Saint Felix School, Southwold, Suffolk

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Saint Felix, Southwold is a co-educational independent boarding  school for day pupils and boarders from the ages of 2 to 18. This year, the school celebrates 120 years of providing educational excellence to children from Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond. Extensive curriculum of this top private boarding school, combined with over 40 enrichment activities including sport, music, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and creative arts, ensures that every Saint Felix child enjoys a complete education. Pupils from Year 6 onwards study Latin to promote the highest standards of literacy, and Saint Felix is the only school in Suffolk to offer tailored support for Oxbridge entry to read Ancient History or Classics.


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7 days boarding: 

9,390 per term

About the school

The school is now 120 years old, having originated in 1897 with just four pupils and one very dedicated Headmistress in Margaret Isabella Gardiner based at a house in Aldeburgh. Under Miss Gardiner’s leadership, by 1902 the school had moved to new purpose-built premises in Southwold, where it is still located today.

Named for Saint Felix, who was the first bishop of the East Angles in the 7th century. in the course of its history, Saint Felix has continually adapted in response to the expectations of parents and pupils as well as to changes in educational philosophy. Such changes range from the move to fully co-educational in 2002, the integration of a Nursery Department in 2015 to provide all-through education from two to eighteen years, and the reintroduction of Latin to the Year 6 curriculum in the same year.

The school’s facilities have also developed, to accommodate increasing numbers and differing interests.  More recent additions include an indoor swimming pool, home to the hugely successful St Felix Swimming Squad, a full equestrian cross-country course and the 250-seat Silcox Theatre.


This great boarding school in Suffolk is surrounded by 80 acres of wonderful green spaces that creates a truly special environment. These green spaces are constantly adapted and provide the backdrop to all the sporting facilities that both the School and Community use.

Artsmark, School Games Silver, The society of Heads, 


Boarding at Saint Felix caters for full, weekly and flexi-boarders between the ages of 9-18 in three boarding houses. After the school day, these houses offer a welcoming home environment to boarders and the opportunity to develop independent living skills. 


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Academic life






This excellent boarding school in Suffolk seeks to provide for students of all abilities:


a broad and balanced study programme which meets the needs of the National Curriculum – and much more.


a full range of academic opportunities to meet individual needs and interests at an appropriate level in each subject area.


equality of entitlement and opportunity for all students regardless of race, religion or social background.


KEY STAGE 3 (Years 7-9)


All the courses at this independent boarding shool are closely linked to the National Curriculum but as an Independent School they have the flexibility to adapt the content to the pupils’ interests and abilities. Pupils will take the following subjects: English, Latin, Art, I.C.T, Mathematics, Geography, Drama, Music, Science, History, Design Technology, Physical Education, French, Home Economics, P.S.H.E, Spanish, English as an Additional Language (EAL) or Learning Support lessons may be substituted for the second Modern Language if appropriate.




GCSE COURSES (Years 10 & 11)


During the final year of Key Stage 3, pupils at this boarding school begin to discuss GCSE subject choices with their tutors and Careers Department. Parents are always closely consulted at this stage. The aim is to provide each pupil with a balanced course of study, a course which will leave future options open, but at the same time lay firm foundations for successful specialisation later.


The following Core Subjects are studied by all pupils:


English Language, English Literature or English as an Additional Language (EAL), Mathematics, Science (Double Science Award or Triple Science), Physical Education, Citizenship, Health Education and Careers are also included in the core curriculum.


In addition, pupils may choose up to four more Optional Subjects from the following list:


Ancient History, Art, Design &Technology, Drama, French, Geography, Graphic Communication, History, Latin,  Music, Philosophy & Ethics, Photography, Physical Education, Spanish, Textile Design Triple Science


A system of option blocks makes a wide combination of subjects possible. A more detailed GCSE course guide is available on request.






Sixth Form Boarding School students normally take four or five subjects at AS level, reducing to three subjects for A Level. All students proceed to Higher Education and are prepared for entrance to the top Universities and Art, Music and Drama Colleges both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The following subjects are offered at AS and A2 Level: Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Design &Technology, Drama &Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, English (EAL), French Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Spanish


Sport and culture

Sports such as Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Tri and Bi-athlons, Cross-Country running and Equestrianism regularly take place both as part of the School programme and events organised by outside groups. Besides these outdoor green spaces, there is an outdoor floodlit hardcourt suitable for playing both Junior and Senior Tennis and Netball games on. To complement the outdoor space there is a purpose built full size Sports Hall that can accommodate 4 Badminton courts and indoor Football, Netball, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball courts as well as two indoor cricket nets designed and funded with the help of the English Cricket Board. This space is used daily by the school and heavily used by Community clubs in the evenings and weekends.


To cater for the Arts, this boarding school in Suffolk has a variety of performance spaces. These include the Silcox Theatre, a Chapel, and two small studio spaces that can all be adapted for drama, dance and music. The Silcox theatre and Chapel both seat around two hundred people and are regularly used by the school to showcase it’s talented drama productions and musicians. A local teacher provides weekly classes in the theatre for those children wanting to experience ballet, dance and musical theatre lessons.


Location Description

Halesworth Rd, Reydon, Southwold Suffolk IP18 6SD IP18 6SD

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