year average of 34 points, 5 points above the world average
18th July 2019 — Across all 174 individual subjects taken by the 29 students, more than three quarters of results were a Level 5 or better; this is seen as equivalent to a B grade at A level. 43% of examinations were awarded a Level 6 or 7, equivalent to an A or A* at A level. Five students secured 38 points or more, placing them in the top 10% of students globally.
Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: “There are many outstanding results among this excellent group of students. The IB is a very demanding, but hugely rewarding course that encourages those that study it to become academically inquisitive, socially aware, and globally literate. Thanks to these results, the students are well prepared for highly successful university careers. Thanks to the ethos and breadth of their education, they are well prepared to go out into the world and make a real difference. I would like to congratulate all the students and wish them every success in their futures.”
Felsted’s top performer was Olga Adhikari, age 17, a full boarder from Poland, who achieved a world class score of 43 out of a possible 45 points. She hopes this will secure her offer to read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Homerton College, Cambridge University. During her two years in Felsted’s Sixth Form, Olga inspired others in her commitment to environmental issues including food waste reduction, meat free meals and measures to reduce the use of single plastics - she managed to replace all plastic milk cartons at Felsted with glass milk bottles! Olga also gained huge experience editing the Felsted Politics Magazine and chairing the Environmental Committee at Felsted’s own Model United Nations Conference. She was also Vice Chair of the Felsted Round Square Conference held in 2018 and took an active part in a MUN Conference in Athens.
Lea Wolf, age 18 from Germany, gained 39 points, securing her academic scholarship to The American University in Paris to read International Business Administration (major) with Environmental Sciences/Global Communications (minor). As well as excelling in her studies, Lea contributed a great deal to an outstanding 1st XI Hockey squad, helping Felsted to reach the national quarter finals earlier this year.
Amber Aitken, 17, from Great Leighs achieved an excellent 38 points and will be going on to study International Business with French at the University of Birmingham in September. At Felsted since the age of four, Amber was Deputy Head Girl and a Sports Scholar, captaining the 1st XI to reach the final eight in the country earlier this year and helping the 1st VI tennis team to an unbeaten season this summer. She also gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year, a huge achievement for someone still at school and embraced many international opportunities at Felsted, not least going on an exchange to Colombia while in Year 10 and volunteering at Felsted’s International Summer School over three summers.
Jannik Ugelstad, age 19 from Norway, has secured his place at St Andrews University to read Economics & Philosophy by gaining 38 points. He hopes to begin in 2020 after completing his Military Service at home in Norway. Having never played rugby before Felsted, Jannik realised his ambition to learn and went on to represent Felsted in school matches. Jannik joined Felsted Sixth Form as a full boarder and comments; “all the teachers have been so supportive and I have enjoyed my experience at Felsted so much”
Josephine Molfino, age 18 from Japan, also scored 38 points, securing a Purple and Gold Scholarship to the University of Washington, where she is looking forward to securing her ambition to be a Doctor by majoring in Biochemistry. Josephine balanced her studies with playing 1st team badminton for Felsted, co-leading the Biosciences Society and being a member of the Andrew Academic Society.
The following students not only secured top results but also demonstrate the range of future career opportunities open to holders of the IB Diploma.
Anel Alpysbayeva, age 18 from Kazakhstan, secured 36 points and aims to go on to study Architecture at the University of California. Anel, a prefect, enjoyed taking part in Model United Nations events whilst at Felsted.
Fiona Bourlos-May, age 18 from Germany, secured 36 points. A keen artist, Fiona is hoping to secure some work placements in the field of Art to pursue her passion.
Tatiana Diakonova, age 18 from Russia, also gained 36 points and is going on to pursue her passion for Graphic Communication at Norwich University for the Arts. Tatiana participated in the Felsted Model United Nations and enjoyed taking a lead role in the Felsted Photography Club, taking pictures of key drama productions for school publications.
Marlene Hertenstein, age 18 from Germany secured 36 points and is planning to study Economic Law in Austria. Marlene was a school prefect with a passion for music taking part in many musical events at Felsted. She was also an active member of the Felsted Combined Cadet Force. She comments; "studying the IB definitely opened my eyes to many global issues, different cultures and different approaches to whatever challenge one might face.”
Hana Smart, age 18 from Bishop’s Stortford, gained 36 points and is heading to Loughborough to read Industrial Design and Technology. Hana enjoyed taking part in the Felsted Combined Cadet Force, the Felsted Steel Band, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (currently completing Gold) and representing the school in both hockey and tennis.
Ben Page, age 17 from Great Waltham, gained 35 points and will go on to study Biochemistry at Kings’ College London. He balanced his studies with playing badminton for the school.