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Colchester High School

Colchester High School

Wellesley Road, Colchester, CO3 3HD, Essex

01206 573389



Colchester High School
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory, Senior & Nursery
Founded 1882
Headteacher Ms Karen Gracie-Langrick
Date Appointed January 2010
Co-ed Age Range 2.5-16 years
Number of pupils 320
Number of boys 224
Number of girls 96
Day fees per annum £9,465 - £13,620
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:12
Associations ISA, ISC, Cognita

Colchester High School is Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys aged 2½ to 16, uniquely able to offer an excellent family-friendly education to children and their siblings from Nursery through to Year 11.

Our welcoming environment and combination of small classes and high-quality teaching allows us to give each child the individual attention they need to flourish. As a result, our pupils exceed national expectations at every level and perform consistently well at the 11+ Examination and GCSEs.

The foundations of this success are laid in our all-year-round Nursery, where our experienced practitioners engage each child with an individually targeted blend of free-flowing play and formal learning in phonics and maths. They also receive specialist teaching in PE, ICT, music, drama and languages – one huge advantage of the Nursery’s links to the rest of Colchester High School. It’s a combination that works. Nationally about 60 per cent of children are expected to achieve a good level of development during this stage of their education. At our Nursery, that figure rises to 94 per cent.

It is built on in our Lower School, where we offer a broad curriculum designed to help each pupil progress at the right speed. And it is completed in our Senior School, where our subject-specialist teachers help pupils meet our high expectations.

The School offers a traditional academic education to educate our students to the very highest standard. A broad and balanced curriculum and experienced, friendly and supportive teachers allows for a clear focus on the strengths of each child. The progress of pupils is regularly and individually monitored to encourage exceptional progress and identify areas for development, ensuring each pupil achieves individual success.

Our individualised focus reaches beyond the classroom to take in the worlds of sport, music, the arts and more. We take advantage of the fantastic facilities on site and in the local area to offer an exceptionally varied extracurricular programme so that every child can explore all of their talents.

Please note that scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 of our Senior School. Senior Scholarships are awarded in Art, Music and Performance, Science and Sports with top performers in the school’s assessments also being invited to sit for academic scholarships.

This all-round excellence is recognised in our last school inspection and is reflected in the happy faces of our pupils. To see for yourself, or to learn more, please visit www.colchesterhighschool.co.uk or contact admissions on 01206 217116.