Saint Felix, Southwold has been providing educational excellence for 120 years to children from Suffolk, Norfolk and further afield. Set in 75 glorious acres on the Suffolk coast, just minutes from the sea, this co-educational independent school caters for boarders and day pupils from the ages of 2 to 18.
Our facilities include a full equestrian cross-country course and a purpose-built swimming and sports complex.
At Saint Felix, we pride ourselves on offering the necessary support and resources to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to become well-rounded individuals who fulfil their potential and are prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Our aim is to maximise the potential of each individual’s skills, be they academic, practical, creative or social. We uphold traditional values within a modern environment to give every child the best possible start in life.
The school is 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 moved to new purpose-built premises in Southwold, where it is still located today [hyperlink to Find Us page]. As part of a number of celebrations to mark this important anniversary, the Sunk Garden first established in XXX has been recreated so that today’s pupils can share in the school’s heritage.
Over the course of its history, Saint Felix has continually developed 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 [hyperlink to Nursery page] 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. In recognition of key Headmistress’ from the school’s history, our boarding houses are named after Miss Fawcett [insert dates], Miss Gardiner [insert dates], and Miss Somerville [insert dates].
Saint Felix has a long history of social responsibility, including assistance for Jewish refugees from Europe in 1939, and more recently for Syrian refugees as well as offering practical support and fundraising for local causes including the Access outreach programme for the homeless based in Lowestoft.
Saint Felix today is a thriving school that retains much of the pioneering spirit of Miss Gardiner over 120 years ago, under the leadership of Mr James Harrison since September 2016. Our ethos [hyperlink to Ethos and Aims page] places great value on the individual child, supporting independent learning and nurturing talent to help all of our pupils to grow into well-rounded and successful adults.