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Colchester High School is Colchester’s only independent school for girls and boys aged 2½ to 16, uniquely able to offer an excellent family-friendly education to children from Nursery through to Year 11.

Our welcoming environment and combination of small classes and high-quality teaching allows us to give each child the individual attention they need to flourish. As a result, our pupils exceed national expectations at every level and perform consistently well at the 11+ Examination and GCSEs.

The foundations of this success are laid in our all-year-round Nursery, where our experienced practitioners engage each child with an individually targeted blend of free-flowing play and formal learning in phonics and maths. It is built on in our Lower School, where we offer a broad curriculum designed to help each pupil progress at the right speed. And it is completed in our Senior School, where our subject-specialist teachers help pupils meet our high expectations.

The School offers a traditional academic education to educate our students to the very highest standard. A broad and balanced curriculum and experienced, friendly and supportive teachers allows for a clear focus on the strengths of each child. The progress of pupils is regularly and individually monitored to encourage exceptional progress and identify areas for development, ensuring each pupil achieves individual success.

Our individualised focus reaches beyond the classroom to take in the worlds of sport, music, and the arts whilst encouraging a strong community spirit, global mind-set and understanding of others. As a school we strive for every pupil to achieve their very best in terms of academic achievement, but we also firmly believe that education should develop children’s character and prepare them for the future.

We also pride ourselves on our close-knit school community where the children mix happily across the age ranges creating a true sense of family within the School. There is a happy and supportive atmosphere, where pupils are given the opportunity to learn from their peers but also to take leadership positions and act as positive role models. As such senior pupils will be given the opportunity to work closely with younger pupils to offer guidance and support and young pupils will be given the chance to experience activities within their next key stage (ie Nursery involved in Prep Performances, Year 5 and 6 pupils involved in Senior School Education Days). This whole school approach is further embedded with the introduction of older pupils hearing younger pupils read, Language Leaders teaching lessons to younger pupils, Senior Digital Leaders providing safety guidance.

This sense of community is further expanded through our school structure which promotes cross-key stage cooperation and a whole school approach to learning which allows for sharing of best practice and ensuring that the curriculum is progressive across the School.

This all-round excellence is recognised in our last school inspection and is reflected in the happy faces of our pupils. It is an education focussed on “Building a Bright Future for All”.

Please note that scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 of our Senior School. Senior Scholarships are awarded in Creative Art, Music, Performing Arts, Science and Sports with top performers also being invited to sit for Academic, English or Mathematics scholarships.
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