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  • Colchester County High School for Girls
    Norman Way
    CO3 3US
  • Head: Mrs Gillian Marshall
  • T 01206 576973
  • F 01206 769302
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 941; sixth formers: 209
  • 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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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)


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


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.

The headteacher 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 real difference.


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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
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
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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