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Music, art and drama are given every chance to flourish, whether a pupil is gifted or not (plenty are). ‘They are all encouraged to give things a try,’ said a parent. Participation in music is encouraged and the majority of pupils play at least one instrument, several more than one. Art is taught in the old school laundry, which is well equipped with facilities for teaching in a variety of media. Without being highly selective, and despite the lure of local grammar schools, pupils do very well in exams with a solid cohort getting…

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What the school says...

Felsted School is an ideal size to ensure sensitive attention is paid to the needs of each individual child whilst still offering a broad curriculum and a fantastic range of facilities. Felstedians work hard to gain academic success and to become skilful in a wide range of extra-curricular pursuits. A Felsted education will also provide its pupils with the attributes needed for adult life. The virtues of tolerance and kindness and the ability to work hard and to contribute positively to society will be cultivated here as will self-confidence and intellectual curiosity. We want all pupils to achieve their individual best, both during their time at Felsted and in their adult lives. Felsted offers the International Baccalaureate in addition to A Levels and has recently opened a new state-of-the-art Music School.

Felsted has been a Global Member of the Round Square Organisation since 2010.

Felsted celebrated 450 years of outstanding education in 2014, one of only a handful of schools to reach this significant milestone. Indeed, so significant that Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Phillip joined the School for lunch and a special Anniversary Assembly to celebrate. All pupils also attended a special service at St.Paul's Cathedral in May, via a specially chartered train called The Felsted Flyer and enjoyed an historical pageant and family day for all the community, past and present, in May.

In June 2023 Felsted School won the TES Boarding School of the Year 2023 Award.
Felsted has partnerships and close connections with professional clubs, schools and organisations including; Saracens Rugby Club, Saracens Mavericks Netball, Blue Hornets Hockey Club, Sunrisers Cricket, Royal Docks Academy and the Junior Guildhall London.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.



Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Chris Townsend BA (Oxon) PGCE. Previously deputy head. Read classics at Oxford and, having also won three cricketing blues, had potential for a professional career in sport – ‘it was tempting, but I had already enjoyed playing top class cricket and was discovering the pleasure of teaching’. His first post at Dean Close (his old school) quickly led to his becoming a housemaster, which was followed by a stint at Stowe as head of boarding before joining Felsted as deputy head in 2010.

His appointment as head was greeted with wild rejoicings from both staff and pupils – they, and parents, speak highly of his approachable manner: ‘No airs and graces, he knows who we all are and greets the children by name.’ ‘Not at all aloof, he...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The ambition of the Learning Support Department is to support and to develop pupils' learning so that they can achieve their full potential within the curriculum. This will be achieved mainly through one to one and small group work with some assistance in individual lessons. Pupils' difficulties will vary and so the level and nature of support given will reflect this. Pupils who are dyslexic or have a specific learning difficulty will follow specially devised courses in order to meet their particular needs. Pupils are screened for learning difficulties and a register is kept up to date to ensure that teaching staff are aware of the needs of the pupils they are teaching. Individual Education Plans are produced to assist pupils. When appropriate, assessment occurs so that pupils can qualify for extra time in public exams if deemed necessary. It is hoped that pupils will increasingly take responsibility for their learning and make use of the support this department offers as and when they require it.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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