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St Cedd`s School
23 Maltese Road, CM1 2PB, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 354380

St Cedd's School

Our school takes its name from St Cedd, who was sent from Northumberland to Essex with another priest to evangelise the Essex people. The King of the Essex Saxons had recently been converted to Christianity by the King of Northumberland and had asked for a priest to be sent. Cedd came to Essex in 654 and went about preaching and making converts. He was later made Bishop of the East Saxons and lived at a monastery he founded at Bradwell-on-Sea, among the ruins of the former Roman fort there. His little church still remains out on the sea wall at Bradwell. Cedd also founded a small monastery at Tilbury in Essex . He died in 664 from an epidemic known as the 'yellow plague', while on a visit to Lastingham in Yorkshire , and is buried there. Information gained from the 1971 magazine tells us that our school badge was designed by Mrs Welch, the wife of the then Bishop of Bradwell, and depicts the firm hand of St Cedd grasping his crozier. The text, taken from St Paul 's first letter to the Thessalonians, has fittingly become our school's motto: 'Hold fast that which is good'.

St Cedd's was established in 1931 with four pupils and one teacher in the playroom of a private house. First OutingThe school grew slowly in numbers and moved premises twice before relocating to its present site in 1937. Under seven Heads, St Cedd's increased in size over the next seventy years, developing its curriculum and facilities almost immeasurably, to become a leading preparatory school of the twenty-first century.

Today, St Cedd's enjoys a deservedly fine reputation in the region. The school is a Charitable Trust administered by a Council of Governors, and its Head and Deputy are members of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools. Being a member of the Chelmsford Choral Foundation, the school shares associate membership of the Choir Schools' Association.

There is a two-form entry to Reception each September, and pupils move through the school in the parallel classes until Year 6. At age eleven, children move on to a variety of local secondary schools, including the selective grammar schools, and to a range of independent schools, often with scholarships.


Mission Statement

St Cedd's exists to provide the best in preparatory school education in the region.

Our broad aims are:-

  • to provide a secure and happy environment in which our children are encouraged to work and play with enthusiasm and commitment
  • to maintain a tradition of academic excellence whilst offering the fullest possible range of experiences through a broad and balanced curriculum
  • to promote a spiritual and moral awareness in our pupils, based on Christian principles
  • to ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which our children's individual abilities and potential are fully appreciated and nurtured


St Cedd's more specific objectives are:-

  • to strike the correct balance between academic and practical work, physical education, moral and spiritual development and the pursuit of leisure activities
  • to prepare our children for entry to a secondary educational environment best suited to their individual needs and aspirations
  • to encourage our children in their endeavours through the rewarding not only of high academic achievement, but also effort, improvement and initiative
  • to promote at all times the qualities of integrity, kindness, charity and good manners


The Two Leagues Club, opened its doors to the children of St Cedd’s on Thursday 7 September 2006. Manager of the Club is Mrs Angela Court who has worked in out of school care in Chelmsford for over seven years and at supervisory level for five years. She has a Level 3 Childcare qualification, and is also a trained Primary School teacher with many years experience. She has two members of staff working with her who are also qualified in Childcare.

The Two Leagues Club comprises of an After School Club for all years, and a Thursday Afternoon Club for Reception and Year 1 children.

The After School Club runs from 1515 – 1815 each evening and children can be booked into the club on a regular basis, where they attend on a fixed day or days each week or on an ad hoc basis, where they can attend as and when required, subject to spaces being available. At 1515 the Lower School children are collected from their classrooms and escorted to the library to relax, either looking at books or watching a DVD or video. Upper School children make their own way to the library at 1545, and then all the children join together in the school dining hall for a light snack. This is freshly prepared each afternoon, and varies from day to day. Dietary preferences are catered for according to parents’ wishes. After the snack, Upper School children have the opportunity to do supervised homework, and Lower School children are offered a range of creative activities and play opportunities. If the weather is fine, supervised outdoor play is also available to all children. Parents are free to collect their child anytime up to 1815.

The Thursday Afternoon Club runs from 1215 – 1515. As with the After School Club, children may attend on a regular or ad hoc basis. Parents just need to provide a packed lunch and a drink. This is a ‘fun’ club, and, similar to the After School Club, children are offered various creative activities and play opportunities, and they are free to choose what they would like to do. This club provides the children with the opportunity of mixing with their peers from other classes in a relaxed atmosphere, thus developing their social skills.

The emphasis of both clubs is on the children being able to ‘chill out’ in their out of school time, but in the safe and familiar environment of their own school.

Mrs Court can be contacted on 07894 166652, or by e-mail at

Excerpt from recent OFSTED report:

‘Children have fun as they take part in a carefully planned activity programme that is flexible to their needs. There is a good balance of experiences that allow them to play independently and use their initiative as well as activities which need more support and direction from staff. Themes are carefully considered to provide children of all ages with sufficient challenge. Children are invited to make recommendations and give ideas about future projects and themes they would like to cover.

Children are cared for by staff who work closely with parents to meet individual children’s needs and ensure they are included fully in the life of the setting. Staff work with parents to adapt activities or care routines to meet any specific needs, liaising with other professionals when necessary. Children benefit from the friendly partnership with parents and carers. Flexible care is offered to cover the needs of working parents.

Children are happy, kept busy and demonstrate good levels of engagement and enthusiasm as they play. They understand the boundaries and expectations of responsible behaviour as staff provide effective and calm role models.’

Ofsted January 2007

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