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  • Colchester Royal Grammar School
    6 Lexden Road
    CO3 3ND
  • Head: Mr John Russell
  • T 01206 509100
  • F 01206 509101
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 1012; sixth formers: 398 (273boys, 125 girls)
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Boarding £14,175 pa; Day: free
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Inadequate 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Inadequate 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Inadequate 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Inadequate 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November -0001
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Not a single inattentive expression spotted during our visit - these youngsters are hungry to learn and the teaching is a feast, in every sense. ‘It’s made very clear that it’s ok to fail – that’s how you learn – and my son has thrived because of it,’ said one parent. Excellent standard of conduct and not many discipline problems, yet nobody describes this as a ‘strict’ school. ‘They have this gentle, reward-based, quite soft culture that…

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What the school says...

Colchester Royal Grammar School is committed to providing a high quality education for its students and aims at excellence in all that it does. The school has been ranked the top school nationally for A level results in the DfE performance tables for the last eight years. We see academic success as a by-product of our ethos - we aim to send able, educated, considerate and confident young men and women out into the world to become tomorrow's future leaders. We therefore attach great importance to extracurricular activities and the personal development of our students. CRGS is a forward-looking school which embraces traditional values. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, John Russell BSc MA ARCS, previously deputy head of Cranbrook School. Physics degree from Imperial College; first job in a Loughton comprehensive school before becoming head of physics at Ilford County High.

Gracious, unintimidating and refreshingly honest and transparent, he is a hands-on head, who teaches physics to at least one year group every year, and has plans to do more. Students regularly pop into his office unannounced, usually to tell of their successes. ‘If I grant them a leave of absence – which I sometimes do for competitions as far away as Poland – the criteria is that they have to tell me how it went afterwards.’ We noticed he pays the same level of respect to students as they give to him in conversations – it’s all...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

A principal aim of this school is to help each pupil achieve the greatest all-round development and success, and to provide for his or her individual educational needs at each stage of his or her school career. The school's commitment to special needs is in keeping with this aim. As an academically selective school the school caters for the needs of the most able; this was acknowledged in the 2003 Ofsted report: " The school gives able students an excellent academic education and a wealth of other ways in which they can shine." The school is a specialist science college.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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

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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