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Felsted

Felsted School

Garde Ta Foy
Stebbing Road
Felsted
Essex
Saffron Walden
CM6 3LL
England

About this school

Felsted offers children 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 leading British boarding school education, plus offer day and a range of flexible boarding options to suit modern family life, with daily bus routes from across the region.

Felsted offers children 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 leading British boarding school education, plus offer day and a range of flexible boarding options to suit modern family life, with daily bus routes from across the region.

Founded in 1564, Felsted celebrated 50 years of co-education in 2020. We were also delighted to be shortlisted for TES Boarding School of the Year 2020. nIn May 2014, Felsted School was honoured with a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip. 

Felsted in a nutshell

  • A superb all round holistic education that develops the character of every child
  • A modern, global approach to learning, with a depth of heritage boasting 456 years as one of the oldest and finest schools in England
  • Small class sizes that cater for individual development. A broad curriculum, with exciting learning opportunities and stimulating, dynamic and supportive teachers. Choice of A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form
  • Outstanding facilities which include spacious playing fields, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two Astroturf pitches, two sports halls, a professionally managed gym, three squash courts, six netball courts, 25 tennis courts, a state-of-the art Music School, fully equipped Theatre and Performance Auditoria
  • Day, contemporary & full boarding options. Outstanding pastoral care in modern, homely day and boarding houses
  • Top university entry and work education programme
  • Leading co-curricular and leadership programmes. Established partnership with the Junior Guildhall School of Music
  • National sporting reputation. Partnerships with Essex Cricket, Saracens & Northampton Rugby, London Pulse & Saracens Mavericks Netball and Blue Hornets Hockey
  • Global Member of Round Square Organisation offering many international opportunities
School type
Independent
Education phase
All-through, Pre-Prep, Prep, Senior, Sixth
Ages
4 - 19
Boarding
Boarding, Day
Gender
Mixed
Religion
Church of England
Exit exams
GCSE, A-level, IB
Fee range (termly)
£3150.00-12495.00
School capacity
1100
Number of pupils
1060
Number of boys
607
Number of girls
453
Local authority
Essex
Inspector
ISI
Inspection report

About the Headmaster

Mr Chris Townsend

Felsted HM

Chris Townsend became the 28th Headmaster of Felsted School in September 2015, after serving five years as Deputy Head. Previously, Chris was Housemaster and Head of Boarding at Stowe. He grew up in Cheltenham and was educated at Dean Close, Cheltenham, before reading Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford. Chris began his teaching career back at Dean Close, where he ran a Day House, as well as being Master in charge of Cricket.

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Bursaries

Felsted has a long tradition of providing assistance with the cost of school fees to pupils whose families do not have the resources to cover the cost of their education, but who would gain great benefit from the educational experience that Felsted can offer.

Requests for financial support usually falls into one of the below four categories.

  1. Top-up Bursary: for applicants who have been awarded an Academic, Art, D&T, Drama, Music or Sport Scholarship, or a Mary Skill Award, but whose parents are unable to afford the full fees
  2. Open Bursary: for applicants whose families would otherwise be unable to consider the school due to their financial circumstances. Up to two open bursaries will be offered each year to day or boarding pupils entering Year 7, 9 and 12, who we consider will benefit most from the opportunity and who are in the greatest financial need. Up to 100% support is available dependent on financial means.
  3. Hardship Bursary: for existing pupils where an unforeseen change in parent circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting the full fees, and would otherwise result in the child being withdrawn part way through an academic stage of a Felsted education. 
  4. Sibling Bursary: for families with four or more children in the School at the same time.

We welcome families from the Military (Forces) and Clergy and ask you to contact the Admissions team for details of any financial support that may be available.

All bursary applications are reviewed on a means-tested basis.

For further details and to apply for a Felsted Bursary, please read the Felsted Bursary Policy. If you require further clarification please contact Mr Andrew Clayton on 01371 822621 or bursar@felsted.org.

Academic scholarships
All rounder awards
Art scholarships
Choral scholarships
Design scholarships
Drama scholarships
Music scholarships
Science/Technology scholarships
Sport scholarships
Sixth form scholarships
Clergy scholarships
H M Forces scholarships
Bursaries for new entrants
Hardship awards for existing pupils
Lump sum payment discounts

History

Felsted School was founded in 1564, as a Grammar School by Richard Lord Riche who lived at Leez Priory. Lord Riche was by then an old man, approaching seventy, but at the peak of his career he had been Lord Chancellor under King Edward VI. Lord Riche endowed the foundation with land in Essex, a farm on Moreton, the rectories of Matching, Braintree and Broomfield, as well as land in Felsted itself.

When Lord Riche died in 1567, his burial in Felsted Church was organised by three Heralds and attended by 100 Knights and Gentlemen as well as 300 Yeomen on horseback, all dressed in black. Originally the school was housed in the centre of the village of Felsted in a converted Guild Hall with shops on the ground floor. This building is still used by the school today, currently as the Prep School Music Department.

The Riches governed the school till the male line died out in 1673. The last three Schoolmasters they appointed - George Manning (1567-1627), Martin Holbeach (1627-1649) and Christopher Glasscock (1650-1690) - gave Felsted School national fame. Manning refurnished the schoolroom, started the library and left his successor a full school of over a hundred boys. Holbeach, a leading puritan, taught Oliver Cromwell's four sons, as well as the future mathematicians and divines, John Wallis and Isaac Barrow, in addition to Christopher Glasscock, his successor. Glasscock himself sent an average of three boys a year to Cambridge and taught William Byrd of Westover, Virginia.

Further information about our History can be found here: https://www.felsted.org/about-felsted/history-and-archives

 

Testimonials

Parent

Thank you all for the support and encouragement you’ve given our son. His progress over his years at Felsted has been nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve always has faith in his potential, but turning that potential into achievement is a testament to the expertise of the Felsted teaching team. He has tremendously grown in confidence and relishes the many, many opportunities he has. No other school could have done better. Thank you.

Parent

We would like to thank the entire Felsted staff who have been nothing but exceptional throughout our interactions, be it in person at the school or remotely via phone and email.  Our experience confirms our believe that Felsted is one of the leading schools in Britain and a place where students can thrive.

Parent

I have never seen Harriet so dedicated to her academic work as she was at Felsted. you seem to be able to create an atmosphere where they want to do their best and self-motivate to achieve their goals and win at life.

Parent

We feel pride as Felsted continues to grow in reputation and recognition as one of the finest schools in the UK. We are all heartbroken to be leaving and we will miss our 'Felsted family'  

Pupil
An education that develops the character of every child.

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