Friends’ is a co-educational boarding and day school founded in 1702 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We are situated in a small market town, close to London (one hour) and Cambridge (30 minutes) and with excellent air, rail and road connections. Stansted Airport is only 20 minutes away. All London airports are within one and a half hours.
A sense of community
We are a small, family-orientated school with a strong and supportive community. Our pastoral care is excellent and all our pupils receive high levels of personal attention. Although the majority of our pupils and staff are not Quakers, we remain true to our Quaker heritage and it’s values of tolerance and mutual respect. We seek ‘that of God’ in everyone in an environment where individuality is cherished, and pupils and staff show respect for the dignity of others.
Academic achievement is set within a framework that encourages all-round development; a flexible structure ensures our pupils reach their full academic potential. We believe in a broad educational foundation and, in addition to promoting academic success, offer awide range of cultural, creative and physical activities. The School has an excellent record of achievement at GCSE with a wide choice of subject options available; latest league tables show that 91% of Friends’ School pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades.
Boarders thrive in the friendly family community at Friends’. There is an extensive programme of extracurricular and weekend activities for boarders and day pupils. Art, drama, music, cookery, computing and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme are all popular. Boarding at aQuaker school helps pupils develop confidence, self-reliance, tolerance and respect for others as well as strong, often lifelong friendships.
We have a strong sixth form, with the majority of students continuing their education to degree level; most subjects are offered at AS- and A-level with the addition of business studies, history of art and film studies. Our sixth-formers choose from a broad range of subjects at AS-/A-level and build on their independent learning skills, in preparation for university. The sixth form study centre is a separate unit within the heart of the School. Team-building exercises, cultural visits, seminars and mock interviews are part of the extended curriculum and many sixth-formers board. The most recent results show pupils achieved an overall pass rate of 95.4% at GCE A-level, with 72.3% achieving A* to C grades.
People actually tried to see the good in me and do what was best for me. I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.
A former pupil (BA from Kent University; MSc from Aberystwyth University)