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The Philip Morant School & College
Rembrandt Way, Gainsborough Road, CO3 4QS, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 545222

The Philip Morant School and College Logo

 It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to Philip Morant School and College. We very much hope that both students and parents will have a happy and successful association with us.

Our aim is to provide each of our students with the highest quality education and care and for every student to achieve their full academic, social, physical and spiritual potential. We feel that the school has a great deal to offer and is therefore justified in making considerable demands on all our students to maintain and achieve the highest possible standards.

The school is organised on a House basis, which gives students the advantage of belonging to a small ‘school within a school’. The five houses help us to avoid many of the problems traditionally associated with large schools.

During Years 7 - 9, we offer a broad and balanced education for all students, which takes into account the level of ability of each individual student and some students begin GCSEs early. In the course of the 9th Year, choices are made regarding the ensuing 10th and 11th Year courses. In the 11th Year students are entered for G.C.S.E. examinations and vocational qualifications, as appropriate. We aim to enter all students for a full examination programme where appropriate.

Our sixth form, Philip Morant College, has purpose built accommodation and we have been delighted with its success since its reformation in 1996. We offer a wide range of A level subjects which are supplemented by advanced vocational courses and extra curriculum programme. As in the rest of the school, the emphasis in our sixth form is on quality and excellence.

We are a Foundation school, a status which gives us the freedom to manage our resources so that all students achieve their potential. Leading Edge status commenced in September 2003 and we have enjoyed sharing the best practice in education for the benefit of all our students and for those in other schools, including our family of primary schools.

In September 1994, the School was successful in becoming a Technology College. This was possible because we were able to obtain sponsorship from a number of local and national companies. In 2003 our Technology College Status was renewed for a further four years. The increased funding has made a significant difference in our approach to Technology, Mathematics, Science and indeed the whole curriculum. We have the very latest computer and multi-media facilities supported by a unique partnership with Microsoft. We have an excellent School Computer NA girl using a flat screen computeretwork, with at least 500 computers available linked to the Internet and with multi-media facilities. These resources are available for students to use after school. Our website is now an important means of communication and the on line ‘ Learning Zone’ significantly helps students in their learning.

Many parents opt for Philip Morant School and College as their first choice and the school has a long history of oversubscription. Most of the children from the local community attend the school. In Year 7 students are placed in classes that will allow them to progress individually through an appropriate level of pace and challenge. We monitor continuously the attainment and effort of every student across their curriculum. We also ensure that students with special learning needs receive carefully targeted support within their lessons. Our aim is to design the curriculum to meet the needs of every student.

During the course of Years 8 & 9 we begin to fine-tune setting for the core curriculum. By Year 10 ability sets are the norm in all subjects.

We aim also to give our students a broad and balanced social, moral and spiritual education, ensuring that they become good citizens with a proper respect for the cultures and needs of other people. We also set expectations of the highest standard of manners, dress and conduct. We naturally hope that parents will agree with us in these matters, and give their full support by following the regulations in this guide. We have a strict policy towards school uniform and give clear expectations to all our students about acceptable standards of behaviour.

From the above you will recognise that Philip Morant School and College has a particular ethos and high standards with regard to conduct. We assume that in choosing the school, parents are demonstrating a willingness to give their complete support to this ethos.

We are very proud of the achievements of our students and staff and look forward to working together with you to ensure that your child achieves his/her fullest potential. We hope that s/he will soon settle down happily with us and that you will also feel part of our learning community. You are welcome in the school by appointment at any time.


Chairman of Governors



In The Beginning.....

Before students join the school in year 7 they will be given the opportunity to spend time at the school and you will have been to a new parents’ information evening.

 Houses :

There are five houses in the school : Aylward, Churchill, Faraday, Nuffield and Ryder. Each house has two tutor groups in each of the five year groups. The aim of The House System is to place students in a ‘school within a school’, a smaller unit within the larger school so that, within quite a short time, there are a number of teachers who know your son/daughter well and to whom s/he can talk. Each house has a Head of House and a Student progress Co-ordinator, as well as a number of tutors and other attached staff. The tutor group is an even smaller unit and provides a group of about 30 students with whom your child will progress through the school and come to know very well. Great care is taken to make good use of prior attainment and personal data supplied by the primary school, when placing students in groups. With very few exceptions, students settle happily into their classes and houses. When they reach the College they are no longer in houses, although many college students retain close ties with their previous house.

Teaching groups in Key Stage Three:

Each student is placed in a class appropriate for their learning needs. This is achieved by consideration of :

i) Recommendations by primary school headteachers and staff ii) Key Stage 2 tests iii) Primary school records of prior attainment iv) CATs ( Cognitive Ability Tests) taken in year 6.

All students follow the National Curriculum. Schemes of work for each class reflect the differentiated needs of the students within the group. The class structure allows for teaching to challenge and extend the learning of each individual. Students with special needs receive carefully targeted support within their lessons.

In years 8 and 9 students continue to be taught in class groups for most subjects. Core subjects are set by ability. There is some movement between classes. Close monitoring of every student  ensures underachievement is quickly detected and allows those who need more challenge to be moved into the appropriate class.

GSCE Years 10 and 11

English, Maths and Science set students by their ability in that subject. The rest of the curriculum comprises subjects which the student has chosen in consultation with their parents and the school. Students are offered a range of subjects which they can study at GCSE, including vocational subjects. Subject classes will be set by ability unless there is only one group for that particular subject when internal differentiation will operate.

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    The Philip Morant College

    As the only comprehensive school with its own sixth form in the town of Colchester, Philip Morant is well placed to offer a very distinct college experience. The emphasis is on high quality teaching in small groups, together with very well established systems for monitoring and target setting. The aim of the College is to enable students to achieve their highest academic aspirations, while also being able to enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Above all the College endeavours to prepare students for their next step. Many progress to higher education while others move directly into employment. The majority of our students move into the College from the main school. A significant number of students also join each year from a range of schools in Colchester and further afield. All students quickly become part of the friendly College community.

    Find out more about the courses we offer and our admission policy.


    The College is housed in purpose-built accommodation separate from the main school. The College Café provides an informal environment where students can relax or work. It is open early in the morning before College starts and continues to serve food and drinks until mid-afternoon. The College Library has excellent resources and includes an adjacent room for study and laptop use. In the library students can be assured of a calm working environment, staffed by trained librarians to advise on reading and research. Most College lessons take place in the recently built College and Mathematics, Technology and Science accommodation. This has been designed for Sixth Form teaching and provides a high quality learning environment.

    Academic and Pastoral Guidance

    A crucial part of our success lies in the care and attention that the size of the College enables us to provide. There is a very positive working relationship between staff and students in the College. Staff-student ratios in teaching groups are beneficial to high quality learning. Each student has a personal tutor who plays a pivotal role in academic monitoring and guidance. The College prides itself on the quality of its communication with parents. There is a parent’s information evening at the start of the Autumn term in Year 12 and a Staff/Student/Parent Consultation Evening later in the term. Students and parents will also receive regular reports on progress.


    The Resource Base

    There is a Resource Base for Hearing Impaired Students on site with a team of signing staff qualified to Educational Communicator level. They are able to offer communication and audiological support. British Sign Language instruction level 1 and 2 is offered as twilight sessions and a College certificate of achievement in BSL runs as part of the enrichment programme.


    Higher Education and Careers

    Considerable emphasis is placed on students and parents being well informed about higher education options. Students will receive a great deal of support from their personal tutor and outside speakers will provide detailed information on the range of opportunities available, the application process and financial arrangements.

    Each year the College holds a higher education and employment conference. Visiting speakers from universities, employers and gap year organisations, provide a wide range of information. The conference also includes a higher education evening for parents with talks on a range of issues concerning higher education. Students are able to have individual appointments with an experienced careers advisor from Essex Connexions (


    The Extra-Curricular Programme

    There will be many opportunities for students to involve themselves in activities outside the academic curriculum. These should be seen as an important part of preparation for university or a career. University admission tutors welcome students who are likely to play a full part in university life and students should use their time in the college to develop a broad range of skills and interests. The College magazine (Phimco) offers a creative outlet to students as well as enabling them to obtain first hand experience of the various aspects of planning and producing a publication.

    Philip Morant has an enviable reputation for Drama and Music and each year stages a number of productions. Some of these only include College students such as the production of “Love on the Dole”, while others involve the whole school. The dramatic scope offered by a school-based Sixth Form is evident from the success of recent productions such as “Return to the Forbidden Planet” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.

    All students in the College follow an Enrichment programme. Enrichment is a name for all those activities run by and encouraged by the College which lie outside a student’s elected programme of study. Activities include university and careers preparation and visiting speakers, together with the student’s choice of enrichment activity.



    All students are encouraged to be involved in some kind of physical activity either in College or off-site. Sport is available as an Enrichment Activity. Team games are offered and a wide range of other sports according to individual interest. Our College teams compete against other schools and colleges and are an important part of College life.



    Since its inception Philip Morant College has promoted overseas links and trips. Every two years College students have taken part in a World Challenge Expedition to an exciting part of the world. Students spend at least a year fundraising as a team and the trips involve community work as well as expeditions and other opportunities to develop personal skills. In 2004 students visited Borneo and in 2006, Mongolia.

    Departments arrange trips for their students, such as Biology and Geography field trips and the History Department trip to America. College students also join students from the school for trips such as the annual ski trip.


    The College Association

    The College Association plays a vital role in the running of the College and ensures good communication between students and staff. The Association is an elected group of students who meet regularly with the Head of College and Assistant Head of College.

    The Association holds its own budget and is responsible for many aspects of College life including charity and social events. It provides an ideal opportunity for students to develop leadership, management and communication skills. Year 12 students are elected to posts at the start of the new term in September.


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