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  • Felsted Preparatory School
    Braintree Road
    CM6 3JL
  • Head: Mr Simon James
  • T 01371 822610
  • F 01371 822617
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 503
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £8,775 - £16,650; Boarding £21,585 - £22,620 pa
  • Open days: May, September/October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Felsted School

What says..

Parents here recoil at the thought of increased pressure and favour greater focus on individual educational plans, with the aim of ensuring maximum academic success - but not at the expense of other activities. Every pupil and parent we spoke to believes the balance is just right and we were impressed with the school’s commitment to that overused term, ‘holistic education.’ Indeed, Felsted claims one of the biggest co-curricular programmes in the country...

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What the school says...

Felsted Preparatory School is a lively, happy community set on a beautiful, rural campus on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. The school is succeeding in its aims to provide a high-quality education and a huge range of activities and experiences to inspire and challenge young Felstedians.

A brand new Pre-Preparatory building provides the ideal environment for our youngest pupils, with its own hall and large, bright classrooms, many of which open out onto a multi-sensory play space. Entry to the Pre-Prep is offered after registration, a meeting with the Headmistress or Head of Stewart House and a visit to the child's nursery in the term prior to entry

Entry to the Preparatory School at 7+ (Frome Court) and 11+ (Courtauld House) is by assessment, interview with the Headmistress and receipt of a confidential report from the child's previous school. Lord Riche Scholarships (Academic), Music Scholarships and Talent Awards are available at 11+, with bursaries offered on a means-tested basis. The vast majority of Felsted Preparatory school students progress to Felsted for their senior years.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Mr Simon James BA PGCE (40s), whose degree is in history. He moved from Chigwell Junior School, where he was also head, before which he was head of Rossall School, Lancashire. Prior to that, he was director of studies at Kings School, Chester, a post he took up following various teaching posts at key stage 2.

He’s relaxed, easy-going and chatty - definitely more of a ‘carrot’ than a ‘stick’ man, and with an open door policy for children, parents and staff alike. But don’t be fooled – despite his warm and cuddly exterior, this is a head that kids don’t want to disappoint and who is not afraid of being proactive when it comes to improving school processes and strategies. ‘He’s out and about every morning at...

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