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DESCRIPTIONFelsted Outstanding Inspection Leaflet
OutstandingWe are delighted that the hard work of pupils, parents, teachers,
governors and indeed the wider school community has been
acknowledged in a glowing 2011 Ofsted Inspection Report on Felsteds
pastoral care and welfare.
We are proud to announce that Felsted is judged to be outstandingin each of the six areas with no recommendations forimprovement a rare accolade. This is a judgement against anoverall standard for independent schools and a statement of where we
stand in comparison to others. As one of only a handful of schools with
this rating in the country, Felsted can now be considered a nationalleader in terms of its care. No other school has a better Ofsted reportthan Felsted.
The School excels in its abilityto offer a rich, life enhancingexperience dedicated to thedevelopment of the whole person.
in every aspect
The Felsted medical centre and boarding house staff impressed the inspectors with their
excellent, effective and efficient communication. They noted that any pastoralconcern is handled sensitively and carefully, supported by a robust and comprehensive
Students spoke highly of the PACE (personal social health and economic education)
programme, which delivers age appropriate topics for Years 9 to 11 and is also a link to the
work education and Lower Sixth enrichment programmes. These sessions are a good
foundation for life.
A very good international menu choice isoffered to all students, say the Inspectors, and those with
special diets are known by the catering staff. A school food
committee meets regularly and all information or concerns
are reported back to the catering manager.
All catering staff have
up-to-date training in food
handling and serving and
were recently awarded the
Schools status and a five
star Hygiene Award.
The quality of pastoral care and theprovision for the welfare, health and safetyof the boarders are exceptionally managed.
Safety is at the forefront of Felsteds strategic plan.Boarders report that they find living at the School enjoyable,safe and relaxing. The School has an excellentunderstanding of safeguarding pupils. School staff,Governors, parents, prefects and other pupil representatives
benefit from regular child protection training.
Inspectors state that there is a very clear procedure for responding
to child protection concerns and a very effective bullying policy.
Boarders state that there is zero tolerance of bullying.Staff respond proactively to issues and the new challenges of cyber
bullying. This includes meeting with all involved,
teaching empathy, emotional intelligence and
producing action plans and codes of conduct. The
School learns from issues, using them as a catalyst for
The report states that the Schools policies on
behaviour, discipline, punishments, rewards and
restraint are very clear. The use of sanctions is minimal,
appropriate and fully recorded, and a comprehensive
complaints procedure is readily available.
Robust accident monitoring, regular checks and on-site
security ensure areas are free from avoidable hazards. There
is a high awareness among staff and boarders of the fire
Pupils thrive within an environment thatencourages them to fulfil their potential botheducationally and socially.The cohesive whole school approach provides pupils with
a vast range of support and opportunities,with an extensive system in place to assist pupils in their
studies. Parents comment that Felsted is very inclusive,
where every pupil can shine. Pupils benefit from a wide ranging support system and state that they have many people to
turn to. Pupils greatly appreciate this, explaining that the School has made me the person
that I am. The School ethos nurtures pupils strengths and qualities through leadership,
service, spiritual growth and team work. Parents comment that boarding has been anincredible and worthwhile experience, contributing enormously to theirchilds personal development.Academic societies and co-curricular activities have a high profile within the School and
pupils are encouraged to take part.
Felsted has provenexcellence in sports, music,drama and the arts, and exceptional provision ismade for gifted andtalented pupils.
outstandingAchieving and enjoyment
Pupils play a hugely significantrole in influencing change.Felsted empowers pupils through an immensenetwork of committees and consultation groups, say the
Inspectors. Parents also have a meaningful role through
the parents consultative group, which offers an excellent
sounding board to the School. They organise social
events and share their individual strengths, expertise and
networks to improve opportunities for pupils.
Pupils take an active interest in the outside world and
engage in a vast amount of charity work,locally, nationally and internationally. Theinternational dimension of the School is celebrated and the School has an approach that
values the diverse needs of its pupils. Outstanding arrangements are made to assist those
pupils whose first language is not English.
Pupils enthuse about the number of international opportunities they canaccess, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Felsted Model United NationsConference, links to international schools, expeditions to Namibia and Zululand, a drama
tour to the United States of America, sports tours within Europe and wider afield, language
exchanges and work experience opportunities.
New pupils receive an exceptional introduction and great efforts aremade to consider the individual needs of the child. House induction sessions,the buddying system and sharing of rooms ensure pupils are integrated and warmly
outstandingMaking a positivecontribution
Felsted has a strong commitment to offering boarders ahigh standard of accommodation.
All houses are homely, clean and unique in character. Boarding housesprovide a range of sleeping accommodation, communal areas, laundry and kitchenettes, and
there are more than the required number of showers and bathroom facilities. Individual
rooms reflect the interests and taste of the boarders. There is a very substantial budget
allocated for improving the quality of the boarders living environment with an ongoing
phased programme of refurbishment.
The Upper Sixth Boarding Houses have spacious individual rooms and fully equipped
kitchens that provide a more mature environment, say Inspectors. Upper Sixth pupils also
benefit from life skills programmes which enhance their independence andfurther prepare them for university life.Each house has its own identity and all provide a strong extended family atmosphere.
Boarders comment very favourably on the accommodation. I love my boarding house and
do not want to leave. Boarders said, it is not just about the fabric of the building but the heart of what is on the inside. House staff report that theylove working here. Boarders have a sense of loyalty to their houses and jovially describe
their house as being the best.
Proactive, strong, visionary leadership whichthrives on a cycle of continuous improvement.Leadership is reflected at every level, from the senior
management team, with separate deputy head positions for both
welfare and boarding, to House leadership and student
leadership. This culture of shared leadership values the opinions
of pupils, parents and staff.
Staff demonstrate passion and genuinecommitment to their respective roles within acohesive family atmosphere.Felsted is a full member of the Round Square
Conference of World Schools, one of only
eight in the United Kingdom and 80 across
the world. An extensive range of policies
reflect an exceptional commitment to
equality and diversity.
Excellence and enthusiasm extendthroughout all areas of school.Pupils celebrate a range of cultural festivals and themed events. Although the School is
primarily Christian, alternative religious provision can be made for boarders of other faiths.
There is a zero tolerance to homophobia, racism and sexist attitudes. Consequently, pupils
are able to express their individuality and maximise their potential.
The School works in aunited manner and isfocused on the future.Felsted is committed to a relentlesssearch for continued development.Although Ofsted has given no targetsfor improvement they were able togive some constructive direction. As aresult the School is refining itsoutstanding practice even further.
In order to stay at the top, you have to aim beyond where you are.Dr Walker, Headmaster
Felsted School, Felsted, Essex CM6 3LL 01371 822600www.felsted.org
Plus est en nous
Go to the parent area of www.felsted.orgto read the full 2011 Ofsted report on Felsted School.
there is more in us
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Childrens Services and Skills, an independentorganisation who report directly to Parliament. The purpose of the inspection is to assurechildren and young people, parents, the public, local authorities and government of the qualityand standard of the service provided. The inspection was carried out under the Care StandardsAct 2000 and the report details the main strengths a