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‘This is a very stable, calm place to learn and the all-girls environment gives the students a degree of security,’ says executive principal. ‘The students develop intellectually, grow in confidence and are comfortable in their own skin, ready for the wider world.’ With so much talent on one site, CCHSG could be something of a pressure cooker environment. However...

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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.

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State grammar school

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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 has overseen a transformation of the school, including its size – the intake at year 7 has doubled over the past decade. ‘Being at the top of the league tables is fantastic, but it’s not our priority,’ she says, pointing to their success when it comes to value added and adding that the school culture is one not just of high academic expectation but also of personal development.

She is also CEO...

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Please note: 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

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.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

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.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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