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Colchester High School
Wellesley Road, CO3 3HD, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 573389


Colchester High School is an independent day school, catering for pupils aged between three and sixteen. We take girls and boys aged between three and sixteen.

Colchester High School ensures that each pupil achieves his or her personal best: we focus on the strengths of each individual child.

Running in parallel with academic achievement is our emphasis on a secure and caring environment which encourages good manners, consideration for others and a strong sense of social responsibility.

Aims and ethos

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Our motto is 'God first, others second, self last'.

We aim to offer an excellent all-round education to ensure each pupil achieves his or her full potential.

We want to help our pupils develop into confident, disciplined and enquiring learners.

Colchester High school fosters a caring atmosphere in which pupils and teachers are sensitive to the needs of others.

We aim to encourage all pupils to become responsible individuals who can work together, co-operatively and with respect for their peers.

Our pastoral system cares for the whole child and stresses the importance of their social, moral and spiritual development.



Girl studying

Colchester High School aims to allow all its pupils to realise their full potential by ensuring the School offers a caring, friendly and calm environment in which learning can take place.

Small class sizes and a stable and committed team of staff ensure a clear focus on the strengths of each child.

We believe in offering a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school.

We feel that learning is not just academic, but embraces a wide range of stimulating activities, both inside and outside the classroom.

Pupils are taught by specialist subject teachers from year five.


The Early Years

Developing a child's self-discipline, creativity and ability to work and play alongside others is at the heart of our Nursery programme.

As in all departments of the School, children are treated as individuals and encouraged to work at their own pace within a strong framework to prepare them for the next stage of learning.



At four, children move into the Preparatory Department, where small class sizes allow teachers to work individually with each child, resulting in high standards of work and behaviour.

We adopt a formal approach to literacy and numeracy within a broad-based curriculum; children also enjoy a wide variety of clubs at lunchtimes and after school.


Boys reading

Our Junior Department provides a traditional academic education for boys and girls from seven to eleven years. Our small groups allow both pastoral and subject teachers to work with each child to develop his or her strengths.

Many of our pupils progress to our Seniors, although we do prepare pupils for the 11+ entry examination for selective schools.

The curriculum is broad-based, providing the children with a good balance between arts, sciences and physical activity both inside the classroom and on curriculum linked visits. Years five and six are taught by specialist subject teachers, and are taught in sets for English and Maths.

Pupils enthusiastically attend a great variety of clubs; in particular, over half of the pupils in the Juniors play chess and represent the School at soccer.


Science class

Our Senior Department provides a traditional academic education leading to GCSE examinations. Small teaching groups offer individual attention and a close working relationship between staff and pupils; we ensure that each pupil achieves their personal best by focusing on specific strengths and addressing any weaknesses.

Our impressive GCSE results, with success rates far exceeding national averages, give our pupils an excellent platform for their further education at Colchester Sixth Form College, with which we enjoy official Partner School status, or at other sixth forms or specialist colleges.

We aim to produce well-educated, well-rounded young individuals with sound values and leadership skills.

Sixth Form Entry

Where our pupils go

Pupils leaving Colchester High School have a variety of options when it comes to continuing with their studies.

Some pupils want to study for 'A' levels, and go on to Colchester Sixth Form College, Philip Morant College or the sixth form at Colchester Royal Grammar School.

Some pupils prefer more vocational based courses, and choose to study at Colchester Institute or Writtle College.

Pupils who live further afield may opt for Chelmsford College of Further Education.

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