Royal Results for Felsted’s A Level Students
17th September 2014

Felsted pupils gained a royal set of A Level results today, despite the National concern that A Level results are on a downward trend. Felsted maintained the high standards that saw the achievement of pupils graded as ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate last September. A third of all results were at A* or A and 11 students achieved straight As or better. 22 students (over a fifth of the cohort), achieved 2 As and a B or better, ensuring a place at one of the country's top universities.

Three students achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge:


  • Eliz Peck, age 18, from Black Notley, gained an impressive 3 A*s and has met her offer to read History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Dan Benson, age 18 from Danbury, secured 2 A*s and an A to read Physics at St.Catherine’s College, Oxford.  
  • Hugh Evans, age 18 from Wickhambrook,  achieved 1 A* and 2 As and will read Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Balliol, Oxford


Other highlights included Head Girl, Lydia Carrington, age 18 from High Easter, who not only met Her Majesty The Queen this year, but achieved an A* and 2 As, as did George Bentley, Camille Brien, James Taylor and Matthew Poulton. Georgia Long and James Padfield impressed with 2 A*s and an A and Isabelle Candy achieved straight A grades.

·         98 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2014

·         10% achieved A* grades

·         33% achieved A* and A grades

·         60% achieved A* to B grades

·         78% achieved A* to C grades

·         99% achieved A* to E grades


Headmaster Dr Mike Walker said 'I am delighted at the excellent performance of so many of our students which, in an exceptional year celebrating the 450th Anniversary of the Foundation of our School, shows their ability to work hard and balance academic rigour with many other demands. They have represented Felsted superbly at major public occasions, with great pride and exemplary turnout and behaviour, but they have also demonstrated the capacity to sustain over 60% A* to B grades overall, at a time when A Levels are even more demanding and the government is forecasting a drop in the top grades. It is a terrific team effort by staff and students working closely together, and our students deserve many congratulations for all they have achieved.’


Eliz Peck, an Academic Scholar at Felsted, achieved the most impressive straight run of three A*s in History, Economics and Mathematics, in order to achieve her dream of studying at Cambridge University.  She is delighted to have achieved these magnificent results and will be celebrating with friends and family today. Eliz took an active part in a full range of activities at Felsted, in particular Model United Nations which took her to Geneva and The Hague, debating and tennis. ‘I am particularly grateful to two Felsted teachers, Mr Rakesh Pathak and Mr Charles Allen for their amazing support and guidance in History and my Cambridge application”.


Dan Benson, an Academic Scholar, secured two A*s in Mathematics and Physics, and an A grade in Further Mathematics. Dan enjoyed participating in both rugby and hockey sides whilst at Felsted, and has his eyes set on a career in Patent Law following university.


Hugh Evans gained an A* in History, and two A grades in Classical Civilisation and French and will be reading Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Balliol, Oxford  in September. He had the honour of receiving a prize at Speech Day from Sir Marcus Setchell, KCVO, Old Felstedian and Retired Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household, who recently came into the spotlight for safely delivering the third in line to the throne, Prince George of Wales!


Lydia Carrington, Head Girl at Felsted during the 2013/2014 academic year, was ecstatic with her results, achieving more than she needed to secure a place at Edinburgh to read English Literature. Lydia secured an A* in Religious Studies, and an A in both English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies.

Both an Academic and Drama Scholar, Lydia has certainly made the most of her time at Felsted, playing lead roles in many school productions, including Sunset Boulevard and Cabaret. She has toured with several Drama productions to America and as part of this performed to an audience of inmates in a maximum security prison! The pinnacle of her school career, apart from these impressive results, was to meet and greet Her Majesty The Queen when she visited Felsted in May this year. Lydia gave an eloquent speech to Her Majesty and other distinguished guests, and entertained HRH Prince Philip at lunch.

Lydia comments;  ‘I am over the moon with my results, particularly as I did better than expected. Dr Charles Lee, Head of Drama and Mrs Frances Marshall, my Housemistress, have supported me so much during my time here. I am going to miss Felsted so much, but will be back loads as I have triplet siblings in Year 11.’ 

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