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Colchester Royal Grammar School
6 Lexden Road, CO3 3ND, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 509100



A 'town school' or 'great school' is recorded as existing in Colchester in 1206 AD. The present school, a direct descendant of this, was granted Royal Charters: by Henry VIII in 1539 and by Elizabeth I in 1584.

Today, Colchester Royal Grammar School is a proud leader amongst the nation's highly regarded maintained grammar schools. An 11-18 boys school with girls in the sixth form, it is situated in a pleasant residential area of Colchester. The school has buildings of character including a superb hall with a pipe organ and an attractive library, delightful mature gardens open to the pupils, extensive playing fields, excellent cricket facilities and a swimming pool.

With we hope to bring you information and news about this historic school, and to this end you will find a comprehensive online prospectus and full details of all departments.

If, for any reason, you cannot find what you require here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Latest News: Autumn Term 2007 Newsletter

For all those who are interested, the most recent publication of our school newsletter can currently be found under the 'Recent Letters Home' section of this website. In it you will find a message from the Headmaster, as well as news from all over the school including music, sports and other extracurricular activities... (read more)


Colchester Royal Grammar School

The main building and science blocks

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The School Today
A 'town school' or 'great school' is recorded as existing in Colchester in 1206 AD. The present school, a direct descendant of this, was granted Royal Charters: by Henry VIII in 1539 and Elizabeth I in 1584.

Today, Colchester Royal Grammar School is a proud leader amongst the nation's highly regarded maintained grammar schools. An 11-18 boys' school with girls in the sixth form, it is situated in a pleasant residential area of Colchester. The school has buildings of character including a superb hall with a pipe organ and an attractive library, delightful mature gardens open to the pupils, extensive playing fields, indoor cricket facilities and a swimming pool.

The Library

Aims and Ethos
A forward-looking school embracing traditional values, Colchester Royal Grammar School aims to provide for each pupil a full and balanced education for life, within a caring environment in which courtesy and consideration for others are of central importance. The school cares for its pupils and about their academic progress, welfare, happiness and conduct. Ofsted inspectors recognised that 'pupils and staff work very well together in an extremely happy and orderly community; there are consistently excellent relationships and mutual respect' and concluded: 'There is a very positive ethos of high achievement and care for the individual throughout the school'.


The school admits a number of external entrants to the sixth form each year. Boys and girls from a wide variety of schools join a sixth form characterised by a strong academic tradition, high all-round standards, a happy, purposeful atmosphere and a pleasant learning environment.

The school offers a broad choice of academic subjects, complementary tutorial, general studies and games programmes and numerous opportunities for extracurricular involvement, leadership and personal development.

The aim is to help sixth formers integrate quickly and fulfil their academic potential whilst developing into responsible and respected leaders in the community. Each student benefits from a system of regular monitoring and reporting and from individual guidance, support and advice provided by the pastoral team. The head of sixth form is supported by an assistant and an experienced team of tutors in overseeing the academic and personal development of all sixth formers.

Students joining the school at sixth form level have featured prominently in the school's academic and extracurricular successes.


The academic achievement of its pupils is the school's principal priority. The school aims to help all pupils obtain at each stage of their development the highest examination success of which they are capable. The excellent teaching, in which the aims are to help, stimulate, challenge and extend, is supported by careful individual monitoring and regular reporting.

'The staff give tirelessly of their time to provide the very best education they can for the pupils.' - (Ofsted)

The Curriculum provided is balanced, broad and diversified. Scholarship and academic depth are its central features.

Traditional subjects such as mathematics and history sit alongside technology and computing. Biology, chemistry and physics are taught as separate subjects, classics continues to flourish, and students have the opportunity to study two modern foreign languages.

The core curriculum is complemented by a variety of subject options, and the school aims to accommodate each student's choices. The curriculum is enriched by courses including study skills, personal development and careers and, for the sixth form, general studies.

The broad academic foundation provided by the school is reflected in the wide diversity of courses and universities chosen by students. Careers and higher education advice is provided throughout the school. There is a well-stocked careers and higher education library and a programme of guidance for pupils under the head of careers and the head of sixth form.

All pupils in year 10 have a fortnight's work experience. The school liaises with industry, commerce and other organisations for the benefit of its pupils. There are well-established links with the county careers service and with numerous universities. Visits to university open days are encouraged. Guidance is provided for the special requirements of entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious and Social Studies
  • Science
  • Technology

    The school has a small boarding section with 30 places, which are available to sixth form students from inside and outside Essex, for British passport holders living overseas, and for students with an European Union passport. Please note that the boarding facilities are currently only available to boys in the Sixth Form.

    The aim of the boarding house is to offer an experience similar to that of a happy and well-ordered family unit. There is an insistence on high standards of conduct and courtesy, and boarders respond well to these expectations and the caring, structured and informal atmosphere. A programme of varied after-school activities is provided during the week and, for full-time boarders, at week-ends.

    School House

    The school attracts a number of well-qualified and well-motivated students from the UK and overseas who have joined the sixth form as boarders. These students have been successful and happy in our sixth form and boarding house. All boarders must satisfy the academic entry requirements of the school which are detailed in the document "Sixth Form Entry" before they will be considered for a boarding place. Those deemed academically suitable will be interviewed to see if they are judged suitable for the ethos of the boarding house and school.

    Academic Excellence

    Although students board here for a variety of reasons, our boarders have established a reputation for academic excellence. The aim of boarding is to provide a relaxed, supportive study environment which complements the academic demands of the day school. Teaching and boarding staff monitor academic progress closely. Our boarders consistently achieve 4 or more 'A' grades at A Level and will routinely apply to Oxford, Cambridge and the elite universities such as LSE, Imperial College, UCL and Durham. In recent years, almost one third of Oxbridge applications were successful.

    However, there is a genuine desire for boarding education in its own right as a rewarding and enjoyable means of self-development, of learning to live with others and of making strong friendships, Staff are also keen to ensure that boarding provides an excellent preparation for living away from home and meeting the demands of university life.

    The school provides free tuition for overseas students in English.


    The fees for September 2008 are fixed for 2 years and are as follows:

    • Full boarding: £2600 per term
    • Weekly: £2100 per term

    As Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state-maintained school, tuition is free. There are six boarding staff, five of whom are resident, including the boarding manager. The Headmaster has overall responsibility for boarding.


    Boarding is on two sites - in part of the School House buildings, and in a separate building, Gilberd House, within the school grounds. The boarding facility is exclusively for boys and the school only admits boarders at sixth form level. The accommodation is comfortable and attractive. All rooms are carpeted and there is a balance of double and single rooms. There are excellent study facilities, and boarders have supervised access to the school library and resources room, music facilities, playing fields, indoor sports areas and, in the summer, to a heated open-air swimming pool attended by a duty lifeguard. Boarders have the use of a common room, provided with easy chairs and television, a games room, and a restaurant-style kitchen. Meals are in the school restaurant, and care is taken to ensure that boarders have a balanced, varied and plentiful diet.

    Alton Water cycle activities

    A/S Chemistry Spectroscopy Day, held at University of Essex, July 2007

    Ofsted Inspection Report: 2003

    'Care, guidance and support'

    'The School cares for its students very well and ensures their health and safety. It provides very high levels of support, advice and guidance, which are firmly based on the monitoring of progress. The school consults students and acts on their views.'

    'Pastoral care for boarders is very good. Supervision is very good; it is appropriate to the age and maturity of the boarders. Boarding provides very well for students' personal and academic development, and prepares them well for adult life. Relationships between students, and between students and staff are very good. Boarders have a good programme of trips and visits at weekends and a very good social space in the games hut.'

    Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCi) Report: October 2006

    The school met or exceeded the National Minimum Standards in all areas. It noted that:

    • Staff are committed to providing boarders with a very good level of personal support, which is designed to enable boarders to achieve educationally and socially to their full potential.
    • Boarders get on very well; relations between staff and boarders are friendly and respectful.
    • The atmosphere of the boarding houses is relaxed and boarders are encouraged to express their views on all aspects of boarding provision.
    • The school emphasises the role of boarding in preparing students for university and adult life.

    'Night view from Gilberd House' courtesy of Arnold Wong

    More details of the boarding provision are available in the school's boarding handbook and from the school office.

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