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Felsted Preparatory School
  • Felsted Preparatory School
    Braintree Road
    CM6 3JL
  • Head: Mr Simon James
  • T 01371 822610
  • F 01371 822617
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 13.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 491
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £10,335 - £20,295; Boarding £26,265 - £27,885 pa
  • Open days: Check school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Felsted School

What says..

Despite its size, this is a school with a sense of intimacy, probably due to the way buildings are assigned to one of the four ‘phases’ through which pupils move in their journey up the school. Drama is taught weekly and plenty take the extracurricular offering that leads to performance. Art, including textiles and pottery is taught in one of the two large art rooms, full of various enticing projects and works in progress – a favourite place for many. Sport centres on…

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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, Simon James BA PGCE (40s), whose degree is in history. Previously head of Chigwell Junior School and Rossall School, Lancashire. Prior to that, director of studies at King’s School, Chester, following various teaching posts at KS2. Has a warm and friendly manner with just the right amount of brisk cheerfulness to reassure and encourage pupils, without overdoing the heartiness. Has the build of an ex-rugby player (which he is) and impresses parents with his open door policy and general accessibility, ‘He is usually about at drop off time in the morning,’ and ‘is easy to approach,’ we heard. ‘He was so helpful when my daughter began at the school and I always felt able to speak to him,’ commented one parent. Respected for his firmness - ‘he doesn’t avoid straight talking...

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