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  • Colchester County High School for Girls
    Norman Way
    CO3 3US
  • Head: Mrs Gillian Marshall
  • T 01206 576973
  • F 01206 769302
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 800; sixth formers: 233
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Open Week and Open Evening events are advertised via
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st January 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 15th March 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

With so much talent in a relatively small space, CCHSG could be something of a pressure cooker environment; however, the strategy is to use PE and PSHE lessons to teach coping skills, approaches to revision and even breathing exercises at crucial times. Lessons encourage the deeper exploration of knowledge through lively debate, challenge and innovation. Ever-present is the necessity for all learning to have a real-world application. Such stellar achievement in all areas may cause a few anxieties, but parents applaud the school’s ability ‘to…

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What the school says...

Entrance examination: 11+, Mathematics and English (which include elements of verbal and non-verbal reasoning). Examples of past papers are available via the CSSE (Consortium of Selective Schoools in Essex) website

16: External Year 11 students are welcome to apply to enter the Sixth Form in Year 12. There is a minimum entry requirement of 4 GCSEs at Grade 7 or above and 2 GCSEs at Grade 6 including English Language and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade 6. Students are also required to achieve at least a Grade 7 in each GCSE subject they wish to study at A Level (or grade equivalent score of at least 7 for unreformed GCSE’s). ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive principal and CEO

Since 2010, Gillian Marshall MSc BSc (biochemistry) PGCE NPQH. Previously deputy head at the mixed comprehensive Notley High School, Braintree, for 11 years. Prior to that teaching posts at Bishop’s Stortford High School for Boys, Townley Girls' Grammar School in Bexleyheath and Davenant Foundation Christian Ecumenical School in Loughton. A biology and chemistry specialist, she says she has ‘always loved teaching and never considered doing anything else’. Keen on all sport, particularly running. Mrs Marshall has three children.

She and her SLT are on a mission to take the school ‘beyond outstanding’, by ‘re-evaluating its vision’ and making sure that its precious cargo of some of the country’s brightest students are instilled with a ‘world-class education’, and the self-belief and resilience to use it to make a...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Colchester County High School for Girls has an excellent support system for students with Special Educational Needs. Students with physical disabilities can gain access to all areas of the curriculum and we are constantly reviewing our buildings and Schemes of Work to accommodate such students. We are particularly proud of the support systems available for those with Emotional Special Needs. These systems include a comprehensive pastoral care programme and structure, a specially trained Student Adviser and strong links with numerous external support agencies. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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