About Felsted

Felsted School

Felsted School offers boys and girls aged four to eighteen a first-class education, based on a safe, rural 90-acre village campus in stunning North Essex, only one hour from London. Day, full and contemporary boarding options are available to suit modern family life, with daily bus routes from across the region. Felsted School was founded in 1564 by Richard Lord Riche and celebrated its 450th anniversary in 2014, one of only a handful of schools to reach this historic milestone.

In May 2014, Felsted School was honoured with a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip. Every child is exposed to a wealth of opportunities and developed on their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. Small class sizes taught by highly qualified and dedicated teachers ensure talents are nourished and every individual’s personal growth is encouraged to flourish in an atmosphere of diversity and excellence, intellectual curiosity and challenge.

Strengths in a nutshell: A holistic education that develops the character of every child; Small class sizes that cater for individual development Exciting learning opportunities and a broad curriculum Stimulating, dynamic and supportive teachers Day, Contemporary & Full Boarding options Choice of A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Top university entry and work education programme Established partnership with the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama National sporting reputation. Partnerships with Essex CCC, Saracens RFC, Mavericks Netball and Blue Hornets Hockey Leading co-curricular and leadership programme Global Member of Round Square Organisation offering many international opportunities.

Boarding at Felsted School

Felsted’s boarding culture is at the heart of the holistic education that they offer all pupils. Irrespective of whether your child boards and many choose to as they progress through the school, he or she will benefit tremendously from the boarding culture. There is no substitute for an extended day in affording your child time and space to explore his or her unique combination of passions and interests outside the classroom. This, in turn, greatly strengthens confidence within the classroom.

Many staff members live on site, generously investing as much time as your child requires. As such, they will know your child holistically in a way that isn’t possible in a typical day school. In this way, mutual respect is born. Most importantly of all, though, is the community that a boarding culture creates. By living, working and sharing life’s inevitable ups and downs on one beautiful, spacious campus, both staff and pupils become fiercely loyal to the community. It is this loyalty that makes staff go the extra mile for their students and students commit to being the best they can be for their teachers, friends and school.


Type of School Independent Co-educational, Boarding and Day School.
School Address Felsted School, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3JL
Number of Pupils 1051
Pupils Prep 507
Number of Boarders 437
International Boarders 96
Age Range Prep School 4 to 13 (boarding from aged 9). Senior School 13 to 18.
Religious Tradition Church of England
Distance from Airports

Stansted – 11 miles (15 minutes); Heathrow – 63 miles (90 minutes); Gatwick – 69 miles (105 minutes).

Distance from London

40 miles (60 minutes) by car. Less than an hour by train.

School Links

Felsted Preparatory School – Ages 4-13. Felsted Senior School – Ages 13-18.

Educational Programmes

2 year GCSEs, A levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Co-Curricular Programmes

A wide variety of Academic Extension, Charity, Music, Drama and The Arts, Sport, Skills and Creativity based activities. These include: Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Duke Of Edinburgh (D of E), Model United Nations (MUN), Musical instrument or Singing lessons, Choir, Corps of Drums, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Other Ensembles and Groups, Rock and Guitar Bands, Steel Drums, String Ensemble, Art Club, Cartoon Drawing, Collage, Creative Writing, Dance, Design and Technology Portfolio Enhancement, Dress-making, Graphics, Journalism / Stedy On (Student Magazine), Junior Drama Production, LAMDA, Poetry Workshop, Public Speaking, School Play, School Musical, Spanish Drama Production, Stage Crew – Technical Theatre, Canoeing, Gliding, Golf, Polo, Self Defence (Karate, Kickboxing), Shooting, Sport Appreciation, Trampolining, Amateur Radio, Astronomy Club, Beekeeping, Board Games Club, Bridge Club, Cookery, Gardening / Vegetable Growing, Greek Club, Horticulture & Allotment, ICT/Blog, Library Assistant, Life Skills, Model United Nations (MUN), Peer Buddying, Science Film Club, Snack Making, Spanish Club.